Thursday, June 01, 2006

Andre Azoulay 'fights for Palestinians'

Andre Azoulay considers himself a member of a very elite club of Jewish advisers to Muslim rulers. But is he a spineless 'court Jew', or a bridge for peace between Arabs and Jews? Report from the Jerusalem Post.

The only problem, he said, "is that I am the only club member."

"My position is not as usual as it could be," the counselor to King Muhammad VI of Morocco said in an interview Monday. "It is very frustrating to be in the only Arab and Muslim country where a Jew can be in my position."

On Tuesday, Azoulay, 64, received an honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev "as a Jew whose roots lie in Morocco, who has devoted his time and energy to a life-long quest for coexistence between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East and Northern Africa."

Azoulay described himself to The Jerusalem Post as a "militant" in a "fight for peace" between Palestinians and Israelis.

"As far as I can remember," he said, "I was always fighting to find a way out which will give a chance to the Palestinians to recover their freedom, dignity, their identity [and] their state, and give by that a chance to make Israel more secure, more safe, more peaceful, and stronger."

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Haaretz has this by Daniel Ben Simon (scroll down):

"He has never made a secret of his Jewishness and tends to identify himself as a proud Jewish Arab. In his speech, he said he sees himself as an emissary of Morocco, of the Moroccan Jews still living in the kingdom and of the Moroccan Jews living in Israel. At the same time, he also considers himself to be an Arab.

"I'm an Arab because I was born in an Arab country, and I'm an Arab because I absorb Arab culture, and I'm an Arab because I live in an Arab environment," Azoulay said before the ceremony began in Be'er Sheva. "If I could only make peace between Jews and Muslims, I would feel that I had fulfilled my life's ambition."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

There may never be peace even thou many strive for it. Until sanity prevails and arab countries focus back on education we may never see peace in Middle East again.

Anonymous said...

there will be no solution for peace without resolving the refugee problem and jerusalem. so, let us not kid ourselves and come with proposals including these two problems.darrell

Anonymous said...

There will be a peace once we stop mixing religion with politics..!

There will be a peace when both realize that they are humans and only humans who are all on a visit visa to this earth and who will die sooner or later..!

There will be a peace, when we come back to our human nature and act like real humans..!