October 06, 2006

Why do Palestinians consider one Israeli life equal to eight hundred of their own?

FrontPage is featuring another great interview moderated by Jamie Glazov:

Sources are now indicating that the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit may be imminent. Hamas has reportedly offered his release for approximately 800 Palestinians imprisoned in Israel.

These kind of exchanges have been a long tradition in prison swapping between Israel and the terrorists who seek to extinguish it. Several years back, Israel even had three of its dead soldiers’ bodies returned in exchange for the release of hundreds of living Palestinian terrorists with blood on their hands.

What does this unequal exchange indicate about the Israelis’ and Palestinians’ view of the value of human life? What does it say about each side’s value of the human life of its own people?

To discuss this phenomenon with us today, Frontpage Symposium has assembled a distinguished panel. Our guests are:

Kenneth Levin, a clinical instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Princeton-trained historian, and a commentator on Israeli politics. He is the author of the new book The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege, Theodore Dalrymple, a contributing editor to City Journal and the author of his collection of essays Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses. He is the author of the new book Romancing Opiates: Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy. As a practising medical doctor within Muslim communities, he has a wide-range experience in gauging the value that many of his Muslim patients have placed on human life, David Gutmann, Emeritus professor of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at North-Western university Medical School, in Chicago. As a clinician, he has practiced and taught intensive psychotherapy. As a researcher, he has conducted psychological studies of the Galilean and the Golan Heights Druse, as well as the Bedouin of the Negev and Sinai deserts, and Nancy Kobrin, an affiliated professor to the University of Haifa, Arabist, psychoanalyst and author of the upcoming book, The Sheikh's New Clothes: Islamic Suicide Terror and What It's Really All About.
Read what Levin, Dalrymple, Gutmann, and Kobrin have to say, here.