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For centuries, Muslim Arabs and Jews lived side by side, but since the creation of Israel in 1948, hostility toward the Jewish state has been a dominant fact of life in the Middle East. We examine the roots of Arab hostility toward Israel, the roles of religion, the US, and the internal politics of Arab countries themselves. We also hear about Israel's defenders. We get four different Arab opinions, including those of former Egyptian diplomat Mohammed Wahby, now a political columnist for the Egyptian weekly magazine Al Mussawar, and Fawaz Gerges, author of America and Political Islam: Clash of Cultures or Clash of Interests?.
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  • Reporter's Notebook: Pro-War Sentiment Prevails on Campuses - Years ago, America's college campuses were synonymous with the anti-war movement. How does the 21st Century's first war look to college students today? Harvard University student Erin Ashwell instigated a nationwide survey that gauged college students' opinions about government, the war, politics and government service.

The Sunday Times

America and Political Islam: Clash of Cultures or Clash of Interests?

Institute of Islamic Political Thought

Kuwait Information Office

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