Egyptian’s Tel Aviv U Valedictorian Address

One Arab man disentangles years of hate.


Haisam Hassanein, an Egyptian, describes how he was raised to hate Israelis, his “eternal enemies”. All that changed when he spent a year at Tel Aviv University, questioning his assumptions and discovering that things are not often as they seem.

Watch his inspiring valedictorian speech in the video below.

Comments (7)

(7) Rick Wolberg, January 3, 2016 3:44 PM

Poignant and Touching

What is so sad is that one act of violence can poison the greatest good just like putting poison into 1000 gallon delicious soup can ruin it. Without faith, it appears that ultimately, evil can overcome all the good. My heart breaks when I see good people become as cynical as I have become.

(6) Neria, October 23, 2015 5:35 PM

Thank you

Thank you for showing this brave, young scholar who praises the optimistic surprises and warm "human element" that he lived in Israel. Shabbat Shalom

(5) Anonymous, August 22, 2015 5:01 AM

learning to share

n the Middle Ages, the young sons of enemies were sent to live with their enemies as their "wards" and to prevent war by their presence. I think they also learned, as this wonderful young man learned, that we have much in common. Perhaps we should shared each others children for a year, also.

(4) Stan Feingold, August 21, 2015 1:18 AM

Thank you very much. You give this elder hope!

Thank you ... your value of humanity over tribal differences comes through. As an elder in the Jewish tribe, I am delighted that a young Egyption, i.e. YOU, have spoken out to put the lie to the brain-washing you were reared with. Thanks again and keep it up! In fact, create a "movement for peace" if you can. Shalom.

(3) DAS1951, August 20, 2015 5:17 PM

Wonderful; I hope he remembers forever

I used to travel to Egypt a lot in the late 80s (occasionally 'via' Israel), at a time when many Israelis were visiting Egypt.
Our agent was a Christian, a fairly young man with family, and a science graduate (hence, one hoped, educated and somewhat more rational) , so I asked him about his plans to visit the holy places in Israel.
He said it was not possible. He had no real answer to my point that all he needed to do was to apply for a visa at the Israeli embassy in Cairo, the city where he lived...
It was so disappointing.

(2) Barbara in Paris, August 19, 2015 9:29 PM

Gives me hope that peace is possible

Thank you for posting this. How wonderful to hear such things from an Egyptian young man. I hope he will be able to spread his positive point of view to his fellow citizens. .

(1) Azita Yashar, August 19, 2015 6:58 PM

Bravo Israel, the land of true freedom and equality.

Even in the USA, You do not get this kind of treatment. As I was not treated well and accepted as a Jew among the academia in Florida Hospital College of Health and Sciences (Adventist University) two years ago.

 

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