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Letter: Arabs brainwashed against Israel
Iraqi man sends letter to Foreign Ministry saying Hamas has made him ashamed of being Arab

The Foreign Ministry's Arabic-language website received a letter Saturday from a repentant Iraqi man who says he and his fellow citizens have been "brainwashed against Israel".

 

The man added that Hamas's recent attacks on Israeli civilians have caused him "shame" for being an Arab and a Muslim.

 

"For a long time we believed that Israelis are dangerous barbarians due to the brainwashing we underwent during Saddam (Hussein)'s rule but now I see (Arabs) being massacred in a wretched and shameful manner by Sunni and Shiite rulers," the letter says.

 

The letter was published by the Foreign Ministry on its Arabic-language website, which is accessed by web users worldwide.

 

The writer went on to say that his epiphany had come after he witnessed Israeli doctors treating a Palestinian girl.

 

"What caught my attention was the Israeli hospital that treated the Palestinian girl who suffered from a cancerous growth. I also watched the movie about the Jewish pianist who suffered greatly in the time of Hitler," he wrote, apparently referring to 'The Pianist'.

 

The man said he has begun to study Jewish history, and that he hopes to eventually be able to visit Israel "in order to defeat the fear instilled in me due to the brainwashing that Israelis are barbarians and their country a terror state".

 

"After seeing the terror in Iraq and the terror Hamas and Palestinians are performing against you I have become ashamed of being an Arab and Muslim," the man wrote. "I would be honored to collaborate with your firms in Iraq."

 

 

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