...2011 will replace the terror attacks of 2001 in the history books. But in Israel, the prime minister is devoting his attention to advancing the Likud's leadership primary. At a time when Israel's government is promoting a bill to ban mosques from using loudspeakers to broadcast the call to prayer, in Muslim Qatar, veiled women walk past Christmas trees on their way to the hotel restaurant.
In one corner of the large lobby, I saw a group of young people pinning badges on their shirts that bore maps of greater Palestine "(the Land of Israel?") and the inscription "Right of Return." Among them were two teenage girls from Tunisia, two Yemenite men and an Iranian. I introduced myself as a peace-seeking Israeli Zionist. I wondered what they had to do with a conference devoted to an alliance among civilizations and how their map accorded with the Arab League's peace proposal, which adopted the 1967 borders.
"That belongs to an earlier time, to [ousted Egyptian President Hosni] Mubarak and [ousted Tunisian President Zine El Abidine] Ben Ali," said one of the girls. "Don't you know that everything has changed?" Her friends nodded their heads in agreement.
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