Mutiny over set-text 'Romeo and Juliet' divides young Palestinians

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Mutiny over set-text 'Romeo and Juliet' divides young Palestinians

Post by Guest on Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:07 am

Reasons for opposing the set text include fears that the plot glamorises suicide and that it might encourage teenagers to disobey their parents.

Romeo and Juliet ends with the deaths of the star-crossed lovers bringing peace between two hostile houses, both alike in dignity. But, for Palestinian school students, Shakespeare’s tragedy has done the opposite by reinforcing the split between Gaza and the West Bank. Protests by Gaza teachers against the English secondary-school curriculum drawn up for this school year by the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah have ensured that 17- and 18-year-old students of English in the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave will be studying King Lear, while their West Bank counterparts are taught Romeo and Juliet.

Teachers in the enclosed – and more conservative – Gaza argued that the story of young love across the factional divide between the Capulets and the Montagues was unsuitable.  Among the reasons cited for the opposition were fears that the plot glamorises suicide – regarded as a serious sin by many Muslims – and might encourage teenagers to disobey their parents. Teachers were also worried that students might download one of several film versions containing “immoral” love scenes. The play can also be read as opposing arranged marriages of the sort still practised in sections of Palestinian society.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/william-shakespeare-gaza-strip-west-bank-mutiny-over-set-text-romeo-and-juliet-divides-young-a6952726.html


And yet Hamas and Fatah can indoctrinate children to commit suicidal attacks either murdering or attempting to murder people and then glorify them as Martyrs.
Which shows how warped Islam really is.

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