Are there arab debate sites like this done in English?In Ahmed's defense, he lives in Egypt and was most likely raised with the attitude that Israelis hate Arabs, surrounded by people who also were raised with that attitude. Also, I doubt the Egyptian media provides unbiased coverage by interviewing and printing both sides of the conflict, so obviously one having access only to one side will come to believe that side is the correct one.
The fact that Ahmed is here, listening to alternative ways of thinking is positive. Of course he doesn't agree, and he is struggling with a new language which makes communication even more difficult. What some of us are saying and the newspaper links he's been given go against everything he's been taught to believe. Still... he has come here, not to an Arab site where everyone agrees with him... and I have to believe he has come here because a part of him wants knowledge he can only get in an international forum.
That shows some character. I know I'd be scared to go argue my point of view on Arab sites if I had been raised to believe that all Arabs hated me and wanted my people dead. So I'm glad Ahmed is here, and I hope he continues to feel safe enough to both debate with us and learn from us... as we can learn from him as well.