Clinton to Palestinian kids: Don't be terrorists

Monday, March 09, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up her visit to the Holy Land by granting an interview to a Palestinian children's program that aired over the weekend.

In the interview Clinton was asked about her role as a woman with power, what she and her government are doing to bring peace to the region, and how she would react if her own child had been born under "occupation" and bereft of basic human rights, as the Palestinians claim they are.

Clinton told the viewers of the Access program, which is largely funded by the US government, that if her daughter Chelsea had been born under such circumstances she would "tell my daughter and I would hope my daughter would believe with all of her heart that she has the same opportunities for the best future that any child anywhere in the world does."

Stressing education and dialogue over violence, Clinton urged her young audience to reject the path of terrorism that so many of their elders try to push on them.

"There is always the possibility of the human spirit that can overcome any barrier," said Clinton. "Not violence, not rejectionism and despair but constantly making it clear that human beings deserve the same rights no matter who you are and what you are and where you live; that's why getting an education is so important."

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