Palestinian Stanford Student: ‘Trauma from 1948’ Made Me Threaten ‘Zionist’ Students

Stanford Burghers on Quad (Introvert / Wikimedia Commons)
Introvert / Wikimedia Commons

A self-identified “third-generation Palestinian refugee” and student at Stanford University who, last month, threatened to “physically fight” against “Zionist students” after Israel passed a law recognize Israel as a Jewish nation-stae, has announced that he will resign from his post as a residential assistant and issued an apology where he blamed “trans-generational trauma” for his initial statement.

Hamzeh Daoud, 20, who is a member of Students for Justice for Palestine, reportedly wrote, “I’m gonna physically fight Zionists on campus next year if someone comes at me with their ‘Israel is a democracy’ bullshit,” in a Facebook post last month. “And after I abolish your ass I’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish your petty ass ethno-supremacist, settler-colonial state.”

According to Arutz Sheva, the graduate of Jordan’s Amman Academy in the Hashemite kingdom’s capital later amended his post to read “intellectually fight” and reportedly added, “I edited this post because I realize intellectually beating zionists is the only way to go. Physical fighting is never an answer to when trying to prove people wrong.”

Daoud also issued a statement to the Stanford Daily on Friday, in which he said, “I bear with me trans-generational trauma that is beyond the confines of this statement.” He added that saying his grandparents took refuge in Jordan following Israel’s 1948 War of Independence.

“I acknowledge the language in my first post had a strong negative effect on many in our Stanford community,” Daoud wrote. “I apologize from the bottom of my heart to everyone who was triggered by it. I recognize that I was projecting my own trauma onto others in a way that is never acceptable.”

He is reportedly entering trauma-based therapy with the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Stanford.

In an interview with Breitbart News, Arian Lev, an Israel-based specialist in subconscious therapy and a Middle East expert, said “all the conflicts between the Palestinians and the Israelis comes from subconscious trauma that both sides share.” She said this subconscious trauma “can be from two things: one is the issue of love equals lack of trust and lack of faith and love equals abandonment. I really believe that the biggest trauma is generational and is transferred in the DNA.”

Lev added, “Israelis and the Jewish nation are especially blocked in their subconscious and afraid to trust, because they worry that if they have 100 percent trust, the Arabs will attack them. In the schools here, the Israelis teach peace. On the other hand, they are still very strong because they feel fearful. Israelis have the trauma love equals lack of faith. They want to trust the Arabs but they cannot trust them because they feel they will be vulnerable if they let their guard down.”

She noted that “the Arabs have another trauma. They feel they lost everything and were pushed away from the country. The Arabs are very connected to the land. This is something that is very important for them because they are coming from the tribal mentality. Meanwhile, the Jewish people are traumatized from being let down by various regimes and governments.

She referenced the Sykes-Picot Agreement between France and Britain after World War I and said that “this agreement caused trauma for the Arab nation because they felt their land was taken away from them. There is a lot of hate for the Europeans and the Jewish people because of this.”

“The two nations people have subconscious trauma and in order to have peace, they must release this,” Lev said. “The beautiful thing is that if you change love equals abandonment to love equals security, and if you change love equals lack of faith to love equals security so the answer is the same. Both conditionings are essentially the same in that those who suffer from them need security in their subconscious.

“And when their subconscious mind is reprogrammed to love equals security, they can be secure in the land they live on peacefully with their neighbors. The time to do this is now because the world is connected through social media and the trauma is keeping us back and preventing us from moving forward to a new generation of peace, cooperation and being together in a place of acceptance and love.”

Adelle Nazarian is a politics and national security reporter for Breitbart News. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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