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its own unique story, and every
nationality has the right to live freely,"
Rabbi Bolton said. "I think they rec-
ognize this now in Bosnia.
"The Jewish people are the best
example of wanting to live out their
story, without having to do so at the
expense of others."
The efforts in the Balkan countries
to forge an atmosphere of civility for
the next generation- continually
brought to mind the strife between
Jews and Palestinians in Israel, Rabbi
"I've become a stronger Zionist
because of the experience," he said.
One pressing question he sees faced
by groups in both areas is: "If you do
not receive the right to return to a
homeland you believe is yours, how do
you go on interacting, with civility,
with the people who belong to that
group that has deprived you of that
"Israel," he commented, "has been
willing to live in civility for a long .
Rabbi Bolton reiterated what Nolan
Finley had said in his column, written
during the anguished week of 9-11-
"I'd like to see more Arab-Americans
and more Palestinians object to and
override the parts of their educational
system that teach hatred of the Jews,"
"This is the parallel I saw in Bosnia.
Are there ways for us to teach coexis-
tence? Would this be a radical change
Stop The Bloodshed
for Jewish schools? For Arab schools?"
As a teacher, Rabbi Bolton said he'd
The experience in Bosnia and its
tell his students: "I have another con-
neighbors resonated for Rabbi Bolton
flict to teach you about. I think a part
in several ways.
of our job as Jews is to try to wipe
As a Jew, he recalled the words of
away such sadness and suffering.
Elie Wiesel at the dedication of the
"I've seen the face of another con-
Holocaust Memorial in Washington in
flict and, the more suffering I see, the
April 1993. Wiesel, a Holocaust sur-
more I hope out loud that people will
vivor and Nobel laureate, said he'd
learn to live with civility, to live within
been in Bosnia for two weeks and
the rule of law, to Compromise.
pleaded with President Bill Clinton to
"We have been faced with these situ-
"stop the bloodshed," saying that
ations time and time again as Jewish
"something, anything must be done"
people. It's part of our existence as
to stop another Holocaust from taking
Jews; an extra responsibility. God has
place in the Balkans.
given us the strength to yet again make
"Every nationality, especially Jews,
compromise when we have to." El
should be proud and should celebrate
`Please tell President Bush not to
attack Iraq. I don't want any more kids
Satir said he is "100 percent posi-
tive" that peace will come to the
Middle East. "How long it will be till
it comes about, I don't know.
"If you go to Bosnia, to Sarajevo, it's
not like they're loving each other every
minute," he said. "But they're ready to
get along. This is what will happen in
the Middle East."
Throughout the Balkan region,
Rabbi Bolton said, education profes-
sionals are grappling with the issue:
"What shall we do — kill each other
or learn to live with one another?"
In separate conversations, he spoke
with two teachers, a Muslim Bosnian
and a Catholic Serb. Both were in
their 30s, and both were debating
whether or not to leave their coun-
tries. "They told me how difficult it
was to be alive during the conflict," he
said, "and how difficult it is now, try-
ing to make a difference.
"It's only eight years after the
Dayton peace accords in Bosnia, and
there are still some who have hurt and
hatred in their hearts, people in posi-
tions of power in education. These
two told me they are looking for the
strength to overcome this hatred and
hurt, and the hope to make a differ-
ence," Rabbi Bolton said. "It was an
amazing thing to hear from two
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