This is emotional post, as I found my self in internal conflict of what is the right way to act. and I believe that all of us familiar with this conflict especially when we think of the appropriate way to build relationship with the Other side.
recently I found the work of young Palestinian name Wael AlSaad
who works to create Palestinian network that will enable more effective cooperation within Palestinian NGO groups. I think his approach and passion are valuable at this stage of the conflict as Palestinian society seek to find its own way to cooperate and manifest its human desire for Independence and freedom.
My dilemma appeared when I found a new group in face book Wael formed: Palestine Brain
I hold in parallel two perspective of the situation, from one side I recognize ethno-centric view that identify the social/national identity as separate from other "nations". Palestinian identity, as Israel Identity has this feature of preferring group interest over external groups. one need to acknowledge that component, so even if I think that there is something good in Israel fro the whole region, I recognize that many palestinians may intemperate such idea as aggressive marginalization of the Palestinian condition. same as many Israelis tend to prefer protection of Israeli citizens over improving Palestinian (WB and Gaza) life condition.
The other perspective I hold is world centric, this is a perspective that I can identify with any one, and its core values are in the health of the human tissue, from that prespective I can see how national/ethno-centric perspective shapes the lines of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. and also that this distinctions are paying against the children of the both side. we humans have same responsibility over every baby life condition, it does not matter in what side of the fence this baby born.
so I am seating here with my world centric perspective in the world-centric Facebook, reading this great idea and invitation and about to click myself into these discussion.
but I did not.
I need to respect the ethno-centric view of people, and as Israeli (no escape from that) getting into a group "Palestinian Brain" with all my good intention and experience that I can contribute it is not the right thing todo.
So at this point, I decided not to get in, and this is where we can see some of the advantage we have in MEPeace where it is open to all,
What would one have do in this situation, should I get in (assume I have capacity to positively add value to this group) or stay out and watch.
The minimum I can do is to extend the Invitation of "Palestine Brain"
group and invite people who can contribute to Wael initiative. I also inviting people to bring some of the from "Palestine Brain" discussion to this Forum, so we the Israeli can relate to the process our neighbor's are going through.
Palestine Brain: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=12019304452