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Gaza and the International Criminal Court

I wrote the following in response to the ICC's recent decision on Palestine.Finding a 'backdoor' to prosecute war criminals in the Gaza 2008-09 conflict: jurisdiction by nationalityhttp://israelandpalestinediary.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/gaza-armed-conflict-2008-09-and.htmlRecent reports (1, …See More
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My personal story:
I am a European Australian. That is my ancestors came to this land from Scotland in the 1850s. I first travelled to Israel and the Occupied Territories in 2000. I worked as a volunteer at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam. I returned there a year later after the Second Intifada. I was struck by the similarities between how Palestinians were treated by certain groups of Jewish Israelis just as Europeans had treated indigenous Australians and black South Africans. I dedicated my travels during 2000-2001 to meeting Jewish and Palestinian communities in Europe, North America and Israel to document sources of grievance and examples of reconciliation. I completed a Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney in 2002. My thesis was 'Empathising with the enemy: Transformation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by overcoming social and psychological obstacles'.

http://palestineisraelsolutions.blogspot.com/.

I continue to seek out member of the Jewish, Islamic and Christian (and others who are interested) communities who are open to relook at the the origins of the conflict, and look at ways forward.
Why I want peace:
Pragmatic reason.
1. To stop the deaths, violence and suffering of the people of Israel, West Bank and Gaza.
2. Peace in the Middle East will in a significant way help bring stability to the Globe. Presently a huge amount of resources is being wasted on militarism because of selfishness, heartlessness and poor conflict resolution strategies. Peace will mean an end to needless suffering and death and we can then direct more of our global efforts towards sustaining the population whilst minimizing Climate Change.

Idealistic reason: It is only chance that I was born as an Australian. I could have been born a Jewish-Israeli or a Palestinian living under occupation. I don't like seeing people live in pain. If there are ways we can avoid this then let us do something.
Interests and activities:
Family, study, walking, writing, meeting people from different countries and experiences, and seeking to find ways that Jewish-Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace.
Something you didn't know about me:
If I could live a second life I would love to be an explorer and play more sport
Favorite website:
http://rabbibrant.com/
How I found mepeace.org:
Via internationalpeaceandconflict.org
What I want to achieve here:
To meet, share and discuss with others ways we can achieve peace. I spent an intense period in December and January (2008-09) researching the work of mepeace for a Dispute Resolution course I was studying. I am impressed and supportive of the concept of mepeace.

My sadness is when personal attacks are the means to confront difference on this site. My sadness is people are prejudged because of ideas that they might have that are different to another. I have not been an active member of mepeace in recent times given the inordinate time and energy that can be spent in trying to explain different points of view. I wish all those people on mepeace well.

I would hope that mepeace could develop a shared history site - that could be a place where people can agree to a common understanding of the history. So much conversation goes round in circles about key historical events (eg 1948 and 1967). It would be good if there could be a section devoted specifically to an agreed version of history (or at least having side-by-side agreed narratives.

I will continue to look at the community from time to time. I wish the community peace, patience and a prejudice free world.
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Interfaith news - NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change - Los Angeles

Posted on April 21, 2012 at 7:38pm 6 Comments

Thanks to a friend I came across the following link on some great interfaith activism in Los Angeles

Rabbi Sarah Bassin, …

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Kony 2012 - Generation C getting political to see justice for a war criminal

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

The following blog is not Middle East related.  But it is useful for mepeace to consider broadly in terms of peace, justice, international law and activism.

 

Some of you may have heard of Kony 2012.  If you haven't take a look at the following clip and link.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc

 

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Great TV series on Palestine and Israel - The Promise

Posted on January 15, 2012 at 4:29pm 0 Comments

Peter Kosminky's The Promise is a 4 part mini-series that provides an outstanding look at one aspect of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Sadly, a smear campaign is being directed against it. The following is my letter of support to SBS TV Australia for this fine production. 
It would be great if you could contact your own TV stations to see if you can get it on air.…

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Palestinian Freedom Riders to Challenge Segregation By Riding Settler Buses to Jerusalem

Posted on November 8, 2011 at 11:19am 5 Comments

From: Jonathan Pollak [mailto:Jonat...@popularstruggle.org]

Sent: Monday, November 07, 2011 11:47 PM

To: Dorothy Naor

Subject: Palestinians to Challenge Segregation By Riding Settler Buses to Jerusalem

Media Advisory

Monday, 7 November 2011

Palestinian Freedom Riders to Challenge…

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Virtual tour of Palestine (Al Haq) - Google Earth - Settler attacks, Attacks on fishermen

Posted on October 30, 2011 at 11:18am 0 Comments

To get a perspective of what occupation/effective control in Gaza and the West Bank means see the following:

 

Gaza

http://alhaq.mits.ps/

http://alhaq.mits.ps/index.php/virtual-field-visits/buffer-zone

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At 3:41am on February 3, 2013, Ece Koc said…

At 3:41am on February 3, 2013, Ece Koc said…

Nice to meet you.

At 11:28am on June 18, 2011, Irit Hakim-Keller said…

Thanks for the link, Stewart. There are many more alike , and that is good  - the more people to be aware - the better.

Enjoy your weekend.

will you be in Israel for the Hug?

At 7:41am on May 30, 2011, Jeff stern said…
I just wanted to ask what was your viviosn on a practical peace.  I have seen many quote and clips and images but still curious practically how do you think a peac would look like that both Arabs and Jews will accept.
At 10:17pm on February 5, 2011, Tanya Kasim said…
I'm here to learn, if not to agree with everything everyone says. I know something about energy vampires from personal experience. I've found that the more often you mention how annoying or demoralizing someone is, the more likely you'll give them power to be so.
At 10:13pm on February 5, 2011, Tanya Kasim said…
Hi, Stewart. You probably don't know this, but I'm part Scottish myself. ;-)  Thanks for adding me as your friend.
At 1:45pm on January 10, 2011, Friends of the Earth Middle East said…
Thanks! You are so right, we should seek common grounds instead of differences. That's the only way forward!
At 8:23pm on February 28, 2010, Narine Melikyan said…
Thanks, Stewart for your participation and for that a little correspondence divisions of thoughts. I'll be on the possibility of my time share with all you my thoughts in the discussions.
I liked your perseverance to convince, to give opportunity for other shares his thoughts. It is a great to have you here for mepeace! :)

response here: http://www.mepeace.org/forum/topics/what-or-where-is-the-middle?x=1&id=661876%3ATopic%3A430649&page=8#comments
At 2:15pm on February 23, 2010, Elana Eden said…
Hey,

Thanks for your suggestion--actually I have visited Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salaam. I didn't arrive until evening and they had no programs going on, but I took a stroll and talked to some folks who lived there, who really loved it. I'd like to go back at some point and try again. Do you live there?
At 10:59pm on February 20, 2010, Narine Melikyan said…
Thanks, Stewart for the words "positive messages with the community", also for your attention and observation. Good luck to you and always forward with optimizm... :)
 
 
 

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