last time i wrote about the organized trip to hebron. later i received an email that informed me that the army stopped it & didn't let the peace people enter into the palestinian authority in the city. actually - that suits very well with what i know - israelis are not allowed in places that are in palestinian auhtority. what i'm surprised a bit of is that a peace organization,with a lot of experience, decided to issue this trip anyway.
this leads me back to a wonder - is it worth to fight this way? why fight against strong force like the army & not in court? - after all - if we'll win in court, than the army will have to help us...
this question goes to a lot of activities that are illegal like some demonstrations that are taking place. as far as i know - you can't win the army, so why to fight this way? especially in violence? anyhow - while provoking & keeping the army more busy, we must (the israelis, at least) remember that the soldiers there are often not pleased with the situation they got into. after all - the service is still obligatory.
last time i also reported that i'm about to start volunteering in an activity of the olive tree movement - driving palestinians patients from check-points in the territories to hospitals in israel. well - i did it twice already. nothing much to tell. since i don't speak arab, & in both cases my passengers didn't speak reasonable hebrew or english, the sound during the drive was mainly that of the radio. so - not much contact, but the atmosphere was generally positive. it takes in total about 3 hours each time from when i leave home till i return home, & the gas is not more than couple of dozens of nis. i think this activity is probably quite pure in terms of really helping people in need in the most human way. as i mentioned before - i don't have much experience as a volunteer. anyway - i think it suites me for now.
last thursday i went to an house meeting of "worriers for peace" (is that the english name of the group? - i'm translating literary & freely). the group is telling the personal stories of israelis & palestinians that were involve in the fighting, & chose to neglect violence & talk to each other instead, build bridges & understanding within the group, & then to present it to the public on both sides & also abroad. it was a constructive evening to all the participants, & it proves how important it is to do such things.
so, my peace activity so far: 1 peace cafe, 1 evening with worriers for peace, 1 shift as a guest with machsum watch, 2 olive harvests, 2 driving patients to hospital trips, & writing.
i've been writing for peace in several places in the past - mostly in hebrew. it wasn't that much, but certainly more than my other activities so far. the writing here i think is important cause it's international, & making peace is international. the writing here lets people knows about me - that i'm a human been, that i want peace, that i care also for the other, but also - lets people know how the israeli side might look like even if a person may have this kind of character. so - "voicing israel", even if just from an individual personal point, is valuable.
sometimes i feel like i'm being expected, as a peace activist, to automatically justify the palestinian side, & always claim that my counrty/people/state is criminal inhuman monster. the thing is that i think that the true is not that simple, & anyhow - i'm still exploring it (for this mater, it is also important to read & debate here, of course). in the meantime i feel that there are some peace makers that forget to explore if the other narrative has some point, so sometimes i remind points myself. nevertheless - i think there is much work on the israeli side to make it aware of what is really going on, & to make it more moral. for that purpose it is important that i'd participate in the inner israeli debate, & that means mostly outside of this site, & of course - in hebrew. 1 more wondering that is related to this topic though - one can not escape noticing the neighbor site of ipeace, which seems to be bigger & more popular, but is still related to here. so, the question rises - do you think i should continue my blog over there instead of over here from now on?