I had a short look at your profile just now and so I accept your friends request. I am planning on coming back to the Middle East in the beginning of August. Where are you now?
Greetings and blessings, Martin
Didn't mean to sound harsh , but I live in eastern N C . and lets just say that in the last election cycle, N C turned from red to blue solely due to the Research Triangle an the large number of academics who reside in the Peidmont (central) part of the ole Tarheel state .
You're absolutely right, I hadn't seen your answer.
I really liked the ideas you put forward in your post. I now see things more clearly. I wonder how they could be communicated to the more radical fringes of the Free Gaza movement (who would do that and what kind of resistance they might face).
Have a safe trip
I'm rather uncomfortable with what the Rachel Corrie boat did. I don't believe they re-establish their movement's smudged nonviolent credentials. By separating non-violence from active resistance (by fully collaborating with the IDF) they actually discredited active resistance and their commitment towards Gaza.
When you speak of re-establishing one's credentials, you cannot simply look at the views of the party is seeking this aim. You have to look at the way its action is perceived.
How can their decision to "let down ladders for the IDF to clim and board them" be interpreted?
The IDF has very effectively used the footage to show that this is what non violent action is, and anything different would be considered as provocation warranting a violent response. So it reinforces its belief that violent repression is necessary when there is no full cooperation.
The pro-Palestinian camp was mostly shocked by the full cooperation of the Rachel Corrie boat. Just take a look at the cyberspace and see how they approached it. Some saw fear in their action. Others saw collaboration with the IDF in its blockade of Gaza. A friend ask me a simple question the other day about the Rachel Corrie: why didn't it go directly to Ashdod? collaborating with the IDF in its boarding of the ship shows that wanting to break the blockade was a sham. This kind of action discredits peace activists and reinforces radicals.
As for the general public hardly heard anything about the Rachel Corrie boat because it slipped through the news like trafic forecast.
What I would have liked to see from the Rachel Corrie folks' action was a lesson in non-violent resistance. I still do not know how in the conditions of the Mavi Marmara, there could have been non-violent resistance (which is different from surrender).
Instead of that, the Rachel Corrie folks gave a lesson in peaceful collaboration.
I/m sure you've been flooded by comments from MEpeace, and mine must have slipped by. But I would really like to hear your ideas on that subject. Here was my question:
I wonder how the Mavi Marmara passengers could have reacted non-violently and effectively to the commando's boarding. How could they have been trained by non-violent activists to resist this night attack and intimidating use of force?
Lets keep in mind that the objective was to break the blockade... and having the IDF select what kind of merchandise goes in and deliver itself what it considers as "humanitarian aid" only reinforces the blockade that the Free Gaza Flotilla wanted to break. Without any resistance from the passengers, the fate of all flotillas would be like the Rachel Corrie, don't u think?
Music can be a very powerful tool for peace - I remember singing "the prayer of the children" in my high school choir and it had little meaning back then, but listening to it now it touches my heart in ways I can't even explain. Thanks for your comment :)
Hayyim, we are all of one humanity. Yes, there are blocks of people, but I know I have many things in common with so many Jewish born people over some Palestinian born people. I feel kinship with Palestinians, but I also feel it for Jews who care about Palestinians as human beings and can see I am an individual. I see that various sides engage in various forms of brainwashing to keep us divided into tribes and distort history and modern times with sectarian colors. I don't like the Israeli Government as you don't, but I don't like the Hamas one, either, and you don't, I suspect. Still, I believe in justice and there is no peace without justice. We need plowshares, not swords. Love.
Thanks for visiting my page Hayyim.
So I get to enjoy your own song lyrics. If you are the text for "Zaman el Salaam", did I post the lyrics in my "Palestine" group of my own site: "Peace for the Soul."
Looking, I intersting in history of take-parting of jewish in activities of left-movements, and firstly in history of revolutionery jews. I know, that in period between last years of 19 century until 20-30 years of 20 century, yidish was official language of jew communists and other revolutioners in all space of Eastern Europe. In Eastern Europe of 20-30 years lived communist poets and writers that wrote in yidish. In yidish was created very big socialist and communist culture of jewish worker class. Today I try to create alike worker culture (in field of poetry) in hebrew.
Thanks you too! Looking, I respect all languages in equel form. I not opposite to possiblity, that left jews that want, will begine to speak yidish. But I not think, that their are needing in special movement in support this idea. According to me, everybody need to decide along in wich language to speak - hebrew or yidish. I even ready to offer any compromise: in left jewish movment, to yidish and hebrew will be equel status.
I active all time for to advance my idea of one socialist country of worker class, on all territory of Palestine. Just yersteday I wrote new article in russian under name: To israeli-palestinian conflict their are only class solution. in this article, that was published in some political sites in former USSR, try to give arguments in support of one socialist state in Palestine. If you interesting to take-part in my political work - welcome to join.
A True Story By Faisal Al-kateep
I am a Palestinian Arab from Hizmeh, a village between Jerusalem and Ramallah. When I was 15 years old I fought against the Israeli Occupation in search of freedom. At that time I thought every Jewish person, whether soldier or citizen, man or woman, young or old, should be killed. I rejected the right for any Jew to live and every Jew was a target. I was just a kid, believe me, and I didn’t understand anything about politics or the Arab-Israeli conflict. I was arrested and sat in jail for 12 years. This was during the first intifada from 1987. At that time nobody talked about peace but only of violence. I matured during my time in jail. I started studying and reading books on politics, literature, poetry, and about the Madrid Conference.
It gave me hope to live in peace and dignity. I learned that violence only breeds violence and that peace is the only solution for the two nations, the only way for both to have a respectful and beautiful future. We live on the same land. We are neighbors. We drink the same water and both pray to a monotheistic God. We must live in peace on the basis of religion for God and land for everyone.
hi iam fade aldeeb ,,, palestinian ,, iam from zababdeh jinin ,, so nice to see your massage ,,first thank you to accept my invite here in this so nice programs to make a smoll part of peace,, iam lawyer and i have master degree from italy where i take thats photo ,,,and thanks a lot