I was wondering if we can make the discussion "The Armenian Genocide and Jewish Empathy," the discussion on the upcoming recommendations. When I wrote this up, it was because Jewish extremists were minimizing and ridiculing it, to try to make the Holocaust sound as if it was the worst atrocity committed. But now it is for a different reason. We have Turkish activists on this website. At Portland State University, I hosted a forum between individuals whose parents were survivors of the Armenian Genocide and Turkish exchange students. One exchange student made a very interesting comment. She said "When I was growing up in Turkey, I was never told to hate the Armenian people, or the Kurdish people, or the Greek people." She had a point, because growing up white in the United States, I was never told to hate anyone who was not white. Despite the deep history of racism that has existed against Native Americans and blacks in the United States. Also, Sussan had a YouTube about demolished Palestinian villages, and see what type of comparison she can make between the lost Armenian villages, and the demolished Palestinian villages. But I remind you that the inhabitants of the Armenian villages were killed off, while the inhabitants of the Palestinian villages were not. I would like to see what her comparison is.
Thank you for your message. I'm very happy to have found this page, I hope it's an opportunity to share a lot of stories. As you know from my profile, I am a journalist, and I am always searching for things to pass on to others. Most importantly, I am searching for stories about people who recognize the possibility of peace in each other.
I work and live in Jerusalem, and I'm very much looking forward to meeting you guys, being in touch, knowing about your activities regarding this page and the people in it.
As a native speaker of Hebrew, I am sure you have something to contribute to this group. My focus is on the here and now, with different groups of people being drawn together over the use of Aramaic (Is it really just an ancient language?).
So unless as an Israeli national, who knows the city of Jerusalem as well as I do, you can see how the city can be divided. But I do not think it is possible, because the Western Wall is right beneath the Dome of the Rock. They are only separated from each other by a few feet. It is not possible to place an international boundary between the two. So the city cannot divided up by political nor religious grounds. There is no alternative, but to keep the city as one. So Jerusalem is going to have to be removed as a bargaining chip.
Previously, MePeace discussions have largely been demonization of Israel discussions. Some of the most valuable discussants to counter this proclivity such as Robert Haymond have seemed to have dropped off the map. More recently, efforts at rebalancing the situation have taken root but, largely, MePeace is one of the many socalled "liberal" organizations engaged and focussed almost wholly against the state of Israel even in the middle of the multitudinous deprivations of the surrounding Arab states and the iniquities emanating from Gaza and the Westbank against the Israeli state. I do not witness dialogue. Don't you have any concerns about this forum which you, yourself, have established? It might be wise to articulate such concerns if, in fact, you do have any. I certainly do!