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There I was, standing amongst several hundred mostly Palestinians chanting anti-Israel slogans along with "Free Gaza" and "Free Palestine" in front of the Isaeli Consulate in New York City.
As I hugged one of the organizers, a Palestinian friend, I whispered in his ears "this is a missed opportunity."
Yes, a missed opportunity.
The point of the protest was to call for an immediate stop to the violence and killing and for an immediate cease fire on both sides.
However, my friend's good intentions were over taken emmotions, anger and hatred.
He said to me that he couldn't speak to this crowd in terms declaring a much bigger context: ending the suffering of the children caught in the middle of all conflicts worldwide Israel-Palestine or Pakistan-India, and the Civil Wars in many African nations. Or to even suggest an end to suffering on the Israeli side.
NOW is the time for each of us begins saying something different in these demoralizing and disheartening tragic times.
Name calling and pretending only one side is responsible for any or all of the killing and suffering makes no difference.
Each of us should be looking at what actions we can take and words we can speak that WILL make a difference.
What if each of us circulate the contact information (e-mail addresses, government offices, etc. ...) and ask that all of us seeking to stand for the rights of all children to grow up free, safe and strong flood these leaders for a call to stop the violence for all of humanity? I will post contact information for President-elect Barack Obama. Who can supply the contact information for leaders of Hamas and Israel?
Can we agree to keep all communications in the possibility of creating a new dialogue for peace?
What if each of us with an affintity to one people or country, choose to stand for all people and for ALL CHILDREN?
What if we started a world-wide movement that crossed all borders, all ideologies and all peace organizations and began speaking as one?
The message could be as simple as "Choose Peace!"
Israelis, Palestinians, Columbians, Sudanese, Indians, Pakistanis, Somalians ... CHOOSE PEACE!
I makes no difference to debate which party is right or wrong when people are dying.
What is important IS making a bold stand on behalf of the generations to come in the face of no agreement from the misguided leaders of countries and organizations.
I CHOOSE PEACE ON BEHALF OF HUMANITY ... PERIOD! And you?
Much love and peace,
Where Peace LIves - Remember Peace Lives in YOU!