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As President Barack Obama takes office in the United States, many hope he will bring change to the Middle East. I believe change starts with each of us.

What will you do for peace in Middle East? Please reply to this and tell how you will dedicate yourself.

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Anything you will do will help. MEPEACE combines ME and PEACE as we believe 'Middle East peace starts with me', the individual. Please share with us how you will help.

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I dedicate myself to welcoming every new peacemaker that will join us this year.
i made a financial conrtibution to help the children/future of gaza and posted the information on my facebook site with a strong reccomendation of the integrity of the donation site

i will keep dialoguing here-i am learning much at ipeace--to curb my anger-to try and quell anger in others-to express but more important to listen and to follow the patht of those who supported nonviolence-ghandi-dalai lama-mandella-dr king

i will try to support small businesses like zatoun olive oil, fairly traded products-especially coffee and chocolate- to sustain autonomy from economic strife for farmers,growers,pickers and urge others to join me


thanks for starting this thread
it will be great to see the other letters later -but now i am going to join democrats abroad in toronto at a huge reception for barak's inauguration-and the event is free!!!!
Since 2003, I have been an active participant in a Global Volunteer effort that was founded as a positive response to THAT DAY we call 9/11:

The Interfaith non-profit Olive Trees Foundation for Peace/OTFFP


Is dedicated to raising awareness and the funds to replace the over one million trees The Wall has destroyed in the ‘Holy’ Land-which is in pieces; bantustans.

In HONOR of Martin Luther King and with HOPE for change I published the first chapter of “KEEP HOPE ALIVE” on WAWA Jan, 19-20, 2009:
http://www.wearewideawake.org/

“KEEP HOPE ALIVE” is a 100% fundraiser for the OTFFP.


So far, 41,000 trees of peace have been rooted on BOTH sides of The Wall by Israelis and Palestinians working together as neighbors and in community.




On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated.

In KEEP HOPE ALIVE, I began with Chapter One:

THE MORNING AFTER APRIL 4, 1968





“Peace for Israel means security, and we stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”-Martin Luther King


The Rest:
http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task...


HOPE has two children. The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it.”-St. Augustine

Eileen Fleming, Founder WAWA:
http://www.wearewideawake.org/
Author “Keep Hope Alive”
“Memoirs of a Nice Irish American ‘Girl’s’ Life in Occupied Territory”
Producer “30 Minutes With Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu”
In 2005, I began trying to reach out to Palestinians (in Canada, Israel and Palestine) to understand their reality, their views and their needs and hope they will reciprocate and understand mine. The hope is that we will find solutions together.

After I move back to Israel, I plan to work with peacemakers in the region to mobilize Israelis and Palestinians towards people to people meetings and help fill gaps where they are needed.
I'd love people to provide lists of groups in addition to this group who are honestly working towards a just peace between

Just this instant Barack Obama took the Oath of Office for the President of My Country. If THAT can happen here; anything politically is possible!

Wage peace.
I have visited Israel, spent time meeting with Israelis and Jewish people in Manchester, England (and made some good friends!) where I was studying and I am involved in some volunteer organizations. This summer, I will be visiting the United States for the first time and I hope to expand my relationships. I also will continue to discuss peace with my Arab/Muslim friends and family and to convince them that hatred of Israel/Jews is wrong.

Also, I am in love with Mr. Barack Obama and would like to meet him when I visit the US!!

Good luck to this new president.

Imagine if we have ones like him in the Muslim / Arab world.

The only one we have who is decent is our leader here in Jordan, King Abdullah - though I am against the idea of unelected leaders....
I concur with all you write above, Basil except your optimism about the prospects for directly and peacefully engaging Hamas and other hard-line Islamists.
If you do not engage Hamas in peace talks then you will have to engage them in endless war. It is quite clear that Hamas did not break the recent cease fire. Israel did and for internal political reasons and because they felt it was necessary while Bush was in power. I agree it is annoying to have Hamas rockets fall in Israel but lets be honest, they regretably killed 20 people in 6 years. Putting that into perspective, I am sure more people died in Tel Aviv car accidents in 3 months! In the same 6 years 5000 Palestinians were killed even before the recent Gaza horror scene. IMHO Israel will only come to the peace talks when they are forced to by the rest of the world getting fed up with the constant turmoil in the Near East.
There won't be peace unitl Arabs disengage Hamas....

This is from a great article about not engaging Hamas in the NY Times:

I once asked Abdel Aziz Rantisi where he learned what he called “the truth” of the Holocaust — that it didn’t happen — and he referred me to books published by Hezbollah. Hamas and Hezbollah also share the view that the solution for Palestine lies in Europe. A spokesman for Hezbollah, Hassan Izzedine, once told me that the Jews who survive the Muslim “liberation” of Palestine “can go back to Germany, or wherever they came from.” He went on to argue that the Jews are a “curse to anyone who lives near them.”

Nizar Rayyan expressed much the same sentiment the night we spoke in 2006. We had been discussing a passage of the Koran that suggests that God turns a group of impious Jews into apes and pigs. The Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, among others, has deployed this passage in his speeches. Once, at a rally in Beirut, he said: “We shout in the face of the killers of prophets and the descendants of the apes and pigs: We hope we will not see you next year. The shout remains, ‘Death to Israel!’”

Mr. Rayyan said that, technically, Mr. Nasrallah was mistaken. “Allah changed disobedient Jews into apes and pigs, it is true, but he specifically said these apes and pigs did not have the ability to reproduce,” Mr. Rayyan said. “So it is not literally true that Jews today are descended from pigs and apes, but it is true that some of the ancestors of Jews were transformed into pigs and apes, and it is true that Allah continually makes the Jews pay for their crimes in many different ways. They are a cursed people.”

I asked him the question I always ask of Hamas leaders: Could you agree to anything more than a tactical cease-fire with Israel? I felt slightly ridiculous asking: A man who believes that God every now and again transforms Jews into pigs and apes might not be the most obvious candidate for peace talks at Camp David. Mr. Rayyan answered the question as I thought he would, saying that a long-term cease-fire would be unnecessary, because it will not take long for the forces of Islam to eradicate Israel.

There is a fixed idea among some Israeli leaders that Hamas can be bombed into moderation. This is a false and dangerous notion. It is true that Hamas can be deterred militarily for a time, but tanks cannot defeat deeply felt belief.

The reverse is also true: Hamas cannot be cajoled into moderation. Neither position credits Hamas with sincerity, or seriousness.

The only small chance for peace today is the same chance that existed before the Gaza invasion: The moderate Arab states, Europe, the United States and, mainly, Israel, must help Hamas’s enemy, Fatah, prepare the West Bank for real freedom, and then hope that the people of Gaza, vast numbers of whom are unsympathetic to Hamas, see the West Bank as an alternative to the squalid vision of Hassan Nasrallah and Nizar Rayyan.
What is the real cause of conflict in the Middle East? I would like to know the views of the Jew as well as the Arabs as to the versions of each side.
The Arabs have control over a large deposit of fossil oil - one of the basic needs of mankind today - and large man-power while the Jews have economic power throughout the world. So for the world to live in peace there should be peace in the Middle East. In my view it is through a policy of "live and let live" that peace can be achieved in the Middle East or elsewhere in the world.
The resources of the world can satisfactorily meet the needs of mankind on the policy of "live and let live" BUT it cannot satisfactorily meet the greediness of mankind where a section or group wants everything of everything to itself. That is the cause of the Sri Lankan conflict too and strangely enough the Jews and the Arabs are together in supporting one side - the Government - in the conflict.
People with an anti-Israel mindset will not understand the real situation.
"Live and Let Live" should be the basic policy for starting any peace efforts.
The parties involved in the conflict MUST first agree to the above principle, if peace is to be seen in the Middle East.
If those opposing the existence of Israel as a State cannot be made to accept the existence of Israel as a State with its boundaries as carved out by the UN, then there will NOT be peace in the Middle East. This is a prerequisite for peace in the Middle East.
Actually it is more a case of those who cannot be made to accept the existence of a Palestinian state with its borders as drawn by the UN then you are right that there will not be peace in the Middle East or as it perhaps should be more correctly called, the Near East. It should say something that Israel is in violation of more UN Resolutions than any other nation on earth including Iran!.
But all this is totally off the subject that asks what you. Sie Kathieravealu, what will you do for Peace in the Middle East. The same question applies to Sunshine Girl above who like most people on this site, lays the blame here, there or everywhere but will not commit to answer the question of what they are going to do for peace in the Middle East? If nothing, then say so and go elsewhere!

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