The Stones of Jerusalem


The Stones of Jerusalem

Peace has always started with an open hand of friendship. Peace is only a possibility if you let it be so.

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Latest Activity: Oct 18, 2011

Peace has always started with an open hand of friendship.

Peace is only a possibility if you let it be so.

It takes courage to call those who would kill us, are our brothers and sisters. It takes courage to say as Gandhi did:-
"I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill."

Both your peoples have suffered terribly from the wrongs of the past. The suffering continues. The weeping stones of Jerusalem cry out with blood of your children.
Peacemakers. This group, The Stones of Jerusalem has bee set up because I wanted to see a representative group of people join together to express through love and poetry their desire for peace and stability. As the group creator I am neither Jew nor Arab, so I will always be looking for guidance and leadership from you who share this great city.

As a city there are many divisions; physical, metaphysical, religious, cultural, wealth, access to services and many more that I am sure you will tell me about.

I want this to be a neutral meeting ground where we leave our hatreds, our pugnacious thoughts and our bitter arguments at the door. Here we meet as equals in every sense of that word. Here we meet as friends across the gaps and divisions.

I am particularly looking for poets from both sides who can best illustrate not only what Jerusalem has been but what it is and what it could become. I will invite poets to come to our group An Absence in Jerusalem on our sister site in ipeace where we are seeking to build an artistic bridge over the divisions. This group can be found on:-

How do we become the peace we seek?

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Comment by Lennart Sundström on October 8, 2008 at 12:53am
I think meeting your "enemy", in dialogue or negotiations, is a brave deed and another corner stone of Jerusalem.

It was encouraging to me to read the book:
"The Best of Enemies: The Memoirs of Bassam Abu-Sharif and Uzi Mahnaimi"
Comment by Lennart Sundström on October 8, 2008 at 12:40am

you wrote:
"there is no cause for which I am prepared to let anyone kill me."

Yes, I think you are absolutely right in that statement. Peaceful strivings and non-violence implies there should be no stubborn "causes" forcing my neighbour to be a killer. There should be other goals, mutually appreciated causes, methods and solutions to reach a win-win situation...
Comment by Lennart Sundström on October 4, 2008 at 12:58am
Ana, you are bright and experienced. No flattering :-).

Let us invite Hamas in the dialogue. And let us find out. Where is and who is Hamas? Anyone?
Comment by Lennart Sundström on October 3, 2008 at 9:45pm
Ana, _if_ you were a "warmaker", would you kick out your fellow beings from Jerusalem?
Jews? Muslims? Christians? Buddhists? Atheists? Humanists? Or the sweet swedes :-)?

Ana, the dialogue is the water, the water of life, and it is one of the corner stones of Jerusalem.

Why do "warmakers" give up war? Maybe they have recognized it wasn´t worth the price? Why did they consider war to be best solution in the first place? To kill for "peace"?

My Jerusalem consists of no building stone from the "warmakers". Maybe a remembrance plate.

The most important corner stone of Jerusalem is the open gate.
Comment by Lennart Sundström on October 2, 2008 at 12:12am

You wrote:

"We dialogue openheartedly, we reach a rational compromise.
How will this bring peace, given the fact that we are not making war?"

Do you mean that an openhearted dialogue and that a rational compromise isn´t good enough? How come? Maybe the dialogue wasn´t open enough?

Manipulations and halfhidden agendas are no stones of Jerusalem.
Comment by Lennart Sundström on October 1, 2008 at 11:05pm
Another stone of Jerusalem is the rational compromise.
Comment by Lennart Sundström on October 1, 2008 at 9:28pm
One stone of Jerusalem is an openhearted dialogue.

Logos flowing through warm and open hearts is, to my mind, one of the corner stones.
Comment by perola on October 1, 2008 at 1:47pm
BOM, essa união é para ser instalada a paz no planeta , é bem mais que um pedido desesperado de PAZ, é uma organização planeteria, tendo como objetivo maior a Paz, para todos os povos sem nunhum tipo de separativismo.Sem duvida é muito dificil se falar de paz quando estamos dentro de uma guerra, mas também é quando mais desejamos a PAZ. Essa união tem que vir de todo o planeta, para compensar os lugares que temos nossos irmãos em conflito, porque estão mais fragilizados.Temos de nos fortalecer a cada instante, temos que nos manter focado no objetivo maior a PAZ, que se faz real de dentro para fora, então estar em Paz, não pode ser mais uma utopia, desse estar em Paz depende a Paz de muito dos nossos irmãos.
É um trabalho de conciencia universal, é obvio que o planeta está um caos, o que se fez necessário,para podermos chegar onde chegamos, agora o processo de Paz esta no final e depende muito dos organizadores fimar a consciencia no Estar em Paz.
Comment by Deborah J. Boyd on October 1, 2008 at 11:02am
Education + Prosperity = Peace. Israel probably has a better than average per capita level of education. I am not so sure that Palestine can even say they have a majority of their people who are literate. I seriously doubt the majority of people in many of the Arabic countries, including women, are literate. Dictators benefit from keeping people in the dark. Internet access in today's world benefits economic development.
Arguing over religion benefits nobody.
Comment by Jacqueline O on October 1, 2008 at 10:20am

David Dear Friend thanx for the invitation to join this group. Jerusalem has over the ages been at the receiving end of so much destruction and yet she survives to continue on in her magnificence a most wonderous place I have been told and also read about.

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