Johanna Silverthorne
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Johanna Silverthorne's Blog

Acknowledgment and its role in the reconciliation process

Posted on October 30, 2009 at 11:30pm 3 Comments

One of the things that I have run across time and again is the power of acknowledgment. I think it is incredibly important for humans to feel acknowledged, but it is frequently overlooked. It is explored in art, literature, psychology, anthropology, and religion extensively. It comes up in highly successful programs among victims and perpetrators here in the US (I just saw another headline that those who commit crimes are far less likely to be repeat offenders if they have been required to make… Continue

Anna Baltzer and Dr. Mustafa Barghouti on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: An interesting look at US media and reactions to open discussion about Israel and Palestine

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 11:30pm 4 Comments

A few months ago I was privileged to meet Anna Baltzer, a Jewish-American woman working for peace among Israelis, Palestinians, and their supporters, and sharing information that is difficult to find in the US. Her presentation was completely in alignment with what I had personally observed during my travel in Israel and the West Bank. She is compassionate toward all who are suffering, and all who are confused about the issue, and her presentation was clear, detailed and disarming. I was deeply… Continue

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At 1:49pm on January 22, 2015, NILAY BAND said…
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At 10:50pm on January 6, 2010, Waleed Hammad said…
Hi Johana.. Thanks for adding me as a friend. I wish to know more about you and your views. Hope to meet you soon and talk in the chat room.
At 8:14pm on December 20, 2009, Eyal Raviv said…
Hi Johanna, join our chat at, or click on 'Chat' :)
At 9:39pm on October 30, 2009, fesalk411 said…
The Symbol of Peace

The symbol of peace falls in the land of peace
Will we give them the chance to bring down the symbol of peace in the land of peace?
Many people know this is a plot of land full of olive trees.
And many Israeli and Palestinian families make a living from these trees
Especially that so many Palestinian families do not have another source of living,
except these olive trees

Days before the start of the harvest, especially in the West Bank,
What happened was expected, the start was of some settlers groups fighting Palestinian families
and preventing them to enter to the olive harvest,
Then the settlers started shooting the Palestinians, and set fire in the trees
Finally, with the help of European, American, Israeli, and other people from all over the world,
Some Palestinian families succeeded to collect their olives.

So, I am the address to thank all those who helped these families and brought them happiness,
And say to the settlers: We will not let you bring down the symbol of peace
For the olive trees are the symbol of peace in the land of peace

סמל השלום
נופל סמל השלום בארץ השלום
האם לתת להם הזדמנות להפיל סמל השלום בארץ השלום?
הרבה אנשים יודעים שזה מגרש מלא עצי זית.
ומשפחות רבות של ישראלים ופלסטינים מתפרנסים מהעצים האלה.
במיוחד לכל כך הרבה משפחות פלסטיניות אין מקור הכנסה ,
רק עצי הזית האלה.
ימים לפני תחילת המסיק ובמיוחד בגדה המערבית.
מה שקרה היה צפוי, בהתחלה כמה קבוצות של יהודים נלחמו
במשפחות הפלסטיניות כדי למנוע מהם להיכנס אל מסיק הזיתים
אז פתחו המתנחלים באש על הפלסטינים ושרפו עצים שלהם.
בעזרה של אנשים מן האחוד האירופי, אמריקה, ישראלים ומכל ארצות העולם, הצליחו בסוף כמה משפחות פלסטיניות לאסוף את הזיתים שלהם................
לפיכך . אני הכתובת של תודה רבה לכל מי שעזר למשפחות הללו והביא שמחה ללבם....
ואמרו למתנחלים לא ניתן לכם להוריד את סמל השלום
כי עצי הזית הם סמל השלום בארץ השלום
פייסל אלחטיב
At 9:38pm on October 30, 2009, fesalk411 said…
A True Story By Faisal Al-Hatib
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.
At 8:36pm on September 8, 2009, Oliver Haack said…
Hello Johanna,

welcome to! Enjoy your time here.

I look forward to your contributions.

At 9:34am on September 8, 2009, Hannah Green said…
Hey Johanna! How are you doing? Great to see you here. I miss you and hope to see you here in the Middle East again :) xxHannah


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