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Article sharing or dumping? my advice to practitioners

Started this discussion. Last reply by JC | WorriedLebanese Dec 29, 2009. 6 Replies

Concealing Palestinians: A telling advert on the Separation Barrier

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Regional Normalisation... an assessment

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My personal story:
First reaction: Why would i share my personal story with an anonymous audience?
Second reaction: Do I have a personal story?
Why I want peace:
I have lived through too many wars.
Interests and activities:
Research on Interfaith and Intercultural issues
Peace activism
Something you didn't know about me:
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How I found
You've got to blame Eyal for this.
What I want to achieve here:
Discuss different topics related to War and Peace. Share with others my experience in peace work and interfaith dialogue, and learn about theirs! Search for, discover and invent ways to advance peace on all sides of Galilea (higher, lower, south, north, east and west).
Is that starting to sound like a life project? :-s
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The need for different fora, for a different interface

Posted on April 1, 2009 at 12:00pm 8 Comments

One of the main problems with the Ning interface is that it doesn't allow the multiplication of fora. All postings are dumped into the same forum, even though they are very different in many aspects. It's as news items in a local newspaper appeared in chronological order... or according to a couple of broad themes.

As bloggers, readers and commentators have different needs and different interests, it would be better if there were a separation between different types of… Continue

Taking a couple of weeks off MEpeace

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 2:00pm 7 Comments

I've spent over 20 hours these past 10 days reading and answering a couple of posts. That's a lot of hours considering the little time I have to spare. How productive was that? Is it worth it or am I wasting my time?

I started wondering why I was came here to start with. What brought me back day after day. Could it be pleasure? Did I enjoy the blame game that some members drag everyone in? Did I appreciate the endless and repetitive arguments in which anger and sarcasm took over? I… Continue

On Friend Request: reversing a policy

Posted on September 14, 2008 at 10:00am 11 Comments

Today, I decided to become popular! How? By accepting all the friendship requests I have received.

The idea seems unpleasant and degrading (for friendship), but why not try something new. It's just another word (albeit an inadequate one) for networking, isn't it?

I just closed my eyes for a minute thinking of the extraordinary concept of "friendship request". I tried to follow their translation in the subtitles and in my language they said: "Hello stranger. I've never met you… Continue

Anger management 101

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 7:30pm 3 Comments

The biggest difficulty I face as a Peaceseeker is anger-management, that is the management of my anger and that of the people I'm talking to.

I realised today that in my reaction to Ada Aharoni's post, I wasn't able to get rid of the emotion that had filled my heart. Even though I was rather analytical in my answer, I was confrontational when I said: "I fail to understand how a human rights activist agrees to approach two distinct (yet intertwined) tragedies like a… Continue

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At 4:39pm on June 13, 2010, Hayyim Feldman said…
Thanks, JC (re my ideas for n-v resistance). Why don't you post your query about it in the public discussion thread? There can't be more than one degree of separation (if that) between mepeace and Free Gaza, and every comment draws further attention to the discussion.
At 1:13pm on June 11, 2010, Hayyim Feldman said…
Looks like you didn't read my reply about what nonviolent resistance on the Marmara might have looked like. You can find it Here.

As you said, the Rachel Corrie made only a blip in the news cycle. That blip means that most people who heard about it at all heard only that another Free Gaza boat had gone to try and break the blockade (even if one thinks that's not really what happened, it's still what people heard) and was again intercepted, this time without combat or injury. So yes, I think it helped reestablish Free Gaza's nonviolent direct action credentials in the eyes of the general public, and I think that's whose eyes mattered and that was the immediate need. I doubt anyone thinks it says much about what will happen next time, and I don't take too seriously Israel's ability to define appropriate nonviolent resistance for the world. It's not like there was some "correct" response GFree Gaza could have made that the Israelis would not have tried to use against them. I think they chose the best option (though I doubt the ladders were necessary).

At 1:50am on June 10, 2010, Hayyim Feldman said…
Sorry for the delay. I've now replied to your query in the discussion (actually, I tried yesterday, but lost it). The folks on the Rachel Corrie made what I think was the right decision to not attempt any nonviolent resistance, but rather to cooperate fully (they let down ladders over the side for IDF to climb up and board them) in order to try and re-establish their movement's smudged nonviolent credentials.

As I wrote in one of my comments in the discussion, Gandhi changed the name of his movement from "passive resistance" to satyagraha (truthforce), in part because nonviolent resistance and non-cooperation is not passive.

At 7:26pm on June 7, 2010, Neri Bar-On said…
let me repeat myself, I always happy to see you visit here, you bring the wisdom and inquiry spirit I like
At 4:18pm on March 31, 2010, Hagay said…
Meditation for Peace

April 16, 2010 from 11am to 1pm – Neve Shalom/Wahat as-Salam

You are all most welcome to attend a Meditation for peace that will be held on April 16 at 11:00AM, in Neve Shalom/Wahat as-Salam.

Mediation as you probably know, leads to relaxation, harmony, inner peace, which results in harmony and peace with our environment and Humanity.

The waves of energy and positive ideas in a state of meditation will have tremendous effects in a peaceful way and reduce aggressiviy in many ways. Can influence our political leaders to be more peaceful and harmonious.

Join us in great number and invite your friends to attend.

The success of this event depend on all of us.
At 1:15pm on October 23, 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
Faisal Al-Hatib
At 1:14pm on October 23, 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 10:39am on October 15, 2009, naderqaiq said…
ok, why not. what do you want to know? i will answer you for all the questions you will post.
At 1:57am on September 28, 2009, Vanessa Di Domenico said…
Hi JC, yes, I know the lady who told me the story is angry- her ancestors were hard-working immigrants into Venezuela, who managed to make loads of money, and she studied in both the US and Lebanon. But I remember something about that war myself- I was about 12 and had 2 great friends, a Jew and a Lebanese arab, niece of the lady I spoke of before. I was raised as an atheist, taught that religion is nothing but entertainment for crazy people and a tool for evil 'leaders' to abuse (not my opinion). I remember the Jewish girl was very ashamed of her country's abusing our other friend's country, and I kept telling them both that religion was bad. But in the end, our Lebanese friend got to marry the guy she wanted, a big Shell executive, while the jewish girl's life was controlled by her family! She and her sister had to have their boyfriends hidden from their parents, and then had to marry Jews!
I agree though that the religion thing is mostly just an excuse to exclude others from what brings us welfare- its what my mother hates about it.
At 5:41pm on September 24, 2009, Vanessa Di Domenico said…
Hello JC, I am in Venezuela, and just a few weeks ago, a lady who studied at the Beirut University told me one of her best friends was a woman who exploded herself at the Munich Olympics. She also told me of how she was trapped in Beirut when Israel attacked because Lebanon had given shelter to Palestinians who had bombed Israel from Lebanon. She seemed pretty angry at the Palestinians, calling them ungrateful guests. What my mother and I can't understand is why people keep fighting over land as dry and useless as Israel and Palestine its' not like its the AMAZON! It cannot be pleasing to G-d to see people worshipping cities instead of following His instructions, which were totally anti-war for all 3 of His groups! And why is Israel dry today, if G-d called it a fruitful land? It must be because He's angry that people keep worshipping the land instead of HIM? What do you think?


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