January 2009 Blog Posts (86)

Arab reaction

I am writing this post while the war in the Gaza area is going on but I plan to only post it after the violence has stopped. I understand how violence and war brings out the emotions in both sides and that is the issue I want to discuss.

In the interest of understanding and venting, I will be brutally honest, blunt and offensive: I have a problem with the way Arabs react. I am directing this to Arabs not to offend you but to understand. I don’t know how else to explain it but I find… Continue

Added by Corey Gil-Shuster on January 29, 2009 at 10:31pm — 3 Comments

Power: Is It The Key for True Peace and Justice? by Wael Al Saad

After Gaza slaughters, the callings and thoughts of unity have risen in a noticeable way, which are considered a positive signs, and indicates to the mass mental reserves our people have.

In most of my writings and thoughts I mention the importance of making tools to integrate them ( ideas and thoughts) so we could (return) the process of dissect our cause accurately in an integral, scientific, and organized way from all sides and Palestinian points of views using the attribute of… Continue

Added by Hiba on January 29, 2009 at 2:22pm — 2 Comments

Arabs that live in Israel have more rights than Arabs living in other countries, yet have fewer rights than Jewish Israelies?!

I have been hearing this arguement for quite some time now.

I hear on one hand that Arabs (Palestinians) living in Israel Proper (I imagine Israel proper when people make these arguements, not the occupied Palestinian territories, such as the West Bank and Gaza) have more rights than Arabs living in other Arab countries?

How is this true? Examples?

Yet how are they not given the same/equal rights as Jewish Israelies (again, when human rights groups claim that Arab +… Continue

Added by Stephanie Chase on January 29, 2009 at 2:24am — 3 Comments

Creating a positive vision

On the 22nd January, 30 people came to a meeting in Bristol (UK) to hold the people of Israel and Palestine in their hearts during this time of terrible conflict. Called by 3 friends (2 Jews and a Quaker), the purpose was to infuse public opinion with compassion. Why? Because we cannot even think of changing minds without first opening hearts. We believe the 9.5 million people living in Israel and Palestine are intelligent and creative enough to find their own way to peace. They deserve our… Continue

Added by Lisa Saffron on January 28, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

modern slavery to bank debt notes

From “Zeitgeist Addendum”

“It is no measure of health to be adjusted to a profoundly sick society” J. Krishnamurti . . . .

The fractional reserve policy perpetuated by the Fedreal Reserve which has spread in practice to the great majority of banks in the world is in fact a system of modern slavery. Just as the Federal Reserve keeps the American public in a position of indentured servitude through perpetual debt, inflation, and interest; the World Bank and the… Continue

Added by Nicholas Truske on January 27, 2009 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Should we have different discussions/101 sections about different Middle East issues, religions, languages, cultures, etc?

I've noticed that a lot of topics have been brought up lately but I was wondering, if maybe we should create different groups on here on mepeace or make sections that talk about different countries in the Middle East, ex: Syria, Hizbollah, Iraq, Muslim Brotherhood, Zionism, etc.

I thought that maybe that this could be a good way to help organize certain ideas, topics and subjects, if we plan to search for them.

What do you think?

Please let me know what your thoughts… Continue

Added by Stephanie Chase on January 27, 2009 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Shared Destiny

Shared Destiny by Byron DeLear

Brit Olam has broken through into the media this past week here in Israel. We recorded a campaign song and it’s been played several times on the radio and on television – and interviews with candidates from the Brit Olam slate have been conducted on the mainstream Israeli TV stations.

Our meeting last Friday—between Brit Olam and the Arab Druze… Continue

Added by Byron DeLear on January 27, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Reflections on the Inauguration

The inauguration of President Obama occurred just a few short days ago, but already, some of the memories of that momentous event seem to be fading. What I do recall in particular, are the countless smiles which lit up the faces of the two million people in attendance, and the countless tears which rolled down their faces. For many, the election to the presidency of an African American was the fulfillment of a life-long dream that they thought would never come. The day marked not just an… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on January 26, 2009 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Jewish Voice For Peace

Give your friends hope

Look – we believe that reaching President Obama with our message isn’t going to be easy. We know that. That’s why it is so very critical that you take that extra step of sharing our open letter with people you know. For every six people you tell, only one might join us – so please don’t hold back!

Use one of the blog badges below, print out the posters, or send an e-mail using the forms below (scroll down and you'll see a sample… Continue

Added by Farida Magdalena Gillot on January 25, 2009 at 9:11pm — 1 Comment

1000 Rabbis Call On Obama: Make Mideast Peace A Top Priority

Brit Tzedek V'Shalom, a Jewish Human Rights group for Justice in Israel and Palestine created a youtube video, asking Barack Obama to put the Israel/Palestine conflict as a the top of his priorities, and to bring peace and justice for both peoples on both sides.

Here is the link:

One of the Rabbis is the cousin of Michelle Obama!!!

Love and Blessings

Stephanie… Continue

Added by Stephanie Chase on January 24, 2009 at 4:45am — 1 Comment

Arabic-Hebrew Song titled "The Time of Peace"

I received this really cool e-mail from a list serve that I am on.

I received the link to a song performed, written by Yuval Ron Ensemble.

The performance combined Jewish, Christian and Sufi Music. This is an Arabic and Hebrew song called 'The

Time of Peace'. It is very very moving.

These are the things that we should be focusing on-- how can we work together as brothers?

I… Continue

Added by Stephanie Chase on January 24, 2009 at 4:21am — 1 Comment

Erich Fried: Hear, O Israel!

When we were the persecuted

I was one of you

How can I remain one

when you become the persecutors?

Your longing was

to become like other nations

who murdered you

Now you have become like them

You have outlined those

who were cruel to you

Does their cruelty

live on in you now?

The poem is written by Erich Fried after the Six Days war in 1967.

He is Jewish, born in Austria, exiled to Great Britain when… Continue

Added by Hannah MeenErhabi Nesbit on January 23, 2009 at 5:25pm — No Comments

A Promising Tactic for Peace

Working in Israel is linguistically challenging when you don’t speak Hebrew or Arabic. I am trying to learn as best and as quickly as possible – it’s always helpful to be able to communicate directly. So I learn to count to ten, learn how to say ‘please’, ‘thank you’ – ‘left and right’… bathroom, you know.

There’s always the period in each meeting where I get to interact and exchange ideas and sentiments with the help from a translator. Sometimes I feel like one of those TV… Continue

Added by Byron DeLear on January 22, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Thank you Sir Gerald Kaufman - for your compassion on Gaza

House of Commons Debates (UK)

15 January 2008

3.5 pm

Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton) (Lab): I was brought up as an orthodox Jew and a Zionist. On a shelf in our kitchen, there was a tin box for the Jewish National Fund, into which we put coins to help the pioneers building a Jewish presence in Palestine.

I first went to Israel in 1961 and I have been there… Continue

Added by Stewart Mills on January 22, 2009 at 1:19pm — No Comments

MePeace is Creating Peace in Sudan, Congo, Uganda and South Africa - Thank you!

I have just joined MePeace and I want to thank the people who have asked me to be friends. Largely due to our MePeace article, referenced below:

Major General Kulwant Singh (Indian Army, Retired), Dr. John Hagelin and Dr. David Leffler (17 January 2009). "Attn: Secretary Rice and Secretary-General Ki-moon: A Scientifically Validated, Durable and Sustainable Peaceful Means to End Protracted Violence in the Middle East" (… Continue

Added by Dr. David Leffler on January 21, 2009 at 6:47pm — No Comments

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Going deep within myself

I feel the Love,the Light,the Peace

Going deeper in myself I feel the Oneness

with all my Brothers and Sisters in the Universe

the Tree is growing in my heart

and from the fruits we are eating

the Water is streeming through my veins

and we are drinking

the Fields are full of cereals

and we are enjoying our food

the Birds are singing in my voice

and I am happy

the complete Creation is moving and living in… Continue

Added by Jeanine on January 21, 2009 at 12:13am — 1 Comment

'Hamas torturing Fatah members in Gaza' - 100 Fatah members killed or wounded by Hamas

'Hamas torturing Fatah members in Gaza'

Jan. 19, 2009

Khaled Abu Toameh

Hamas militiamen have rounded up hundreds of Fatah activists on suspicion of "collaboration" with Israel during Operation Cast Lead, Fatah members in the Gaza Strip told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

They said the Hamas crackdown on Fatah intensified after the cease-fire went into effect early Sunday morning.

The Fatah… Continue

Added by Sunshine Girl on January 20, 2009 at 11:38pm — No Comments

Stopping the symptoms or causes of aggression in Palestine / Israel?

Some points to consider ...

On the subject of defeating Hamas:

"They hit first..." is the kind of justification for "violence in response" that might be expected from children who have not yet learnt how to behave in a civilised manner.

Hamas rockets and grenades are weapons of mass destruction just like Israeli bombs and missiles. Israel, like Iraq in the time of Saddam Hussein, is a member state of the United Nations. It is under the same… Continue

Added by Ramsey on January 20, 2009 at 10:56pm — 1 Comment

The only thing Hamas likes better than dead Israelis is dead Palestinians

Reaffirming the Right of Israel to Exist in the Face of Hamas Attacks in Gaza

By Mortimer Zuckerman Posted January 15, 2009

What the world cannot remember the Israelis cannot forget. The Israelis know the Jewish nation has been one defeat away from extinction for 70… Continue

Added by Sunshine Girl on January 20, 2009 at 8:38pm — No Comments

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