"We are a group of Israeli and Palestinian individuals who were actively involved in the cycle of violence in our area. The Israelis served as combat soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinians were involved in acts of violence in the name…Continue
Added by Erik Rader on March 14, 2008 at 11:32pm —
Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans
Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground,
The emptiness of ages in his face,
And on his back the burden of the world.
Who made him dead to rapture and despair,
A thing that grieves not and that never hopes,
Stolid and stunned, a brother to the ox?
Who loosened and let down this brutal jaw?
Added by Mirium Ahmed on March 13, 2008 at 5:07am —
Libby and Len Traubman are an inspiration to the thousands who know them. I heard about this California couple when I participated in a dialogue between Palestinians and Jews in New York. This special couple dedicated to bringing people together in dialogues groups, peacemaker camps and other varied projects they have initiated. They are responsible for a great deal of co-existence and good relations between Arabs and… Continue
I am studying the word compassion for some time and i want to share with you the things that I have learned and the relevance it has for peace.
Compassion is a way of being which encompasses a few feelings:1. Love and empathy - to love a fellow human being just because he is a human being like you, who like you his life is very fragile and can end at any minute and like you is suffering at times and happy at other times. 2. Clearity - a compassionate person looks at his fellow… Continue
Added by Michal Dover on March 11, 2008 at 11:00am —
I have been wrestling with the concept of peace with justice. Rationally, I understand that a peace without justice is not a real peace. It would be a detente, but not really peace. On the other hand, when the word justice is used like a flag, it feels like a threat to "the other". They wonder "what do you mean by justice?", "Do I need to give up my home, my way of life, my security?" I agree that justice has to be the endgame, but to demand it up front is very similar to demanding "security"… Continue
As long as those who hate are not aware of those who are manipulating them, this song can never enough be spread over Internet. We are not and were never separated countries. The air, the sunshine and all the elements are for everyone. And after all if some people would not be polluting and destroying our earth with their war games, there would be enough for everyone.… Continue
Bringing the sun back. That's what we were doing after a week of bright sunlight in Amsterdam was replaced by mist. Almost 3,000 flowers came to Amsterdam for The Valentine Peace Project.
Volunteers came, the Dutch Flower Council sent a photographer, - lots and lots of kids and members of the Pijp community center gasped and awed at the bunches and bundles of carnations, tulips and irises shuffling from room to room as poems were wrapped, tied or taped around them.
Yael Patir is smart, determined and generous. Indeed, when I asked her to submit her photograph for this feature, she submitted a picture featuring her (on right) with her capable Palestinian partner, Nancy Sadiq. These two women share responsibility for more than 120 organizations working for Palestinian-Israeli peace within the Peace NGO Forum (mepeace.org included). Leave a… Continue
I met Bassam Aramin one week before his daughter was killed by the Israel Defence Forces. We met at Tel Aviv University, where Bassam shared his story at Tel Aviv University with Combatants for Peace, an organization of Palestinians and Israelis who have chosen to fight for peace.
Bassam was seventeen when he was jailed in Israel for helping to plan an attack on soldiers. During the seven years he was jailed, he studied Hebrew, Jewish history… Continue
Kenya is burning with ethnic cleansing, hatred, killing and starvation due to post-election violence. There is need for humanitarian support for these innocent children and women. Over 800 people have been killed and over 300,000 displaced!! Any suggestion as conflict resolution members!!
As former UN Secretary General is continuing with negotiation process, lets see what we can do as Mepeace community on humanitarian ground. You can contact me on:… Continue
Donna Qawasmi is a proud, modern, and brave Jordanian woman. I remember how warmly our community responded to her when she joined. She shares herself openly and creatively on her page, and that helps us get to know her. Naturally, when we initiated the feature of Peacemaker of the Week to share more personal stories, we wanted Donna's story to follow the inspiration of Earl Prignitz. Our interview… Continue
"On the 19th of September 2005 we watched a program on Channel 4/UK titled 'Peace One Day'.
Afterwards while discussing the programme with my friends we had a good laugh... 'Good for them, one day of peace. But what's wrong with the remaining 365 days?'
Since then we have committed ourselves to spreading the invitation by the General Assembley 55/282 of International Day of Peace where in paragraph 3 we read:
"... INVITES ALL, member states, organizations of the United… Continue
From James Twyman, Gregg Braden, Debbie Ford and others. This is a planned event for the launch of a movie, The Moses Code on April 5, 2008. Coincident to this launch is a global meditation opportunity, using the principles outlined in the movie.
The focus of this global meditation on April 6 will be peace…
We have wonderful peacemakers on mepeace.org. We can get to know them on the pages, in their profiles, through their sharing in photographs, and videos, blogs and discussion forums. I am inspired by our peacemakers and want to inspire others by offering a deeper perspective of their personal story and quality. To do this I will feature a "Peacemaker of the Week". Meet Earl Prignitz, a pacifist and retired minister living in the United States. Earl is…
Combatan ts for Peace is a powerful group of people. These are combatants from both sides of the conflict who have laid down their arms to make peace. The Activist Theatre Group is an offshoot of the Combatants for Peace organization, who meet monthly in the Palestinian village of Shufa to make peace through activist dialogue and theatre.
We open admission for the next "Gender, Peace building and De-militarization" international online course at TPU (Transcend Peace University). please see the details attached below, or go to the next link: http://www.transcend.org/tpu/courses.shtml?x=582…