The definition of Zionism has many facets. Before one can discuss this highly charged subject, it would be helpful to define Zionism in general terms. Zionism is the national revival movement of the Jewish people. It holds that the Jews have the right to self-determination in their own national home, and the right to develop their national culture. Historically, Zionism strove to create a legally recognized national home for the Jews in their historical homeland. This goal was implemented by… Continue
When we hosted our Peace Café in Tel Aviv last month, our Jordanian partner Donna Qawasmi,excited about our event, was on her way to Israel for the first time. At the border she was interrogated for three hours. When she said she was on her way to the Peace Café, a soldier asked her: “You think you’re going to save the world?” That night, back in Amman, Donna wrote in her blog on mepeace.org. She wrote she felt “humiliated”. She received more than 50… Continue
Many Israelis view this solution as an anti-Semitic attempt to destroy Israel. However, as I have mentioned in a previous article on my blog, this is not a new idea at all. The idea was entertained by the well-known Jewish philosophers, Martin Buber and Judah Magnes in the 1920’s. The history of the establishment of the State of Israel is a tragic one. It provided hope for the Jewish people and the survivors of the Nazi holocaust while resulting in the displacement of the indigenous Palestinian… Continue
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be a smoldering problem in the Middle East and remains a threat to the stability of the region. The world today has become a smaller place – a global village. The ramifications of what happens in this region affect the stability of the world. There are still no signs that a solution to this conflict is at hand. The US has decided to hold a peace conference in November with the participation of Israel and Palestine as well as invitations to the… Continue
As shows on My Page here on mepeace.org, I have a central blog I have called cityofenoch.blogspot. On that blog I created a glossary of words that I use often when I express myself (online and elsewhere). I think not everyone understands these words the same way I do.
I thought it would be of interest to some here what my definition of "world" is (and that I have already put in my glossary on the cityofenoch blog). We use the word "world" commonly -- for example, "world… Continue
What is needed to deepen and empower mutual understanding for parties in conflict in the path for peace?
Dealing with peacemaking demands us first to understand the history of the conflict from both sides’ views.
I will briefly draw some guidelines that can be the minimum tools and principles required to direct us in making peace and deepen the mutual understanding for parties in conflict especially in intractable conflict like the Israeli-Arab… Continue
Even the title sounds a bit out there. What, the Middle East, the world’s largest producer of oil, becoming a center for green technology, and renewable energy? Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? And yet, the sheer incongruity of it all may just be enough to make it work. In a world of increasing uncertainty, sometimes it is the unexpected that is to be expected.
Look at the world, and what do you see? A lot of good things, that’s for sure. Beauty surrounds us wherever we choose to look. But… Continue
IT is easy to conclude that Israel has paid a diabolical price to honour the Jewish state's unbreakable promise to its citizens that soldiers will never be left stranded on foreign soil, even in death. The return of prisoners to the Iran-backed group, Hezbollah, in exchange for the corpses of two young Israeli soldiers who were kidnapped on… Continue
The preoccupation with Jewish-Arab relations, whether in the framework of professional work or part of daily life, brings us directly or indirectly to confront the conflict and the politics of the conflict. In my many meetings with activists in the practical sphere and in Arab Jewish dialogue, it seems that always, consciously or unconsciously, we… Continue
[Highlight: "It is hard for anyone with normal sensibilities to comprehend how someone can feel joy and hatred while smashing in the head of a four-year-old child. What kind of pathology can cause a society to celebrate such evil?"]
A celebration of evil
Editorial Jerusalem Post
Jul. 14, 2008
Preparations are in full swing in Lebanon to celebrate the return of Samir Kuntar.
John McCain has a daunting task ahead of him. He believes deeply in securing a victory in Iraq, at a time when the American people’s support for the war is at an all time low. He believes deeply that Islamic extremism is the transcendent issue of our time, at a time when Americans are preoccupied with economic woes. He believes deeply in cleaning up the environment, at a time when Americans are facing the prospect of $5 a gallon gas.
One of the hurdles that John McCain will have to… Continue
Added by Nissim Dahan on July 8, 2008 at 1:00am —
What is peace? Peace is a state of non-violence, the absence of hostility, peace is the opposite ofwar, it is our need to move from the old world of wars ,to the new knowledge of living together for development of better interests for all of us, to have peace we need law ,justice ,respect ,and logic ,peace can not be made with illogical person ,or someone who dose not respect his words, this will be wasting of time ,peace required power and coordination of all parts to produce the proper… Continue
"Our right to defend ourselves from destruction does not give us the right to oppress others.
Occupation results in foreign ruling.
Foreign ruling results in resistance.
Resistance results in oppression.
Oppression results in terror and counter-terror.
The victims of terror are usually innocent people.
Holding the territories will turn us into a people of murderers and murder victims. Evacuate the…Continue