August 2009 Blog Posts (38)

directions for getting to Beit Jalla

could someone give directions as how to get to Beit Jalla from Modiin?

Added by sandra on August 29, 2009 at 8:48am — 7 Comments

New England Paper Highlights Aziz Sarah’s Work as a Peacemaker

Published by malloryh under Israel, Palestine, Palestinians, citizen diplomacy, narrative, peace process

By Mallory Huggins

A few weeks ago, The Jewish Voice & Herald (which serves New England and Southeastern Massachusetts) spolighted our own Aziz Abu Sarah’s work as an activist in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The article, titled “Palestinian activist: From angry young man to a proponent of peace,” discusses Aziz’s very personal connection to the conflict and how he… Continue

Added by CRDC_GMU on August 28, 2009 at 9:47pm — No Comments

The Music Of Poligraf : Juggernaut part 4

(Erie Steam Road Roller scanned by Andy Dingley from the "New Catechism of the Steam Engine.")

“Steamroller” is probably the most busy piece of poligrafic music…


Added by Christopher Stewart on August 28, 2009 at 12:20am — No Comments

Seeking peacemakers in Jerusalem/Al Kuds

I am leading a tour of Jerusalem for a small group of students October 21-25. I am seeking meetings and activities with peacemakers in the Jerusalem area, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim.

אני מוביל סיור בירושלים לקבוצת סטודנטים קטנה, בין 21-25 באוקטובר. ברצוני ליצור מפגשים ופעילויות עם שוחרי שלום באזור יהודים, נוצרים ומוסלמים.

Added by Daniel Burstyn on August 26, 2009 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Congratulations - 3,000 peacemakers on

Yay! We have just surpassed 3,000 peacemakers. Thank you for helping us achieve this milestone. We did this together! MEPEACE is creating a movement for peace - online and on the ground. We are working together for a better future.

Here are links you may find helpful:

* About us (our goals and activities):

* The peacemakers (with advanced search):

* Support us (invest in our… Continue

Added by Eyal Raviv on August 26, 2009 at 9:36am — No Comments

MEPEACE group in the Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Our MEPEACE group in the Peace and Collaborative Development Network is now up and running. Everyone is invited to join, share and contribute!

If you haven't already, please come and join the Peace and Collaborative Development Network:…


Added by Oliver Haack on August 25, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment


After reading this article, it made me feel worthless; a punch in the face to all people that are working towards peace and reconciliation, making it sounds as if it is/was a joke!

I found this article to be offensive, making it sound like dialogue is counter productive. I personally feel that dialogue will bring people together (maybe not necessarilly their governments), and dispell the stereotypes, racism, hate that they had been taught, and come to see the other side as human… Continue

Added by Stephanie Chase on August 25, 2009 at 6:36am — 5 Comments

The Music Of Poligraf : The Dam part 7

("Between the waves" by Ivan Aivazovsky)

The seventh chapter of "The Dam" is entitled "Flow" and presents our protagonist/narrator having passed the test, overcome the obstacle, levelled the dam, and…


Added by Christopher Stewart on August 25, 2009 at 6:03am — No Comments

Um blog sobre fimes de guerra..

Boa noite!!

Hoje entrei em um blog que costuma fazer listas Top, pelo simples fato de a lista em questão ser sobre filmes de guerra. Bem, críticas á parte sobre os filmes de hollywood, os filmes de guerra tem sido um bom material de pesquiza, esquecendo é claro dos filmes tendenciosos e meramente comerciais. Acredito que bons filmes de guerra, ou usando um melhor termo: filmes realistas, que despertam a conciência da humanidade para a questão dos conflitos possam nos ajudar na nossa… Continue

Added by Camila on August 25, 2009 at 3:39am — No Comments

Arabs Need to Talk to the Israelis

Written By:

Shaikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa

Crown Prince of Bahrain

We need fresh thinking if the Arab Peace Initiative is to have the impact it deserves on the crisis that needlessly impoverishes Palestinians and endangers Israel's security.

This crisis is not a zero-sum game. For one side to win, the other does not have to lose.

The peace dividend for the entire Middle East is potentially immense. So why have we not gotten… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on August 24, 2009 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Winning Back Israel

During his recent meeting with Egypt's President Mubarak, President Obama expressed cautious optimism about the progress being made in the Arab-Israeli peace process. While both presidents noted that there was "movement in the right direction," eight months of American direct engagement in the Arab-Israeli conflict has produced few tangible results. Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who has been shuttling back and forth to the region to negotiate between parties, has yet to persuade the… Continue

Added by Alon Ben-Meir on August 24, 2009 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Justice is just ice.

When we realize our collective concept of justice is without a soul, heartless and cold, we will understand why peace is necessary and how to achieve it. The only difficulty is that realization is rarely achieved collectively, and the awakened individual is left without support, accused of undermining justice by calling for mercy. Perhaps there is a critical mass factor involved.

The right to defend oneself is innate and instinctual, and not evil. But the right to punish after the… Continue

Added by Michael Lockhart on August 23, 2009 at 7:34am — 3 Comments

Back to the [Palestinian] Future: A View From 2019.

My latest in Haaretz. The article is a futuristic speech by a futuristic Palestinian leader. And no, I am not advocating a one-state solution (not yet). The piece is simply a creative effort to remind people that the window of opportunity for the two-state solution is rapidly closing. If you like what you read please spread it around.

Added by Roi Ben-Yehuda on August 22, 2009 at 11:53am — 4 Comments

Remembering Dr. Judah Magnes

You made a modest proposal in HaAretz, but I fear there were some people who came before, in the late 1930's and into the early 1940's until he and his colleagues were trashed by the the Zionist leadership. Rather than writing mostly what I remember from my reading of a lengthy article in scholarly journal dealing with Jewish issues at Indiana University, I suggest to read it yourself. I had it on my files until by computer crashed and now it costs money I don't have. It ought to be available… Continue

Added by Zev Davis on August 21, 2009 at 6:39pm — 1 Comment

Ramadan Kareem, Chodesh Tov, and Recommendations!

As we are approaching 3,000 peacemakers on, we wish Ramadan Kareem to our Muslim friends, a good month of Elul to our Jewish friends, and blessings to all!

Thank you all who came to "Peace Talks" in Jerusalem today to prepare for our Interfaith Dinner on September 11. To join us on September 11, RSVP by emailing RSVP today, spaces are limited. The deadline for reserving a place is August 31. We want you with us three weeks from… Continue

Added by Eyal Raviv on August 21, 2009 at 6:35pm — No Comments

if our leaders can't do it

If our leaders can't do it

By Khadrah Jean Jaser AbuZant

Tags: Israel News

December 27, 2008, will be remembered by Palestinians as the beginning of the massacre in the Gaza Strip. To many Israelis it was the day the Israel Defense Forces began its response to Qassam rocket attacks from Gaza. Despite these differences, I believe everyone can agree it was a day that pushed us back several steps on the road to peace. Now is the time to… Continue

Added by helena hernandez on August 21, 2009 at 4:41pm — 1 Comment

The Music Of Poligraf : Stereoscopy

(Pocket Stereoscope by Joaquim Alves Gaspar )

“Stereoscopy” is the definitive title of a song which I used to refer to as “Point Of View.” I changed my mind about the title while writing and singing the melodies, thinking that the word doesn’t get the chance to be…


Added by Christopher Stewart on August 21, 2009 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Haaretz Petition

I'm one of those whi signed the Haaretz petition of September 22, 1967. I left Israel in 1975 when it became clear that the government was pushing settlement activity - meaning, for me, that there would be no chance of peace. I left Israel, and returned to the US. I wish I could contact some of the other signers of that petition, in particular Raif Elias, Arieh Bober and Chaim Hanegbi (I know that my dear friend Dan Omer died many years ago).


Added by Shneor Sherman on August 19, 2009 at 2:47am — No Comments

In Search of Justice

The following article was brought to my attention recently, about the brutal killing of a man on the promenade of a Tel Aviv beach.


August 17, 2009

“Our father was a man of peace,” says daughter of Tel Aviv murder victim.

Hundreds of people accompanied Leonard Karp, who was brutally beaten to death on the promenade of a Tel Aviv beach Friday night, as he was laid to rest in Petah Tikva on Sunday.

Karp’s daughters, one of which was with… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on August 18, 2009 at 9:57pm — No Comments

A look into Islam - the holy month of Ramadan

Ramadan رمضان is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. In the pre-Islamic era (known in Arabic as Al-Jahiliya), Arabs used a lunisolar calendar, similar to the one used by Jews today, or the one used in ancient Babylonia. During that time, Ramadan occurred at the heart of Summer, hence its name: "the month of ember" or "the month of hot ember-like sand" (akin to Hebrew רמץ). Today, Muslim use a purely lunar calendar, and therefore Ramadan can occur in any season of the year - each year a bit… Continue

Added by Dror on August 17, 2009 at 4:18pm — No Comments

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