Lisa Saffron's Blog (9)

Lend for Peace

A Palestinian woman who loves to cook needs a loan of $2000 to buy a fridge and a rotisserie for her small restaurant. Through, a global non-profit that puts individual lenders in touch with vetted Palestinian entrepreneurs, we can do something constructive to help her out of poverty without making her a recipient of charity. "By encouraging economic opportunity and hope through microfinance, seeks to foster stability and… Continue

Added by Lisa Saffron on April 20, 2009 at 12:25pm — No Comments

I recommend "The Trouble with Islam Today" by Irshad Manji

I recommend Irshad Manji’s book, The Trouble with Islam Today. She writes the book as an open letter to her fellow Muslims, challenging them to join her in Operation Ijtihad (read the book to find out what this is). She throws in a call to non-Muslims as well, urging us to be careful of the racism that comes from over-compensating. This book is an inspiration to reaffirm our commitment to freedom of expression, individuality, and human rights for all.

Added by Lisa Saffron on April 18, 2009 at 10:13am — 2 Comments

Peace Fair in Bristol

On the 31st March, Sheila Yeger and I held a Peace Fair in Bristol (UK) to celebrate grassroots peacemaking initiatives in the Middle East. We wanted to be inspired and to inspire others with the possibilities of non-violent peaceful coexistence and harmony between Israelis and Palestinians. We knew of many creative projects where people were working together but we rarely hear about these projects in the news. The media focusses on conflict and violence, giving a misleading impression. We… Continue

Added by Lisa Saffron on April 8, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Radio Salaam Shalom and the media

After a visit to the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel in 2005, I stopped listening to the mainstream media. Having gained a deeper understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian relationship during the visit, I was painfully aware of bias, distorted framing of the conflict, hypocrisy, and lies in news stories carried by the British media. But that wasn't the only reason I tuned out. It was the unstated agenda that disturbed me – an agenda that goes beyond the reporting of events to one… Continue

Added by Lisa Saffron on March 22, 2009 at 8:24pm — No Comments

A Time To Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity

January 2009: A Palestinian man in his 60s is driving his two teenage sons back to Khan Younis in southern Gaza when they are fired upon by Israeli soldiers. They are ordered out of their car. One son is shot and dies immediately. The other is shot in the leg. The father begs the soldiers, who are visible and within speaking distance, for an ambulance. For 11 hours, they refuse his request. He has a mobile phone and calls humanitarian agencies, the emergency medical services, the media and… Continue

Added by Lisa Saffron on March 11, 2009 at 7:35pm — 2 Comments

Listening to the Tune in Dialogue

I invite you to join me on my Listening to the Tune in Dialogue blog - you'll find out about my latest activities and thoughts. I hope you'll be inspired to add a comment and share what you've been doing. Read about my lessons in compassion, what Irshad Manji has to stay about coming out, an interesting dialogue tool for talking about Gaza, the Media4Diversity seminar in Prague and what Hitler's soul says about why Hitler did what he did. See you there:… Continue

Added by Lisa Saffron on March 2, 2009 at 7:19pm — No 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

Two creative responses to violent conflict – a drama and a novel

Two teenagers die.

Two families suffer.

What happens when two mothers refuse to be enemies?

Hear these messages of hope from two Jewish writers.

Dove by Sheila Yeger, professional playwright with more than 30 productions to her credit. You can listen to Dove by going to

Checkpoint by Lisa Saffron, facilitator of compassionate listening dialogue groups. More about the novel at… Continue

Added by Lisa Saffron on October 30, 2008 at 4:17pm — No Comments

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