Eyal Raviv's Blog – October 2007 Archive (6)

Standing for mepeace at the Peace NGO Forum

The Peace NGO Forum of the Peres Center for Peace convened its Israeli organizations this week for the fifth time. I shared mepeace in a little speech I made as a candidate for a position on the Forum's Steering Committee (see video of the speech here). I did not win. I have no regrets.

The Forum is currently comprised of 122 organizations: 74 Israel,… Continue

Added by Eyal Raviv on October 26, 2007 at 7:48pm — No Comments

mepeace brainstorming - I want to hear you too!

Brainstorming has helped mepeace become what it is. A myriad of people have contributed! This week we held our latest mepeace brainstorming meeting. In this photograph, at the conclusion of our meeting at a Tel Aviv Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, you see me between Allie and Kfir, aI thank them and Elad and Dolev for participating and for bringing their experience to bear. The ideas they generated for advancing mepeace were just fantastic and included:… Continue

Added by Eyal Raviv on October 26, 2007 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Personal Responsibility on a National Level

The young members of the Labor party in Israel held a meeting this past week at party headquarters. Young leaders of Israel's veteran political movement convened to discuss currents and invited the wisdom of Binyamin Ben Eliezer, Israel's serving Infrastructures Minister. I asked him this: Where is Israel taking responsibility? The Minister explained to us where the U.S. was at fault, and where the Palestinian leadership had erred. I asked him if he would take responsibility, as a… Continue

Added by Eyal Raviv on October 25, 2007 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Optimism vs. Pessimism

One week ago, OneVoice was supposed to execute simultaneous peace events in Jericho, Tel Aviv, London, Washington and Ottawa. OneVoice is a movement that works to give voice the silent majority. The idea is that most people on both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are moderates, but we don't hear their voice because the media highlights the other sides' extremists. The great event, featuring respected personalities, musical… Continue

Added by Eyal Raviv on October 25, 2007 at 4:28pm — 3 Comments

Israel 2020 - strategizing for a model society

Israel 2020 is a new movement in Israel is working to develop a model society. To me, a model society in Israel is one where people are optimistic, respect one another, and strive for peace. I participated in a conference on October 11-12 to strategize ways forward.

The conference challenged its sixty participants to be creative. Participants, of varying faiths, ages, and political views, worked in teams dedicated to a specific cause… Continue

Added by Eyal Raviv on October 14, 2007 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Courageous Minister in Israel

Palestinian Minister of Prisoner Affairs, Ashraf al-Ajrami, was in Tel Aviv last night. The minister showed courage in sharing his personal story (see video). I heard him voice his optimism for peace. He was candid and forthcoming, particularly delightful! I shared mepeace with him before the event commenced.

The event promoted dialogue and was hosted by the 4th of November group and the Geneva… Continue

Added by Eyal Raviv on October 8, 2007 at 12:19pm — No Comments


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