Dear mepeace friends!
In the file ipcri2.doc below I have recorded some of my very personal impressions in Israel both before and after IPCRI in April. I would be interested in general comments, but more specifically I am especially concerned about the suggestion from my Ramallah friend Hekmat about arranging reconciliation meeting between say a member of 'combatants for peace' and 'victim'/survivivors of attacks by previous 'combatant' in Palestine. As for the few people I mentioned this idea to at IPCRI meeting in Tantur, it was easier for me to see objections than possibilities.
However, I do not want to 'bury' this idea but would be most interested if any of you could see possibilities here!
Another question of great concern to me was the critical comments my friend Ofer made about cooperative endeavors Israelis/ Palestinians in e.g. sports, music etc. While I felt his point about power differentials most important I was especailly fascinated by Paul Moore 'ukuleles for peace' and had occasion to enjoy his hospitality when I was in Israel.
Hopefully it is possible to have friendly cooperative endeavours as above without this being 'corrupted' by power differences?
Otherwise I hope you do not read this as critique of Gershon but rather see our lack of communication as 'this is the Middle East'. Again I would be most interested in comments here!
Looking forward to further contacts with all of you!