A week ago, two Palestinian youths were brutally attacked by a gang of Jewish youths. You can read the details in English at http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/988477.html. I don’t know how much press this is getting and I realize that far worse things happen on both sides.
It seems to me that these things happen in different forms, perpetrated against and by each side and to varying degrees. And most of us sit back and think how sad and wish we could do something to help. And then we forget or put it out of our minds but the people involved, both victims and perpetrators don’t forget. And each society carries with them the scars- feeling powerless if victimized or destroying ones own morality if the victimizer. And each occurrence adds another layer of hatred and frustration onto the already complex mess that we find ourselves in. Victims turn into perpetrators, perpetrators into victims and everyone blames each other.
This web site is based on grass-roots, people to people communication in search of better, more peaceful ways of dealing with each other. Although I am not even in the region at the moment, I feel that we have to stop sitting back and watching and take part in the solution even if only this small example. The cycle of violence has to stop and we have to be a part of at least trying to end this.
I would like to organize a group of Palestinians and Israelis, Jews and Arabs to meet with both the Palestinian youths who were beaten and (if possible) some of the Israeli youth that took part in the beatings. Is there anyone in the Jerusalem area who is willing to be a part of this? Please let me know either here or by private email firstname.lastname@example.org.