RE: For Arab and Jew, a new beginning : After generations of strife, the holy land yearns for people with heart and vision to think in a different way, to heal in a new way, and to make real the vision for a just peace. By Sandy Tolan / April 21, 2011
I very much appreciated Sandy Tolan's " For Arab and Jew, a new beginning : After generations of strife, the holy land yearns for people with heart and vision to think in a different way, to heal in a new way, and to make real the vision for a just peace."
A fully secular two state solution to once and for all end the Israel/Palestine conflict would most certainly help people worldwide head towards healing: I very much hope all who are reaching out to advocate a just and lasting peace in the holy land today realize the crucial importance of respecting The Golden Rule and universal basic human rights, including but not limited to the Palestinian refugees very real right to return to original homes and lands to live in peace.
I also very much hope that most Palestinian refugees (finally free to go where ever they want) elect to live, work and thrive as loyal citizens either where they are right now, or in the new Arab Palestine that is rising like a Phoenix reborn thanks to the Palestinian state building efforts currently under way. The free flow of culture and commerce guarantees that both Israel and Palestine can actually become a win-win situation- a side by side success and inspiring proof that fair and just laws tend to empower decency, dignity, diplomacy, peace and real progress.
Anne Selden Annab, American homemaker & poet
Restraint on Majority Rule: "There is going to be a religious right. There is a religious right here. There is a religious right in Israel. There will be a religious right in all these emerging Arab and Islamic democracies and they have a role to play within the rule of law- but the rule of law with the understanding of the rights of minorities and the rights of the individual." Hussein Ibish of The American Task Force on Palestine
"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."Eleanor Roosevelt