Friday, September 6, 2013

In Growing Gardens for Palestine: I ask you not to bomb ... a poem by Anne Selden Annab

President Barack Obama meets with Members of Congress to discuss Syria in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Sept. 3, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
       I ask you not to bomb

I ask you not to bomb-
all of you
I ask you to pause
think... savor value
treasure life
and the things we have built
the art we have saved
and made part of every day
the books yet to be written
the gardens yet
to be planted

I ask you not to bomb-
all of you
abandon violence
as a tactic... as a goal
be gentle with children-
and cities
be kind to women
and landscapes
be true to men
and diplomacy
be careful with history
and interpretations...

Lead by example

Lead us away from war
away from terror
away from tyrants
who find power
in lies told
to frightened people.

Lead by example
learning dialogue

and calmly walk away
from those who don't.

Lead by example
investing in peace
& hopefully Palestine.

poem copyright ©2013 Anne Selden Annab

Monday, September 2, 2013

Negotiations are a way to get our rights

Jerusalem (Alleys, streets & markets)

Nasser Thabet: "PNA is a government, it doesn't have to maintain popularity. They should work... achieve something... deliver... If they do not negotiate and they do not resist, then what is their job basically?

Resistance is now not accepted everywhere in Palestine
. all parties stopped resisting the occupation the violent way... But as a political action and "outsider" policy, they should do something... Negotiations are OK.. no problem with them.....

Israel is the strong side of the equation, so we try to prevent it from killing and building, but because we are the weak part, we can't always force them to abide by our demands... Negotiating Israel is just like resisting Israel... so it is a way to express ourselves and try to get our rights.... Nothing guaranteed... but we have to try... exactly as we did with violent resistance... we tried it, although it affected us negatively..."

(quote from Nasser Thabet borrowed with his permission from the comment section on a facebook wall for someone's else's post of a Daily Beast article that was dismissive of negotiations and a two state solution to end the Israel-Palestine conflict)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Clip Art Cartoon: Diplomacy


Angry Bull is also diplomacy, but it is not very diplomatic.

Clip Art Cartoon

Clip Art Cartoon: Ending the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Israel + Palestine = Two State Solution

One State Reality: Israel + - x Palestine = ISRAEL

Clip Art Cartoon