Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times
"... We venerate Mandela for the transformative message he carried with boundless magnanimity — a message of unity and brotherhood in the face of division and bigotry; of peaceful transformation and justice in the presence of senseless violence and oppression. His message awakened the world to the fundamental principle espoused by Martin Luther King Jr. — that “true peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”
The presence of justice requires that the fundamental asymmetry in the balance of power between occupier and occupied be redressed. Twenty years after it gained full Palestinian recognition of its right to exist in peace and security, Israel should reciprocate by recognizing our right to a fully sovereign state. It should be prepared to accept an internationally mandated date for ending its occupation, and a mutually agreed-upon path for getting there. In the interim, justice also requires cessation of all practices that undermine our right to live with dignity on our land, or impede our quest for freedom and justice, as we persevere in our effort to build our state and deepen our readiness for statehood." Salam Fayyad of Palestine
[AS ALWAYS PLEASE GO TO THE LINK TO READ GOOD ARTICLES IN FULL: HELP SHAPE ALGORITHMS (and conversations) THAT EMPOWER DECENCY, DIGNITY, JUSTICE & PEACE... and hopefully Palestine]
Turning Points | The Big Question
Published: November 27, 2013
In each issue, the editors of Turning Points invite contributors to explore one of the big questions of the year. For 2013 we asked Elif Shafak, Salam Fayyad, Liao Yiwu, Rowan Williams, Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Mata Amritanandamayi Devi: Who are the moral leaders for these times? ...READ MORE
“Turning Points” is the theme of this year-end magazine as we [The New York Times] gaze with equal measures of anticipation and alarm into 2014.