The Future of Gaza: Trajectories, Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
May 19 2014 National Press Club Washington, DC
Jennifer Rubin's most recent anti-Palestine rant is a very good example of echo chamber insanity. Echo chamber insanity is shaped by titillating half truths compiled and promoted by groups of people who bond by creating enemies.
Wiser more compassionate people know to sample and seriously think about a wide variety of news, information and opinion from multiple sources, making connections and sparking some very valuable insights. For instance: Omar Baddar "... bigotry puts entire communities under attack from the outside, thus distracting from their fight to advance and tackle problems within."
Some people obviously want to exasperate bigotry, and some people obviously do not want the Israel-Palestine conflict to end. On both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict echo chamber insanity convinces a narrow minded audience that one narrow worldview will "win"... Wiser more compassionate people do want the Israel-Palestine conflict to end, and are highly motivated to help shape a just and lasting peace.
Diplomacy for Palestine continues, and everyone weighing in is in fact part of the 'peace process' Rubin wants us to believe is over.
A fully secular two state solution firmly rooted in full respect for international law and universal human rights to, once and for all, actually end the Israel-Palestine conflict for everyone's sake really is the best way forward.
Today, marking the anniversary of what Arabs refer to as the Nakba, the catastrophe- the beginning of the very real plight of the Palestinians with the forced exile of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands, Saeb Erekat points out in a very informative essay ('Israel can't erase the Nakba from history' ) that "Palestine has recognized Israel's right to exist since 1988. We are not asking for Hebrew not to be an official language or Jewish holidays not to be official holidays. The character of Israel is not for us to define."
Anne Selden Annab
STAY CONNECTED... Given the U.S. commitment to religious freedom, and to the international covenants that guarantee it as the inalienable right of every human being, the United States seeks to: Promote freedom of religion and conscience throughout the world as a fundamental human right and as a source of stability for all countries
UNITED NATIONS: International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2014
American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) congratulates Arab America for the outstanding accomplishment in organizing a highly successful event that featured “Arab Idol” Mohammed Assaf and Lebanese vocalist Ziad Khoury on May 11 2014 ... in Growing Gardens for Palestine
850 Guests Attend Arab America "Ya Hal Arab" Event with Mohammed Assaf and Ziad Khoury "Tonight we celebrate the unwavering Palestinian unity and determination to see a Palestinian homeland after more than 66 years of occupation!"
UN photo archive tells story of Palestinian exodus
Now Online: Before Their Diaspora is a visual journey into Palestine before 1948. Every important aspect of Palestinian society comes to life in the nearly 500 photographs, carefully selected from thousands available in private and public collections throughout the world.
"The unusual thing that Bassem was able to do was to be good and decent both in his politics as he conceptualized them, and in his dealings with those he disagreed with." Hussein Ibish
Washington Watch: The Choice We Face, the Debate We Must Have
Ashrawi: Jerusalem 'a symbol of peace, surrounded by checkpoints'
Christians in Israel and Palestine fear rise in violence ahead of pope's visit... Earlier this week vandals wrote "Death to Arabs and Christians" in Hebrew on the Vatican's Notre Dame centre in Jerusalem's Old City
Reasonable voices & helpful resources ...America for Palestine MAY 2014
"We Refuse to Be Enemies" a briefing call with Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian farmer
Israel should stop distractions, focus on peace
Palestinian Refugees (1948-NOW) refused their right to return... and their right to live in peace free from religious bigotry and injustice.
The Arab villages lost since Israel's war of independence - Guardian Interactive: ...Pre 1948 ...March 1948 ... May 1948 ...June 1948 ...Oct 1948 ...July 1949 ...Now
Remembering the Nakba: Israeli group puts 1948 Palestine back on the map Zochrot aims to educate Israeli Jews – through tours and a new phone app – about a history obscured by enmity and denial
Palestine adopts UN human rights treaties, becoming a formal party to five global treaties banning torture and racial discrimination, and protecting the rights of women, children and the disabled
Dr. Saeb Erekat: With Status Quo On Its Side, Israel Happily Rejects Peace
A few examples of the separate — and often unequal — rules and standards for Israeli settlers and Palestinian civilians
Weighing in... for Palestine (a poem)
Pro-Palestine, Pro-Peace, Pro-Israel.... productive, pragmatic and focused on what can actually help people
Sources ...a poem (for Palestine)
American Task Force on Palestine Springs Forward
Outreach: American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) "Our Israeli and Palestinian partners in the Middle East as well as our partners in the U.S. believe as we do that a lasting peace must begin with a commitment to shared security for all."
Growing Gardens for Palestine: "And it's up to all of us together"... a Spring poem for Palestine & peace
Peace Building ... civic muscle
- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
The Golden Rule... Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
"The only way to honor our tragic histories is to create a future for our children free of man-made tragedy. This means making peace fully, completely and without reservation, between Israel and Palestine." American Task Force on Palestine's born in Jerusalem Dr. Ziad Asali: To honor a tragic history, we must work for peace