Saturday, September 13, 2014

My letter to the NYTimes RE Learning How to Exert Self-Control

RE Learning How to Exert Self-Control

Dear Editor,

"Learning How to Exert Self-Control " by made my day today. It is a fascinating scientific study/inspiring mini-biography/pertinent self help book all packed up into a very readable, thought provoking column.

I came across it after skimming through reams and reams of social media posts and tweets and memes about the Israel-Palestine conflict, with many online 'pro-Palestine' activists and followers obsessed with bashing Israel or jabbing America. In a way these rabble rousing free lance online 'experts' are very much like marshmallows- tempting fluff with no nutritional value. Some are very entertaining, but few are focused in on promoting actual statehood, reasonable conversations and wise diplomacy for Palestine in order to actually end the Israel-Palestine conflict.

" “If you change how you think about it, its impact on what you feel and do changes,” Mr. Mischel writes. "

I think, in hopes of stopping racist hate mongers and criminals who are creating horrific human suffering and catastrophic refugee crises all through out the Middle East, America should have two top foreign policy priorities: Helping stop IS/ISIL/ISIS/Islamists/Islamic State tyrants/Da'esh (or whatever the heck you want to call it) is crucially important, and so is helping Israelis and Palestinians end the Israel-Palestine conflict ASAP, once and for all, with a just and lasting peace.

One-state marshmallow fluff is a tasty temptation, but real fruit grown on real trees is a better choice: Empowering and promoting a fully secular two state solution based on FULL respect for international law and basic human rights, in order to establish a fully sovereign and free Palestine to live in peace and security alongside an already sovereign and free Israel is the most compassionate and reasonable way forward for everyone's sake.

Anne Selden Annab

Is there a phrase for the total opposite of preaching to the choir?

Palestinian Refugees (1948-NOW) refused their right to return... and their right to live in peace free from religious bigotry and injustice.

Arab states can't afford to be tepid in response to ISIL: "While there are many other American perceptions, the New York Times’ immediate response to the Jeddah Communique was a story with the headline: Arabs Give Tepid Support to US Fight Against ISIS." Hussein Ibish

Jordan stands firm against radicalism, terrorism: "The unequivocal support for the coalition of regional and international countries willing to fight IS did not obliterate, however, an issue that is often said to be the reason for many Middle Eastern problems: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Ziad Asali

Because We Know How to Make Dreams Come True! This Week in Palestine

For My Identity, I Sing! Al Mada

"The chaplets of coins are thought by some to have inspired the halo in sacred art."... Color photos of Palestine from the December 1926 issue of National Geographic magazine (Vol L, VI), "In the Birthplace of Christianity,"

RECRUIT ... a poem

For all its empty boasting, Hamas’s strategy of armed struggle has once again been exposed as not merely a dead-end for securing Palestinian rights, but a disaster.

US urges Israel to reverse appropriation of land for West Bank settlement: Israel has claimed almost 1,000 acres near Bethlehem, in a move Palestinians say will only increase tension

The Real Middle East Crisis Is Economic "While Western observers focus on political issues in the Middle East, people in the region are themselves preoccupied with economic matters"

Vatican Urges Muslim Leaders To Condemn The Islamic State Formerly Known As ISIS

NYTimes: Resisting Nazis, He Saw Need for Israel. Now He Is Its Critic.

Dean Obeidallah in The Daily Beast: Searching for a Palestinian Dr. King

There Are Clues

Where is the Palestinian Gandhi?

What we found was that there has been a continued erosion in the favorable ratings Americans have of both Arabs and Muslims, posing a threat to the civil rights and political inclusion of both Arab Americans and American Muslims.

"This is a time of national crisis, I will be honest with you, that does require commitment to non-violence of the kind that would give everyone the time needed to rebuild, to unify, but at the same time to agree with Israel and the world on a date certain for ending the occupation." Palestine's Salam Fayyad

ATFP Calls for De-Escalation between Israel and the Palestinians - See more at:
ATFP Calls for De-Escalation between Israel and the Palestinians - See more at:
ATFP Calls for De-Escalation between Israel and the Palestinians - See more at:
ATFP Calls for De-Escalation between Israel and the Palestinians - See more at:
ATFP Calls for De-Escalation between Israel and the Palestinians

UPDATE: American Task Force on Palestine Advocacy Efforts During the Ongoing Tragic Hostilities : As tragic and appalling hostilities erupted again between Israelis and Palestinians, the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) engaged in intensive advocacy efforts to call for an immediate cease-fire to save lives and spare the innocent. On July 8th, ATFP issued a formal press release calling for de-escalation between Israel and the Palestinians...READ MORE

Normalizing Intelligent Conversations, Diplomatic Support, and Hope for Palestine: American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) Panel on Israeli-Palestinian War in a New Regional Landscape... & a firm call for an immediate ceasefire
Emanating from the conviction of the Arab countries that a military solution to the conflict will not achieve peace or provide security for the parties, the council:

1. Requests Israel to reconsider its policies and declare that a just peace is its strategic option as well.
2. Further calls upon Israel to affirm:
I- Full Israeli withdrawal from all the territories occupied since 1967, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the June 4, 1967 lines as well as the remaining occupied Lebanese territories in the south of Lebanon.
II- Achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem to be agreed upon in accordance with U.N. General Assembly Resolution 194.
III- The acceptance of the establishment of a sovereign independent Palestinian state on the Palestinian territories occupied since June 4, 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
3. Consequently, the Arab countries affirm the following:
I- Consider the Arab-Israeli conflict ended, and enter into a peace agreement with Israel, and provide security for all the states of the region.
II- Establish normal relations with Israel in the context of this comprehensive peace.

Side by Side: Parallel Histories of Israel-Palestine... "An eye-opening—and inspiring—new approach to thinking about one of the world’s most deeply entrenched conflicts"

"I have yet to meet a refugee who wanted to be a refugee and even less so, who wished to remain a refugee. Palestine refugees are no different. Their call for a just and lasting solution to their plight must be heard." UNWRA's Pierre Krähenbühl on World Refugee Day

America/Israel/Palestine 1776

America/Israel/Palestine 1948:
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

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