Saturday, December 20, 2014

My letter to The NYTimes RE The Embattled Dream of Palestine

RE The Embattled Dream of Palestine- By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Dear Editor,

More than six decades ago the United Nations tried to help shape a just peace for the people of the region. Conspiracy theories and blame games abound on why it has not worked- yet.... Fact is as things are today, the angst of Israelis as well as the very real plight of the Palestinians are both likely to go from bad to much much worse, as various pundits, opinionators, religious bigots, propagandists, and hate mongers on both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict look for and find reasons not to make peace. 

Ordinary people are being impoverished by the Israel-Palestine conflict: Money that could be and should be invested in schools and infrastructure projects here and there, creating more jobs and better jobs, is being invested in war and bigotry with devastating consequences as well as tragic ramifications as criminals like Da'esh (IS or ISIS, Islamist terrorists) thrive on the continuation of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Ending the Israel-Palestine conflict ASAP with a fully secular two state solution based on international law and full respect for universal human rights gives both Israelis and Palestinians a chance to simply be Israeli citizens and Palestinian citizens: A chance to simply be people learning to live in peace with peace for peace.  People, not pawns for politicians and/or religious tyrants to push around, and not targets for snipers. 

Every Christmas I enjoy savoring all the many ways Christians interpret and celebrate the holidays.  Various creche scenes depicting a father and a mother looking down at a baby decorate many homes. That central theme is human history. A baby is born and loved and protected by parents. It is a moment of peace, and a moment of hope. It is unity. Common purpose. Community. Inclusiveness... Even in the happiest of happily ever after marriages there will be rough spots and disagreements and misunderstandings as two unique individuals figure out how to have a happily ever after. Compassion and empathy help, and so does hope... and diplomacy.

I hope for peace, for both Palestine and for Israel, despite everyone's obvious faults and flaws and past mistakes.  Including my own. I'd rather focus on the positive, moving forward to help promote a just and lasting peace and diplomatic efforts to (as Jean-Luc Picard often said) "make it so".

Anne Selden Annab

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 “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” Khalil Gibran (1883-1931), born in Lebanon, immigrated to the United States in 1895 where he grew up to become a beloved poet and respected writer.

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