Monday, February 9, 2015

My letter to the NYTimes RE In Gaza and the West Bank, Love Struggles to Bridge the Separation

A Palestinian house with the balcony still in use and unchanged in 54 years!, June 2002 photo credit: Home Photos Places of Origin Jerusalem 'Ayn Karem  BADIL.ORG

 RE: In Gaza and the West Bank, Love Struggles to Bridge the Separation

Dear Editor,

Relieved to see the story "In Gaza and the West Bank, Love Struggles to Bridge the Separation" humanizing Palestinians trapped in a horrible situation.

Clearly hate mongers and militants such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been a huge influence on Israel's policies, exasperating all the worst and sabotaging efforts to shape a just and lasting peace. 

The creation of a safe passage for Palestinians between Gaza and the West Bank obviously requires security co-operation between Israel and Palestine. Negotiations to actually end the conflict and the very real plight of the Palestinians, as well as the angst of the Israelis, should be a priority- for everyone's sake.

World Press Roundup: Middle East News

Mideast Quartet calls for speedy resumption of peace talks... "Pending the resumption of negotiations, the Quartet called on both parties to refrain from actions that undermine trust or prejudge final status issues."

Global Citizenship... laying the foundation for a culture of peace

Ziad Asali

Hamas confirms that it has banned a visit by Palestinian orphans from the Gaza Strip to Israel because it was in the context of “normalization” with Israelis.

During World War II, the Allies adopted the Four Freedomsfreedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from fear, and freedom from want—as their basic war aims.... The United Nations Charter "reaffirmed faith in fundamental human rights, and dignity and worth of the human person" and committed all member states to promote "universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion"

A Palestinian’s journey from stone-throwing to conflict resolution

The United States casts its lot with the problem solvers, the healers, and the builders,”  US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman in a September speech, quoted by CSM in their recent editorial 

Jordan's King: World must stand up to radicals

What Will Israel Become?

... Ibrahim's Estate... The Promised Land: In Celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights & Peace Day

Tala Haikal: Empathy Is Essential to Humanity

Hussein Ibish: Non-violent resistance is Palestine’s most powerful weapon

ATFP Calls for De-Escalation between Israel and the Palestinians

 “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.

"There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies" Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968) American minister, humanitarian and social activist- a cherished leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, whose inspiring words continue to influence and empower diplomatic efforts to bring more justice, more security, more peace and more jobs to more people, every one and every where.

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