Monday, March 14, 2016

My letter to the NYTimes RE Mr. Netanyahu’s Lost Opportunities

Palestinian Springtime 1 by Ismail Shammout 1930-2006.
 This "famous Palestinian artist [Ismail Shammout] was born on 2.3.1930 in the town of Lydda in Palestine. At the age of 18 he was among hundreds of thousands of Palestinians that witnessed the tragedy of being forced out of their homes and towns by Jewish forces in order to create Israel... This dramatic experience was reflected in many of his paintings and influenced his entire career. His hopes and dreams to return one day to his beloved Palestine tied him to the struggle and fight of the Palestinians for their just cause; their own State."

RE: Mr. Netanyahu’s Lost Opportunities

Dear Editor,

Netanyahu's lost opportunities are merely the most recent in a long list that includes many different people and many different policies. The ongoing Israel/Palestine conflict is not best summed up as today's Netanyahu VS Abbas, or even Jews VS Arabs: It is Israel VS The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

There have been lost opportunities and dangerous obfuscations since 1948 when newly sovereign Israel elected to refuse to respect the Palestinian refugees inalienable legal and natural right to return to their original homes and lands.

There have been lost opportunities and dangerous obfuscations plus a plethora of poisonous propaganda playing people everywhere away from doing all they can to help empower a just and lasting peace to end the angst of Israelis and the very real plight and suffering of the native non-Jewish population of what many call The Holy Land.

I hope Obama makes it a priority to do all he can to calmly and intelligently help end the Israel-Palestine conflict before he leaves office. 

Anne Selden Annab

Take note of the beautiful and inspiring voices that don't go viral on the internet, but do help make this world a better more compassionate place, such as the video interviews clipped from "Yann Arthus-Bertrand's new feature movie: a sensitive and loved portrait of the Earth and its people. Follow #WhatMakesUsHUMAN "  In french with subtitles, the lovely and bright Francine Christophe, tells of her childhood in a Nazi concentration camp, taking a terrible time and weaving a beautiful story of human dignity and decency.  She asks  "If the survivors of concentration camps had had counseling in 1947 what would have happened?

Take note that this week this year's Global Teacher Prize went to Hanan Al Hroub, a Palestinian refugee who "went into primary education after her children were left deeply traumatised by a shooting incident they witnessed on their way home from school. Her experiences in meetings and consultations to discuss her children’s behaviour, development and academic performance in the years that followed led Hanan to try to help others who, having grown up in similar circumstances, require special handling at school."... Hanan "encourages her students to work together, pays close attention to individual needs and rewards positive behaviour. Her approach has led to a decline in violent behaviour in schools where this is usually a frequent occurrence; she has inspired her colleagues to review the way they teach, their classroom management strategies and the sanctions they use."

Take note of the Charter for Compassion network: "In February 2008 the TED prize was awarded to Karen Armstrong for her wish to create, launch, and propagate a global compassion movement based on the Golden Rule." .... "Thanks to the efforts of a broad range of people in all walks of life and on every continent, compassion has touched the lives of thousands of people in countries, cities, schools, business and other organizations, and faith communities around the world.

Take note of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative "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"

Take note of 1948's Universal Declaration of Human Rights "Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world"

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