Demilitarization of Life & Land
Blog FOR Peace
how long will
this people be wrathful,
this nation that feasts
on the tears of its own trauma
so that it might strike out
again and again
against enemies real and imagined?
this nation repeatedly plucked
from its vine until
it cleared and filled the land,
planting its weapons deep
lifting up higher and higher walls,
spreading dread like an iron dome,
hermetically sealed from
from all it ever was
or ever dreamed of being?
can you look beyond
this airtight prison of your own making,
The use of rockets by Islamic groups from Gaza toward Israel and the more deadly use of rockets and bombs by Israeli forces toward Gaza have raised in a dramatic way the possibility of banning rocket use in the Middle East.
Arms control in the Middle East has always been difficult, as there is no equivalent of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the Middle East. The United Nations as a universal organization has difficulty dealing with security matters on a regional basis. There are U.N. regional...
Kabul— On July 10, 2014, in New York State, Judge David Gideon sentenced Mary Anne Grady Flores to a year in prison and fined her $1,000 for photographing a peaceful demonstration at the U.S. Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Field (near Syracuse) where weaponized Reaper drones are remotely piloted in lethal flights over Afghanistan. Dozens have been sentenced, previously, for peaceful protest there. But uniquely, the court convicted her under laws meant to punish stalkers, deciding that by taking pictures outside the heavily guarded base she...
As many of you, I have had a difficult time dealing with the feelings that arise in response to what is happening in Israel/Palestine. Perhaps more important than my feelings is, what can I do to help?
The very wise sage, Rabbi Zalman Schachter, who recently passed from this world, suggested to us that we need to grieve together. That Israelis and Palestinians as well as Jews and Arabs need to open their hearts to the pain and suffering of the “enemy.” Interestingly, after that, he left little counsel on the subject. It’s only my opinion, but I think that he felt his mission was...
Today, from sunrise to sunset, almost all Muslims and a newly larger number of Jews are fasting — this year, sharing the Muslim fast of Ramadan and the Jewish 17th day of Tammuz as a Fast for Peace, a one-day Hunger Strike Against Violence, a call for cease-fire in the rain of bombs and rockets on the Gaza region of Palestine and on Israel.
Later in this letter, you will find a list of some places where we know that The Shalom Center’s three eCalls to the Ramadan/ Tammuz Fast (beginning just last Tuesday) have borne fruit in North America. (We passed on the initial...