Demilitarization of Life & Land
Blog FOR Peace
It’s hard to stay optimistic right now. With civilians under attack in Gaza, innocents being shot out of the sky in Ukraine, people threatened with water shut-offs in Detroit and being denied their basic humanity at U.S. borders — there is much reason to despair.
That’s why our spirits are uplifted when reminded by Saif Alsaegh, one of the featured presenters at the Future Is NOW conference next month, that:...
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...