A Tough Confession
I requested permission from a friend to reprint the message he sent me. It is so depressing yet so prevalent among most people across the world, the vast majority of whom are just fed up with the Israeli-Arab conflict, and with Israelis and Palestinians in particular. And what is important to note is that this guy is a progressive thinker who has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours trying to make a difference for Israelis and Palestinians. I reprint his words not to depress people, but to awaken them. In particular, I print these words to awaken the Israelis and Palestinians who think they can just hide under their shells, or who think they can continue to dream of a Greater Palestine or a Greater Israel and that somehow miraculously they will delivered heaven instead of hell. If we don’t mobilize – each and every one of us – across the political spectrum and across religious, national and ethnic lines – to come up with a comprehensive solution, my friend’s perspective will become even more prevalent. And nobody will be better off. Except perhaps arms dealers.
“I think it’s time to just give up. Those arrogant schmucks who choose to live there and those too dumb or desperate to leave will either all kill each other or just run out of energy… We, however should stay as far away as possible from the inevitable blow up… I do not want my children killed in THEIR WAR! We should not waste resources which can rehabilitate American slums… Stop ignoring infant mortality in Africa… Preserve OTHER things in life that are sacred. Save what we can!
People are people. The Middle East is just a small area full of even smaller minds. We’ve been victims, so have others… We’ve also been tormentors. We’re not special or chosen. We’re just another group of corrupt, prejudiced people… with media, money, tribal motivation… and guns.”
Read this great article by Salam Fayyad. It represents the Palestinian mainstream of today and is very powerful and moving. Why I’m Building Palestine Soon, the only obstacle in our way will be the occupation itself. BY SALAM FAYYAD | DECEMBER 2010 When we launched our state-building plan for Palestine in August 2009, many dismissed [...]
War and horror tend to shake us out of complacency, to force us all to confront ugly realities and say what needs to be said, poignantly, once and for all, even if it is not pretty and requires nuance in an otherwise partisan puddle. And so The New York Times writers who have been following [...]
His face is so calm Full of love and tranquility How blessed we are to have warm shelter and peace for him. How hard and how painful for the millions upon millions who lack peace, or water or heat, who may not have bread or milk to give their children. How hard and how painful [...]