Mandate Madness

Published under Middle East, OneVoice Movement Aug 08, 2007

Since 2002 we have slowly recruited more and more  citizens to join the OneVoice Movement.  Never have I seen so much energy in the drive to get more signatories.  The OneVoice Palestine office in Ramallah asked Abdullah Hamarshe, who normally works as the security guard, to focus on signing up people in his home area of Jenin.  The Israeli office  posted a sign right by the door where people exit asking everyone to take some OV
Mandates and sign people up.  The energy is building up. People are starting to organically join.  We are getting there.

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Palestinian Education

Published under Middle East, OneVoice Movement Aug 07, 2007

Final high school exam grade results were released in the West Bank
today. I could not get through for hours on calls to Jawal
(Palestinian) cell phones. Every year this day lines get tied by
parents anxious to learn of their childrens’ results.

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This is usually the case in Gaza also. With Hamas having seized
totalitarian control of Gaza, Hamas refused to allow the educational
national committee to manage the grading process – and instead
instituted its own. This was quickly rejected by the PA. So all
children in Gaza are now in educational limbo.

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If there is no progress towards a two-state  solution, the next wave of violence will be an INTRAfadah within the West  Bank.

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 Intrafadah: a violent uprising like the first and second intifadah, only this time instead of Palestinians fighting the Israelis, the fighting will be within Palestinian factions, as it was in Gaza, pitying Fatah vs. Hamas, and as it can be in the West Bank, if there is no progress towards peace AND parallel progress to build Palestinian political institutions and to ferret out gangs and militias.

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Too Close To See The Wisdom?

Published under China, Global, Life Aug 06, 2007

The Chinese character for Crisis is made up of two symbols: danger, and opportunity.

This insight is by now known all-too-well in the Western world.

What is less known is that most Chinese people have never thought of this beautiful relationship.  For them “crisis” is “crisis.”  And if you push them to explain what that word consists of, and whether they have ever realized of the connection of the components within the word, most will be thinking about that connection for the first time!

The same often happens in our daily lives and cultures and languages.  We are too close to exceptional wisdom which surrounds us.  We don’t question assumptions, we take things for granted, and we assume all facts as they are provided to us – particularly when they are printed or broadcast via media. 

Humanity would be so much better off if we humans were more critically aware and curious, and fight the herd instinct.

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