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Looking Beyond the ‘Safety’ of the Hate Narrative

July 24th, 2014 No comments

by Yakir Englander, ISLAMiCommentary, JULY 18, 2014

Serious illness calls for first aid, then sometimes surgery, followed by healing the source of the disease. If you ask which is most important, I’d say you can’t have one without the other. Without first aid, the patient will never reach the doctor. First aid without deeper treatment and true healing can cause a slow, more painful death and/or disability.

Unfortunately, this analogy applies to the recurring violence between Israel and Palestine. As first aid, we must quickly stop the violence. Then the leaders will need to sit and talk and agree on a political solution. But an immediate ceasefire and political negotiations, like first aid and surgery, are no guarantees of a long term healing of the underlying diseases of hatred and fear, of injustice and deep discrimination.

The Facebook posts of my friends this week — both pro-Israeli pro-Palestinian — do reflect a focus on stopping the violence; that is good. But at the same time they are screaming that the other side is entirely to blame. This discourse does not heal the disease. When a cease-fire comes, I’m afraid that most of my American and Israeli Facebook friends will simply continue on with their ordinary lives as if the current conflict had never happened.

Elie Wiesel once wrote that the Holocaust “robbed man of all his masks.” If we want change, we cannot go back to wearing the masks. Instead, we must internalize the stark reality of the death of the image of God, and then create a new system that allows, once again, for true human relationships.

A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas can slow down the death of more bodies. But it will not stop the death of the soul and of the image of God. I understand why many of my family and friends will put their masks back on and continue their daily lives, leaving memories of the bombings and sirens behind. We have many other issues in our lives. But some (mostly Palestinians and people living in the south of Israel) will not be able to so easily move on.

To my friends: when you publish another article about why the “other” side is totally evil and wrong, I ask you: Does your soul feel healed?

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Comment on Gaza War Devastates Israeli Tourism Revenue, Points to Fragile Apartheid Future by Mark Koroi

July 24th, 2014 No comments

Operation Cast Lead was the practical upper limit as to what Israel could do without sustaining truly significant outrage in the international community that would result in painful economic sanctions.

1,400 Gazans killed and only 13 Israelis. 94% approval rating by Israeli public.

Right now Israeli polls show 80% public support for Operation Defensive Edge – and 71% want to see it expanded.

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Comment on The World Asks: Is Israel Targeting Civilians in Gaza? by Mark Koroi

July 24th, 2014 No comments

“The Likudniks know they will never face any personal retribution for all this….”

Polls taken by a conservative group in Israel show an 80% approval rate of Operation Defensive Edge by the general Israeli public and 71% want to see it expanded.

The Likud Party looks very good right now within Israel.

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Comment on Is Rula Jebreal right about US Media Bias against Palestinians? by Jay

July 24th, 2014 No comments

It is so disheartening to see recent news:
Both the House and the Senate passed UNANIMOUS support for Israel.
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Moreover, congress has now doubled the amount sought by Obama for defense appropriations for Israel—$621 million for Israel missile defense. This is in addition to the annual $3.1 billion welfare package to Israel.
Sequestration, fiscal discipline, nada to children at the border, repeal health care—all step aside as America cheers for the occupation and slaughter of Palestinians.
When it comes to Israel, the Tea Party, Party Poopers, Libertarians, Liberals, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, left wing, right wing…everybody in America has nothing but love, love, love for Israel.
Yes, Gaza killing R U.S.

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The New Website That Has China Buzzing

July 24th, 2014 No comments

"Pengpai" has tens of millions of dollars in funding, and everyone in journalism is talking about it. But no one seems pleased.
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Under the Gun: Russia Ramps Up Defense Spending and Looks Inward

July 24th, 2014 No comments
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Derailed on the Death Train

July 24th, 2014 No comments

For every Central American migrant who makes it to the U.S. border, countless others are stuck in the purgatory of Mexico City on the long journey north.
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You can’t accuse the New York Times of insensitivity to the plight of young people in the Gaza conflict

July 23rd, 2014 No comments
“Youth Group Stuck in Israel After Flights Are Halted“.  Those poor people. I can’t believe international media are covering dead Palestinian children when those poor people are suffering more.

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in passing

July 23rd, 2014 No comments
“In Nazareth, thousands of Israeli Arab demonstrators protested on Monday in solidarity with Gaza and clashed with the police. Fifteen protesters were arrested.”

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Nothing appealed to this terorrist until he joined the terrorist organization

July 23rd, 2014 No comments
“But after high school, friends said, Mr. Steinberg spent a couple of aimless years attending classes at a college near his home in Los Angeles and working odd jobs. When he arrived in Israel in the summer of 2012, however, he seemed instantly to find his purpose. “

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