3 thoughts on “Blair and Annan Call for “International Force” to Guarantee Lebanese Peace While Bush Looks to “Wider War on Terror” – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. I wonder if there is a way for all Palestinians and Israeli’s to gather along the outer boarders of their countries, areas and bow to pray if that would send a message to All Official Leaders to stop the killing madness because the people they are representing don’t want unrest but to live side by side in peace. It would be an act of sheer courage and faith. What if the whole world could bend down and kneel in prayer at the same time and end this conflict without the talking heads that can’t seem to do anything but fight? Could the Internet be used to get something like this going and bring the world to a quiet and peaceful stop and end the blood shed? If we organize a time around the world to all stop and bow to the earth and pray for peace, could we collectively gain it? Just a childlike, positive thought.

  2. OneVoice is a grassroots, non-partisan Israeli-Palestinian group working to empower moderates to stand up against extremism and seize back the agenda for conflict resolution. At a time when extremists are once again dominating the agenda, its need to exist and to deliver could not be more crucial.

    From OneVoice Youth Leaders, Saed Bilbeisi and Elad Dunayevsky

    Dear International Friends of OneVoice,

    There are rockets flying into Israel’s Northern towns as far down as Haifa as we write this, while the people of Gaza are in fear for their homes and lives, without electricity and running water. People are suffering, people are dying and people are afraid. It’s a crisis. We are writing to tell you though not to give up on us, or to give up on hope for an end to the conflict.

    The situation today makes it very difficult to talk about conflict resolution – to see an end to the conflict. Sometimes it is easy to see the light at the end of the tunnel, at the moment the tunnel is dark. But this crisis and this conflict will end, and we say that with sobriety and rationality. As much as we feel helpless today, as rational people we must see any crisis as an opportunity to rise up and overcome the reasons that brought that crisis.

    The situation will come to an end, when we do not know. In the meantime both people suffer so badly. Believe us that no-one is happy with this life. We want everyone around the world to know that we, and many friends and colleagues like us at OneVoice, are working to change this situation. We are ready. We are ready to do anything necessary to help end this situation. We have done so many activities and introduced so many people to OneVoice and it always gives them hope and energy. We can not and will not lose all of this however hard it is at this moment. We will strive to improve this life.

    A resolution to the conflict may seem like a dream, but let us dream it and keep helping us do whatever we have to do to make it a reality. The day will never come when Israelis and Palestinians are prepared to accept living with this situation. How far we are from the day when we have a situation we will accept is hard to say, but we will work for it, even as the fighter jets and rockets go overhead, we will work for it.

    Thank you,

    Saed and Elad

    Saed has been involved with OneVoice for around a year. He visits the OneVoice office to meet with other youth leaders and staff at least once a week and has even pioneered his own workshops on OneVoice in Ramallah, which have recruited many new volunteers. He spoke about OneVoice in Synagogues, community centers and campuses during OneVoice’s International Education Program tour to Canada.

    Elad has also been volunteering for around a year. He uses his Arabic and Hebrew language skills to speak with both Arabs and Jews about the work of OneVoice and has served to educate and recruit activists in the Region and also in the US, where he spoke at over 10 venues on behalf of OneVoice during their International Education Program tour to New York.

  3. Wow, OneVoice sounds wonderful. I will say a prayer for all that are caught up in this fight and hope for a peaceful outcome. Communication is the best gift OneVoice can give and please keep giving it.

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