One of my goals here over the past four years that I’ve been writing this blog has been to advance the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace. Besides this blog, I’ve also created an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Blog directory at Blogdigger and another site, Israel-Palestine Forum. The latter was meant to combine three elements: republishing essays on the conflict, providing feeds of Israeli-Palestinian peace blogs, and a discussion forum. There were aspects of each of the last two projects which did not satisfy me, especially not technically.
That’s why I’ve decided to use WordPress and the Feedwordpress plugin to create a new site which will aggregate many of the blogs I know devoted to Israeli-Palestinian peace. While I detest Pajamas Media and everything it stands for, it has had some success in organizing the pro-Israeli partisan blog world and its audience, thus making it easier for that audience to access the pro-Israel message. I’d like the new site to provide a progressive alternative. In the event of severe crises like the current Lebanon invasion, I’d like readers to have a ready source for finding the latest blogging from Israel, Lebanon or the Diaspora. In case a journalist or other blogger needs an online resource for their work, I’d like them to think of this site.
It will feature all of the blogs currently at the Blogdigger site and many of those displayed in my sidebar under ‘Mideast Peace.’ If there are any missing that you like please let me know. I’m not planning on featuring every single left of center blog. Just the ones I find most informative or interesting. But that should cover a lot of ground. There are no litmus tests. But I will give preference to those who have a vision of both sides realizing their aspiration for national self-determination. I plan to feature Palestinian, Lebanese, Israeli and Diaspora Jewish and Arab blogs. By the way, I know of no Israeli-Arab blogs. If anyone knows of any, please let me know.
I may have a few technical limitations. I may not be able to feature blogs which cover a variety of subjects (including the I-P conflict), but which do not break out the Israeli-Palestinian posts by category. The reason: I do not want to include every post published at such blogs since many posts would not be about the conflict.
One of my big issues right now is choosing a domain name. ‘IsraelPalestineblogs’ or ‘Ipblogs’ or ‘Ippeaceblogs’ are ones I’ve been considering. I’d welcome any other suggestions which would convey the site’s mission through a concise domain name. Please drop your suggestions via a comment here or an e mail to me.
If anyone with web design experience would be willing to contribute a site banner image I’d be grateful.