To the New Visitors
WE ARE ALL JUST HUMAN BEINGS
Wars are still created, North and South (Ukraine, Sudan, Ethiopia - over 600,000 killed in Ethiopia), for the sake of war profiteers, in the name of whatever ideologies...
Yet, one tiny part of this world acts as a thermostat to the whole globe. What once was called the Holy Land, Israel & Palestine. It remains the focus and hinge for three continents and civilizations, 2.6 billion Christians, 1.9 billion Muslims, 15.3 million Jews, and countless others.
At times, there are sparks and fires. Other times, it is mostly quiet. You even experience hope to various degrees there.
That is how we created our HOPE section, and the seven stories we harvested, bringing other voices, a different light to the fore :
The first one, a brave, renowned rabbi from Jerusalem, Arik Ascherman, always busy harvesting olives with the Palestinians, or defending the Bedouins.
Then, someone you would never have heard of : a Muslim corporal in the Israeli Defence Forces, Bilal Taha. Making his claim crystal-clear :
"There is no difference. Only the location, language and the residents' religion. Judaism and Islam are very similar. We are all just human beings.
I live here, this is my country, I pay taxes, respect the flag and serve in the IDF."
After him, another extraordinary being, Tania Joya, who made it all the way from her difficult childhood in England to the battlefields of the Islamic Caliphate in Syria, and back to America. Tania's conviction : "If I can be reformed through knowledge and facts, there are others who can. I want to explain how I de-radicalized - through education and reading American literature."
Next, the Foreign Minister from Oman, Yusuf bin Alawi, another free mind, brave enough to state :
"If they [Israelis & Palestinians] are really interested in making peace, they should look to the future and not talk about the past."
In the same spirit, comes the great Rami Levy, who expands his concept of Israeli-Palestinian malls to one more, in East Jerusalem.
His motto : "Let's not ask who's who, but shop together, respect each other"
Also, a famous singer, originally from Yemen, Ahinoam Nini (known as Noa, her artist's name) who finally made it to Hevron : the Jewish part of Hebron, and why. It's all about crossing lines, isn't it ?
Last, and not least, what General Benny Gantz declared in 2019, still holds water :
"I'm not interested in whether there is or isn't a partner, we want to strive (for peace) not because of our neighbours but for ourselves."
Come what may, these people are still there, somewhere, around us. They haven't changed their conviction, their faith in humankind, have they ? And so many others, that we still need to meet, to find on our way, to hear from.
May you take comfort in the fact that these trailblazers are at work and on their way, all the time, as we are - and spread the news !
Par Peace Lines le 24 Novembre 2018 à 19:56
As of April 26, 2023 more than 138,000 visitors have been recorded, for close to 444,000 pages, since we inaugurated this site nine years ago in January 2014. On August 28 & 29, 2014, because of the war in Gaza, we had 115 visitors, for 240 pages the first day, 227 the second. We certainly don't wish for such "records" anymore. All the more as we have reached higher peaks by the end of 2022 and in the first months of 2023 :
date pages visitors 2022-12-26 541 322 2023-01-01 408 387 2023-01-05 566 275 2023-02-13 317 214 2023-02-23 409 267 2023-03-05 554 326 2023-03-18 469 286 2023-03-29 415 272 2023-04-07 427 284
By the end of 2018, we had recorded the highest number of visitors : 255, who read 356 pages that day - followed by 338 visitors on November 30, 2019, for 417 pages .On March 31, 2018, at the very start of the Gaza protests, a peak of 800 pages was reached.
In the summer of 2015 about 20 people visited us each day. In January 2016, this average daily number rose, closer to 30. Now, in 2023, we are around 50 a day. Slowly but gradually. This is where we are going : gathering all the news and echoes from people, most of them unknown hitherto, who silently and relentlessly work for coexistence and common sense, be they Israelis, Palestinians, Europeans, or others. LET IT SPREAD !
With gratitude for your renewed interest. firstname.lastname@example.org
In case you wish to encourage this ongoing endeavour :
Bank Account Number : FR76 1020 6512 3712 1073 3600 074, Bank Identification Code (SWIFT) : AGRIFRPP802
Suivre le flux RSS des articles de cette rubrique
Suivre le flux RSS des commentaires de cette rubrique