This group wants an end to the madness in the Middle East. They want to print the following ad in newspapers here, Palestine, Israel and Lebanon. They are out of Berkeley, CA. You remember Berkeley dont you? The home of the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War. If you can't contribute, at least post this ad on your website my dear reader. I am jaded enough to think no one will do this. I hope some of you prove me wrong.
STOP THE SLAUGHTER IN
Convene an International
Impose a Just, Equitable and Lasting Settlement on All Parties.
In the name of our sisters and brothers suffering and dying in
immediately take the following steps to stop the war in these countries:
1. We demand that the Israeli government immediately halt its attacks on
2. We demand that Hezbollah and Hamas immediately stop shelling or otherwise engaging in violence against
militaristic and paranoid political leaders.
3. We demand that the
These are the minimum steps necessary to stop the violence and the humanitarian disaster in southern
A Call for Lasting Peace
We call upon the international community to hold an International Peace Conference to impose a fair and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to the conflict between
a. The creation of an economically and politically viable Palestinian state (roughly on the pre-1967 borders with minor border modifications mutually agreed upon between
b. An international consortium to provide reparations for Palestinians who have lost homes or property from 1947 to the present, and reparations for Jewish refugees from Arab states from 1947–1967;
c. A long-term international peacekeeping force to separate Hezbollah and
d. The quick imposition of robust sanctions against any party that refuses to sign or violates these agreements.
A New Spirit of Open-Heartedness and Reconciliation
We know that no political solution can work without a change of consciousness that minimally includes an open-heartedness and willingness to recognize the humanity of the Other, and repentance and atonement for the long history of insensitivity and cruelty to the other side.Both sides must take immediate steps to stop the discourse of violence and demeaning of the other in their media, their religious institutions, and their school text books and educational systems. They should implement this by creating a joint authority with each other and with moral leaders in the international community who can supervise, and if necessary, replace those in positions of power in both societies who continue to use the public institutions of the society to spread hatred or nurture anger at the other.
Once the other parts of a lasting peace have been set in place, we call upon the parties to this struggle
to launch a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, following the model used in
Use This Moment to Challenge
The Paranoid and Cynical“Political Realism”That Generates Endless Wars
The paranoid and allegedly “realistic” version of global politics asserts that we live in a world in which our safety can only be achieved through domination, or others will seek to dominate us first. Of course, when we act on this assumption, it becomes self-fulfilling.We propose, instead, a strategy of generosity—to act on the assumption that people have an enormous capacity for goodness and generosity (without negating the truth that certain conditions promote fear, anger and hatred which sometimes are expressed in horribly destructive ways). For the
We Affirm the Sacredness of All Human Beings.
This is the moment to begin to make that real. The U.N. raised these possibilities 61 years ago, but relied on political arrangements while ignoring the need to simultaneously build ethical and spiritual solidarity among the people of the world, resolutions that most people never even heard about, a system that represented the elites of countries around the world but not necessarily the will of their own people, and fell into politicizing every issue. We need to strengthen international institutions that move in a new direction, but we also need a commitment of the heart from everyone on the planet. Our own countries must take the lead in a whole new approach to security and well-being. This may well be the last chance we in the advanced industrial societies have to avoid international catastrophe (either environmental or nuclear) by modeling something else besides brute power, military might, and indifference to the well-being of others. If not now, when? Unrealistic? Nope. What has proved unrealistic time and again—whether we are talking about
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