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Be the Change: Person X Person is insightful personal commentary by Peace X Peace Founder Patricia Smith Melton on women, world problems, and problem solutions.

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[17 Jun 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Israel: with eyes wide open

- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Take your side. Israel is a democracy vs. Israel is a fascist state. Israel is a propaganda machine vs. Palestine is a propaganda machine. Humanitarian ships are a Turkish ploy because Turkey wasn’t accepted into the European Union vs. humanitarian ships are providing desperately needed goods to Gaza. Hamas controls the Gazan people vs. the people of Gaza are turning against Hamas. Gazans are devastated from the blockade vs. Gazans are just fine. (. . …

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[9 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
The Place of Miracles, in Need of One

 
- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
“You are here to help us, and, therefore, I must help you. I tell my people there are people everywhere in the world watching and wanting to help.”
The only solution to the conflict between the Palestinians, specifically those in the West Bank and Gaza, and the Israelis is with civil society. The people themselves have to want to seek—and find, and implement—an answer. Too few Israelis choose to look at the people (so similar to …

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[25 May 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Searching for the Soul of Nonviolence: icon v. reality

- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Nonviolence: maintaining love at your core, remembering to breathe, employing courage against injustice, inspiring consensus, confronting those who want your property or your voice with only the weapon of your truth, offering the flower to the muzzle. Principles of peacebuilding? Principles of getting from A to Z through daily life? Possible at all?
I was beginning to think nonviolence is over-glorified, over-simplified, and over-cleansed in the public imagination. Right-out sterilized. All nonviolent people cannot be uber-humans, …

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[18 May 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Do Strong Women Hate Men? myth v. reality

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Over eight years Peace X Peace has grown into a women-based e-community across more than 100 nations, as men of all cultures have told us that peace is up to the women. They say men have messed up and women need to take over. We are rarely accused of “hating” men, yet it does happen, and it happened today. Let’s examine, I say, slightly irked, that convenient, thought-stopping equation of: strong women = women who hate …