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[29 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Mother, Forgive Us if We Are the Next Martyrs

Anonymous*
Hama, Syria
“What shall I tell my mother, as she is still suffering and this news will increase all the pain of the last 30 years? Many days had passed, and we were sad and grieving yet still peacefully protesting.”
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Every mother, daughter, wife, father, and child has tragic experiences in Abi Al Fedaa, namely: the city of Hama. The most difficult pain is when you are trying to overcome 30 years of pain from the past and then one is faced with even greater pain in the present time. It all …

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[29 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
An Unlikely Match

PeacePlayers Team
Washington, D.C.
“PeacePlayers gave me the chance to play basketball, which is rare in the Arab community, and it made me more ambitious for the future.” – Manal, East Jerusalem
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It was an unlikely match. In April of 2010, Romy, a bubbly Jewish girl from the Israeli town of Herzliya, arrived at her first basketball tournament run by PeacePlayers International (PPI), a non-profit that uses basketball to bring children together in areas of conflict. Amidst the tournament action on the court and the playing around in the stands, Romy made two …

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[28 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
Women in Black Against War

Cynthia Cockburn
London, United Kingdom
“Women in Black is a network, with no formal constitution or structure. Each vigil is autonomous. Although there are charismatic personalities, no-one ‘holds office’. Any woman or women who hold a feminist critique of militarism, war, and violence may start a vigil.”
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Women in Black against War is an international network of several hundred small local groups in many countries. Its main purpose is to bring women together for the purpose of organizing and campaigning actively as feminists against militarism, war, and violence more generally – particularly violence …

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[17 Jan 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Inside the Israeli Conundrum: Insights from Mati Milstein – Part 2

Connection Point Director
Yasmina Mrabet interviewed writer and photojournalist Mati Milstein about his recent book, My New Middle East: Inside the Israeli Conundrum.
His responses are below. This is the second part of a two-part interview. Read part one here.
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You mentioned that you wanted to remove readers from their comfort zone. Do you feel you have removed yourself from your comfort zone? And if so, in what ways?
I was terrified of Palestinians. I was terrified of entering the West Bank. It was a place I didn’t know and didn’t understand. It was a place where …