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[12 May 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Hadassah, Henrietta, and Me

Pillar of Peace: Cross-cultural Understanding

Commentary by Liora Herman, Marketing and Outreach Manager
I have grown up a child of Hadassah, the women’s Zionist movement, without knowing its full history or the impact it has had on the development of the Jewish State, and more importantly the role of healing―physically, mentally, and emotionally―it has played in the global Jewish Community.
Upon birth every child in my family, including my brother, received a lifetime membership to Hadassah as a gift. And it is truly the gift that keeps on giving. The February/March issue of …

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[15 Apr 2010 | 8 Comments | ]
Israel’s Deportation Order: Why Isn’t This World News?

Najuan Daadleh
Palestinian Citizen of Israel
“I was shocked to read comments praising the policymakers for conducting such regulations  . . . .  One of the most horrifying comments was: ‘It is a perfect regulation for our Holocaust Memorial Day.’ ”
On Sunday, April 11, Haaretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper, ran a story by Amira Hass titled “IDF order will enable mass deportation from West Bank.” I had mixed feelings while reading this article. I felt terribly sad and shocked. It seems that as the years of occupation are accumulating, policies toward …

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[16 Mar 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
IWD Report: A Festival of Women’s Peace and Harmony Stories

Ada Aharoni
Israel
“I wish a ‘Pomegranate Life’ for women all over the world.”
The International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace celebrated Women’s Day with a major Festival of Women’s Peace and Harmony Stories.  The Festival was held at the Cinematheque in Haifa, which was fully packed, by both women and men of all ages.
Eighteen professional actors and story tellers enchanted the audience with marvellous stories about the power, creativeness, wisdom and peace-loving hearts of women, in different parts of the world: Israel, Palestine, Bedouin women, Egypt, India, China, Japan, …

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[24 Dec 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
Hope Is a Gritty Thing

WARNING: This blog may be offensive to entrenched curmudgeons, hidebound grinches, and people who believe reality is tangible and static.
- Commentary by Peace X Peace Founder Patricia Smith Melton
Emily Dickinson said:
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all, …”
I say:
Hope is the gritty thing with claws
That perches in the soul,
And rasps against all things
That hold us from the goal
Of love and life in gentler forms.
Guardian of the possible,
Its muddied wings unfurl,
And fly us into rarer worlds.
2009 was …