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[11 Feb 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Bereaved Fathers Unite to End Killing of Children

Patricia Smith Melton
Peace X Peace Founder
“Understand this: Bassam who was in an Israeli prison for seven years, starting when he was 17, and Rami, son of a Holocaust survivor and who fought in several wars with the Israel Defense Force, were enemies. They were willing to kill and be killed for their people. They are now best friends. Got it?”
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Bassam Aramin’s daughter Abir was ten years old, walking home from school, a block away from the Israeli soldiers who were angry at adolescent boys throwing stones at their armored vehicle. …

Connection Point »

[7 Feb 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
In Jerusalem, Even the Dentist Lets You Know Who’s in Charge

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine
A lot of people hate going to the dentist because it hurts. I hate going to the dentist in Jerusalem because it hurts, but not in my mouth. It hurts my sense of belonging.
We go to an Israeli dental clinic.
Many Palestinians in Jerusalem go to Israeli dental clinics. Why shouldn’t they? Palestinians who have residency in Jerusalem are entitled to Israeli health insurance. It’s one of the few benefits they got when Israel illegally annexed Jerusalem.
Nearly all the approximately 300,000 Palestinians living in East Jerusalem are “residents.” …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[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 …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[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 …