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[4 Mar 2013 | One Comment | ]
The Third Intifada Has Begun: United Nonviolent Resistance

Patricia Smith Melton
Peace X Peace Founder
“Our responsibility in the West is to inform ourselves and answer to our conscience in the thoughtful ways that work for us.”
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Rami Elhanan says meetings between peace-loving Israelis and Palestinians will achieve little if they’re only about getting together for “hugs, kisses, and hummus.” What is needed is the commitment to action. Rami, an Israeli, and Bassam Aramin, Palestinian, are calling for a united nonviolent third intifada of Palestinians and Israelis.
Interviewed together by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now television February 26, Bassam said, “For many …

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[18 Dec 2012 | 5 Comments | ]
Hope from Bethlehem

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Bethlehem, Palestine 
“We are hopeful because history is not static.”
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Thumbing its nose at the international community in this holiday season, the Israeli government is going ahead with building thousands of housing units in existing and new Jewish colonization settlements in the Bethlehem and Jerusalem areas. After living 29 years in the US, it is not easy to be living in Bethlehem area.  Life can be at times hard, exhilarating, depressing, fun, and hopeful. Israel occupied this area in 1967, but the landscape had begun to change well before that. In 1948, …

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[13 Dec 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Do Pigs Fly – Or Is This a Matter of Human Rights?

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine
“It’s a matter of human security, livelihoods, sanitation, and well-being. It’s a matter of human rights.”
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I sat on the far side of a large, plain room in the municipality building in Zawiya village in the West Bank governorate of Salfit. On the other side of the room, six local men were introducing themselves. I was there to do research for an article about community philanthropy, and I promise I will write that article, but first I need to write about wild pigs.
Wild pigs?
“Mansour is so big,” one …

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[4 Jun 2012 | One Comment | ]
Sami Awad: To Create a Common Narrative

It’s June, the month of Fathers Day, and once again we’re featuring peacebuilding men we love.
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Sami Awad is Executive Director of  Holy Land Trust, the nonprofit he founded in Bethlehem in 1998. He also directs the Travel and Encounter Program; the Palestine News Network, the first independent press agency in the Palestinian Territories; and Al-Kul Television. He works to build a future on the principles of nonviolence, equality, justice, and peaceful coexistence by “liberating the oppressor from oppression” and “liberating Palestinians from the victim mindset.”
What’s the best thing happening right …