Tag: Gaza


How a Hashtag Is Spreading Hope During the Gaza War

I have always felt I could choose to believe, or not believe, that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. Admittedly, in the midst of another Gaza war with mistrust and hatred between Jews and Arabs deepening (if that is possible), in a conflict that really seems insoluble, with political leadership on both sides incapable of making the difficult decisions and the people on both sides not ready to push their leaders to do so, it is easy to despair. But despair is a lie we......

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Leaving Baggage and Blame at the Door - How to Talk about Israel and Gaza

The war between Hamas and Israel drags on, with Hamas yet again rejecting the cease fire proposed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. But this post isn’t about ascribing blame, it’s about the increasingly difficult challenge of talking about the Middle East in any way that doesn’t focus on just that – on winning the blame game, as opposed to allowing the safety we have here in America to encourage conversation that might actually make a positive difference, whether our passion is for Israel or for Gaza. And based on a......

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The Israel-Hamas War: Hope on the Edge

“Use your words,” I remember saying to my children when they wanted to hit or bite during those terrible twos when children don’t have the words to adequately communicate their feelings. Well, the words of diplomats and politicians, political scientists and pundits, intelligence and military experts, artists, religious leaders, and peace activists have all failed. We are killing each other rather than using our words. Whatever one’s political positions – right or left, hawk or dove – and whatever one’s primary allegiances and blood ties – Jewish or Arab, Israeli or Palestinian......

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Video: Finding Hope for Israel and Gaza

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: In light of the recent escalation of violence in Israel and the Gaza strip, I’m thinking about the wisdom that whichever side of the argument you stand on, arguing about the facts won’t get us any closer to peace but demonstrating compassion for those lost on both sides, may help us get closer to it. And that we should remember the names of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar and feel compassion for all four boys, not just those we......

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