Oznia, a blog of Israel things

~Coexistence is possible: Palestinian and Israel Bloggers Unite by arele
April 3, 2008, 11:21 am
Filed under: arts/culture, politics | Tags: , , , ,

This blog is something we should be seeing more often. It is written by 2 friends, one who lives in Sajaia refugee camp in Gaza and the other who lives in Sderot, a small town near Gaza on the Israeli side. Needless to say, the situation in both of these areas is horrendous and dangerous. Now, instead of hurling hateful comments and accusations at each other, the collaborators of this blog, known only by their usernames Hope Man and Peace Man, have found a way to communicate and agree, not surprisingly, on one thing: peace. Of course, this might seem a bit obvious, but the truth is that in this day and age where the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is so inflamed, people feel that they must label the other side as the enemy and work from there. This will not only be ineffective (because you will not know how individual people from “the other side” feel) but also unethical. It is our duty to work together with our brothers in Gaza and elsewhere to bridge the gap. Glancing over the description of the blog and all the posts from the last month, one thing is clear: both sides want an end to the violence and the murder. Consider this excerpt, written on March 1 when Israel was invading Gaza:

Israel is claiming that most of the Palestinians killed are Hamas and the Palestinians claim that most are civilians. Does it really matter??? Children, women and elderly were killed. This is the tragedy we were fearing. War is blind. Innocent alway are killed and to the mother or child the count has no significance…
We may be facing a long bloody future that could have been prevented if only both sides could hold back and try to prevent it.

We cannot lose sight of the fact that we are all people and that we cannot necessarily blame entire civilian populations for the actions of its leader, self appointed or otherwise. There is a peaceful solution, and dialog is the first step.


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I think your post peaked in its first line.
This is something we should see more often – but we don’t because it’s the exception and not the rule.

The truth is that after the massacre of the students in Merkaz haRav, where 8 Israeli students were murdered in cold blood by an Arab-Israeli from East Jerusalem this was happening in Gaza: http://youtube.com/watch?v=dMxPUzEBWDU

Let’s face it: those people don’t look like leaders to me; they seem to be the commoners celebrating the death of 8 innocent teenage children.

So while I applaud one lone noble Gazan guy for desiring true peace, I ask that we not trick or even delude ourselves into living in the clouds and getting our hopes up to a dream that is not ready to be actualized. As in the past, Israel quite unfortunately, even tragically, does not have a partner in peace.

I sincerely hope that in the very near future my comments will be outdated, antiquated, and totally no longer applicable but until then let’s be real and keep to reality.

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