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Israel-Palestine Peace Group

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Light Guidance on Civil and Progressive Discourse for the IPPG

From the discussion, "Reminder about Site Guidelines, Please Engage in Civil Discussion", Craig Zelizer, under whose aegis this site runs, suggested lifting what at the the moment are conclusions on it to this front-page kind of space.

I (James) said:

We have pretty good body of talk from this group, from its start to today, so I will tack on here some practical guidance to help keep the daggers sheathed.

1. Address the issue, not the person.

a. In this category, I think we're going to be able to short list recurring themes, from "Holocaust denial" to denial of the potential or presence of accommodating personalities--we have a lot of lurkers here (about 80 members)--to have done with them, just as one retires trite and tired tropes.

2. Agendas. Reconsider one's own. In the ME Conflict, peace is not about "winning" or "prevailing"--in the modern way, it may turn out more about reflecting and redesigning, albeit with regional and global resonance.

3. From Landmark's mantras, remember: "Get off it" and "You don't know what you don't know"; also "Try not to put the past in front of you." Universally, we have our dark spaces (repair) and unconsidered dark spaces (find them), obsessions (modify), and grievances (let go a little): go through the baggage, lighten the load, and count on occassional moments of great insight.

4. Power is not necessarily Good and Good is not necessarily Power. Speak well and do good first and foremost.

Oliver said:

Thanks, Jim.

I think we both agree that moderation must be a bit more active from now on and that your first point ("address the issue, not the person") is the most important guideline of all.

Other points:
Be friendly. Be respectful. Be tolerant. Be open-minded. Don't judge people by what they say or how they say it. Try to engage, not to preach.

And always remember: 'Our' topic is one of the 'hottest' topics in international conflict studies. Everyone here can make a change by distancing oneself from the hardliners in the respective political and religious camps.

And Craig said:

Thanks. Maybe you can post this on the main page of the group.

I say: done.

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Comment by James S. Oppenheim on October 24, 2010 at 4:46pm
Hi, right back. As you see, William, we've stalled, part for incessant Israel bashing, part for not becoming sufficiently sophisticated in threads to discuss attitude-behavior correspondence, approaches to political topology, language behavior and conflict, and so many other, broader, and more exploratory ways of looking at a stubborn political puzzle. Possibly too, reluctance to drag Hamas and the PLO into the spotlight keeps meaningful dialogue from forming. There has been a more active focused community at and some, of course, have also been pursuing the Middle East Conflict conversation through their Facebook presence.
Comment by Oliver Haack on May 24, 2010 at 8:14pm
I would certainly like to see it, Amara.
Comment by AMARA SYLVESTER VANDI BELEWA on May 24, 2010 at 6:37pm
Friends on the network,am happy to be with you all.Will someone love to see my abstract?if yes,well i will show you when am finished with the research work.Please pray that my abstract is accepted by the organisers of the conference and als wish to see me as am accepted.
Comment by AMARA SYLVESTER VANDI BELEWA on May 13, 2010 at 8:17pm
the abstrac is about Gaza palenstian
Comment by AMARA SYLVESTER VANDI BELEWA on May 13, 2010 at 8:14pm
we i hope we can see in palenstian and talk about the gaza palestian issues.Pray that my abstract will be accepted in good faith and i will come in my red cross uniform from africa.
Comment by Narda Azaria Dalgleish on May 12, 2010 at 6:54pm
and me too, Amara,
Comment by Oliver Haack on May 11, 2010 at 11:13pm
I'd be among the readers as well :)
Comment by James S. Oppenheim on May 11, 2010 at 10:05pm
Share a little bit of that abstract, please, first chance. I'd love to read it, and I hope 84 others would as well.
Comment by AMARA SYLVESTER VANDI BELEWA on May 11, 2010 at 7:35pm
Thanks for accepting me as a member on this wonderful group.Presently am working on an abstract that consist of the peace movement in palestian
Comment by James S. Oppenheim on January 15, 2010 at 12:13am
By the way, this front comment section seems to have forgotten the Macabbees, and as for the region of time around 632, I didn't think the mandate limited to Mesopotamia and such. At the moment, it looks like the Persians have foresaken Persia and embraced some form of Arabia beyond Arabia. I generalize for effect, but the Iranian regime, if not the people, sure seems to be challenging Saudi Arabia over Islamic authenticity.

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