"Sure, let's not debate anything. Besides the fact that anyone's opinion might be construed as "self-righteous", it's much better not to get the bottom of the problem and try to ascertain the reason why all these senseless…"
"Wonderful concept and catchy slogan, emotionally satisfying, but practically futile since it is not addressing the key reason all these families are bereaving one of their members. That key reason is Palestinian terrorism. As long as the…"
"This is not going to be a mere "briefing". It's going to be a kangaroo court dedicated to the sole objective of demonizing Israel by accusing it only of allegedly committing war crimes, with no mention of Hamas' long and horrific…"
"Yes, intervention is the way to go, but the few countries who can do it, above all the US, are sick and tired of doing it and, especially under Obama, are not going to lift a finger no matter what the number of killed. As you correctly point out,…"
"A few remarks. First the title of this article is misleading since you talk (rightly) of children abuse in many other situations in the world where in fact their plight is considerably worse in than in Israel and the disputed territories. Second,…"
"The commentator asks the right question: "What if someone brought death to your hometown?", but it doesn't occur to her that it's precisely what the 9/11 terrorists did to New York. That's what led to the US intervention in…"
Thanks for this reference. Here is another one, although it focuses on the economic losses of the Arab Jews: http://tinyurl.com/ljlv4v9 . My point in my first question was that if anyone is going to want to examine the causes of the Arab…"
"I haven't read the articles you list yet, but the first question that came to my mind was if you are aware of similar articles regarding the expulsion of Jews from Arab countries that followed the 1948 war of Independence? Thanks."
"The trailer is good and hopefully the film can be purchased for showing. But one aspect strikes me: the shocking ignorance of the tragedy Syria is going through displayed by people in western countries. And I have one suggestion as to why that is…"
It's been a very long time, and I apologize for having left for so long. First I want to thank Maor for having taken the time to reinstate many of my posts. Toda raba! I was utterly disgusted by the unethical and cowardly behavior of…"
"Hi J.J. Surbeck,
I've noticed that you sent me a private message a few days ago but I can't access it - I'm getting a page with "Our apologies – this page was not found" Maybe it has something to do also with your…"
"hi, sorry about the late response... I can generally say that there are three levels of dialoge and possible influence on attitudes and beliefs in peace education and encounteres - the interpersonal, intercultural and intergroup-political. My…"
Nice meeting you, too. I'm interested in what you do as well because, paradoxically enough, I am very skeptical that results can be obtained with people who start from a completely different set of values than our own. The first…"
"Yes, thank you very much. It is quite a compliment since your resume is very impressive as well. I am going to Israel this summer to study law and hope to learn as much as I can to help with conflict resolution. Nice to meet you."
"I am very happy to learn about the T.E.A.M. and I also agree with your post in the Israel-Palestinian peace group. We are perhaps in a rather "hostile" environment here, but it's very important to be here and try to balance things..."
I've noticed that you sent me a private message a few days ago but I can't access it - I'm getting a page with "Our apologies – this page was not found" Maybe it has something to do also with your messages being deleted from the group? This whole issue is very weird! Anyway, hope you will return to write there or in other places if the discussions continue!
hi, sorry about the late response... I can generally say that there are three levels of dialoge and possible influence on attitudes and beliefs in peace education and encounteres - the interpersonal, intercultural and intergroup-political. My impression so far is that on the interpersonal level the effects are quite amazing - both Jews and Arabs get along well and find many common interests and topics to discuss. The Jews are generally surprised to see how educated and modern their Arab counterparts are, and the Arabs are in a way "happy" to see that Jewish teenagers are not as "European" and "arrogant" as they often assume. On the intercultural level ther positive effects come with discussion on culture in the sense of folklore, but when it comes to values and norms there are someone negative impressions (the dissagreements are mostly between Jewish girls and Arab boys on issues of woman's status). Contemporary Jewish-Arab encoutner programs, mostly from political reasons, try to focus as much as possible on the intergroup-level of the conflict - to discuss about Jewish-Arab relations in Israe and the national Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Here I'm often dissapointed to see how little Jewish high school students know about their own "historical-national narrative", so that in this discussions the Arabs, who are much more dominant, are usually confronted with silence or general Zionist slogans. But in any case, in both sides the effects are negative - the Jews are amazed to see that Arab citizens of Israel, as you mentioned, are actually Palestinians and anti-Zionists, which makes them believe less that peace is possible, and the Arabs are empowered by the dialogue (sometimes this is actually a declared goal of the conducting institutes) and think that they should be even more extreme in their anti-Israeli attitudes. So eventually, these encounters don't contribute much to the resolution of the conflict or to improve relations on the macro level, but I think that it is still important to have them (the disillusionment is also important...).
I am very happy to learn about the T.E.A.M. and I also agree with your post in the Israel-Palestinian peace group. We are perhaps in a rather "hostile" environment here, but it's very important to be here and try to balance things...
Yes, thank you very much. It is quite a compliment since your resume is very impressive as well. I am going to Israel this summer to study law and hope to learn as much as I can to help with conflict resolution. Nice to meet you.
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