Read her powerful words in Ha'aretz (English translation below):
Here we go again, how many people have to die before the cycle of violence finally turns for the last time. Revenge being the main tool, we kill, they kill , more force, more troops, and more rhetoric of fear and hatred. Are we on the brink of another war or uprising? How can the sanctity of human life just be political expedience. Decisions made by leaders sitting in rooms in the dead of night and at the last minute. Is there no thought for the consequence of no communication with our neighbors. Instead of listening to the army and understanding that the shooting from the hip decision to place metal detectors outside one of the most holy places for the Muslims would lead to a violent reaction and more death. How can the man voted to be in charge of our future take a plane trip to a foreign land when there was a burning need for sanity and negotiation to create a dialogue with our neighbors and perhaps to calm down a situation just waiting to explode.
Seven people died over this weekend and for what? for an anger festering among both peoples, which can only get worse with time. Can the powers that be not take a breath and imagine what it is like for the families involved. Those innocent attacked by a crazed young man who imagined that a future life in paradise would surely be better than this one, and the three Palestinians fighting for a cause they believed, also fueled by their religeous leaders. Notice it is not the leaders who give up their lives, but rather young men who have no reason to hope for a better life , and believe that they are protecting their holy Site.
Let us think of another scenario, say our elected leader would have thought again and realised that more of the same, only more would be a solution, and had picked up the phone to the heads of Jordan and Egypt, who have no interest in any further violence, perhaps if he had done so and they had all come up with a plan which did not include more force, perhaps we would not have to watch the horrific bloody scenes , each side with its own interpretation , on the Television and on the Web.
Imagine what the future will be like for all of the families of the dead, some will have their houses demolished, and others will die together with their children, they may not die physically , but nothing will ever be the same, nothing . Some will never have the joy of parents or grandparents and others will start to think of revenge, some will be so angry that it will effect their health, and others will simply wither away and look for solice at the graveside of their loved ones. We at the Parents Circle know the whole gamit of pain , and indescribable sadness which never goes away. We have realised that violence begets violence and for the sake of our children and grandchildren we must find a way to recognize the humanity of the other .
It is not too late for change, watch a bereaved Palestinian mother embracing an Israeli mother in our group and understand that we recognize that we share the same pain. Watch us continue to work under the most difficult of circumstances to the extent where we will still run our summer camp this Sunday and will plant the seeds of understanding reconciliation in the next generation. If we can, then surely this is an example to all. Please refrain from spitting at us or throwing bags of urine and take that energy into trying another way, for the way we are going , with more of the same can only lead us to share the land with graves. ... See MoreSee Less
If you're in the Chicago area, be sure to join OneVoice Movement this Friday to learn more about innovative grassroots peace efforts from leaders in the field including ALLMEP's Joel Braunold: ... See MoreSee Less
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Diplomats, experts and civil society leaders discussed modalities for policy impact of pro-peace Israeli and Palestinian organizations at a joint event of Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional F...
ALLMEP welcomes the announcement by the U.K. Government of the commitment to spend three million pounds in new funding for people-to-people and coexistence projects.
DFID announcement today
Paul Masterton: What support her Department provides to projects intended to foster coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis. 
DFID will provide up to £3 million over three years to fund a co-existence or “people-to-people” programme. This UK support will help Israelis and Palestinians work together to achieve tangible improvements in their lives and build understanding between people on both sides of the conflict. ... See MoreSee Less
ALLMEP thanks Chairman Rodgers and Ranking member Lowey's staff and team on including full funding for the USAID CMM program for FY18 in the budget. Given the fiscal constraints this was by no means a given and we are deeply thankful for their leadership. A special thank you goes to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and his team who have been tireless advocates for our community on committee and Congressman Joe Crowley and his team for their leadership in the dear colleague letters for this line item. ... See MoreSee Less
I introduced a cross-party bill in support of the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace in January and I have also spent time in Washington working with The Alliance for Middle East Peace (...
BICOM and Fathom have published a new research report, A future for Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding. It has been written by Ned Lazarus, visiting Professor at George Washington University and before...
Commissioned by BICOM, Dr. Ned Lazarus' landmark new study finds that grassroots Israeli-Palestinian peace building projects work and are a vital missing ingredient in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The report sets out clear recommendations for practitioners and funders looking to help build the conditions for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
A landmark new study commissioned by BICOM finds that grassroots Israeli-Palestinian peace building projects work and are a vital missing ingredient in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. It was wr...
"The “heroic” era of the peace process—with its set-pieces and fixed timetables in search of a final handshake on the White House lawn—is over. But the peace process is not. Each previous failure has cost us greatly. We cannot afford to fail again."
Another great piece on Dr. Lazarus' critical new report on the coexistence field: ... See MoreSee Less
Grassroots social movements are the way forward by Alan Johnson / July 12, 2017 / Leave a commentFacebookTwitterLinkedinEmailPalestinian protesters run from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers near Ere...
BICOM CEO James Sorene discussed BICOM’s landmark new study, which concludes that grassroots Israeli-Palestinian peace building projects work and are a vital missing ingredient in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, on the BBC World Service World Update on Wednesday 12 July. ... See MoreSee Less
BICOM CEO James Sorene discussed BICOM’s landmark new study, which concludes that grassroots Israeli-Palestinian peace building projects work and are a vital missing ingredient in the Israeli-Palest...
Check out this fantastic write up on Ned Lazarus' landmark report on coexistence:
"The Bicom report urges support for the launch of an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, and says that Britain should not only join it but donate “significantly”.
Professor Lazarus’s report looks at a number of successful peacebuilding projects and he concludes that, as in Northern Ireland, “peacebuilding works” — but it needs the guarantee of an international fund to ensure that the projects continue." ... See MoreSee Less
"If Kushner and Greenblatt are serious about getting the parties to yes they need to create the political space for the leadership to take risks. Creating positive facts on the ground while draining the swamp of hate should be the twin pillars of their strategy."