This blog is dedicated to tearing down the separation wall and transforming the Israeli apartheid system into a secular democracy, where Israelis and Palestinians will live as equal citizens. As an Israeli that was raised on the Zionist ideal of a Jewish state, I know how hard it is for many Jews and Palestinians to let go of the dream of having a state that is exclusively “our own.”
The articles, the stories and the pictures in this blog are meant to make a single point: For the good of both nations, the Separation Wall must come down, the Israeli control over the lives of Palestinians must be defied so that a secular democracy where all Israelis and Palestinian live as equals be established in our shared homeland.
In 1997, a tragedy struck the family of Israeli-American Miko Peled: His beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem. That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery. It pushed him to re-examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with, as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel's political-military elite, and transformed him into a courageous and visionary activist in the struggle for human rights and a hopeful, lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
The journey that Peled traces in this groundbreaking memoir echoed the trajectory taken 40 years earlier by his father, renowned Israeli general Matti Peled. In The General's Son, Miko Peled tells us about growing up in Jerusalem in the heart of the group that ruled the then-young country, Israel. He takes us with him through his service in the country's military and his subsequent global travels... and then, after his niece's killing, back into the heart of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians. The book provides a compelling and intimate window into the fears that haunt both peoples-- but also into the real courage of all those who, like Miko Peled, have been pursuing a steadfast grassroots struggle for equality for all the residents of the Holy Land.
Tear gas and water cannons met thousands of protesters in Ankara who had staged a pro-secular rally on Republic Day. The clashes mark a growing gap between the Islam-leaning government and the country's secular layers.
“Turkey is secular and will remain secular!” chanted protesters waving Turkish flags and banners.
The capital’s governor last week banned a planned pro-secular rally citing fears that “some groups may seek to incite anarchy in the country.”
But Monday, over 30 civil society groups, led by the Youth Union of Turkey, still took to the streets.
On 4 NOV 2012 about, a nationalistic Russian movement is making their presence known in numbers..
Swastika & 'Long live Breivik': Nationalists march in Moscow
Some of Russia's most-radical political groups are out in force this Sunday - from die-hard nationalists to outright fascists. In dozens of cities, tens of thousands have joined marches - chanting against immigration, Israel, Islam and all-things-foreign. RT's Lucy Kafanov has been watching the crowds in Moscow.
Starting at 10:26 UTC on Thursday, 29 November (12:26pm in Damascus), Syria's international Internet connectivity shut down. In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet.
The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution upgrading Palestine to a “non-member observer state,” from a “non-member observer entity.” The upgraded status could make it easier for the Palestinians to bring Israel to trial for war crimes at the International Criminal Court.
Israel, and of course the US – along with 7 other marginal outliers, had fiercely opposed the Palestinian bid, but it passed anyways in a 138-9 vote, with 41 abstentions.
WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE. Grisly video allegedly shows rebels murder unarmed, terrified loyalists in Syria
WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE.
Gruesome footage has emerged apparently showing Syrian rebels executing loyalists while their victims pleaded for their lives. One of the gunmen is heard referencing an al-Qaeda-linked group behind several terrorist attacks in Syria.
Moscow Protests 15 and 16 December 2012 MOSCOW — Forcing a showdown with the government of President Vladimir V. Putin, leaders of the Russian political opposition took to the streets on Saturday afternoon for an unsanctioned demonstration in a symbolic square in Moscow that is home to the headquarters of the federal security services as well as a monument to victims of Soviet political repression.
All of us have some sort of "philosophy of life," even though we may not have verbalized it. Here you can get ideas for your own philosophy of life. You can see what others think of your own philosophical ideas, and you can help others to become clearer in their own thinking.
When there is difference of opinion, we have an opportunity for "friendly debate," a very growth-promoting experience.