Face-to-face Sustained Dialogue between Jews and Palestinians can be inspired and deepened by the stories and insights of others.
     In none below is violence an option.

"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a  descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.  Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate...Returning violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that."

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

"Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?"

New York, Harper & Row, 1967

     We hope these links to such resources encourage and deepen others.
               -- L&L

Journalism Awarded for Middle East Peace   (The six articles)

     Search for Common Ground in the Middle East ( http://www.sfcg.org ) announced in Brussels their 2003 Common Ground Awards for Journalism in the Middle East.
     The Awards celebrate and encourage journalism that contributes to better understanding between people and to maintain political dialogue in the Middle East.
     "The winning articles go beyond the daily headlines to break down myths and stereotypes, provide insight into regional debates, expose readers to new perspectives, and promote peaceful coexistence. They provide windows into the different societies and people in this region."
     Awards are offered for articles published in Arab, Israeli, and Western publications and languages.  Each article submitted for consideration is reviewed by a distinguished international panel of judges. 
     The 2003 panels included:

ARAB PRESS:  Emad Omar (Freelance Journalist, Writer - Jordan), Shafeeq Ghabra (President, American University of Kuwait), and Marc Saghi (Le Courrier International - France)

HEBREW PRESS:  Zeev Schiff (Haaretz- Israel), Isabel Kirshner (The Jerusalem Report- Israel), and Anat Saragusti (Channel 2 - Israel, World News producer-Israel)

WESTERN PRESS:  Trudy Rubin (The Philadelphia Inquirer-United States), Patrice de Beer (Le Monde-France) and Ethan Bronner (The New York Times-United States).

1.  Arabic Press (Award Winner)
Palestinian Extremists Vote Twice for Sharon
, Tawfiq Abu Baker (Multiple Arabic-language newspapers)

2.  Arabic Press (Honorable Mention)
They Only Have Each Other
, Dr. Mohamed Mosaad (MidEast Web)

3.  Hebrew Press (Award Winner)
Cosmic Indifference
, Lauren Gelfond  (Jerusalem Post Magazine)

4.  Hebrew Press  (Honorable Mention)
Like a Bridge Over (Very) Troubled Water
, Ori Golan   (Jerusalem Post)

5.  Western Press  (Award Winner)
Column One: In Two Worlds
, Tracy Wilkinson   (The Los Angeles Times)

6.  Western Press  (Honorable Mention)
Meeting Mohammed: Beginning Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue
, Libby and Len Traubman  (Jewish Education News)

     Newly named the Common Ground Awards for Journalism in the Middle East: The Eliav-Sartawi Awards for Middle Eastern Journalism, more can be found on the Web at:


or by sending e-mail to:
Michael Contet
Search for Common Ground
Middle East and North Africa Programme Manager, Brussels