Peace and Basketball in the Holy
Land -- Sports end wars
Friday, 28 July 2006
Violence escalates and destroys,
and a cloud of failed accords hangs over the Middle East.
Wars, diplomacy and mediation continue failing to
bring peace to the region.
Can anyone ever stop the madness consuming the minds
and dignity of these equally excellent peoples?
All are violators. None is morally
distinctive, clarifies Israeli political scientist, Professor Ze'ev Maoz.
is not on our side
Ze'ev Maoz - Professor of
Political Science, Tel Aviv University
in Ha'aretz -- Tuesday, 25 July 2006
While nations, clans individuals are attacking, defending, blaming and
resisting, something else is happening, too.
Not everyone has given up hope.
Some citizens refuse to be enemies.
Initiating, creative citizens are responding,
engaging, creating, growing together -- http://traubman.igc.org/respond.htm
While some try to kill
the dinosaur, these youth and adults are inventing the gazelle.
A handful of brave and visionary people think one
answer may lie, believe it or not, in basketball.
PLAYING FOR PEACE -- http://playingforpeace.org/
-- unites children and their communities through basketball.
In the Middle East, South
Africa and Northern Ireland they bridge social
divides and develop future leaders.
Chad Ford (Chad.M.Ford@espn3.com) is a Pofessor of International Conflict Resolution at Brigham
He's also an ESPN basketball writer who covers the NBA
"Peace and Hoops: Basketball as a Role
Player in Sustainable Peacebuilding" was his
academic report in a 2006 Willamette Law Review.
Recently Ford went to the Holy
Land to check out PLAYING FOR PEACE.
He found unlikely Palestinian and and
Jewish youth disengaged in basketball -- not disengaged.
One organizer described how it works in real life.
"It starts with relationships, then it moves to
great basketball training, and eventually we are able to delve into meaningful
"Kids who play together can learn to live togethr," says the ESPN broadcaster.
See Ford's inspiring ARTICLE with ESPN VIDEO
and PHOTOS about distinctive Jews and Arabs -- stories of
willing, interested youth, families, organizers.
WITH THE ENEMY
group of visionary risk-takers
a most unlikely solution to
violence in the Middle East
by ESPN Sports -- Friday, 29 July 2006
the Web at http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=playingforpeace
Consider the article subtitles:
New Jersey, With Love
Modest But Meaningful Tipoff
You Can Make It In Tul Karem
Peace, Brick By Brick
Other Side Of The Wall
Grows In A Most Barren Garden
Hoops Not War
A Hard-Line Dad
Court Of Best Resort
said: "Every human being is an artist - because I am talking
about the 'point of freedom' that exists within every individual."
Each of us IS an artist, free to help draw a
picture of what life will look like.
Go see pictures of what life is already becoming
Picture yourself helping more Jews and
Arabs to live their new life together. . . now.