Holy Land Arabs, Jews cooperate over
seeds -- for food, for peace -- for life
Saturday, 16 December 2006
Ancestors of Jews and Palestinians migrated north out of Africa toward the
They were intimately related by DNA.
Maybe 8,000 years ago, many moved west with their farming skills and precious seeds.
Walking across the Fertile Crescent in small clans, they took successful agriculture toward the
The lands of
Wild edibles, herbs and indigenous knowledge of their uses are embedded in both Jewish and Arab traditions.
Today, sister and brother Semites remain intimately related by DNA.
Palestinian and Jewish lives are equally dependent on healthy, enduring DNA.
DNA of our bodies.
DNA of the seeds of food that keep us and humankind alive.
Yet, too much of this is being lost today.
We cave in to urbanization, racing toward technology, and forgetting our inherited, wise blueprint for for sustainable living.
And lose track of who we are and where we came from -- our ancient story of successful life on Earth.
Our seeds, our very DNA of life, must be preserved.
Professor Mohammed Saleem Ali Shtayeh, Ph.D.
(Nablus, West Bank,
Israeli Report, The Convention on Biological Diversity, 2006
dynamic, grassroots circle of Jewish and Arab small-scale farmers and
seed savers have begun pooling shared genetic resources together to conserve
and improve threatened native varieties in the fields of traditional and
organic farmers, and to teach cooperative gardening with Arab and Jewish young
Too, they influence and work with others like
Read more at:
Published in The New Farm -- Thursday,14 December 2006
Seeds for peace
Restoring ancient seed for Arab and Jewish organic cooperation
By Eli Rogosa
The Winter Solstice in late
December is the darkest time of year.
It caused the ancients to wonder if sun, crops and hopefulness would return.
Today there is reason to believe that many people are slowly becoming more human -- more connected to Earth, Life, Each Other.
We can celebrate these cooperating Arabs and Jews who preserve life -- precious DNA and relationships.
They are re-creating modern education for students and teachers in Sustainable Schools programs.
Remembering, learning, teaching who we are and what life is at the highest -- neighbors forever.
Connected by DNA and so much more.