Israelis & Palestinians:

Inescapable mutuality

14 January 2011



"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,

tied in a single garment of destiny.

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial 'outside agitator' idea."

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

                 Letter From Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

"Are there people who are still available to both sides?

This is our chance for peace.

But how many of us are able to do that?"

            -- Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-  )

                 Vietnamese Buddhist Monk

"It's is not possible to be 'pro-Israel'

if you are not 'pro-Palestinian,' and vice versa. 

There is no such thing as one without the other."

            -- Gail Weinstein (1955-2010)

                 American educator

Not one
without the other

     GAIL ELLEN WEINSTEIN lived that life.
     Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2005, she re-doubled her efforts until her last breath.


Remembering Gail Ellen Weinstein

November 15, 1955 ~ December 8, 2010

Stories, Photos, Videos


     For five rich years Gail transcended her months-only diagnosis -- rarely stopping, always expanding her world.
     This hero of Dialogue was a master teacher of Story as entry to learning a language and excellent communication.


Learners' Lives As Curriculum'_lives_as_curriculum/

Learners Lives as Curriculum:

Six Journeys to Immigrant Literacy


     In her last year, Gail willed herself to be in Palestine, Israel, and Russia to train teachers.
     Two weeks before death, Gail completed a co-authored, hard-won book chapter with a Palestinian colleague.

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     Palestinian CAROL DANIEL KASBARI defines herself similarly.
     "I come from Palestinian roots, but more and more in these dialogues and in other areas of my life, I see myself as someone whose primary role is to enable and sustain the process of dialogue as a whole.
     "As such, I do not represent one side.
     "We are all parts of the whole and if we could see ourselves as a part of those who are outside our ethnic and religious communities, we would not be afraid to sympathise with their fears and pains.
     "We would know that they are ours, too.
     "It takes time, patience, perseverance..."


An insider's reflections on Israeli-Palestinian dialogue

by Carol Daniel Kasbari

Common Ground News -- 04 January 2011

Inescapable Mutuality

     No one is "outside" of anyone's dilemma in our shared life.
     This "Inescapable Mutuality" of daily life on Earth -- King's insight -- has been clarified from theater stages thanks to first-time Boston-area playwright, Merrill Meadow ( ).
     We are here to empathize with and assist everyone, excluding no one.


Play explores post-Civil Rights Era race relations

Lexington, MA -- 10 March 2009

Lexington Theater Company Takes Risk on New Playwright

Lexington, MA -- 12 Feb 2009

    Holy Land Palestinian and Jewish Israeli theatrical artists combine forces to paint pictures of their needed, new life together.


STAGING PEACE: Peace Child Israel

Building relationships through theater

10-min video - 04 January 2010

Beyond theater

     Day to day, monthly, all year -- never letting go of one another's hands -- Israeli Jews and West Bank Palestinians learn about each other in ongoing, face-to-face interfaith encounters.
     SEE them.  EMULATE them where you live.


Learning to love the neighbors  

Israel21c -- January 05, 2011

4-min video

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