Israelis & Palestinians:
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)
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
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
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 ( Merrill_Meadow@harvard.edu ).
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
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
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