Monday, May 12, 2008

Israeli Center Against House Demolitions

It's the government, not the people. Another Israeli organization that actively opposes the Olmert Government's policies toward Palestinians is The Israeli Center Against House Demolitions. Their current project is to rebuild 18,000 homes that have been demolished by the government. Peace WILL prevail.

8 comments:

betmo said...

every bit helps!

D.K. Raed said...

I guess I have a darker outlook on peace in the middle east; maybe I just can't see the path ... which kind of belies "What Flower" I am. I just took your test on the sidebar, seeing as how you are snapdragon. Here's what it said:

You Are a Sunflower ...
"When your friends think smile, they think of you. There is not a day that goes by that you can't find something good about the world and your fellow human."

I notice "human" is singular. hmmm ...

DivaJood said...

Betmo, see my email to you about a widget for Sirens. And ICAHD is more than a little bit. We tend to focus on the government which is NOT what the people want.

DK, that's actually funny that you are a Sunflower but have such a dark view on the Middle East. And hmmm is right. Human bean? (as opposed to human beings...)

D.K. Raed said...

that's the path: peace in the middle east, one human bean at a time!

DivaJood said...

Um, is this where Jack and the Beanstalk come in?

D.K. Raed said...

to address the israel issue a little, unlike most liberal bloggers, I do NOT think all our aid to israel is a travesty. I strongly believe in a two-state solution, but not one that leaves a wasp-waisted israel by dividing the palestinians into Gaza and West Bank. This might be unpopular, but I think other arab countries need to take some responsibility, too. Particularly Jordan, which was set up primarily as a palestinian haven & which has done as little as possible. A reasonable solution might be for israel to cede the west bank and jordan to cede a similar size piece on the other side, carving out a decent-size unified palestinian state. Of course, that would mean dismantling the squalid festering pit of Gaza & relocation to the new Palestinian state, much the same as happened w/India/Pakistan. And that doesn't even begin to address the issue of right of return. We are facing the same thing in Iraq now & will probably eventually end up with the same multi-state solution. What else to do when people cannot/willnot get along never/ever/never?

Utah Savage said...

Diva, I agree with the Redheaded one, I have a Palestinian friend whose family has been blown to the winds by their removal from the family lands. I also have a Jewish friend and neighbor who I have to be very careful with since he is such a passionate Zionist. Odd, that, for a man who has never lived his religion or been to Israel.

You are a brave woman to keep returning to my strange site to read such savage stuff. The painting that is on my site is a self portrait. Is yours also a self portrait? I must admit that this portrait of mine was done when I was in my mid forties. I ought to be a little more honest about the way I look these days, but it's the last of my paintings I kept when I was a painter. I seem capable of only one creative obsession at a time. And for now, it's writing. If you ever read my profile you will find that we have much in common. I, too, love jazz.

DivaJood said...

DK, I admit I waffle between a two-state solution (and yes, you are right about Jordan needing to take some responsibility) and a one-state solution. I lived in Israel 1969 - 1970, and what I observed was that NONE of the Arab nations wanted anything to do with the Palestinians. Whether they viewed the Palestinians as a proxy means to rid themselves of Israel or not is just my cynical view on things. Still - the hatred that exists in the Middle East is beyond comprehension. And yes, in Bush's arrogant attempt to bring "democracy" to a land he neither understood nor respected, he's created Gaza on a larger scale.

Utah, yes, American Zionists for the most part have blinders on when it comes to this travesty. I lived there, and I am Zionist in that I believe in the need for Israel to exist. The problem is that American Jews tend to think that criticism of Israel's policies is the same thing as anti-semitism and it is not. It's taken me time to realize this, but I draw the parallel with the United States. I love my country. I consider myself to be a patriot. And as such, it is essential that I criticize my government and its failed, horrific policies. That has to translate to my other country, Israel. I want to see solution, and peace. My god, if there were peace in the Middle East, that region would flourish. Art, literature, thinking - it boggles the mind.

Yes, my icon is a self-portrait, but I was four in the image. Long story around it, but it was done while I was still painting. Now, like you, it is writing that I don't show anyone. I did read your profile, we do have a lot in common. That's why I like the "Internets"