inspired by a deep-dialogue conference at Haverford College shortly after
September 11 2001. I had hoped to set up a site to help heal the wounds
of September 11, and to point the way toward a global future in which conflict
would be settled by negotiation and compromise rather than force and violence.
The MidEast Web is the best site I have
found relating to Middle East dialog and peace education. One of the
articles featured there is "The View from Ground Zero"
by Harold Evans in which the author challenges us to "expose deceptive websites."
Hatred and terrorist attacks are inspired and motivated by what the attackers
believe to be true. Alas, so many supposed "facts" are not facts at all but
deliberate fabrications or simply erroneous information intended to pour gasoline
on the glowing embers of dormant violence. The Internet has become a breeding
ground for such potentially deadly rumors -- but it can also provide the
resources for setting the record straight.
If you know of websites
and chain letters that propagate false information that might inspire hatred,
please, send the URL of the site to me.
If possible, add the URLs of other sites that can help provide accurate
information. Of course, in addition, don't allow such misinformation
to go unchallenged. Respond, politely, with corrections. Let me offer an
example: Last October I received a forwarded mass mailing in which
"Israeli Jews" were accused of running several websites meant to malign the
Qur'an and Islam in general. I checked the supposedly Jewish sites and discovered
that that they were part of a Campus Crusade for Christ Internet project,
-- a project that targets Jews as much as Muslims. I informed the sender
and all the other recipients of the original message.
In addition to the section
dedicated to exposing inaccurate information, I hope to develop two more
areas in this site -- a section dealing with true stories of friendship connecting
individual members of hostile groups and dedicated to reflections by peaceloving
people anywhere. I also plan to include a limited number of links to relevant
documents and sites. Please, contact me with original contributions and link
I see one powerful avenue towards peace not only in the Middle East but in
all the other "hot spots" on earth, and that is the courage to forgive and
admit guilt, the strength to refuse to hate or retaliate in kind, no matter
how great the provocation. Revenge may be momentarily satisfactory
but it simply perpetuates the endless cycle of violence begetting violence.
22 June 2002
future for all the people on earth
1953 speech "The Chance for Peace."
gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in
the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who
are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms in not spending money
It is spending the sweat of its laborers,
the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this:
a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
It is two electric power plants, each serving
a town of 60,000 population.
It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.
It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.
We pay for a single fighter with a half million
bushels of wheat.
We pay for a single destroyer with new homes
that could have housed more than 8,000 people.
This, I repeat, is the best way of life to
be found on the road the world has been taking.
This is not a way of life at all, in any
true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from
a cross of iron.
Link to Dennis Kucinich's
proposal for establishing a Department of Peace https://www.kucinich.us/issues/departmentpeace.php:
"As we stand on the threshold
of a new millennium, it is time to free ourselves, to jettison our illusions
and fears and transform age-old challenges with new thinking. We canconceive
of peace as not simply the absence of violence butthe active presence of
the capacity for a higher evolution of human awareness, of respect, trust,
and integrity. Of peace,wherein we all may tap the infinite capabilities
of humanity to transform consciousness and conditions that impel or compel
violence at a personal, group, or national level toward creating understanding,compassion,
and love. We can bring forth new understandings where peace, not war, becomes
inevitable. Can we move from wars to end all wars to peace to end all war?"
Tikkun Community & Magazine
This Jewish Renewal
site is dedicated to mending, healing and transforming the world through the
power of love, faith, and reason with the kind of clear vision that dares
to be critical of intolerance and fanaticism BOTH to the right and the left.
IN the spirit of Rabbi Michael Lerner, "Jewish Renewal seeks a revolutionary
transformation of the world: away from the ethos of selfishness and materialism
and toward an ethos of love and caring."
"Urgent Appeal to Stop Suicide
Bombing" by Palestinian Intellectuals and Public Figures
An Oncologist Speaks Out
murder and vilification serve only to delegitimize the cause and distance
the prospect of an independent Palestinian State. A community and a people
that tolerates and condones such behavior is fundamentally unworthy."
MidEast Web Gateway
The "MidEast Web was
started by people active in Middle East dialog and peace education efforts.
Our goal is to weave a world-wide web of Arabs, Jews and others who want
to build a new Middle East based on coexistence and neighborly relations.
Our members and staff include distinguished educators, engineers, Web designers
and other professionals experienced in dialog, peace education projects
and in promoting dialog and coexistence using the Internet."
"The Interfaith Encounter
Association is dedicated to promoting peace in the Middle East through interfaith
dialogue and cross-cultural study. We believe that, rather than being a cause
of the problem, religion can and should be a source of the solution for conflicts
that exist in the region and beyond."
Statement by HRH Prince Hassan of Jordan (12 September
Statement by HRH Prince Hassan of Jordan (19 September