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Taking inspiration from an amazing comment by a fellow community member I would like to state my own sorrow at the loss of innocents.  Both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian divide have encountered untold sadness and grief over the years and with each new loss the future, at times, seems bleak at best.

However, we cannot allow atrocities committed by some to cause us to lose awareness of our own humanity as well as those with whom we disagree. We know the pain of loss and when the loss occurs by our political opponents we should express our own sorrow for what has occurred so tragically to them.

I have certainly failed at times in the past to do so and wish to thank my friend for reminding me with his most gracious post.

 

Originally posted to JNEREBEL on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 08:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by Team Shalom.

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  •  Thank you for calling my attention (7+ / 0-)

    to this post.  It was very generous of spirit and a model for all to follow.  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 08:33:53 AM PDT

  •  A JNEREBEL with a new cause? :) (5+ / 0-)

    I have a kind of a rule that I remind myself of often,

    You must never let the actions of another, especially an enemy, diminish your own humanity. It would be their greatest victory and your greatest loss.

    The world is bad enough as it is, you have no right to make it any worse.
    Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

    by InAntalya on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 09:21:13 AM PDT

  •  Yes. This. On a tangent, though, it's funny: (0+ / 0-)

    As someone with some Jewish heritage, I could make Aliyah (that is, emigrate to Israel) if I liked. However, it's distasteful to me, given some of the mistreatment of Palestinians I see in the news (though, as you point out, this is dueling mistreatment; I don't find anyone's hands to be clean). I look at Muslims and Jews in America, and I simply don't see any bloodshed; however, there, there is bloodshed.

    The problem, then, is plainly of course nothing to do with subscribing to Judaism or to Islam; it is simply that that part of the world doesn't have peace between them, not that there can't Be peace between them. So I don't want to go there, and be sucked into the sick cycle of revenge that's taken all the humanity from both sides there; both sides perpetrate, and excuse, child murder there, even as both sides condemn it from the peaceful communities in America over here.

    However, it's funny (strange funny, not humorous, of course): since I therefore refuse to go over there, to whom am I leaving the Holy Land? To the most violent and uncaring, of course, who don't care where they settle, and indeed, who positively WANT to settle, to spite people different from themselves, and to take revenge. How bitter that revenge is. And how the hawks do seem to need one another, to justify each other's hatred and violence.

    Show me the place in the Talmud or the Koran where you are told "hate your enemy." I know that people blame religion for hatred, but it rings false: without religion, people would use the state, as the Nazis did, as the tentpole on which to hang their hatred; without the state, they would use the corporation, as the Fox News talking heads do, as the tentpole on which to hang their hatred; without either, they would use a cult of personality, or xenophobia independent of state, religion OR corporations, or any of a million other things, as a vehicle for their hatred.

    Don't be fooled by the illusion; the religion, the corporation, the state, the person, the race: all these are only trappings, the external clothing. The substance of the problem is the hatred. All of us have been guilty of it, every last one. Fight it. Defeat it. Make peace. Shalom and Salaam.

  •  I've been trying to figure out an appropriate (1+ / 0-)
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    JNEREBEL

    response to this and I think that Thank You is the only appropriate response. I've reread the diary, and the linked comment, a number of times and I really thank you for highlighting that comment. It is easy to forget that these are all real humans we are talking about and I did that and helped to turn it into yet another argument instead of honoring those who died.

    So thank you for this diary.

    No War but Class War

    by AoT on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 07:06:22 AM PDT

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