Why this “Peace is Possible” blog

After many years of following the Israeli/Palestine conflict , in 2012 I decided to take a trip to the Holy Land to see and learn about the situation first hand.

I took a 12 day educational tour  with Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), travelling throughout  Israel and the West Bank – Palestine. We met with 20 NGO’s and community organisations and took in a number of evening lectures . It was a complete introduction to the present day reality of occupied Palestine and I was shocked by what I saw and learned. Then in 2013/2014 I served 2 terms of 3 months each with EAPPI monitoring the human rights abuses and providing protective presence to vulnerable groups in the Holy land. Now in Nov 2016 I am back again and conditions and prospects for peace are dimmer than ever. I can only hope that these peace stories will in some small way help to change this sad situation for the better. This time I am trying though its difficult  to see and talk about the positive.

Mel – Nablus Palestine Nov. 2016

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Why this “Peace is Possible” blog

  1. Mel, you are carrying out very important work, witnessing to the goal of Peace, and affirming that it is possible. By talking about peace, living peacefully, and meeting a variety of groups and faiths, you are setting an example as George Fox exhorted Quakers to be: “Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone; whereby in them you may be a blessing, and make the witness of God in them to bless you.
    Statement of 1656, from The Works of George Fox (1831)

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