Wednesday, January 07, 2009

How to achieve peace in the Middle East

Hear today's Radio or Not here (runtime 22:43)

I'm not kidding. Today's podcast tells you how!

No, I'm not a genius. It's not my idea. I posted the article last week, thanks to elkojohn who sent it to me. But today I had an interview set up with Uri Avnery, who wrote "Memo for Obama," which details just how to accomplish that seemingly impossible goal. Unfortunately, our interview was cut very short, though I hope to reconnect with him in the next few days.

But I read his piece on today's show... the reading followed our brief conversation.

It seems so logical, until you take into account that religion, prejudice, hate and war are anything but logical.

Listener Shelley sent me a video that was made at a protest in Ft. Lauderdale last week. On one side of the very busy Broward Blvd. in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, a group of pro-Israel people held their signs, seemingly quietly and orderly (though the video really didn't show much of them). On the other side of the street, a much larger and louder group of pro-Hamas protesters held their signs and shouted the most hateful, violent, awful things at the other group.

Before watching this video, I thought peace had a chance; now I'm not so sure.

But I know we can't just give in to the hate. Check out Uri Avnery's writings here. And read about the peace movement in Israel, Gush Shalom (translated means "peace bloc", which he founded in 1993. You might feel some hope too.

Hear today's Radio or Not here (runtime 22:43)


elkojohn said...

Another HomeRun Show from the Heart Nicole. I look fwd to a longer interview with Mr. Avnery. Gandhi & MLK overcame mucho hatred from their opponents to lead effective movements -- although they paid with their lives. But that's what separates the truly great leaders from our soulless politicians. Btw, after returning from Vietnam, I sought out the Quakers, Mennonites, Brethren, Sufis & Buddhists to learn about religions which believe that war and violence, in any form, are against the highest spiritual laws. Even Catholics like Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day & the Berrigan Bros. knew that Jesus was against human violence in any form. So the other religions –- which support war, death penalties, torture, etc. –- just don't get it. Truth is our only weapon, and even thought I can't do it, I have know some who believe in ''Loving your enemies into submission.''