When things go wrong, Joshua has a saying. ”You can blame, or you can learn.”
Most of the world seems hell bent on blaming Israel for what is going on in Gaza. All perspective seems to be lost, and attempts to broach the subject with any kind of equanimity are ignored or ridiculed. (But if you’d like to read a level-headed article about the situation, Nicholas Kristoff’s piece in the Times yesterday can’t be beat.)
It is exhausting and unproductive and contributes to a destructive cycle. The righteous indignation has reached a level several decibels above shrill. It’s the kind of thing that can destroy friendships.
And honestly, I’d rather not.
So rather than blame, how about we learn? There are after all a lot of groups, a lot of people on both sides, working to build bridges between Palestinians and Israelis. How about we focus on them for a change, and stop trying to win at the game of “who is more to blame”?
Following are a list of links to articles or websites of people working toward a lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis. They range from artists like David Broza to a grieving but hopeful Palestinian father. They include groups of every day people who have realized that the only way to stop the violence is to get to know each other – to walk a mile in the other’s shoes.
- Seeking to bridge the Arab-Jewish Divide with Music
- Geneva Initiative
- Palestinian and Israeli Emerging Leaders Program
- Creativity for Peace
- Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
- All for Peace Radio
- “…I call for an end to this bloodshed”
These are just a few examples. There are many more, if anyone would care to look. Next time you feel the urge to go on Facebook and post about the awful Israelis and their killing of innocents, or that Hamas has brought this on its own people and has only themselves to blame… don’t. Instead, how about donating your time and energy to an organization that is working with both Palestinians and Israelis to create an environment where peace can thrive?
One where blame is set aside in favor of learning