Archive for January, 2009

Resport on NPR’sMorning Edition this morning (Anne Garrels, Israeli Forces Pulling Out of Gaza, 2:28-4:07) — case that finally prompted public conversation about Israel’s use of excessive force

Dr. El Aish (Palestinian physician from Gaza) – fixture on Israeli TV, believed in co-existence, worked in Israel, spoke fluent Hebrew – nontheless believes in the integrity of Israel’s leaders, their professional and moral capacity to investigate the attack on his home and death of his children, and to speak the truth.  He says he hopes his daughters’ deaths are not in vain, that his family’s tragedy will open the eyes and minds of Israelis to what has happened.  He wants and investigation.

“I fully believe in the moral [sic] of the Israeli leaders.  I count on their professionalism, that they are serious, and they have the courage to say the truth.  They committed a mistake.”

Dr. Ish, worked in co-existence projects, three of four daughters killed in Israeli military strike

As tension increases in Gaza between Israel and Palestine, it is important to support and empower long-term peacekeeping efforts. With the recent Israeli violence in the news, now is the time to act. Donate to one of the projects below that address the well-known challenge of sustainable Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Hamsa/Chamsa/Khamsa KAL project?  Hamsa leaves …

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – donate hereInternational Rescue Committee (IRC) (for medical supplies)

Save the Children has worked in Gaza and the West Bank since the 1970’s (for food, water, and medical supplies)

UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) – special Gaza appeal

Global Giving facilitates work of numerous projects leading to sustainable peace in Israel-Palestine.  CHF International provides food and water to Gazan civilian, International Medical Corps (IMC) is attempting to provide emergency medical supplies, MADRE, partnered with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, are trying to bring medical aid to women injured in the conflict.

Other direct contributions to providing relief in Gaza can be made to CARE (for critical food relief),

NIF SHATIL’s southern office staff live in Be’er Sheva , Kiryat Gat, Rahat, Sderot and other communities – all within the range of rocket fire from Gaza. supported relief work of NGO’s

Shatil’s remarkable efforts to make relief management resoures available, facilitate the 450 ngo’s work  here, here, and here – SHATIL Be’er Sheva staff is in the process of mapping the war-related needs of 450 non- profit organizations and grassroots groups in the south.

joint protest – 300 Jews and Arabs from the Wadi Ara region of Israel demonstrated against the harming of innocent civilians in Gaza and the surrounding Israeli region. The rally was organized by NIF grantee Awareness for You, which runs empowerment courses for Arab women in the village of Kfar Kara.

Members of the NIF family, in cluding — Adalah: Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel), Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI),

Bimkom: Planners for Planning RightsGisha: Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel * The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel * Rabbis for Human Rights * Yesh Din: Volunteers for Human Rights B’Tselem The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

Kol Acher (Other Voice)

supported ACRI’s – work to protect rights of Arab Israelis to protest Gazan violence –

shelter nurseries for children Israeli civilians – might be able to use handmade toys – challenge to find equivalent for Gazan children (hospitals) – in addition to sending cash donations to relief agencies (such as Doctors Without Borders


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I don’t know about anyone else, but the violence in Gaza over the past three weeks has left me in something of a state of mental and emotional paralysis. Since the first Israeli strike in Gaza, I’ve been knitting birds … white doves, yellow birds, red birds, blue birds, birds, birds, birds,  … my personal vigil, to create an aviary for peace.

This evening, as a UN compound smoulders in Gaza City, all I can think of is how to use my hands, my needles, even my heart,  to memorialize the many lost civilians.

Green often symbolizes sincerity and hope, optimism, generosity, and renewal.  And misfortune.  I recently learned that green is associated with Islam.

Tonight I’ll knit a green bird, a TikkunTree leaf bird, a mourning dove, a mournful green dove.  Hoping for peace with every single stitch.

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