Stop spreading hatred is an ever ending circle and hate begets hate which means that violent behavior promotes other violent behavior, in return. The phrase has been used for over 50 years, as in speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King, Jr
I check out many anti Israel, anti Zionist anti Semitic Blogs at random (unfortunately there are many) one being لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza? by Lora A. Lucero. It was one of the comments by her readers that I thought interesting and felt it important enough to bring it to your attention because I'd never heard his logic used before: For me this is one of the quotes we should use over nad over again and I thank Ms Lucero for not removing it as certainly many pro Palestinian blogs would have:
March 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm
And I hear Gaza, and all I can think of is “… and the rockets red glare…” If Gaza had been anyplace else on earth, it would have been eradicated by now. Praise Allah they have to live next to the Jews. Imagine if Bashir Assad was next door.
How true is this?
So putting politics aside and knowing you can find hatred in any socity, lets use positivity as are byword today.
Lets have a look at the real side of Arab/Palestinian Israel life of integration:
The claims made by many blogs and Facebook are that Israel is an Anti Apartheid state. So rather than me explain as I might be written off as been biased I'll Let a Palestinian who lives there explain: Ben Eid is a Palestinian human rights advocate who sets the record straight about the use of the word "apartheid" to describe Israel saying that those who make this claim are essentially anti-semitic. He also explains why BDS actually only hurts the Palestinians they claim to care about. Have a listen:
Now lets look at school are Arabs forced into segregates schools:
Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel. It is a network of integrated, bilingual schools for Jewish and Arab children in Israel. Hand in Hand was co-founded by Israeli Arab educator Amin Khalaf and Israeli American educator Lee Gordon in 1997
Hand in Hand's mission is to create a strong and inclusive shared society in Israel through a network of integrated, bilingual schools and active communities. The organization's philosophy is that the actual living experience of its students, teachers, parents and others who participate in its schools and communities can inspire broad support for social inclusion and civic equality in Israel.
The Israeli Pupils’ Rights Law of 2000 prohibits discrimination of students for sectarian reasons in admission to or expulsion from an educational institution, in establishment of separate educational curricula or holding of separate classes in the same educational institution, and addresses rights and obligations of pupils. The law was fully supported by the Israeli/Arab Student and Youth Council
As arbs number approx 1.6 million of the Israeli population (please note those who want to boycott Israel who you'd be putting out of work) Medical and Hospital care is high on the agenda. So Israel who is accused as an apartheid sate use segregation in its hospitals? Quite the opposite. Israel Hospitals Took Care of Nearly 220,000 PA Arabs in 2012
Will the United Nations, which has condemned Israel for alleged war crimes, also censure it for treating nearly 220,000 PA Arabs Israeli hospitals, including Hamas’ prime minister’s brother-in-law?
The total number of 219,464 patients, 21,270 of them children, includes the companions accompanying the patients in Israel.
The numbers represent a dramatic increase in the number of PA Arabs who receive treatment by Israelis medical professionals, compared with 197,713 patients in Israeli hospitals in 2011 and only 144,838 in 2008.
COGAT, a military unit which is responsible for implementing the Israeli Government’s policy in Judea and Samaria, stated, “The Civil Administration, through its health department (HDCA), works closely with the Palestinian Ministry of Health to support the medical needs of the Palestinian population throughout Judea and Samaria.” The HDCA manages all issues relating to Israeli-Palestinian healthcare coordination, primarily the transfer of Palestinian patients to hospitals in Israel.
The HDCA further works to enable professional medical training for Palestinian Authority Arabs by Israel through the encouragement of medical conferences and the training of Palestinian medical staff in Israeli hospitals. Training sessions take place several times a year, initiated by both the HDCA and the Palestinian Authority.
In 2012, the Civil Administration paid $560,000 to send PA Arab doctors, nurses, and paramedics for training in Israel. The Civil Administration has also set aside a budget to finance critical medical procedures for patients who are not covered by Palestinian or UNRWA health insurance and are not able to pay privately.
Tazpit’s Anav Silverman reported last year that Suhila Abd el-Salam, the sister of Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, accompanied her husband for treatment in Israel. Her husband was admitted to Bellinson Hospital, in Petach Tikvah, for immediate medical treatment following a serious heart condition.
This was not the only time that a Gaza resident was treated in Israel. This past March, a 15-year-old boy in Gaza was transported to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot after suffering from severe burns and shrapnel injuries from an alleged rocket launching pad that was set up in Jabalya, a neighborhood in northern Gaza.
The Palestinian Minister of Health, Dr. Hanni Abadin, paid an unprecedented visit to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem at the beginning of this past May.
Dr. Yuval Weiss, director of the hospital, reported that at any given moment there are some 60 Palestinian Authority medical personnel in training at the hospital. Dr. Abadin thanked Hadassah for the opportunity to visit and for its services, visited Arab children hospitalized at Hadassah and gave them gifts.
The Civil Administration Health Department declared that it will continue in 2013 to cooperate closely with their Palestinian counterparts and international organizations in Judea and Samaria to advance healthcare for the benefit of all residents in the region.
Israel hospitals treat Arabs for ALL surrounding countries even their sworn enemies. A hospital in northern Israel is treating victims of the Syrian war. The cross-border operation is risky - both countries are officially in a state of war.
The Ziv Hospital has some experience with casualties of war. The hospital was opened in 1973 shortly before the Yom Kippur War broke out, and the wounded were regularly brought to its doors. And the hospital was used again in Israel's 2006 war against Lebanon, when it was hit by a rocket fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah.
And yet this is still a peculiar situation for the medics. An Israeli soldier has been stationed to guard the intensive care ward in order to stop the identities of the Syrian patients from being disclosed. Journalists are not allowed to speak to most of them. And in the meantime new cases are arriving almost every week - including increasing numbers of women and children.
LOVE THEY NEIGHBOR.
So Isn't time we start loving out neighbors? Here we have an exclusive look inside rehearsal with Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as the group of Israeli, Palestinian and other Arab musicians prepare to return to New York's Carnegie Hall to perform a Beethoven Symphony cycle.
Welsh Football Team plays coexistence football with Jewish and Arab children from northern communities in Israel. The children were handed Welsh football team shirts by the players and manager Chris Coleman. R-L: Joe Ledley, Chris Coleman and Gareth Bale.
So lets try to make the world a safer place. Please understand me, I'm not saying Israel is perfect nor are many of the Arab states that surround Israel, in fact come to think of it, is their ant country in the world that's 'perfect' that don't have their own violens, drug, rape etc problems? If their is please let me know.
And Finally lets build a world of love and peace for our children children, our grand children and their children etc. If we still begin to spread hate the chance of our beautiful world ending up free and peaceful will not happen. Is this the legacy we want to hand to our children?
I finish with a link to the most wonderful charity, which I support Children of Peace is a non-partisan children’s charity dedicated to building trust, friendship and reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian children, aged 4 – 17, and their communities. Our aim is to develop a shared spirit via arts, education, health and sports programmes; so future generations might live and work peacefully side-by-side. We believe in working for peace. That’s why we don’t take sides.
I couldn't think of a better way of ending my report than inviting the Shani Choir brought together by Children For Peace. They are made up of Israeli's Arabs and Muslims teenagers. They are singing Stephen Sondheim's Somewhere'...Somewhere there's a place for us please G-D there is. Will the world listen? I hope so