Author Archives: 4justpeace

“Caged Bird” ~ A Freedom Song

When I received the invitation to come to Palestine for two months, I was immersed in reading Maya Angelou’s articulate and moving 7-volume autobiography. So, naturally, I brought the books with me to provide some diversion. Little did I know … Continue reading

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Breaking News ~ Freedom of the Press Suppressed

This blog was published today by my colleague and friend, Jan, who is on the ground in Hebron. I am re-blogging sections of her post for my readers. Thank you, Jan, for your witness and for this window on the … Continue reading

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The Road Not Taken ~ What If …

What if Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had not been gunned down at a Tel Aviv peace rally by a Jewish extremist on that fateful night ~ November 4, 1995? What if Israel’s successive leaders had had the courage to … Continue reading

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A Swing, a Slide, and a Soccer Field ~ Targets of the Occupation

What do a swing, a slide, and a soccer field have in common? It would seem an obvious question ~ these are all things which provide children a safe place to play and simply be children. But in this Palestinian … Continue reading

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Standing Together ~ A Moment of Hope

“How do you remain hopeful?” This question was asked again this week. And sometimes it is hard to formulate an answer. Yet as I participated in the peace march on Saturday night in the heart of West Jerusalem ~ standing … Continue reading

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“The Situation Is Back to Normal” ~ Redefining “Normal”?

I currently have one of the mobile phones from our office which alerts the recipient to incidents of “clashes,” rammings, stabbings, search operations, or other violence. These messages come from UNDSS ~ the United Nations Department of Safety and Security. … Continue reading

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Where Do We Get Our Information? ~ It Makes a World of Difference

People often ask, “Where do I find good information?” My thanks to long-time activist for peace with justice, Kathy Bergen, for the following which she sent on email this morning. Kathy has lived 16 of the last 33 years in … Continue reading

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Ready? Set? Go!

Are we ever really “ready” or “set” for what life places in our path? But ready or not, we can choose to open to what presents itself ~ Here I am, send me! ~ And so I find myself in … Continue reading

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Jewish Israeli Peace Activist Tours Canada

“The 2 state solution is dead, and Israel killed it,” says Jeff Halper, co-founder and director of the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD). Jeff is currently on a 3 week cross Canada tour and will speak at 2 public … Continue reading

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A Walk on the Wild Side ~ Not for Everyone

It was about this time last year as I was preparing to return home after my second 3-month term as an ecumenical accompanier that I took my last walk on the wild side. The last for now… Wild, as in … Continue reading

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