Monday, July 24, 2006

Monday Morning Musings

The world didn't blow up over the weekend, but it might as well have; the wars in the Middle East continue with Israel's bombardment of Lebanon continuing unabated and the situation on the ground in Iraq worsens with the death toll rising everyday.

The concept of non-violent resistance has been discussed recently here at this blog as well as others as another path that can be taken to get the global community out of the deadly game of pickle it finds itself. Talking is one thing, bringing it about in real-life is quite another.

This article in the Arizona Daily Star gives me hope that people are getting fed up with killing on a widespread level. While the rally happened in the context of a faith gathering, I believe the notion of peace is something that is, can and should be extended to anyone and everyone, regardless if they are members of a religious tradition.
About 85 Tucsonans gathered Sunday to pray for and remember victims of violence in the Middle East, especially those lost to the growing conflict between Israel and Lebanon.

It was a show of unity between Jews, Muslims and anyone else who wanted to share their frustration or sadness about what's happening on the other side of the world, said Rabbi Shafir Lobb, who leads Congregation Ner Tamid and also is one of three directors of the International Center for Peace.


Dina Afek, an Israeli citizen who has family and friends in Israel, urged the group to continue talking to people with different beliefs.

"Praying will not bring back the dead and the wounded," she said.

Afek, who has participated in the local Jewish-Muslim Peace Walk, which sponsored the event, said it is easiest to talk together in peacetime. During times of war, mistrust and polarizing opinions emerge and friendly disagreements become matters of life and death.

"As Muslims and Jews, we are against all violence," she said. "The only way to solve this conflict has to be through negotiation and diplomacy."

What concrete actions can we take in our lives to help build a peaceful movement from the ground upwards within our circles of influence that is rooted in a full-rejection of the "eye for an eye" worldview?

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