Let’s Stop Promoting Hate!

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Here is an idea.

Let’s stop promoting hate.
Let’s tell someone we care about them, we think they deserve to be here just like we do.
Let’s stop posting anti-WHATEVER or pro-WHATEVER posts on FaceBook.

Promoting hate, is promoting war. Promoting war, only promotes more hate.
Israel’s entry into the Gaza strip, promotes hate. Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, promotes hate. The death of human beings, promotes hate.
Hate, promotes citizens to vote for political parties that want revenge. Revenge, promotes hate.

One reason I was against Israel’s entry into Gaza is because it’ll only lead to more deaths. On both ends, Gazan citizens, and Israeli soldiers.
Another reason I was against Israel’s entry into Gaza, is because like all of Israel’s attempts to “reach peace” by entering, the IDF stays in Gaza for much longer then planned. Occupation isn’t good for either side.
As mentioned previously, occupation and war, promote hate.
Israel’s war in Gaza right now, is only promoting hate. For every mother that is loosing her son, and for every father that is loosing his daughter, one more Gazan that didn’t promote revenge, didn’t promote hate, may begin to now.

Another Israeli mother who lost her soldier, another Israeli father who lost his daughter, one more Israeli that didn’t promote revenge, didn’t promote hate, may begin to now.

I have a few tips on how to STOP promoting hate.
1. STAY AWAY FROM FACEBOOK WARS. They don’t work. They are never “real” dialogue. Every time someone who doesn’t agree with my political opinions posts a comment, I remove the comment and message them privately telling them- “Hi. I don’t like FaceBook wars, especially not on my wall because they promote hate. If you would like we can have this conversation privately :)” And 9/10 of the times they tell me – OK. And don’t even bother talking to me about it. The moment you take away from these people the “platform” they love that is called FaceBook or any social media for that matter, they suddenly shut up- because the entire world isn’t seeing them arguing about what they believe in suddenly and it’s obviously just not worth it for them. (HA)

2. Try to post PRO-PEACE articles! Seriously, they barely exist I agree. But posting radical or extremist posts, usually only promote ONE side, and much hate. Stay away from them, and look for articles that promote both sides- equality is key!

3. Never read only one countries news. Israel is the best example. Reading only Israeli news, and watching only Israeli news channels will never give you the full truth. Yes, it may all be factual and blah blah blah, but common guys. Let’s be honest. It’s not enough! Reading different perspectives is very helpful and as long as you’re intelligent enough, you’ll know what to filter out- and I know you’re intelligent enough!

4. This one is my favorite I have to admit. Talk to someone on the other side! Have a conversation with someone from Gaza. Ask them what they think, how they feel and what is going on in their town right now. The best news you could ever get, comes from the human beings living it. Don’t be afraid of what other people will say or think of you and remember that peace activists are always behind you. Give them the hope you have for peace, remind them that you believe in it too. They see the same biased news reports you see!

You’re not naive for believing in peace, you’re not crazy. You’re simply optimistic. And the only way to reach peace, is with optimism and promoting it.
Good luck to all, and as always- here for questions and comments. Keep it peaceful!

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A Child Doesn’t Choose

A child doesn’t choose the shoes he will wear to school tomorrow morning
A child doesn’t choose what snack his mom will pack him
A child doesn’t choose if he will or will not go to swimming lessons today
A child doesn’t choose his mother or father
He doesn’t choose if his mother will be a lawyer, and his father will be a fire fighter
A child doesn’t choose the color of the home he lives in
He doesn’t choose the TV that his parents bought
A child doesn’t choose his government or the way they react to certain casualties

According to the OCHA, United Nations occupied Palestinian territory

“According to preliminary data, at least 168 Palestinians have been killed since 7 July. 80% of the fatalities (133) have been civilians, of whom 21% (36) are children”

80% of deaths in Gaza have been civilians… 80% of deaths have been innocent human beings that simply had no where to run.
There is a difference between fighting the war on terror, and killing innocent human beings.
In Israel, life continued normally. Over the weekend, I spent my time at the beach. Every day of this operation I went to work, completed my exams at university, and knew that if there was ever a siren, I had somewhere to go. I have a bomb shelter that my government built for me because they were prepared for this day and because they are concerned for the well being of their citizens. And every night I would speak to my friend in Gaza, and he would tell me that today they killed his friends family, and today there was no electricity for a few hours. Today he didn’t get to go to classes, his brother didn’t get to go to preschool and swimming lessons, his father didn’t get to go to work meaning his salary will be lower this month, and his mother was crying at home worried if the next rocket will fall on their home. Their government didn’t build them bomb shelters like my government did for me. Their government isn’t as concerned about their well being as mine is for me.

I do not deny that the IDF doesn’t do everything in its power to kill only terrorists, but with a population of over 1,700,000- it is extremely difficult to hit one home and not hit the 7 next to it.

However, instead of a peace agreement, the Israeli governments continues to protect it’s citizens with the Iron Dome and bomb shelters, while those in Gaza have neither.

80% of the deaths were civilians… One was a child who wanted to live tomorrow morning, go to school, maybe he wanted peace, maybe he dreamt of joining the government one day and signing a peace treaty with Israel.
That child could have been my little brother, who didn’t choose to be born Israeli or Jewish, didn’t choose what his mother and father would do for a living, didn’t choose to be born in Israel, didn’t choose to have a bomb shelter 100 meters away from him.
That child in Gaza didn’t choose the color of his home, didn’t choose his mother or father, where he lives, his religion, the school he goes to, didn’t choose his government. Didn’t choose the shoes he will wear tomorrow, didn’t choose what snack his mom will pack him. He didn’t have a bomb shelter to run to in Rafah, and didn’t make it to today.

Have We Lost Hope?

Hi All,

I’m not big on making political posts because I feel like my blog is suppose to make you smile rather than cry, but living in Israel has forced me into feeling a certain way that I would like to address.

The past month has been rough on both Israelis and Palestinians. Over a month ago, 3 boys went missing, their bodies were found after 18 days. A few days later, a young Arab boy was found dead in Jerusalem. They say it’s “A way to get back at the Arabs for what they have done.” I put this in quotes not because it was said, but because this is what people think. Now, for the past 6 days, Israelis and Palestinians have been running the moment they hear a siren or in Gaza’s case, the moment they hear a “boom.” On Israel’s side, there are tons of bomb shelters. On Gazans side, there is nowhere to hide.

Israelis think that a way to “get back” at Hamas (or whoever did it for that matter considering no one is 100% sure), is by rioting in Jerusalem, throwing rocks, and sacrificing their lives. Palestinians feel that a way to “get back” at Israelis, is by rioting in Jerusalem, throwing rocks, and sacrificing their lives. These are radical, activists who feel harming others, will in some way help them gain respect for Israel/Palestine after they killed 6 of OUR boys. I say 6 of OUR boys, because while the IDF searched for the kidnapped boys, they killed 3 on the Palestinian side. Totaling in 6 lives. How is their life any different then OURS? How are OUR lives different? Palestinian, Israeli, Arab, American, how are we any different?

An Arab women was yelled at by a Jewish lady. The women and her son ran off the bus when the women called her a whore, slut, and anything else she could possibly think of to “get back” at this mother. Did this mother kidnap and murder those 3 boys? Did this mother in any way harm your freedom, or happiness? It is said that 110 lives have been taken in these past few days in Gaza. Supposedly 10 of them, are Hamas activists. I ask again, did the rest of the innocent lives that were taken in Gaza kidnap and murder those 3 boys? Harm your freedom, or happiness?

My one question is: Have we lost hope? Has society lost it completely? Do we not believe that peace is even possible?
When society still has hope, anything is possible. The moment we stop believing that peace is possible, we begin to vote for the wrong political parties, protests about the wrong issues, and overall speak differently. When you promote something to a single human being, you may change that persons perspective. When I, an Israeli who served in the IDF speak to a Palestinian in Gaza or the West Bank, I grant him the feeling that maybe there is someone on the other side that doesn’t want him dead, that maybe someone on the other side has that hope that he has too. That maybe, just maybe, together we’ll be able to achieve peace. Because tomorrow morning when he tells his friend that he spoke to an Israeli who told him that they differentiate between Hamas and Palestinians, that friend will talk to his friend and so on and so forth.

For some of us, not all, the hope is there. And maybe just maybe, with just your single voice, the hope will pass on to the next person, and the person after that- and maybe that next person will be a radical activist that once stoned Palestinians cars in East Jerusalem and suddenly was granted the hope that you passed onto him.

Let’s share the hope.