On matters of peace and coexistence I oscillate between (naive?) optimism and crushing cynicism. I heard Sheva (skip the intro) play last Motzei Shabbat. Their final song was a popular Israeli folk song calling for peace in both Hebrew and Arabic. All I could do was snicker and dance anyway.
Hopefully though, I’ll find some measure of optimism by Thursday when I try to head over to the Sulha Peace Project.
From their site:
Sulha is an indigenous, Middle Eastern way of reconciliation. Our goal is to rebuild trust among neighbors, Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians, heart to heart, as a contribution to Peace in the Holyland. In these critical times, we feel there is a need for a safe place to hear and appreciate each other’s stories, hopes, fears, traditions and cultures beyond a specific political agenda.
It is three days of camping, music, workshops, listening circles and communal meals in an effort to create trust and commonality. A Jewish-Egyptian Friend of mine went last year, and said it was ground breaking. That Arabs and Jews finally found a common ground; the Jews kept apologizing for everything, the Arabs agreed with us. But there I go being cynical again.
Even so, to my brothers and sisters already there, and to all the children of Abraham, may we find a way.
“od yavo shalom aleinu, v’al kulam, salaam, aleinu v’al kol ha olam, salaam, salaam”
(Peace (in Hebrew) will come to us, and to everyone, Peace (in Arabic) on us and on the whole world, Peace, Peace)