In Palestine and Israel…

Someone painted this on the wall that separates Israel and Palestine (for more on that, look HERE).  Maybe it’s something of an act of defiance against hatred and meanness.  Maybe it was intended to be a plea.

But I think it’s best understood as a propositional fact, insofar as there can be one.

As those fuelled by anger, bitterness and hate try to defeat each other with violence, everyone loses.  Violence begets violence.  Revenge begets revenge.

No one will win with bombs, rockets and walls.  Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.

The answer is easy to say, however difficult it may be achieve.

Love Wins

6 comments on “In Palestine and Israel…

  1. I love this, and what a wonderful connection.


    • Bill says:

      I Iove it too. Been trying to figure out what to write about this sadness. I’ve blogged on it frequently in the past. I came to feel that the best thing I could put out there right now was this photo.


  2. Thanks for this. Peace is never an easy option in a world where life is cheap and vested interests always make war a default option for conflict resolution.But it is also true that in the middle of any war or terror the best of the human spirit always seems to show through. That spirit can never be quashed. The photo is a defiant testimony to that. Blessings


  3. shoreacres says:

    There are days when I think what we’re seeing in Gaza and Egypt is nothing compared to what we’re going to see in this country. Just this morning, I saw something in the news that left me enraged – and I tend to be fairly mild-mannered. The depth of my anger surprised me.

    I dealt with it by (1) setting aside the news report for a bit while I (2) thought about the event and my response. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people who deal with rage by striking out thoughtlessly. I almost did it myself, albeit in the form of a snarky tweet. 😉

    The whole experience was a good reminder that conflict isn’t just “over there”. Helping people learn how to deal with the small angers of daily life is critical for moving nations toward dealing well with larger conflicts.


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