West By Northwest.org's
Voices of Peace
AP Photo by Nasser Nasser
A Palestinian girl cries along with two woman as she
accompanies the body of a relative from Ramallah's hospital
morgue Tuesday April 2, 2002. Palestinian hospital officials
buried some 15 dead in a mass grave in the parking lot of
Ramallah's hospital, as Israeli forces lifted the curfew for four
hours to allow Palestinians out of their homes.
When we look at the world we see the handiwork
of violence and power in the lives of ordinary people just trying to live a decent
life. Why is it, too often as Americans, we see others' suffering as different than
our own? It isn't. Although the circumstances are... Because of the escalating crisis
in the Middle East between the Israeli military and Palestinian civilians, and the
Israeli civilians and suicide bombers, West By Northwest.org shares the information,
articles, links and perspectives of Readers and Friends who use the Internet to expand
A special thanks to C.T., kevin, Karen, Kristen, Alan and others of my Quaker peace
listserv who read and share in the hope that through understanding we may help find
some solutions. I find them a fount of lively ideas and resources.
It is when we cease to care that all hope is lost. -editor
"The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is gravely
concerned about the deepening crisis in the Middle East. Even though currently the
direct conflict is between the Israelis and Palestinians, we are concerned that this
war will spread to other countries in the Middle East. It is our firm belief that
there is no military solution and that violence will not bring a resolution to this
conflict. Only by reducing violence can there be movement towards a diplomatic solution.
Only through diplomacy can Israelis and Palestinians find a way to live together
in peace and security within internationally recognized state borders, agreed to
by the two parties."
from the statement below All Life Is Sacred:End the Killing and the Occupation
-- American Friends Service Committee
A Few Reflections on the History of
Jewish Oppression While Standing for Non-violence and Justice for All in the Middle
East by Lisa Santer
Sharon's best weapon:
Anti-semitism sustains Israel's brutal leader - the fight against it must be reclaimed
by Naomi Klein. An excerpt from The Guardian, April 24,
All Life Is Sacred: End the Killing and the
Occupation ,The Call to Peace Action by The American Friends
Nobel Peace Prize Winner a Criminal
Extremist Organization? Friends respond to illegal police
surveillance in Denver.
The Travel Diary of Lilian
Peters and David Jackman, AFSC Middle
Lifting The Facade: An Unprecedented
Humanitarian Crisis Unfolds In The West Bank And Gaza Strip
by Defense for Children, International. You can help right now with e-mail.
State Terrorism vs. Individual
Terrorist Acts by
Dr. Lev Grinberg, Director of the Humphrey Institute for Social
Research at Ben Gurion University, Israel.
Forced Off the Air in
Ramallah by Daoud Kuttab, director of the Institute of
Modern Media at Al Quds University, which operates Al Quds Educational Television.
WBUR Interview's with two young
members of the Abraham Fund , a coexistence group vital
to Israel's future (with websites).
Water and Rice Patents -Seeds
of Future Wars? from a Friends e-mail. Good thoughts and
Palestinians Are Blurry In The Editorial
Frame by Norman Solomon.
Letters from the Middle East:
Updated Appeal From
The Siege Of Ramallah, by Capella School Students and members
of the International residents community.
Witness to War - Notes
from Daesha Refugee Camp and Bethlehem by kevin s and Kristen
Schurr, members of the International Solidarity Movement.
Peace Conference Announcements:
War, Virtual War, and the
Challenges to Communities, inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary
conference marks the launch of a new project to provide a challenging forum, 16 to
18 July 2002, Oxford, United Kingdom.
Building Peace In The 21St
Century: New Responses To New Forms Of War, Pendle Hill
Conference, May 3-5, 2002, Philadelphia.
Letters from Ramallah - From MattSouth.Net Matt's parents,
Colin and Kathy, are directors of two Friends Schools in Ramallah. Matt set up a
web site where we can read up-to-date e-mail from them if the electricity
The New York Times' Alisa Solomon reviews a play which is very topical, not only
for the Israeli-Palestinian crisis but for the nuclear arms problem and so much else
in our present world. Billed "A Jewish Avenger, a Timely Legend", a new
production of H. Leivick's Yiddish classic, "The Golem," raises enduring questions about
violence and its consequences.
Our thanks to C.T.P.
Adam Shaprio of the International Solidarity Movement in Israel and the reactions back home in New York, by Holger Jensen of the
Denver Rocky News Mt. News help us get to know these civilians who are trying to
stop the violence while sometimes setting off unexpected reactions at home. Called by some the "Jewish Taliban" and others a hero, his parents in NYC have been forced to move because
of death threats.