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As reported on the BBC this morning Surfing Guru Dorian Paskowitz donated 12 boards to the gazan surfing community. As he tried to drop them of at one checkpoint the guard refused to allow the exchange. He was 50 miles from his fellow surfers waiting. He said.
” I kissed him (the guard ) and said , You wouldn’t let an old jew go halfway around the world and fail would you?) He returned from Gaza surfboard free and shirtless! “
ABOVE from www.Isrealli.org – Surfing To Peace and BBC -morning show
Elsewhere Gazans are trying a new approach to gain attention for the cause of peace – They are planting trees!
From NY Times below,
The idea, as Fatah struggles to revitalize its leadership, is to build a virtual state and body politic through acts of popular resistance.
“It is all about self-empowerment,” said Hasan Abu-Libdeh, the Palestinian economy minister, referring to a campaign to end the purchase of settlers’ goods and the employment of Palestinians by settlers and their industries. “We want ordinary people to feel like stockholders in the process of building a state.”
See www.nytimes.com Ethan Bronner ” Palestinians Try A Less Violent Path To Resistence “
Within these pockets of peace US Special Envoy, George Mitchell arrives in Israel today to promote the resumption of negotiations then he will travel to Palestine.
If the people of Israel and Palestine (and others) keep up the pressure by creating dialog and goodwill through acts of kindness and mutual respect towards each other, the fire of peace will burn bright enough that even Prime Minister Netanyahu will be unable to douse it with water!
(Secretly I believe that he wants peace he is just in the bargaining mode)
So keep the acts of goodwill coming because peace is in the air.
Surfing to Peace
“God will surf with the devil, if the waves are good.” –This is the best thing I’ve heard all week.
Jewish-Hawaiian surfing guru donates surfboards to Gazans
‘I hope this gesture will get Israelis and Palestinians to catch the same peace wave,’ 86-year-old Dorian Paskowitz says
An 86-year-old Jewish surfing guru from Hawaii donated on Tuesday 12 surfboards to Gaza’s small surfing community, in a gesture he hoped would get Israelis and Palestinians “catching the same peace wave”, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Tuesday.
“God will surf with the devil, if the waves are good,” retired doctor Dorian Paskowitz said Tuesday. “When a surfer sees another surfer with a board, he can’t help but say something that brings them together.”
Paskowitz emerged shirtless at the Israel-Gaza crossing after handing over the dozen boards to Gazan surfers waiting on the other side. He said he was spurred into action after reading a story about two Gaza surfers who couldn’t enjoy the wild waves off the coast because they had only one board to share between them.
Arthur Rashkovan, a 28-year-old surfer from Tel Aviv, said Paskowitz’s project was part of a larger effort called Surfing for Peace, aimed at bringing Middle East surfers closer together. He said eight-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, who is of Syrian descent, is expected to arrive in Israel in October to take part in the drive.
Paskowitz, whom Rashkovan called a ‘guru’ to Israeli surfers, has surfed in Israel several times over the past five decades.
Paskowitz, a father of nine, served in the Navy during World War II, practiced family medicine for more than half a century and has published books on surfing and health. He said he’s surfed for 75 years, in locations all over the world, and ranks the waves off the coasts of Israel and Gaza as among the world’s best.
“It’s really quite remarkable how good they are for modern surfing,” he said.
Above from www.isrealli.org