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Poem – A Piece Of Peace

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Peace takes time

as long as there is talking

and walking,

peace will chime

across the Middle East—

bringing the sublime

Two peoples with one goal,






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Palestinian Investment Council Meeting June 2-3

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Over 1,000 businessmen from abroad will meet to review investment opportunities in Palestine.


FROM,      Khaleej Times Online


Abbas to meet US envoy on June 2: Palestinians (AFP)

30 May 2010, RAMALLAH, West Bank –

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will hold talks with US Middle East envoy George Mitchell next week, a senior Palestinian official told AFP on Sunday.

“They will meet in Bethlehem at 6:00 pm (1500 GMT),” on June 2, he said on condition of anonymity.  


The two will meet on the sidelines of the 2010 Palestine Investment Conference which is taking place in the southern West Bank town from June 2-3.  

The conference, which will take place at the Convention Palace in Bethlehem, will host Palestinian delegates from the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip alongside 1,000 businessmen from abroad.  

Mitchell is visiting the region every few weeks to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as part of the indirect peace talks which were launched on May 9.  





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UN Meeting To Discuss Attack of Civilians On Aid Convoy Headed To Gaza

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The technique of collective punishment such as the blockade on Gaza that the Israeli government is currently using against the citizenry of Gaza, serves no purpose other than to exacerbate the crisis.

Collective punishment is the punishment of a group of people as a result of the behavior of one or more other individuals or groups. The punished group may often have no direct association with the other individuals or groups, or direct control over their actions. In times of war and armed conflict, collective punishment has resulted in atrocities, and is a violation of the laws of war and the Geneva Conventions. Historically, occupying powers have used collective punishment to retaliate against and deter attacks on their forces by resistance movements (e.g. destroying whole towns and villages where attacks have taken place).  FROM WIKIPEDIA


The United Nations is currently meeting to discuss the incident.


FROM www.voanews.com – Voice Of America

Middle East Raid on Aid Flotilla

VOA News 31 May 2010

Israeli Navy soldiers intercept one of several boats headed towards the Gaza Strip, in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, 31 May 2010
Photo: AP

In this image reviewed by the Israeli military and taken aboard an Israeli Naval vessel, Israeli Navy soldiers intercept one of several boats headed towards the Gaza Strip, in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, 31 May 2010

The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting to discuss an Israeli naval raid on an aid flotilla.At least nine passengers were killed, and dozens of others were injured, when Israeli commandos stormed ships bringing aid to the Gaza Strip early Monday.  The flotilla, led by a Turkish ship, was in international waters about 60 kilometers off the coast of Israel when it was intercepted.Israel says seven soldiers also were wounded in the violence.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed regret at the loss of life, but said Israeli troops acted in self-defense.

Israeli Government Spokesman Mark Regev says the activists had weapons and were prepared to attack the commandos when they came aboard the ship.  But representatives of the Free Gaza Movement, which organized the flotilla, described the raid as an attack on civilians, saying the activists did not have violent intentions.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the raid an act of “state terrorism.”  Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Israel and canceled three planned military exercises with Israel to protest the incident.  

The aid ships, carrying more than 600 pro-Palestinian activists and 10,000 tons of supplies, left for Gaza Sunday and defied a radio warning from the Israeli navy not to approach the region.

Organizers from the Free Gaza Movement and a Turkish human rights group said the convoy was carrying medical supplies as well as cement and other building materials, which Israel has banned from entering Gaza because of what it says are security concerns.

Israel has taken the ships to a nearby port to begin deportation procedures for the activists.  It says that after inspection, the humanitarian aid will be transferred to Gaza by land.

 From Voice Of America




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Saturday Night Peace Demonstration in Jerusalem!

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Last saturday night thousands of activists  expressed their hope for peace between Israel and Palestine.  Speeches were given and dreams for peace planted in the city of Jerusalem.

Peace now organized the demonstration – the message they sent out was,


” Peace is more pro-Israel than continued settlement activity .”


 “In the words of former Knesset Member Tzvia Greenfield: “Zionism cannot be subordination and land theft. Zionsim cannot be control over the weak. Judaism is not theft and conquering the weak. That is not Zionism. That is not Jewish.”


“This demonstration is an important milestone in our effort for peace. Israelis are increasingly vocal in their desire to see their government pursue policies that will end the occupation and bring about a two-state solution.”



This is a very important time in the peace movement and those seeking peace in the middle east need all the support we can give.

So, if you care about peace – contact congress and tell them so!





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Middle East Peace Update: ” Serious And Wide Ranging Compromises On Both Sides.” Says Special Envoy George Mitchell.

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Planning to return to the middle east for further talks this week, Special Envoy George Mitchell sees promise in initial negotiations,


FROM Earth Times Below,       www.earthtimes.org

Ramallah – United States peace envoy George Mitchell is to return to Israel and the Palestinian territories this week, most likely Wednesday or Thursday, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Sunday.


Mitchell will meet separately with President Mahmoud Abbas and with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the sides continue their indirect peace talks, launched earlier this month.


The first round of talks ended one week ago, with what the US government described as “serious and wide-ranging” compromises from both sides.


Direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were suspended in late 2008, as Israel headed for elections. They were not renewed after the poll saw a new government, headed by Netanyahu, installed, despite pressure from the Obama administration.


The indirect talks got under way after Abbas sought, and received, Arab League backing for negotiations with Israel.


From Earth Times




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Jerusalem – A Sticking Point In The Middle East Peace Process

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Researching the long history of Jerusalem it is hard to see a solution with the many shifts in ownership, perhaps it is time for a group of concerned citizens and experts to have a conference on how to resolve the Jerusalem issue,

Internationalize the city? and Holy sites ?

I don’t know…but if the citizens of Israel and Palestine who actually live there and experts from around the world with the best ideas sit down to discuss it in a formal  setting -perhaps a solution acceptable and fair to all could be agreed upon.





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and Arab–Israeli conflict series
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Oslo Accords / Oslo II · Hebron Protocol
Wye River / Sharm el-Sheikh Memoranda
2000 Camp David Summit · Taba Summit
Road Map · Annapolis Conference
Primary Negotiation Concerns
Final borders  · Compensation for Jewish refugees from Arab countries  · Israeli settlements
Palestinian refugees  · Security concerns
Status of Jerusalem  · Water
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Antisemitic incitements
Israeli West Bank barrier · Jewish state
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Places of worship
Palestinian territories  Current Leaders  Israel
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Salam Fayyad
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Other Proposals
Arab Peace Initiative · Elon Peace Plan
Lieberman Plan · Geneva Accord · Hudna
Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan
Israel’s realignment plan
Peace-orientated projects · Peace Valley  · Isratin · One-state solution · Two-state solution · Three-state solution · Middle East economic integration
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Peace-orientated projects · Peace Valley  · Alliance for Middle East Peace · Aix Group · Peres Center for Peace

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Peace In The Middle East Begins / Special Envoy George Mitchell Ends First Round

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Special envoy for the Middle East, George Mitchell, has ended the first section of renewed peace talks between Israel and Palestine.


See Below –  From www.haaretz.com,


  • Published 10:49 09.05.10
  • U.S.: First round of Israel-PA proximity talks complete

    U.S. State Dept.: Israel pledged to halt building in East Jerusalem’s Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, PA vowed to block incitement of any kind.

    By Natasha Mozgovaya, The Associated Press, Barak Ravid and Jack Khoury

    The U.S. State Department announced on Sunday that the first round of indirect peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has been completed.

    U.S. envoy George Mitchell and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas U.S. envoy George Mitchell and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meeting in Ramallah, May 8, 2010
    Photo by: Reuters

    State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in a statement that U.S. special envoy George Mitchell has left the Middle East after concluding talks characterized as “serious and wide-ranging.”

    Crowley said both sides have taken some steps to create an atmosphere conducive to successful talks, including an Israeli pledge of no construction in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of East Jerusalem for two years and a statement by PA President Mahmoud Abbas that he would work against incitement of any sort.

    Mitchell told the parties that progress is important so they can move to direct negotiations resulting in a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    The State Department statement also said that both Israel and the Palestinians would be held “accountable” for actions that “undermine trust” during the course of the proximity talks.

    Mitchell will return to the region next week to continue the talks.

    Earlier on Sunday, the PA responded to U.S. and Israeli calls for eventual direct peace negotiations by reiterating that it would engage only in proximity talks until Israel halted all settlement construction.

    Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat clarified the PA’s stance as he officially announced the start of indirect peace negotiations mediated by Mitchell. The Palestinian Liberation Organization’s executive committee approved the four-month process on Saturday.

    “I can officially declare today that the proximity talks have begun,” Erekat said, after a meeting between Mitchell and Abbas.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, told his cabinet on Sunday that Israel expected the upcoming indirect negotiations to lead to direct talks, declaring: “It is impossible to make peace at a distance.”

    But Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio in response: “If he [Netanyahu] announces a complete halt to settlement building, there will be direct talks.”

     In his remarks to the cabinet on talks with the Palestinians, Netanyahu said no-one should expect that “we will arrive at decisions and agreements on matters that are critical … without sitting together in the same room.”

    Senior U.S. officials have told their Palestinian counterparts that Washington also believes direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians must begin as soon as possible.

    The Obama administration has informed Abbas that it will not unveil mediation proposals or a Middle East peace plan before the start of direct, substantive talks between the two sides on final-status issues, a high-level Israeli official said.

    On Saturday, the PLO Executive Committee announced that it had given the green light to Abbas to begin indirect negotiations with Israel. Abbas also met with Mitchell to discuss the manner in which the so-called proximity talks would be conducted.

    The United States welcomed the PLO’s decision as an important step in the peace process. “It is an important and welcome step,” Crowley said.

    Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said Saturday after a meeting in Ramallah between Abbas and Mitchell that the discussions would be held over the four months allotted to address final-status issues such as borders and security arrangements. “The issues of Jerusalem and the settlements are part of the 1967 borders, so they will be discussed and negotiated,” Erekat said.

    Erekat said that during their meeting, Abbas gave Mitchell a letter outlining the Palestinian Authority’s position on proximity talks and the issues it wants to discuss. Abbas would head the Palestinian negotiating team himself, Erekat said, adding that the Palestinians view the talks as aimed at “The end of the occupation and creation of a Palestinian state alongside the State of Israel along the 1967 borders.”

    The talks appear to represent a U.S.-brokered compromise that meets both the Palestinian demand to address the issue of borders, and Israel’s condition to discuss security arrangements. Both Palestinian and Israeli negotiators recognize that the two issues are intimately linked, and that any proposal or statement on either matter is likely to significantly influence any resolution on the other.

    Israel welcomes PLO decision.

    Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed the decision to resume peace talks, urging that they be held unconditionally and lead swiftly to direct negotiations between the two sides.

    A statement from Netanyahu spokesman Nir Hefetz said the prime minister “welcomes the resumption of peace talks.”

    Quoting Netanyahu, Hefetz added that “Israel’s position was and remains that the talks ought to be conducted without preconditions and should quickly lead to direct negotiations.”

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the U.S. administration expects Israel to do its part in facilitating U.S. efforts to advance the stalled peace process. “An essential condition for improving relations with the U.S. is taking steps that prove Israel is seriously committed to making decisions on the Palestinian issue once they reach the negotiating table,” Barak said at a conference at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.

    “That will be judged by deeds, not by how much we smile at the White House. A comprehensive peace plan is needed, one that Israel stands behind. I’m not sure that that is possible with the current government,” Barak said.

    “Without an agreement, we will be subject to international isolation, and we will suffer a fate similar to that of Belfast or Bosnia, or a gradual transition from a paradigm of two states for two peoples to one of one state for two peoples, and some people will try to label us as similar to South Africa. That’s why we must act,” Barak said. If both sides are willing to make brave decisions, he said, “it will be possible to get to direct negotiations and a breakthrough toward an agreement.”

    In talks last week with Netanyahu and Barak, Mitchell asked that Israel make confidence-building measures over the next few weeks, both to build up PA institutions and encourage the Palestinians to shift more quickly to direct talks.

    A senior official in Jerusalem said Israel would take such steps in the coming weeks, probably including the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, the removal of additional checkpoints and the transfer of certain West Bank areas to PA security control.

    Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the PLO Executive Committee and veteran peace negotiator, said the Palestinians had received assurances from the U.S. concerning “settlement activities and the necessity to halt them.” He said the Obama administration had also promised to be tough in the event of “any provocations,” and guaranteed that all core issues would be put on the table.

    The PLO decision came despite warnings from the rival Palestinian group Hamas, which said Friday that the move would only legitimize Israel’s occupation, Palestinian media reported.

    “Absurd proximity talks” would only “give the Israeli occupation an umbrella to commit more crimes against the Palestinians,” Hamas reportedly said. “Hamas calls on the PLO to stop selling illusions to the Palestinian people and announce the failure of their gambling on absurd talks.”

    Above from, Haaretz.com





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