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Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony 2014

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Combatants For Peace, a charity started by 2 men, 1 Israeli, 1 Palestinian. Both have lost children & both want peace for EVERYONE. They work tirelessly to help anyone affected by the violence from BOTH sides. Please support this worthwhile charity.


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Lady Suki (446)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:08 pm
Thanks for the forward Clare. Noted.

Clare M (80)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:23 pm
For anyone wanting to watch the ceremony live, here is a link that will be activated just before the start on Sunday:

. (0)
Friday May 2, 2014, 6:29 pm
Let's hope peace will eventually come to the region. Enough pain and sorrow has already been had. Thankyou Clare for bringing us this story of hope.

Friday May 2, 2014, 7:25 pm
Noted. Thanks Clare

Kathleen M (211)
Friday May 2, 2014, 7:37 pm
Anyone interested in supporting another worthy American peace effort should check out The people involved are utterly fantastic, and the mural is amazing! If I were more savvy, I would provide a link, but alas, I have yet to figure out the mysteries of social media. Blessings...

Debbi - (24)
Friday May 2, 2014, 9:38 pm
Thanks for the message, Claire. Hope they succeed.

Debbi - (24)
Friday May 2, 2014, 10:05 pm
Thank you for the message, Claire. Hope they succeed.

Stevie A (10)
Friday May 2, 2014, 10:25 pm
Bravo! MEN taking Pain and Peace seriously. I am sorry for their losses. Impressed that they are standing for peace. The Palestinians were NOT responsible for the partitioning after the Jewish Holocaust. Nor were they the major oppressors of Jews for centuries in Europe.

Suryani A Daudy (212)
Friday May 2, 2014, 11:10 pm
Thx for sharing.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 2:16 am
Thanks Clair for this post. Hope Netanyahu and his supporters ,settlers and blood thirsty Zionist can understand that peace is the only way and that they have to take brave steps and hard decisions to achieve it by being fair and bold enough to realize that Palestinians can't give any more concessions.

ParsifalAWAY S (99)

Saturday May 3, 2014, 2:57 am
Noted and donated, this is a cause very close to my heart and I really hope that someday the Palestinian people will finally get the rights they deserve and that peace instead of hate will rule the Middle East.
Thank you Clare :)

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 3:05 am
I agree with you Parsifal. I believe that a ONE democratic state Named Palestine ( the original name as mentioned by League of Nations ) is the ONLY solution. ALL can live there in peace and enjoy equal civil,political,economic and religious rights. Those who don't agree can go back to where they belonged before the creation of the Zionist entity.

Sandrea S (278)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 3:30 am
~Give peace a chance~

Sylvie A (194)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 3:58 am
Notée, merci Clare.

Rhonda B (99)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 4:25 am
Peace. Thank You Clare.

Michela M (3964)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 5:17 am


PEACE & LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ted W (127)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 5:49 am
Noted! Thanks for posting Clare!

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 6:08 am
Give peace a chance! Thanke you Clare.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 6:22 am

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 6:25 am
Signed & Noted, Thank you

fly b (26)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 7:47 am
Thanks for the forward Abdessalam and Clare for the post. End all US military aid to Israel now. Boycott, Divest and sanctions.
Free Palestine!

Pat B (356)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 8:24 am
Thank you for this, Clare, and Abdessalam for FW.

Sandi C (94)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 8:38 am

. (0)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 8:43 am
i have always believed ww111 would come out of the mideast. each claims god gave them the land. if so show me a deed. if not please live in peace.

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 9:10 am
On this particularly difficult day we call for both sides to acknowledge the pain and the aspirations of those living on the other side of the fence and to strive to prevent the next war.

A noble cause and one I can certainly stand with. Thank you for sharing. May peace be found in every heart.

fly b (26)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 9:16 am
I agree with Abdessalam. Peace is not a charade, but an honest mutual endeavor.
Clare's link:

cynthia l (207)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 9:27 am
PEACE yes indeed for all

Evelyn B (61)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 9:27 am
Thanks, Jess, for the forward
"The ceremony demonstrates, however briefly, the possibility of peace, not on the basis of disregard for or indifference to the pain, but rather with a direct reference to the loss and bereavement on both sides. This statement, delivered by Prof. Eva Illouz at last year’s ceremony, is not radical. It is so basically human that we cannot allow anyone to thrust it to the sidelines."

The way forwards towards peace & a renewed coexistence lies not with the politicians, but with the people - Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Druze, Israeli, Palestinian, Bedouin ........ Sooner or later, the politicians are going to HAVE to listen to them ...

Evelyn B (61)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 9:32 am
"The “Combatants for Peace” movement was started jointly by Palestinians and Israelis, who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence; Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army (IDF) and Palestinians as part of the violent struggle for Palestinian freedom. After brandishing weapons for so many years, and having seen one another only through weapon sights, we have decided to put down our guns, and to fight for peace.

That only by joining forces, will we be able to end the cycle of violence, the bloodshed and the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people. We no longer believe that it is possible to resolve the conflict between the two peoples through violent means; therefore we declare that we refuse to take part any more in the mutual bloodletting. We will act only by non-violent means so that each side will come to understand the national aspirations of the other side. We see dialogue and reconciliation as the only way to act in order to terminate the Israeli occupation, to halt the settlement project and to establish a Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem, alongside the State of Israel.

To raise the consciousness in both publics regarding the hopes and suffering of the other side, and to create partners in dialogue.
To educate towards reconciliation and non-violent struggle in both the Israeli and Palestinian societies.
To create political pressure on both Governments to stop the cycle of violence, end the occupation and resume a constructive dialog."

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 9:37 am
Tthanks Clare for the post and Abdessalam for leading us here.
One has to agree, that event and ceremony is so basically human that everyone can relate with. If one cannot "acknowledge the pain and the aspirations of those living on the other side of the fence" then he is NOT human. I share the hope expressed there "that on the next Memorial Day we will not have to acknowledge additional victims".

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 9:45 am
Noted. Thank you Claire

Clare M (80)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 10:40 am
Everyone, thank you so much for your words. It is so heartening to see so many people here we want what is best for EVERYONE in the region, and not just themselves.

There are still too many people wearing blinkers when it comes to Palestine / Israel, we all have to do our part to show them that peace can be real, that no one person is superior, no one person owns anything over another and that a collective people will be a wonderful addition to this world.

Please pass on to as many people as possible, even if they are not here on Care2, spread the word !

Kit B (276)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 11:21 am

Thanks Clare and Abdessalam for the forward. It is possible but only through mutual respect and a strong desire for peace. Currently there is little incentive for peace.

Clare M (80)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 11:35 am
I think there is a lot of incentive for peace, it comes from the ordinary people as these are the ones that suffer the most, Combatants for Peace demonstrate this perfectly.

Alas, like most other countries, those in power help themselves and not those they are meant to serve.

Henriette M (154)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 12:55 pm
Love & Peace in the human heart, this is the only way to salvation for humanity! War & greed is not a solution for humanity! Thanks Clare for posting, Abdessalam & Jess for the forward! I will also share this.

Ondine J (134)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 3:13 pm
Thanks for the post Clare and Ted for the forward. I so hope that one day, sooner rather than later we see some peace and compassion, in the region. Too much us and them when we are all are so interconnected, I pray we stop this senseless mess.

Krista Slavin (194)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 3:29 pm

S J (130)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 3:51 pm
PEACE for everyone. Free Palestine!
Thanks Clare d Ted for fwd

Nancy C (806)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 5:42 pm
Sharing pain and loss seems to be an effective road as the ceremony grows each year. I hope this sentiment spreads and peace is given a chance. My heart is with all who strive for a happy existence. My condolences to any lost in the interim.

Betty K (304)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 5:46 pm
Peace has been an elusive thing to the Middle East for so long but that doesn't mean it can't happen.

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Saturday May 3, 2014, 5:46 pm

Clare M (80)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 5:50 pm
Masahiko ありがとう


Clare M (80)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 5:51 pm
Nancy & Betty - let's hope peace is not too far away.

fly b (26)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 6:17 pm
The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony (link)
Sunday at 10:50am PT

Clare M (80)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 6:28 pm
For those wanting to watch too, the time difference will be 7pm UK time - 2pm EST - 11am PST

Giana Peranio - Paz (398)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 10:59 pm
Thanks Clare and Abdessalem for the article. I am not very optimistic regarding peace these days...It's really sad.

Colin Hope (243)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 12:48 am
Signed and noted!!

Sherri G (128)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 1:06 am
TY Clare for posting and Abdessalam for the link. Too bad the UN is feckless and can't objectively help. I hold little hope that Israel and Palestine can coexist peacefully where both of them have equal opportunities and share mutual respect for the other. The atrocities being committed are without justification.

Bruce C D (89)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 2:32 am
I support Combatants for Peace; there needs to be reconciliation for there to be peace.

I have long advocated that as a vital first step Israel (and the Jewish community worldwide) needs to take responsibility and offer a frank and full acknowledgment of the gross injustice and damage Zionism has wrought upon the rights, lives and culture of indigenous Palestinians. Without it, there will only exist the illusion of reconciliation, whatever peace treaties are signed.

Thank-you, Parsifal, for the wonderful open letter to J Street by Jeremy Ben-Ami. It is always refreshing to be greeted by such honesty. Although I am on J Street's mailing list, I am not much of a fan of their organization. I don't know if you share Ben-Ami and Abdessalem's position on a one-state solution, but this is also something I have long advocated. In terms of justice and viability, I feel this is the only solution that offers real hope for achieving those things. However, I am at the same time mindful that this is not my decision to make, and that I must be respectful of the wishes of the Palestinian people. I also understand the desire many Palestinians have for their own state, to determine their own future without any interference from their oppressor. Under the circumstances, the attitude is not unreasonable or unexpected.

Bruce C D (89)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 2:33 am
I wholeheartedly agree with you, Abdessalem, that a single state for Palestinians and Israelis (whatever they agree to call it) must encompass equal rights and protections for all. Naturally, they are also prerequisites for any lasting peace, hence also what I have long advocated for in support of a one-state solution. It is my firm belief that any states which would promote a "purity"--whether they be Zionist, Muslim or other--such that it discriminates against any of its ethnic or religious groups, are relics of a bygone era; anachronisms with no place in modern society.

Colin Hope (243)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 4:57 am
Signed and noted~~

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 5:30 am

Sylvie A (194)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 7:53 am
Notée, merci.

fly b (26)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 1:22 pm
Just watched live. Very moving. Some Palestinian guests were denied entry - they prepared for that, with video.
Very brave speakers. hank you for sharing. many more to hear about these groups and be able to attend.
I hope a transcript will be available. Much shared pain here, and courage.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 4:52 pm
May there be peace

P A (117)
Monday May 5, 2014, 6:33 am
Thanks for this Clare and many thanks to Abdessalam for forwarding - a most worthwhile cause to support, a charity set up by two fathers who have lost children and known the same terrible grief.... God grant there may be peace soon for all...

Past Member (0)
Monday May 5, 2014, 6:57 am
As long, as Gazans are ruled by Hamas terrorists and extremists, peace does not have a chance no matter what Israelis will do.

Clare M (80)
Monday May 5, 2014, 7:05 am
Bob, you could say the same for Israel, whilst they are ruled by Bibi and his blood-thirsty fiends peace does not have a chance no matter what the Palestinians do!

Clare M (80)
Monday May 5, 2014, 7:27 am


Past Member (0)
Thursday May 8, 2014, 1:26 pm
Clare, Israel gave Gaza to Arabs to make peace and expelled their own population!

Gazans took the land, elected Hamas and started bombing Israel with rockets.

See for yourself who is blood-thirsty and if you would like to share your country with such people.
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