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An Israeli and Palestinian Peace Movement

Updated on May 9, 2013

One Million Voices to End the Conflict

"Relentless is a powerful one-hour documentary showing the current crisis facing the Jewish people in Israel. The movie uses primary source clips to examine the history of the Mideast conflict and to explain how the Peace process unraveled in a surge of violence.

"An HonestReporting.com Film

"'Searing insights into the origins and ongoing nature of the problem. Expect to be unsettled..." -- Daniel Pipes, Director, Middle East Forum

"'I strongly recommend the film 'Relentless' to all those concerned with peace in the Middle East, as it provides a comprehensive understanding of the critical issues facing Israel and the Western World today. It is a must-see for anyone who cares about a better future for both the Palestinians and Israelis." -- Natan Sharansky, Former Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs in Israel

"'Stunning new film...chilling...4 stars for the must-see documentary 'Relentless!'" -- Michael Medved, Movie Critic, and Syndicated Radio Host'"

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

I can visualize ancient coffee houses in the winding markets of Baghdad, Damascus, Alexandria and Andalucía, where old men in caftans shared ideas, whether they were Muslim or Jewish marked by their headpieces and amulets. Arabs and Jews for centuries lived as friends.

The late 15th century, a time which encompasses the marriage of Queen Isabel of Castille to Ferdinand of Aragón forming modern-day Spain, and Christopher Columbus's voyage West instead of East, bowed to the "Holy Inquisition" and led to the conversion, execution or exile of tens of thousands of Jews from Spain and Portugal. A significant number of those who were able to leave were invited to resettle in the Ottoman Empire - now Turkey, sections of Greece, Bulgaria, and Macedonia - where they founded communities, got along with their neighbors and thrived until the early 20th Century.

The Holocaust, referred to by Adolph Hitler's regime as "The Final Solution," stretched over the late 1930's into the mid- 1940's, and resulted in the extermination of approximately 12 million people, 6 million of them Jewish. Anti-Jewish sentiment, known as anti-Semitism, marked the politics of much of 20th century Europe and the Middle East. The term (anti-Semitism) does not typically refer to anti-Arabic prejudice even though many Arabic and Jewish people share Semitic origins.

Concurrently, Jewish communities that had existed in the Middle East for millenia ceased to be, reduced from many thousands of families to a few dozen elderly people... This did not take place because Arabs and Jews didn't get along as individuals. It occurred because the politics in the world arena fanned the flames of anti-Jewish (aka anti-Semitic) sentiment - a destabilizing, demagoguic force.

In the years that followed the Holocaust and World War II, responding to an intense longing for a return to the Holy Land, the state of Israel was founded by the United Nations with the help of Great Britain, which was relinquishing governance over the territory. It is common knowledge that the partition of lands that took place as a result of this historical event, and the wars that followed, didn't exactly enhance the relationship between Arabic and Jewish peoples.

The Israeli population is divided on how to solve the multitude of problems that the country faces in regard to diverging views. Nevertheless, many Israelis are committed to achieving peace and feel that the way to begin is to participate in organizations which promote dialogue among the groups.

Religiously, Muslims and Jews both believe in God as the One Almighty. Both have many names for that One. Both religions feature dietary laws that reject the consumption of pork. Both restrict the depiction of images. Both pay homage to great prophets without worshipping them...

The idea that we have affinities shines brightly in the hope for peace.

We All Love Falafel

If we all love the same wheat,

the same water,

and like the touch of a mother's love,

there is enough

for every daughter and son,

Why should we fight?

If we all love

the same mint tea,

the same mashed chickpeas with sesame paste,

the same olives,

the same dates,

the same halvah,

Why shouldn't we all eat at the same table?

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    • Guru-C profile imageAUTHOR

      Cory Zacharia 

      9 years ago

      Hello ReuVera, I so appreciate you nice comment. Yes, we all love falafel! Best Regards, Cory

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      ReuVera 

      9 years ago from USA

      What a nice hub! We all love falafel, yes!

    • Guru-C profile imageAUTHOR

      Cory Zacharia 

      9 years ago

      Peace to you, my friend.

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      peace 

      9 years ago

      peace

    • Guru-C profile imageAUTHOR

      Cory Zacharia 

      10 years ago

      Dearest Livelonger: Rereading, I just realized the beauty and power of what you wrote here:The idea that throughout the Middle East, each country would enjoy democracy, civil rights and religious tolerance and respect by "replicating the boisterous democracy that Israel enjoys." Oh my Gd, think of the restaurants that would spring up!

    • Guru-C profile imageAUTHOR

      Cory Zacharia 

      11 years ago

      Thank you so much for your kind comments, Livelonger.

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      Jason Menayan 

      11 years ago from San Francisco

      Ha ha, thank you, Guru-C. I love your Hubs - always uplifting but rational and grounded. That's what the future needs - hope but with an honest dose of reality, too! As much as they'd really hate to hear it, Israel's enemies would probably be doing themselves a huge favor by replicating the boisterous democracy that Israel enjoys.

    • Guru-C profile imageAUTHOR

      Cory Zacharia 

      11 years ago

      Dear Livelonger: What you bring up is a very good point about diversity and dissent, which I believe is the essence of democracy.

    • Guru-C profile imageAUTHOR

      Cory Zacharia 

      11 years ago

      Livelonger, may you live past 120, so you can continue to share your wisdom with the world. Thank you so much! Gd Bless You.

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      Jason Menayan 

      11 years ago from San Francisco

      I lived in Israel for 3 months almost 15 years ago and really enjoyed it. It's remarkable that a country can revive its land and language from hundreds of years of disuse, and create really the only prosperous country in the region, that contributes so much to science and technology. There's a tremendous amount of diversity, and honestly a lot more internal debate, bickering and dissent - and the desire to live in peace - than most outsiders would expect.

    • Guru-C profile imageAUTHOR

      Cory Zacharia 

      11 years ago

      I've noticed that there are hubs and hubbers that feel inclined to bash Israel and Israelis. This hubpage is an attempt to visualize the positive - a movement toward peace by both Jews and Muslims in Israel and Palestine.

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