It’s Nancy’s Birthday!
A note from Nancy: “As you may know, I traveled to Israel and Palestine last year with Combatants for Peace (CfP), a peace and human rights organization. I was deeply inspired by the compassion, empathy and bravery of Palestinian and Israeli CfP activists who have rejected hatred and fear, and work instead with hope and humanity to build a better future. CfP believes that the cycle of violence and bloodshed can be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. CfP does not take a position on what is the best solution in Israel-Palestine, but works to build understanding so that both sides recognize the humanity of the other. The video below is of our tour group building a playground with CfP in a small Palestinian village outside Bethlehem. As you may also know, our bus was detained by the Israeli military following this activity; the charge was that we didn’t have a permit. Fortunately, Palestinian and Israeli CfP activists persisted in creating this playground after we left. Together, Combatants for Peace is laying the foundation for a peaceful future for both peoples.”
Photo Credit Above by Gili Getz Photography
What is Combatants for Peace?
In 2006, a group of Israeli soldiers and officers, and a group of former Palestinian prisoners founded this egalitarian, binational movement. Committed to joint nonviolence since its inception, CfP works to both transform and resolve the conflict by ending the Israeli occupation and all forms of violence between the two sides. Combatants for Peace is the only organization, worldwide, in which former fighters on both sides of an active conflict have renounced violence, laid down their weapons, and chosen to work together for justice and peace. Combatants for Peace has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize.
More from Nancy:
Many people have asked me why, of all the problems in our country and in the world, is this the one I focus on?
- I speak out because the abuse of the Palestinians by the Israeli government is carried out in my name (and maybe yours) – in the name of all Jews worldwide. When I grew up and learned the phrase ‘Never Again,’ I understood it to mean ‘never again on earth’ – never again would we tolerate the dehumanization of any people, or the rejection of human rights. I take that call seriously, so I feel a special obligation to speak out against the inhumane treatment of Palestinians. Harming another people can never make us safe.
- We in the US don’t get a lot of information about what is happening in Israel. I am fortunate to have friends, colleagues, and family members who care about the world and especially about those who are oppressed. Among people I know, there is virtually unanimous condemnation of discrimination against immigrants, of police and institutional violence against Blacks, and of unfair treatment of women and other minorities. But these same politically progressive allies are unaware of much of the history of Palestine, and especially, about the current situation of the Palestinian people.
- The US gives $3.8 billion worth of guns, tanks, planes and other weaponry to Israel every year, much of which is used to fuel the occupation of Palestinian territory and the conflict with the Palestinians. This is not only more weapons than the US supplies any other country, it is more than the US provides to all the other countries of the world combined.
There is another way. Thank you for considering a donation to this extraordinary peace organization.