We are now, once again dealing with another war on our planet. There is pain and death and blood and despair. Palestine and Israel are fighting. More accurately Hamas and Israel. Hamas has been shooting rockets into Israel. Now Israel is defending herself. This is of course, an over-simplification.
I am not writing to take sides. I am writing because Adonai’s children, Allah’s children, are killing each other again. Many women and children are being left homeless and injured or dead. Diplomacy and compromise is what will bring peace to our world. Not war. War teaches people to hate. It teaches people to hate who and what has hurt them.
Hamas is considered a terrorist organization. They say Jews are the enemy yet they launch missiles from sites next to the homes of innocent Palestinian people. A returning missile could totally destroy this home, but Hamas continues to use civilians as human shields — a policy which is against both international law and all the laws of common decency.
Not that Israel is blameless. There are those who believe that Hamas is defending itself, and all Palestinians, against what they see as an unjust occupation. I am not going to argue that point, on either side. That is not what needs to be done here; there are many who can argue either side more eloquently than I can.
What I am going to argue is peace. We cannot continue to fight one another, to hurt one another, to kill one another. We cannot continue to destroy each other, and this planet, with our hatred of the mythical “others”. We must learn that we are children of this Earth. We are brothers and sisters, all children of Adonai, of Allah, of The Beloved, The One from which we all come. We are all the same, we are all One, like the One who created us, who watches over us, who gives us peace, and wants us to have peace.
Peace is in our power, but we have to want it and we have to work for it. The most important work we can do is to just love each other, whatever our religion, appearance, language, or national origin.
“Maybe it can change, only if you want…
Don’t blame yourself, don’t blame me
but we’re the ones
who can feed this ground
so this poison tree doesn’t grow again.”
—Point of No Return; Duran Duran