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Gaza Temper Tantrums

One of the lessons I remember from the child-rearing “bible” I used when my children were little (Penelope Leach, for those who are interested) was to take the time to think before saying no to something your child wants – because the very worst thing you can do is say no, and then after your … Continue reading

Enough!

18 months ago, in May 2011, I wrote a blog entitled “Hitting Back” which finished with the following paragraph: “Our government has a tendency to suggest that the Palestinians only understand violence. ‘We won’t talk under fire,’ they say. But when the Palestinians aren’t firing at us we won’t talk either. It seems that we … Continue reading

Enemy Images

One of the factors that contributes to the perpetuation of conflict is our image of the ‘enemy’ as inherently evil. In any situation of protracted conflict people become convinced that the other side is ‘bad.’ Perceptions of the enemy form mirror images of each other – that is, each side attributes to itself the same … Continue reading

The Future of Jerusalem

Why is it that the dispute concerning Jerusalem seems to swing from “the eternal capital of Israel, one undivided city” to proposals to divide the city between East (Palestinian) and West (Israeli)? Why is it so rare to hear voices calling for a shared Jerusalem? A few years ago, when a Women’s Dialogue Group run … Continue reading

Hitting Back

My son is a soldier. He was recently out on a training run with his unit when for no apparent reason he was set upon by a soldier from a different unit, who used a wooden stick he was holding to hit my son and one of the other soldiers. It all happened very quickly, … Continue reading