UN Sponsored Report on Israel’s Responsibility for Apartheid in Relation to the Palestinian People

“Blessed are the peacemakers.”

Global Justice in the 21st Century

[Prefatory Note: Below is the text of a report co-authored by Virginia Tilley and myself, commissioned by the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) that examines the argument for regarding Israel as an ‘apartheid state’ with respect to the whole of the Palestinian people, that is, not only those Palestinians living under occupation, but also those living as residents of Jerusalem, those living as a minority in Israel, and those enduring refugee camps and involuntary exile. The report concludes that Israel is guilty of the continuing crime of apartheid as it is defined in the 1973 Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid. The report reviews the evidence for such a finding, and offers recommendation for acting upon such a conclusion within the United Nations, by national governments, and by civil society. Upon the release of the report on March 15, 2017…

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Praying For Time.

By Jerry Alatalo

Alphabet Artist George Michael (1963-2016) wrote “Praying For Time” and performed the song in 2011 at Royal Albert Hall, London.

 

Do you think we have time?
Do you think we have time?

These are the days of the open hand
We will not be the last
Look around now
These are the days of the beggars and the choosers

This is the year of the hungry man
Whose place is in the past
Hand in hand with ignorance
And legitimate excuses

The rich declare themselves poor
And most of us are not sure
If we have too much
But we’ll take our chances
[*1] I sang twenty years and a day
But nothing changed
The human race found some other god
And walked into the flames

[*1 Original lyrics:
‘Cause God stopped keeping score
I guess somewhere along the way
He must have let us all out to play
Turned his back, and all God’s children crept out the back door]

And it’s hard to love, there’s so much to hate
Hanging on to hope
When there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above say it’s much too late
Then maybe we should all be praying for time

Do you think we have time?
Do you think we have time?

These are the days of the empty hand
Oh you hold on to what you can
And charity is a coat you wear twice a year

This is the year of the guilty man
Your television takes a stand
And you find that what was over there is over here

So you scream from behind your door
Say “what’s mine is mine and not yours”
I may have too much but I’ll take my chances
[*2] I sang twenty years and a day
But nothing changed
The human race found some other god
And walked into the flames

[*2 Original lyrics:
‘Cause God stopped keeping score
You cling to the things they sold you
Did you cover your eyes when they told you
That he can’t come back
‘Cause he has no children to come back for]

It’s hard to love, Jesus there’s so much to hate
Hanging on to hope when there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above say it’s much too late
So maybe we should all be praying for time

Do you think we have time?
Do you think we have time?
Lord, give us time…

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(Thank you to James Anderson at YouTube)

“2016” EBook Free Through January 1, 2016.

by Jerry Alatalo

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, ‘lighthouses’ (as a poet said) ‘erected in the sea of time’. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print”.

– BARBARA W. TUCHMAN (1912-1989) American historian, writer

2016 BookCoverImageAfter publishing “2016: World Peace Writings” a few weeks ago on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords, writers on Smashwords can create discount coupons for readers to promote and generate interest for their books. To add the free eBook “2016” to your digital library use the following link, and simply enter EP92V (not case-sensitive) before completing your checkout:

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Feel free to share coupon EP92V and the Smashwords link with family, friends, or any person you believe interested in reading 559,000 words on a variety of important issues facing humanity. This free offer is good through January 1, 2016.

Among the many topics examined in “2016: World Peace Writings”, the following receive more focus: 1) Syria, 2) Ukraine, 3) September 11, 2001 – 9/11, 4) Saudi Arabia, 5) Iran, 6) Palestine, 7) the International Monetary Fund, 8) the World Bank, 9) Wealth inequality, 10) ISIS – Daesh, 11) the Near death experience (NDE), 12) Austerity, 13) International law, 14) Israel-Palestine, 15) Gaza, 16) the Global tax haven industry, 17) Libya, 18) Mother Earth, 19) Qatar, 20) the Iraq War, 21) the Vietnam War, 22) the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), 23) the United Nations, 24) Genetically modified organisms (GMO), 25) Monetary reform, 26) the International Criminal Court (ICC), 27) the Occupy movement, 28) Public banking, 29) Nuclear weapons, 30) Investigative journalism, 31) Greece, 32) BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), 33) Renewable energy, 34) Peace on Earth, and much more.

Read the eBook, ask if the time you spent was worth it, then please buy a digital or paperback copy. Paperback available on Amazon.com (Createspace) and through popular book retailers – or order a personalized, signed copy (recommended) directly from the author. Find links and ordering information in “Books”.

If “2016: World Peace Writings” produces in readers anything near the profound spiritual power of genius musician Stevie Wonder and the late, great opera singer Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007), the vision for the book will have been realized. Peace and love to all who pass this way – and to humanity in 2016.

Thank you,

Jerry

(Thank you to congodfather at YouTube)

Thank You Peacemakers Of The World.

by Jerry Alatalo

“War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.”

– NORMAN COUSINS (1912-1990) American editor, writer

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“It’ll never happen in our lifetime”.

“Wars have always been a part of life on Earth, and they always will be”.

“Hopefully someday… Have a beer, the game’s about to start”.

“It ain’t gonna happen”.

“People like you who think world peace is possible are looking at the world through rose-colored glasses”.

“There’s too much greed for that to happen”.

Alphabet These are just a few examples of replies coming from friends, family and acquaintances of those men and women called the “peacemakers”. Up until here and now in the year of 2015, individuals and groups have put their time and efforts toward creating a new and better world for this and future generations. Something inside of each human being, present the day each person is born on this Earth, yearns for peaceful relations in their personal relationships and between nations.

And what is that “something” inside all, uniting humanity whether conscious of the bond or not, that cannot be measured by a “spirit-o-meter”? Is it a spark of God, Creator, Great Spirit or Allah, or, as some suggest when asserting that “God is love”, perhaps both God and love at the same time? Whatever one’s particular spiritual tradition or beliefs, the idea that every man, woman and child was born with an indwelling quality which results in feelings of sadness, compassion and empathy upon seeing others suffer and experience pain takes the word “awesome”, used often by appreciative young people, to an entirely more intense, emotional and near inexpressible level.

This is a level of awe-awareness experienced by peace workers to various intensities, the intensity level growing as one ages, matures, and first starts seriously thinking about their mortality. Are the actions directed toward bringing an end to situations either at risk for military escalation or already entangled in outright conflict thought of by the peace actors as a way to live on in history books if successful, or are peacemakers in the position where that “something” inside has grown naturally in an unstoppable version of personal, as contrasted to global/collective, evolution?

Is the evolutionary process for those men and women who become more effective and successful peace advocates over time running in parallel with the collective evolution of humanity toward the time when peace on Earth becomes a reality? Some who attempt the role of peacemaker give up and fall away from their endeavors after time and again experiencing disappointment with news of more wars and violence. This becomes understandable when one realizes peacemakers are more prone to directly experience the pain each new military conflict brings. Others somehow manage to carry on their works for peace, able to deal with the powerful natural feelings of compassion, empathy and wanting to do something, anything, to end the pain felt by brothers and sisters even thousands of miles away.

At some point wars and violence will cease on Earth, in exactly the same process each man and women come to the point where they “give up the things of youth”. Just exactly when that point becomes reached and war becomes effectively extinct no person can predict, but let there be no doubt about the fact that it will come to pass one day. And just what are the major factors which, if present, can speed up the process leading to that eventual day of worldwide celebration?

People can come up with a variety of answers in response to that question, and they will all deserve merit, consideration and coöperation among the people of the world to create conditions for those factors to become realized and effective. Yet, one factor stands out above all other meritorious concepts and proposals for creating peace, and that is the inherent-in-all, present at birth through death, spiritual “something” which, ironically, cannot be measured scientifically.  Just as individuals become more spiritually aware from birth through adolescence/youth, adulthood, maturity and old age on the inescapable path shared by all toward what some call death and others a transition, if one can compare a single human being to the creation there is a symmetrical quality between the body’s cell makeup and the makeup of the Mother Earth’s human beings.

Wars and violence are for the creation what cancerous cells are for the human body, and some believe both wars and cancers/disease have as their source some form of spiritual disharmony. Is it implausible that spiritual disease is the source of both cancer in human beings and wars and violence for humanity? At the level of individual human beings, is it possible that if one looked upon their fellow brothers and sisters as sacred, along with all living things, cancer could not possibly develop because the person seeing everything as sacred rarely experiences disturbing relationships and “dis-ease”?

History’s most renowned, iconic peacemakers have almost unanimously been spiritual pioneers and teachers. Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Jesus Christ, the Buddha, Muhammad, and millions of other men and women peacemakers through history up until today were and are driven by the same inner source of strength available to every person as a birthright.

That “something” is God, love… or both.

Thank then join with men, women and children peacemakers today.

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