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The war that broke out on June 5, 1967 radically changed the Arab-Israeli conflict: It introduced the concept of “land for peace;” It marked the beginning of the occupation; It led to the rise of the PLO; It energized the messianic settlement movement.
As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War, Americans for Peace Now presents a mosaic of opinions on the meaning of this anniversary.
TALLIE LIPKIN-SHAHAK is the former war correspondent for the daily Davar, where she covered the first war in Lebanon and the first Intifada. She is a radio personality and a regular contributor to Ma'ariv, writing on social issues, the arts, and politics. Read Essay >
MAJOR GENERAL SHLOMO GAZIT (retired) served for 33 years in the Israel Defense Forces. Following the Six Day War, Gazit served as Coordinator of Israeli Government Operations in the Administered Territories, in this capacity, he was the first Israeli ruler of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He later served as the head of IDF Military Intelligence. General Gazit has written extensively on Israeli and Middle Eastern military affairs, including a book, Trapped, which reviews Israel's administration of the West Bank and Gaza. Read Essay >
LEONARD FEIN is a passionate and gifted writer, teacher, and veteran social activist. Mr. Fein served as director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, and is the founder of Moment magazine; Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger; and the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy. A Board Member of APN, Mr. Fein facilitates an online conversation which can be found at conversation.peacenow.org. Read Essay >YOSSI ALPHER is a former senior official in the Mossad and the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. He currently coedits the bitterlemons family of Internet publications and writes a weekly Q & A on security issues for APN. Read Essay >
IAD J. ASALI, M.D. is the President and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Dr. Asali is a sought-after voice on Middle East issues in both the media and on Capitol Hill, where he has testified before both chambers of Congress. Read Essay >
AMBASSADOR PHILIP WILCOX is the former U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem and former Ambassador at Large for Counter Terrorism. A retired Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Wilcox also served as the State Department's Director for Israeli and Arab-Israeli Affairs and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs, among other roles. Today he is President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, a Washington D.C.-based foundation devoted to fostering peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Read Essay >
DR. MENACHEM KLEIN is a political scientist at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. In 2000, Dr. Klein served as adviser for Jerusalem affairs and final status talks to Israel’s Foreign Minister. He later joined prominent Israeli and Palestinian figures in signing the Geneva Initiative—a detailed proposal for a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. His book, A Possible Peace an Insiders’ Account of the Geneva Initiative, is forthcoming in September by Columbia University Press. He is active in Peace Now. Read Essay >
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"The Basilica of Our Lady of La Salette was begun in 1852, completed in 1865, and designated a basilica in 1879. It is a large, rather austere church, with a facade flanked by two strong towers."
I must tell you that I am shocked by the vitriolic response I get from Protestants when I tell them that I am now a Catholic, so I rarely mention it. I live the Love Life, period. They can draw their own conclusions. On the other hand, many Catholics propound fervid Exclusivity, which is also unfortunate. My own priest never fails to make a subtle point that only Catholics have true salvation. No wonder the Family of God is at war. That's why I am lonely: Protestants write me off, and I don't swallow all the Catholic teachings. I am a hybrid, loving both sides but no one to walk with me except the Lord.
So I've stopped ‘discussions’ with my protestant friend who wanted to talk about Mary's role, because they too quickly turned into defensive arguments, which are to no avail. I've passed that point. I have given her a Catechism, and told her to consider it prayerfully, not for ‘conversion’ (she has a legitimate walk with God) but just for “expansion”. She must take it up with God. I see my primary job is to keep her feeling loved, not to fix her. In my own experience, God will lead the open-hearted and He is patient with others, as long as they truly love Him, regardless of the details they get hung up on.
There are several points I like to use, in speaking with Protestants, which I hope may help bring about better understanding:
1 Until fairly recently, there was only one church. Amazingly, this comes as a surprise to many Protestants! They have become so completely disconnected that they have forgotten that they have common roots.
2 Believers are all catholic (= universal), by definition. Protestants are usually stunned when I point this out.
3 We ALL must learn to look more closely at Scripture as Living Patterns, not just historical information and rules. None of us get enough training in doing this for ourselves; EVERY church tells us what they want us to think it says. They are afraid for us to read it outside of their perspective, and we have become afraid to do so. There is a difference between healthy skepticism and loving the comfort of ignorance. Local church leaders foster selective ignorance, however subtle the message, because they may lose power.
Most important of all is that we must focus on the Basics that bind us, not on the differences within the details. God loves us. Jesus died for our salvation, we must forgive and love. We are Brothers and Sisters in today's Body of Christ. Please continue to focus on basics and to soften us to one another. You have addressed this before, but it bears frequent repetition. This is much more important than talking about Mary's role, for example. No one has all the Truth except God, so if one becomes just a little more open to their brothers’-in-the-Body’s views, God Himself can lead them to new understanding, and keep them away from danger. That is their only hope for growth in this life.
I feel very fortunate to have had enough direct experience of God's love and presence in my life to establish and bolster my faith, and to remind me that my salvation is through Him alone, and not through any religious establishment. The more I learn of the activities of religious leaders in politics, the worse their track record looks. If I were to go solely on the activities and track record of organized religion, I would revert to atheism in a heartbeat - or at the least, would give the Unitarians a try.Yes, it was via "organized religion" that I had access to Scriptures, the Sacraments, and some wonderful, edifying writings ... and some Church communities where I found loving people. But the activities of the hierarchs and political activists are something else entirely.
Doha: Representatives of the world's three largest religions Islam, Christianity and Judaism, will meet here today to take part in a conference on inter-faith dialogue.
The fifth edition of the three-day event will see the participation of about 150 religious leaders from across the world.
The gathering will follow up on the recommendations of the last conference in 2006 which had announced the foundation of the first ever centre for religious dialogue in the Gulf region to be based in Doha.
The centre would bring together representatives of the three main religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism and become a focus for religious experts, academicians and preachers from across the world.
Today's gathering may kick off the establishment of the centre and its activation.
Prof Aisha Al Mannai, Dean of the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies at Qatar University and the conference's organiser, will inaugurate the event. Among the speakers of the opening ceremony will be Prof Ahmad Mohammad Al Tayeb, President of Al Azhar University, Egypt, George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Rabbi Rene S. Sirat, Unesco's Chair of the Knowledge Exchange between Religions, France.
Shaikh Mohammad Al Habib Belkhoja of Saudi Arabia will kick off a session on Common spiritual values and their impact on peaceful co-existence.
Prof Saed Harib, from UAE, will moderate a debate on Mysticism.
note that Qatar is the host of Al Jazeera Television, the tacit
champion of the Islamic cause. We
indeed need to pray all the more.
(Okay, the FBI part might be true: Two O.D. members include former FBI director Louis Freeh, and current jailbird Robert Hansen—who used the money he got from his Soviet spymasters to pay tuition for his daughters at the Opus Dei school Oakcrest in Virginia. I used to date a graduate who knew the Hansen family. She assured me that Oakcrest no longer gives discounts to parents who pay in rubles.) "
I found this story via Mark Shea's blog. Although Shea is
anti-war and opposed to US torture policy, he is friendly to Opus Dei
hence his link to this like-minded columnist.
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