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This Peace Activist Wants People to Know That Palestinians Are Not Hamas

Carmen Jarrah was compelled by a line of graffiti that she witnessed on the Israeli-built separation wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: "Now that I have seen, I am responsible." Smuggled Stories from the Holy Land her non-violent way of protesting the occupation and colonization of Palestine, of showing solidarity with the Palestinians, of saying, "Harper, you do not speak for me." She hoped to echo a message in a brochure produced by the Holy Land Trust that she brought back home to Canada, which says, "If a picture is worth a thousand words then an experience is worth a thousand pictures."
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Canada Should Partner with Canadian NGOs to Help Rebuild Gaza

Now is the time for Canada to focus on long-term recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction in Gaza. Housing, health, water and sewage facilities, provision of social services, education, and psycho-social support are all areas where we can help. Canada must commit to long-term development programming in Gaza -- and a quick survey of some of Canada's NGOs suggests there are many positive and effective options for partnership.
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In the War Between Israel and Gaza, Truth Was the First Casualty

The notion that truth is the first casualty of war has found expression in the ongoing fog of the current Israel-Hamas conflict -- where truth is obscured or masked by oft-repeated clichés such as "cycle of violence," false moral equivalences, or unconscionable allegations of Israeli "genocide." If we want to prevent further tragedies in this conflict -- let alone frame the basis for its resolution -- then we have to go behind the daily headlines that cloud if not corrupt understanding, probe the real root causes of conflict, and finally travel the road not yet taken to its just resolution.
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We Are All Hypocrites About the Gaza Crisis

I want us all to shut up until we are ready to stop being hypocrites. I ask that we stop justifying pain that in our own lives would be unjustifiable, unliveable, unkind. I am so ashamed of my people -- all of you whom I intersect with on social media, and even myself -- I barely hear anyone with the guts not to answer back, not to justify "their" point of view.
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Only Radical Empathy Will Solve the Gaza Conflict

This is not a religious conflict, as many Jews and Muslims stand by each other in the Diaspora. Jews have stand against Islamophobia just as Muslims condemn anti-Semitism. Inspiring stories exist where Muslims and Jews have shielded each other from oppression. We have to eschew jingoistic propaganda, rhetorical questions and the blame games to listen to the voices that call for radical empathy. We need to hear the families of the murdered youth Naftali Fraenkel and Abu Khdeir who reached out to each other.