Date: 21st November 2012
Once more the Middle East, centred on modern day Israel and Palestine, is in a situation of war and we find it again necessary to take a position.
We base our position on the following points that seem relevant to us:
In this light we take the following position:
In World without Wars our vision is not a one or two State solution in the territory currently occupied by Israel and Palestine, but rather a Universal Human Nation without borders and restrictions on human beings of any kind. Nevertheless, until this vision can be made a reality we believe it is for the people of the territory to decide on their administration, and if they consider that two States are better than one, we would support such a solution. Clearly any decision taken by people living in a disarmed and peaceful society will not result in walls dividing people and concentrating them into inhuman conditions.
Finally, for all those of us outside who want to help and those inside who want an end to violence, we say that the most important thing that any of us can do is help in the process of reconciliation. “To reconcile is neither to forget nor to forgive, it is to acknowledge all that has happened and to propose breaking out of the circle of resentment. It is to look at the situation, recognising one’s own errors and those of others. To reconcile within oneself is to propose to not take the same road twice, but rather to be ready to make amends twice-over for the wrongs one has done.” (1)
If we, inside and outside the region, can promote this attitude we will be doing the best we can to bring a nonviolent conclusion to this terrible chapter in human history.
We are not naïve, and we realise that this position is unlikely to be heeded by those in positions of power, but this doesn’t mean that our position is not morally correct, and our hope is that a message of reconciliation and nonviolence will be heard in the region and inspire the younger generations to find a new way out of a desperate situation.
(1) Silo, Punta de Vacas, 5th May 2007.