The evening before and the entire day we spent with our host Rawda. We went through the Jifnah, met with locals. We did a long interview with her which will become part of our we-magazine. She talked about her daily life and her social involvement. Many of the things she said we touched already in this post.
Rawda’s mission to let people “experience” daily life in Palestine by inviting them to stay in her guesthouse, we think is a very good way to achieve your own view on what is going on between Israel and Palestine. My view – after maybe 10 visits to the area – is the following:
- Israel is there to stay – that’s for sure.
- people – Israelis and Palestinians – would manage to live peacefully together, if there weren’t all these political interests and powers
- Israel is dominating and regulating the daily life of Palestinians (water, infrastructure, electricity, travel …)
- it’s dividing and oppressing people
- Israel has a very strong military presence
- Palestinians seem to be “second” class citizens
- their voice isn’t heard in the world
- Palestinians aren’t terrorists, they are people like you and me
- many Israelis and Palestinians are tired of the “war game”
- the western support for Israel is besides the bloody economical interests in oil and gas another important reason why at least the west keeps the fire in the Middle East burning. Peace wouldn’t suit their interests.
And by the way, do you hear anything about the Middle East Peace Talks which began last month – the first of any substance in five years – and US secretary of state John Kerry is supposed to have the whole thing sorted out by May next year. Assuming, of course, that he’s not too busy dealing with Syria and chemical weapons. How’s it going so far? I haven’t a clue. As the state department explained when the talks began, it’s deliberately being kept out of the public eye and progress reports are “unlikely”.
In the afternoon we left for Ramallah where we met with one of the social media activists, whom I blamed the day before in this post! I connected with him via twitter (Ahmad @ANimer) and I was very happy that he came.
We talked about how important it is that we, in the networked world, who embraced the Internet for the good continue to live our dream for a better more fair-minded world. A network is only as good as the input it gets – so it is on us to live up to OUR responsibility to put in only these things which we want to take out! If we put in lies, we will harvest lies. The good thing in the networked world is – in comparison to the old world – that it becomes much faster transparent!
In the evening we went back to Jerusalem and took a bus to Tel Aviv from there.