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This week has gone by watching documentaries about ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria, the impact of Islamism and thoroughly examined the Israeli-Palestinian conflict(s). Sensitive issues, but I reached the conclusion of the need to raise awareness. Fully aware that I can´t satisfy every political opinion. Looked into the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict with new eyes this time. One thing are the images of dead children, being given much attention in our press for years. The other side, the political and the foreign aid issue. Taken the time to investigate the Hamas Charter and even the 1977 Likud Party Platform (the party Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu belongs to), to know what I am dealing with. Feel free to check for more updated ones.

Having examined the history from an Israeli perspective and a Palestinian perspective, connecting the dots. Seen a couple of Hamas music videos broadcasted on the Internet/Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas TV), they give me an idea of the way Hamas thinks. Neither gave me an impression of Hamas wanting peace. These videos propose a security threat, a threat I did not know existed. Especially since the local press here for some time been more positive towards the Palestinian case and not the Israeli.

As of lately, some improvement been noted. I really hope for peace in the Middle East, in some countries a complicated matter and much work. Part of the work is the importance of balanced journalism. Easier to know how to help if the information is correct. Also, feel free to do your own research to find out more, I´m just at the start.Collected some peace artifacts too only to highlight the wish for peace in the region, this post is not sponsored by the way. Happy Sunday.

1. Jewel Rocks Red Peace Nylon Bracelet 2. Nina Peace Sign Hoop Earring 3. Tigi Love Peace & The Planet Let It Be Leave In Conditioner 4. Chain of Peace 19 3/4″ Round Wall Art
5. FUNKY FLORAL Peace Sign Symbol Vinyl Wall Art Decal 6. Alex and Ani Lotus Peace Petals Large Candle, 9.75 oz.

24 thoughts on “Peace

    • Litt av grunnen til at jeg skrev dette her 🙂 For å kunne bidra med noen tanker. Samtidig det å gjøre rom for og granske saken selv fra flere kilder. Har blitt mer og mer det jeg gjør, ta bort mitt eget politiske ståsted.

      Ha en god mandag selv skjønne.

    • I wrote the post to give it some attention, I honestly think what´s happening in Syria and Iraq is incomprehensible….but it needs to be talked about 🙂 Wishing you a great day too!

  1. Kajsa, thank you for your post. Indeed, when you educate yourself re: a subject, in this case a regional conflict, you discover that the issue goes beyond what is portrayed in the media. Recently there have been many posts and comments about the NEED for Peace, about dreading war. Most of these comments are made by outsiders, by observers who are miles away and who haven’t ever been touched by the atrocities of hatred. Those living the conflict day by day don’t have the time to talk of Peace. Their days have one fundamental purpose: SURVIVAL.
    HUGS ❤

    • Yes, that´s why it´s important for people living in peace to talk about these issues. Due to not living in fear of being mistreated by the government or people claiming power. I fully understand that people living in unjust political environments must think of their own security too (I don´t ask of them to revolt if they run the risk of dying). For them, it´s vital that the information received through media is as correct as possible, misinformation too can prolong a conflict.

  2. This is so refreshing – a well thought out post. I’ve seen posts on my Facebook page from Facebook friends on “both sides”, just repeating things. Perhaps without thought. You have done your homework. Kudos to you. I could wish for peace, but my opinion is – there are too many vested interests (if that is the right word) benefiting in some way – power, money, what have you – who would be hurt if lasting peace came to the region. And, who stops the cycle of hurt? That has to be so incredibly hard. Do you trust your enemy? Can you even see your enemy as human? I don’t think it is going to happen in my lifetime.

    • Those questions you asked in the end of your comment are welcoming! Such questions are important to think about, especially the can you see your enemy as human. It´s more apparent how indoctrination impacts actions. What the government teaches its citizens. Media plays a role too, sometimes it can be scary to oppose if disagreeing. Some people (not all) like to feel a part of a group. There are many issues to take into consideration. Whenever I get involved, more lately, I really try to read material from different perspectives. Helps me in understanding the bigger picture. Thank you for your input! 🙂

  3. Cute peace collection. What is most upsetting to me is that the whole world’s got front row seating and is eating popcorn while being entertained. Have a fabulous week ahead!

    XOXO Nensi & Natasha

  4. Perfect accessories for world peace. In regard to world peace, unfortunately I don’t think there will ever be peace between Israel and Palestine. You can’t keep attacking someone and not expect repercussion. I believe any government who cares about its people being attacked would do anything they have to to protect their people. So complicated! This would be such a great debate to have in person :).

    • I´m spending time listening to the voices from Arab countries these days, to listen to what different people are saying about the conflict. Not just videos from Palestine, also listening to the imams and to people from and around the conflict. Interesting to get to know how they feel and this new perspective helps me. As you say it´s a conflict on a standstill. Key factors are how to look upon occupation and genocide, who are occupying who? Just a question. Are there reasons to talk about occupation or genocide? Or are such claims hard to validate?

  5. miri says:

    My sister was in Israel during the war and this was her perspective of it (sorry for it being so long but I hope you find it interesting):

    There are bomb shelters in most apartments in Israel – usually one seemingly normal room in an apartment will have a heavy metal door, special metal window shutters, and extra thick walls (I’m not really sure here) – and when a siren goes off, signaling a rocket threat, everyone simply piles into the room and gets comfortable, listens for the boom – when the Israeli rocket intercepts the Palestinian rocket – and waits ten more minutes in which debris may still fall from the sky. Since a vast majority of Palestinian rockets are intercepted, there is minimal danger, but Israelis take precaution nonetheless. The first siren that I heard was while I was driving in a car with my cousins – we had to pull off on the side of the highway and get out of the car, lay on the ground, and cover our heads with our hands – nearby others were doing the same. At that moment my heart was beating fast because as I looked up at the dark sky, I could see the orange flare of an Israeli rocket shooting up over my head, going to meet the Palestinian rocket, and then the boom erupted. There were several more booms and when all was quiet for ten more minutes, we got back into the car and went to see a movie. In most public places there are paper signs posted indicating the direction of the nearest bomb shelter. I was in a mall once when we started hearing booms and then a siren. People started streaming out of stores and into the stairwells. Crowded beside strangers I thought about what would happen if a rocket struck the mall’s glass roof. But everything was fine as always, even up until my last day in Israel when I narrowly flew out of Ben Gurion airport before rocket threats caused the airport to shut down later that day. It is hard to explain what it is like to be in Israel during such a turbulent time, but in hindsight, I’m glad I had this experience because I was able to see for myself how life is interrupted in Israel when a war like this breaks out every couple of years – work is disrupted, children’s camps are closed, public events are cancelled, people stay at home, millions of dollars are spent on protecting the Israeli people, sons are called back to the army and sent to fight. Israelis are used to this state of being, but still they know that it’s not normal. They are not scared, but they are nervous. They follow the news very carefully, but they make cynical jokes about each unfolding story. The media outside of Israel simply overlooks the Israeli situation, focusing instead on the much more marketable suffering of Palestinians in Gaza. From the outside it is hard to know what’s actually going on so I hope this subjective account provides an alternative perspective and thereby begins to to clear up the cloudy picture painted by our mainstream news sources.

    • Thank you for sharing the story of from your sister, and the comment was perfect in length. Her account corresponds with other stories I´ve read from Israel.

      It´s sad to hear disruption of everyday life, caused by rockets from Hamas. We had a left-wing government for 8 years, last year we elected a right-wing government, whom naturally paid more attention to the Palestinians.

  6. nice post dear. now that the war reached the end the truth about it pomps up as the the press are less a fraid of hamas ,they cover the true about the barbic military there that govern by hams and how they fire rockets from innocent houses. it’s everywhere CNN, skynews..I hate to say “told you saw” . Have a nice week

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