BDS Gegen den isolierten Boykott von Israel – Against the isolated Boycott of Israel

In meinem Leitkommentar in der Jüdischen Allgemeinen gehe ich auf die Argumente der BDS Israel Boykottaufrufer eine, und sehe wenig Konstruktives, und viel nach altem Geschmack.

In my lead comment in the German Jewish Newspaper Juedische Allgemeine I take to the arguments of BDS, the strategy to boycott Israel, and see little constructive or helpful and much in accordance with the old rites.

Westminister – Westbank (Jüdische Allgemeine)

Bericht in der Jüdischen Allgemeinen zu Westminster’s Entscheidung zu Palästina, als legitimen Staat neben Israel.

Report about the decision of the UK parliament to acknowledge Palestinian state beside Israel in the German Jewish Weekly

War is not a football game!

Mural Peace OasisWar is not a football game, even shortly after the Brazilian World Cup It is not for you to choose one team or another, and incite violence in one or the other direction. The only job you have, if you are not a Palestinian or Israeli, or have family there or even if you are or have, is to support those forces that de-escalate, that understand at least somewhat both sides and especially support whatever means you can, that bring the sides together for peace.

Conflict is never just one sided, or the fault of one side. It is due to methods chosen, and opportunities missed deliberately or without intent. If you do not seek out the peace makers, you are just an extension of war and its propaganda. If you are not Jewish or Palestinian or have family there, and you only get mobilised, when Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East are at each others throats, but remain silent when things happen in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Turkey, Congo, the Central African Republic, Somalia, Nigeria, South-Sudan, Ukraine and other places, than you are biased. Go and help Israelis and Palestinians to share this world meaningfully, support talks and mutual events, peace initiatives, encounter projects, shared study and work experiences, and go and support a comprehensive realignment of the mess that France and Britain created on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire in 1920, in a just and fair way, that is just as just to the Shiites, Maronites and Druze of Lebanon, the Armenians, the Kurds, the Sunni and Shiites of Iraq, the Coptic people of Egypt and other Christians minorities across the Middle East, the Zoroastrians in Iran, the nomadic tribes of North Africa, as it should be to Palestinians and Jews.


To my brothers and sisters of Bengali and Pakistani descent, I ask you to seek justice for the left overs of 1971 and 1947 too. To talk just of Israel Palestine, but not what happened to the Indian subcontinent is omitting historical wrongs there, that are enduring to this day. So yes Israel and Palestine are once again in a bloody dilemma. But there are people, organisations and ideas that need more than your disregard when you support but one side. Help people holding hands and understand the wider contexts.

People must not kill each other because of the organisation of the world at the height of colonial imperialism any longer. Let’s move post imperialism, by supporting people, and how they can come up with strategies that allow shared life, coexistence, tolerance, respect, looking out for one another and mutual prosperous growth. Only by acknowledging that the entire Middle East and much of the once colonial world needs to be redrawn, renegotiated can we grow out of all of this. Nobody who wants a Middle East without Israel or without Palestine should be supported. Nobody who can not agree that minorities should be accepted and protected with mutual neighbourly care should be aided.


Support two sides for peace, all sides for peace and resettlement and renegotiation. or please stay out. Don’t fire up the literal dead-lock. This is not football, there are real peoples’ lives at risk, and neither will the fantasy of those lunatics be just that visualize all Jews leaving the Middle East and the end of Israel, or all Palestinians going to other Arab lands. This can hardly be what some of your shouts stand for? You want justice for Palestinians? You want to guarantee secure Israel accepted and supported by its neighbours? Then support and help all those who work for mutual exchange, community build, inter-cultural, interfaith and international encounters, who help those with mixed feelings to overcome their fears and reservations and to learn how to live with the other without murder and war.

(originally posted on my facebook 20/7/14, reprinted here due to encouraging comments)

Hamas – Israel hostilities, comments over the last week

I once worked for a Palestinian – Jewish peace village and peace initiative  (Oasis of Peace / British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al Salam) and had also studied the conflict at university. So quite a few were interested in my thoughts on the escalation of the conflict.
My main forum of discussion was on my facebook. I share the comments here for those who use different ways of staying in touch, as some found them helpful and shared some of them.
Hamas is using guerrilla war fare techniques. They were first suggested but not called this way in the Chinese Art of War Manual. Mao and Ho Chi Minh reiterated the strategy which has its current name from the Spanish peninsulan war. The idea is that a powerful army can not fight an army where the transition between civilian and soldier is constant. In its modern form victims are taken into account deliberately and the depiction of them are used to demoralise the other side and increase sympathies with others, showing how brutal the opposing army is, in its attack on innocents. This is classic war theory. In my opinion, Palestinians in Gaza are just as much hostage to the techniques and agenda of Hamas functionaries as Israelis are subject of their attacks. Why Hamas would order the stockpiling of rockets again, and build all these infiltration tunnels after the previous conflict outbreaks and their costs, is hard to understand.
There is a huge social media battle about Israel and Palestine ongoing. Each side and its supporters discrediting the other. Mostly there is some evidence given to each claims, but I am amazed about biased selectivity across the board There are evidently problems on all sides. It is only through that admission we can move forward, because violence in the Middle East is a multi-factorial spiral.


I think that in the media war the clear looser are the powers for peace and reason. The clear winners are the sides that de-legitimate one or the other side or in deed dehumanize them. Years after the Volksapparat was created (“machine for the people”, the name for the affordable TVs in the Third Reich) to spread the message of Adolf Hitler, we have now entered in deed the age of propaganda rather than factual and reasoned argument, where anyone can try to prove a point with a string of shocking images and simple messages underneath. The internet has made all of us potential hate cells, who can be influenced and traumatized through the free dissemination of the worst images of bloodshed, torture and murder. We can be made to believe that the other side is out there to get us any moment and that all of a Jewish faith or Muslim faith are enemies in their true nature. This begs for very solid education, but I fear no education program in the world can compete with the lazy images on the internet.
Still we must not stand by idly and in defeat. We must insist on solid argument and not the misleading conclusions that simple messages give. Still the half truths if added up with all the others create also a picture. Since I have facebook friends in all camps, many myths are disproved on all sides too. The trouble is that people choose what to see and what not to see.
So what’s the way out? Once again establishing real relations where people encountered the other in reality and consistently and are forced to discuss the topics we smile away, their fears and their believes about the other, and let the other side hear these and respond to. Then after being upset about these, we go back to talk, and meet, and with some good guidance this process leads to an understanding and agreement of how one can live and exist alongside the other. Not a love relation, but a better way of communication through real human relations, than the Q & A game of throwing deadly things at each other.
11 July 2014


When working as press and education officer for Oasis of Peace UK, who represent Neve Shalom – Wahat al-Salam, for over five years, I have witnessed successful conflict transformation between Palestinians and Jewish Israelis through consistent talks amongst ordinary people and professionals on numerous occasions in their centre School for Peace (, where both sides can meet on neutral grounds. I also witnessed people of the first and second generation (and now even third), who chose and continue to choose themselves as examples of living with the other as neighbours and share all communal life so, thus going to school together, using the same facilities and making decisions together, without being any less Jewish, Israeli, Palestinian, Muslim or Christian.
The community sustained itself in spite of and in the face of many set backs and outbreaks of open conflict and is evidence that Palestinians and Jewish Israelis are not so alien to each other, or so incapable of finding an acceptable way forward, as many on all sides would claim. Their message continues to go out to all on all sides, that if you really try to engage with your “enemy” and neutral places for sustained and ongoing mutual talk and meetings are being provided, the reality on the ground can be very different. We need promotion of the way out of conflict, not just the documentation of what conflict does. Please help strengthening the alternative by spreading the message of projects like Oasis of Peace, the Black Women Movement, Givat Aviva, Combatants for Peace, and other shared Palestinian and Jewish initiatives for a non-violent future!
—-  13 July —
There is a 1991 Israeli movie called cup final, where a Palestinian unit adducts an Israeli soldier and they discover heir mutual love for football during the 1982 World Cup. May the arms rest for a while this evening too….
Sending my heartfelt deep wishes and hopes for a brighter future to all my facebook friends and family whose lives are affected by the latest violence in Israel and Palestine. I am sorry for my delayed message. I had hoped it would last only a few days.
There are two other posts.

Fund Raising Appeal, Germany for Mend Palestine.

This was translated and posted by me, modified and introduced for teh German market,  on behalf of MEND, Palestine in December 2006 to a variety of German recipients I had researched as relevant to MEND’s interests.  MEND is a non violence Peace charity for Palestinians
Bitte helfen Sie eine Ausbreitung der Gewalt im Mittleren Osten zu verhindern
Spenden Sie noch heute an MEND zur Unterstützung erfolgreicher und aktiver Gewaltablehnung
Bitte zirkulieren Sie diesen Appell!  Danke
Liebe Freunde im deutschsprachigen Raum,
Ich schreibe in der Zeit der fröhlichen Festlichkeiten, voller Freundschaft und Hoffnung, welche aber zugleich voller Gefahren einer massiven Gewaltausbreitung unter Palästinensern bedeutet, wie zur Zeit weit in der Presse berichtet wurde. 
Als einzige regionale Organisation, die gezielt Gewaltablehnung unterrichtet, arbeitet Mend deshalb umso verstärkter, um die Mittel, wie Gewalt überwunden werden kann,  weiterzugeben.  Auf Grund der Ereignisse der vergangen Wochen findet eine Ausbreitung unserer Kampagne “Smarter Without Violence (Schlauer ohne Gewalt)“ statt.    
Erst vor Kurzem zog Mend in neue Büroräume nach Beit Hanina in Jerusalem.  Weiterhin und überall in der Region konfrontieren unsere Mitglieder („menders“) auf allen Ebenen der Palästinensischen Gesellschaft die Lust zur Gewalt.  Zusätzlich zu unseren Tätigkeiten auf der Lokalebene, haben wir jetzt auch ein Rundschreiben.  Wir sind im Endstadium der Planung einer Serie von Radiodiskussionen, die  über Gewaltlosigkeit geht und speziell für Palästinensische Jugendliche gemacht wurde,.  Wir befinden uns ebenfalls kurz vor dem Herausbringen eines Films über die sehr erfolgreichen Gewalt konfrontierenden Sommerlager (2006).
Einige unserer Gruppen begannen ein spezielles Aktionsprogramm in ihren Schulen, in denen sie sich gegen den erneuten Ausbruch der Gewalt zwischen Palästinensern aussprachen, vor allem weil Kinder unter den Opfern zählten.  Ebenfalls im Publikationstadium ist unser Schulplan zur Toleranz und Gewaltfreiheit      
Auf einer Konferenz in Aman befand sich MEND an der Vorfront zur Gründung eines Arabischsprachigen Netzwerkes zur Gewaltverhinderung.  MEND, repräsentiert durch vier Mitarbeiter und organisatorischen Verwalter überzeugte als erfahrenste Organisation in diesem Gebiet, und leitete Seminare, Unterrichtsstunden, Pressearbeit und Kontaktaufnahme.  Unsere Repräsentation dort wurde sehr positiv aufgewertet.  Weitere Informationen dazu finden Sie auf unserer Website (auf Englisch).
Die Ereignisse  der letzten Wochen, sowie unsere so essentielle Arbeit,  machen unseren diesjährigen Spendenaufruf umso wichtiger.  Für uns Alle ist es unumgehlich die Arbeitziele in Gewaltpreventation, die wir uns gesetzt haben,  zu erreichen.  Und da wir uns auch in einem regionalen finanziellen Notstand befinden, von dem bis dato kein Ende in Sicht ist, brauchen wir Ihre weitergehende Unterstützung.  
Ich wünsche Ihnen das Beste diese Weihnachten und für das Neue Jahr , sowie eine erhohlsame WInterpause an alle  auch an die die nicht Weihnachten feiern,
Mit freundlichen Grüssen
Lucy Nusseibeh
MEND (Palästinensische Vertretung)

MEND Central Office
P.O. Box 66558 , Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem
Telephone: 972.2.656.7310/2988
Fax: 972.2.656.7311

Appell der Gewaltfreiheit
“Weil all das hier in unserer Region passiert, ins besondere im Irak, Libanon und in den Gebieten der Palästinänischen Verwaltung, das Töten von Frauen, Kindern, alten Menschen und die Ermordung von Wissenschaftlern, wichtigen Denkern, sowie der Störung von Glaubensanhängigen in den Orten ihres Gottesdienstes, umso verantwortlicher und umso verstärkter sind wir bereit den Phänomenen ein Ende zu bereiten, welche solche Gefahren für unsere Zukunft und die unserer Kinder bergen, für deren Sicherheit und Verwirklichungsmöglichkeiten.    In diesem Sinne verurteilen wir und weisen von uns zu stärkst ab, alles das was Menschen unternehmen im Sinne organisierter Menschenmassakrierung, und wir wenden uns an alle Parteien, so dass sie sofort ihre Gewaltaktionen beenden, und statt dessen an Dialogen teilhaben, und sich mit ethischer Verantwortung und Weisheit ausdrücken, damit die Spannunggrade und schlimmen Abweichungen ein Ende finden können.  Wir wenden uns ebenfalls an alle lokalen und internationalen Gruppen und Organisationen, dass sie  Druck in solcher weise auszuüben, damit Gewalt sofort enden kann, und damit auch die Besatzung(*)  in allen ihren Formen ein Ende findet. 
Wir akzeptieren die Verantwortung eine bessere Zukunft anzustreben, und, von Dunkelheit bedroht, heben unsere unsere Kerzen hoch:  für die Kinder die Leben noch nicht kennen, für die junge Frau in Vorbereitung ihrer Hochzeit, für die Witwe die auf den Universitätenabschluss ihres einzigen Sohnes wartet, für den alten Immigranten, der in seinem eigenem Land(*) begraben werden möchte. Für alle die werden wir weiterhin geben.
Falls Sie eine Möglichkeit haben MEND’s lebensnotwendige Arbeit zu unterstützen bitte spenden sie online unter oder   Sie können aber auch Schecks an MENDUK, Post Box 51752, England, oder
direkt an  MEND; P.O.BOX 66558, East Jerusalem
sowie Bank Details:  The Arab Bank, Al-Ram Barnch
(861), Palestine, A/C 9110-460500/4-511. Swift Code: ARABPS22110
 * dies ist im Zusammenhang von den 50 Mitgliedern aus verschiedenen Laendern die dies in Aman beschlossen haben, zu verstehen und betrifft u.a. Irak, Westbank und Libanon…