Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peacebuilding between by Judy Kuriansky

By Judy Kuriansky

In the midst of ongoing Israeli-Palestinian clash, civil warfare, and political discord, brave civilians from each side are operating jointly towards mutual realizing and peace. In forty alluring chapters, specialists inform fascinating own tales, interwoven with psychosocial versions and rules, describing how humans residing in adverse cultures can determine concord. We come to grasp demonstrated courses like Seeds of Peace and look for universal flooring, in addition to lesser-heralded, but valiant efforts via teenagers and adults of the quarter. This hope-filled paintings could be of curiosity to every body who cares approximately peace, in addition to to pros and scholars within the social sciences, psychology, diplomacy, public coverage, human rights, and cross-cultural studies.

In the midst of ongoing Israeli-Palestinian clash, civil conflict, and political discord, brave civilians from either side are operating jointly towards mutual knowing and peace. Israeli Jews and Arabs, and Palestinian Muslims and Christians, old and young, women and men, are cooperating in grassroots people-to-people initiatives, constructing academic courses and developing actions to bridge their modifications. past Bullets and Bombs showcases such awesome and critical initiatives that deserve extra help and global awareness. In forty pleasing chapters, specialists inform interesting own tales interwoven with psychosocial types and ideas proving how humans dwelling in adverse cultures can determine peace.

This assortment is the precise significant other to Kuriansky's prior e-book, Terror within the Holy Land: contained in the pain of the Israeli-Palestinian clash , an exceptional paintings that provides greater than 30 chapters written via Israelis, Palestinians, and mental specialists at the underpinnings and results of the clash. within the quantity to hand, we come to grasp validated courses like Seeds of Peace and look for universal flooring, in addition to lesser-heralded, but valiant efforts through young ones and adults of the quarter operating jointly for peace. either volumes could be of curiosity to every person who cares approximately peace, in addition to to pros and scholars within the social sciences, psychology, diplomacy, public coverage, human rights, and cross-cultural studies.

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For many, Jerusalem is the heart of the world. Many believe that when peace prevails in Jerusalem, so shall other areas of conflict follow. There are no easy answers, no recipes for peace. Rather, it is more about trying and failing, and then getting back up and trying again with new information from the fall. Falling is not something to fear, but rather something to be seen as a means of learning. Most important, we must learn how to get back up again rather than retreat in despair. The challenge is to join with other like-minded people until there is such a critical mass that peace is inevitable.

Yehuda Stolov, has been most profound, continuing to hold interfaith gatherings even during the worst of times in the second Intifada. In reality, religion itself is not the problem. It is the human interpretation that creates strife. By bringing Christians and Jews and Muslims into the same room, by studying the teachings and texts of the other, by seeing the humanity of another of a different religious tradition, bridges begin to be built. At the moment, many people have given up on the possibility of peace between the Palestinians and Israelis.

Too much suffering has occurred for too many. It may not happen even in my lifetime. It may require the next generation to continue the work until that inevitable time. But that is not a reason to not do the work. We are preparing the way. We are making the way clear for that inevitable time when a courageous leader will take a chance and lead the region into reconciliation. Martin Luther King, Jr. became a leader of the civil rights movement after decades of unknown work by others, after many unknown individuals stood up and did the unpopular thing.

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