Deb Reich
It's not the people... it's the paradigm.

Memo to the current leadership in our region

Cc: Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement (“Slaughter for freedom”)
Cc: Benjamin (“Managing the conflict”) Netanyahu

Re: Murderous campaign of October 7th and scenarios of cataclysmic response

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Item One:
Do not do to others that which is hateful to you.

(A core principle in many traditions including Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, various indigenous cultures.)

All the rest is commentary.” —  Hillel the Elder

Item Two:
Two predictions:

  1.  Later on, when people come to their senses, Hamas will be remembered for: Bringing unbearable shame to two billion devout Muslims worldwide, October 7, 2023. And countless avoidable deaths of innocents on all sides.
  2. Now and forever, Netanyahu will be remembered for: Trying to kasher (legitimize) apartheid, a nonstarter if ever there was one. And countless avoidable deaths of innocents on all sides.

Item Three:
“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.”

–Radical American feminist and pacifist Jeannette Rankin (1880 – 1973), the first woman elected to the US House of Representatives. Voted against US participation in both WWI and WWII. Good quote: If I had my life to live over, I would do it all again, but this time I would be nastier.

About the Author
A native New Yorker, by profession a writer, editor, and translator, my passion after nearly forty years in Israel/Palestine is to explore how we might craft a better shared future by discarding the paradigm of enemies – an obsolete social design, now highly toxic. Read more in my book, No More Enemies, available on my website or from online booksellers.
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