We heard his voice of reason pleading desperately to stop the lunacy a few days before his personal family tragedy took place. You could hear explosions as he shouted over them to make himself heard. We listened, some of us shocked by the obscenity of the ability to hear our boys wreaking death and destruction all around this humane voice from hell while we were going about our daily business. On to the next news item and his words were buried under the generalized jingoism. // He's an extraordinary man, this Dr. Abuelaish. There are other extraordinary Palestinians and Israelis, many of whom have been struck by injustice and personal tragedy but who, in spite of what has happened, are able to rise above it and see not only the full picture of mutual pain, but also to retain common decency and sustained hope enough to work together for better. Let's not miss the opportunity to grasp their hands and move forward with them. The water of bigotry and hatred is higher in Israel than in any time since the founding of the state. Even if our capital's municipality and the government have not yet understood the message, it's time for ordinary citizens to take the initiative in informing them by all non-violent means at their disposal that we prefer peace with our neighbors to eternal, corrosive strife.
California governor signs bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide (Reuters)