Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank refuse to be bullied into grieving for a figure Israeli Jews call a 'man of peace'. Did they eulogize our national heroes?
Carol Daniel Kasbari
Carol Kasbari is a conflict transformation specialist and veteran facilitator for groups in conflict in the Middle East since 1995. Born in Nazareth, she holds Master degree in NGO Administration and Public Policy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is pursuing Ph.D studies at George Mason University in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She currently lives near Washington, D.C., with her husband, Osama Kasbari, and their two children.
As a mother, I call on you Israelis to see that these children are like your children - innocent and ignorant about what’s best for them - but they don’t see a future. As a Palestinian, I call on the Palestinian leadership to denounce attacks by children and start a non-violent resistance movement that can lead us to freedom.
As a Palestinian Israeli married to a Palestinian, we've been waiting for Israel to grant us permission to live together. 15 years later, forced to choose between homeland and family unity, we have finally left.
It takes a good mediator, time, patience and perseverance to reach a point where participants begin to shift their language, and become part of each others' conversations and beings.