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WAWA Blog May 2, 2008: IMAGINE: One World Without Nuclear Weapons AM UPDATE:SABEEL REPORT

"I believe that as soon as people want peace in the world they can have it. The only trouble is they are not aware they can get it. It's all down to you, mate …All we are saying is give peace a chance…All you need is love…Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one."-John Lennon

In a country that possesses 11,000 nuclear weapons with many in excess of 20,000,000 tons of TNT [the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were 12,000 tons] yet claims to be based on the Judeo-Christian ethics, which includes the commandment that thou shall not kill, is staggering in it's hypocrisy.

In March 2008, President Bush announced his plan to build a new multi-billion dollar plan to rebuild the nation’s nuclear weapons capabilities through the Department of Energy’s Complex Transformation proposal. [1]

The centerpiece is a new nuclear weapons plant for the production of plutonium pits, the primary detonators in modern nuclear weapons and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, is the site slated for the new bomb plant.

America signed the NPT and thus is legally and morally obliged to reduce its nuclear weapons arsenal.

 Mankind is the only species that has the choice of annihilating itself. "Since the end of the Cold War, the world has spent more than $10 trillion on armaments. The Untied States alone spends approximately $100 million every day to keep its nuclear arsenal at the ready." [2]


American money proclaims "In God We Trust" but the facts on the ground are that we have become an empire of blasphemers, for what we trust in are weapons of destruction.

Cesar Chavez said the key to peace is: "Public Action! Public action! Public action!"

In the '60's Eldridge Cleaver reminded us that if we are not a part of the solution, we are a part of the problem.

Filmmaker and peace activist, Bud Ryan recently went to Japan to shoot a film about the Hiroshima Peace Museum. He met Emiko Okada, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb who sent this invitation:

Dear President Bush,

As a hibakusha, a survivor of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb, I would like to invite you to come and visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum while you are in Japan for the G8 Summit (in July).

All of my friends, many of whom are fellow bomb survivors, are waiting to be your guides around the Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park. We are the people who can give you the best perspective of the horrors of nuclear weapons as we have lived through it and many of us have suffered numerous physical ailments over the last 62+ years and lost loved ones in the blast.

I myself suffer from aplastic anemia and I lost my 12 year old sister whose last words were "I go now" as she left our house that fateful August morning in 1945.

Our world is now full of worries like global warming, environmental issues, regional conflicts, poverty and a questionable world economy, so none of us need the specter of nuclear weapons to add to those concerns. As a bomb survivor my only wish is that these horrible weapons never be used again. To insure that these awful weapons are never used again ALL of the Nuclear Weapons States must live up to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which requires that all nuclear stockpiles be dismantled.


I would ask that you, with the tremendous authority that the Office of the President of the United States possesses, take the first step in fulfilling your Treaty obligations by coming to Hiroshima to see for yourself firsthand what these weapons have wrought and to talk with some of the people who have lived through the blast.

I would also ask that you use your international influence to invite the other leaders of the Nuclear Weapon States – Great Britain, France, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea – to join you in Hiroshima so they too can see and hear for themselves the destructive nature of these nuclear weapons that do not discriminate between soldier and civilian. In point of fact, nuclear bombs kill mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, grandmothers and grandfathers, the old and the young.

Thank you for reading my invitation and listening to my plea about helping to remove the 30,000+ nuclear weapons around the world today. I look forward to meeting you and the other leaders in July in Hiroshima.

Sincerely,

Ms. Emiko Okada
11-6 Nakayama Kagamigaoka
Higashi-ku, Hiroshima 732-0022
Japan


"You must give birth to your dreams; they are the future waiting to happen."-Rilke

One dream can change everything and change only occurs from the bottom up. It is up to each one of us individually to do something to bring the dream of a nonviolent world into reality. The way to wake up in a new world begins with a spiritual evolution that sees all others as equal human and sacred beings.


"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love."~ Martin Luther King Jr

Love is a choice and so is nonviolence. Hearts that are stuck in the past turn to stone and fear numbs the imagination.

The way to peace is not brain surgery and only justice will reap it. The day that the gold standard of law is implemented as outlined in International Law and the Declaration of Human Rights and when Governments meet their obligations under these Laws, peace will be reality.

Treaties, legislation, resolutions and promises are irrelevant, until we as individuals evolve and are transformed into one human family, and that will lead to an enlightened and humane way of living together and nonviolently solving conflicts so that we will share, nurture and love the one world we all inhabit. 

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   1. Learn more about Complex Transformation:
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   2. Jonathon Granoff, TIKKUN Magazine 9/11/03



PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE REPORT: Hundreds of Jews, Christians and Muslims Reflect on a Jewish and Palestinian Homeland
in the Middle East
 
May 2, 2008


By Ed Gaffney

 

On May 15 Israelis will celebrate sixty years of independence in a homeland that provided a refuge from persecution and mass murder in Europe. Palestinians recall the events of 1948 as a catastrophic dispossession and the beginning of a long exile from their homeland that continues to this day. Both communities regard the Holy Land as a "homeland."

 

To further its mission of exploring a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is based on principles of justice and peace, Sabeel sponsored a major conference at Villanova University on April 25-26, 2008.  In keeping with the ecumenical character of Sabeel, the other sponsors of the conference were the Philadelphia-based Ecumenical Working Group for Middle East Peace (chaired by the Rt. Rev. Allen Bartlett, Retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania), Villanova's Center for Peace and Justice Education, its Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, and The Office of Justice and Peace of the Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova.

 

This international gathering brought together hundreds of Jews, Christians, and Muslims to reflect on the concept of "homeland" as a central category of "The Quest for Place and Peace in the Middle East." Sabeel is an ecumenical peace center in Jerusalem that applies liberation theology as the basic Christian framework for understanding the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Arabic word Sabeel means "the way" or a "spring or source of water."

 

In his keynote address, Rev. Naim Ateek, the founder of Sabeel, urged that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be grounded on principles of nonviolence: "Nonviolence is not one option out of many. For us Palestinian Christians, it is the only option and the only strategy. We cannot call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ and believe in or condone the use of violence and terrorism. We are looking for the time when the Israeli occupation of Palestine will end. Without this kind of justice there cannot be peace."

 

Jeff Halper, coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions, and a nominee in 2006 for the Nobel Peace Prize, noted that Leon Uris' novel Exodus framed the events of 1948 for millions of Americans as a heroic struggle to establish a refuge for Jews from persecution and annihilation in Europe. The Hollywood film - starring Paul Newman, with music by Henry Mancini, and sung by Andy Williams - standardized this memory. Halper urged that it is imperative to re-frame the issue of "homeland" not as a space for one people, but for both peoples who reside there, Israelis and Palestinians, each of which has rights of self-determination and equal human dignity. Halper advocates the transformation of the sixty-year old conflict into a win-win solution that achieves security by ending the occupation begun in 1967. He concluded that Jews have a special affinity to reframing issues in a human rights perspective: "A famous French Jew, René Cassin, was a major drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," the 1948 document signed by every member of the United Nations. "And Jews played a decisive role in the civil rights movement in this country and in the anti-Apartheid campaign in South Africa."

 

None of the speakers at the conference diminished the overwhelming disaster of the Shoah. Marc Ellis, a prominent Jewish theologian at Baylor University, rejoiced that Christians have acknowledged responsibility for their role in promoting contempt for Jews, which contributed to centuries of persecution of Jews in Europe. But, Ellis insisted, this repentance should not come as part of an "ecumenical deal" that dumbs down awareness by Christians of the fuller story of the events of 1948, or that lulls Christians into viewing current policies of the State of Israel solely through the lens of the Shoah. On the contrary, Ellis said, the central narrative of the Exodus is a call for liberation and justice for all.

 

Several speakers noted that the Israeli "new historians" have forged a consensus with the Palestinian memory of displacement in 1948. These historians acknowledge candidly that in 1948 the majority of Palestinians (over 750,000) were either driven out of their homes at gunpoint or fled in the wake of attacks on civilians by the Israeli Defense (Haganah) and two terrorist organizations, the Irgun and the Stern Gang. Dr. Elia Zureik, one of the Palestinian negotiators at the Camp David negotiations in 2000, delivered a moving account of the often overlooked story of Palestinian refugees, and urged that this issue must be addressed creatively in the search for a comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

A recurrent question at the conference was "whose homeland is Israel/Palestine?" Reformed theologian John Hubers explained that Christian Zionists such as Pat Robertson, John Hagee and the late Jerry Falwell, have played a powerful political role by answering this question decisively in favor of the exclusivist claim that Israel must remain in complete control over all the territory of the land promised to Abraham. Approximately 20 million adherents to their apocalyptic theology believe that the Bible mandates uncritical support for an expansionist Israeli state as a necessary prelude for the second coming of Christ. In their view, when Jesus returns to Jerusalem, some Jews will acknowledge him as the Messiah; those who don't will be slaughtered in the final battle just before history's final End. Hubers noted that when speaking with Jews, Christian Zionists are usually silent about the apocalyptic nature of their beliefs. He also stated that Israeli officials are willing to accept the political and financial support of Christian Zionists while ignoring their anti-Jewish theology.

 

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton offered a Catholic reframing of the conflict. Noting that Jesus lived in a Palestine under military occupation, Gumbleton insisted that Jesus "rejected violence for any reason whatsoever, and taught us how to die, not how to kill: by loving others, by forgiving even those putting you to death." But nonviolence does not mean passivity or inaction, but "doing what we must do to break down unjust laws." He praised the nonviolent resistance engaged in by the citizens of Bi'ilin, who gather each Friday to protest the devastating economic consequences of the Wall on their rural village in the West Bank. "Conversion to nonviolence takes courage," he said, "but may be the only means to overcome the violence in which Israelis and Palestinians are trapped."

 

Gumbleton concluded his remarks with a citation of Dr. Martin Luther King that he said should energize the conference participants to resist the occupation and to bring it to an end: "Only a refusal to hate or kill can put an end to the chain of violence in the world and lead us toward a community where men [and women] can live together without fear. Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives."
 
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