Cherish Life: An open letter to both Prime Minister Netanyahu and to Hamas

H.E. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
The Prime Minister’s Office
Kiryat Ben Gurion
Building C
Jerusalem 91950
Israel

Open letter: Please cherish life

Bussum, The Netherlands, 11 December 2023

Your Excellency,

We were extremely shocked to hear of the killing of 1,200 Israeli civilians on October 7th and all those hostages being taken captive. We can imagine that your country is still in shock.

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To:
Mr. Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas
Mr. Yehya Sinwar, Hamas
Mr. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar
Mr. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Open letter: Please cherish life

Bussum, The Netherlands, 11 December 2023

Your Excellencies,

We are very shocked by the news from Gaza. According to Al Jazeera on November 29th, the Palestinian death toll in Gaza is at least 15,000. Including at least 6,150 children and 4,000 women. In addition, we have heard the call of the WHO informing us of the collapsing health system and their concerns with regard to infectious diseases in Gaza.

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In October last year, I wrote an opinion article entitled "Stop the violence in Gaza and Israel." In it, I expressed how shocked I was by the horrific attacks on Israeli civilians by Hamas on 7 October and called for the Israeli hostages to be released. I also called...

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Cherish the people of Gaza

Cherish the people of Gaza

In October last year, I wrote an opinion article entitled "Stop the violence in Gaza and Israel." In it, I expressed how shocked I was by the horrific attacks on Israeli civilians by Hamas on 7 October and called for the Israeli hostages to be released. I also called...

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Projects

Peace SOS participated in the public peace negotiations organized by Minds of Peace in Israel, 2017

Public Peace Negotiations in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square (2017). Organized  by Minds of Peace.

For more information on the work of Sapir Handelman of Minds of Peace, see this short documentary that aired on BBC:


Books

The Frontlines of Peace by Séverine Autesserre

I had the opportunity to hear professor Séverine Autesserre lecture about her new book The Frontlines of Peace. She stresses the need to put “local actors in the driver’s seat.” Séverine paraphrases Paul Lederach, who believes that the best solutions to any conflict come from the people experiencing it. Nevertheless, she believes that top-down building remains crucial, because it can help to reinforce the achievements of local inhabitants.

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Here I Am by May-May Meijer

Here I Am, is my book about my experiences with psychosis, depression and forced hospitalization. You might wonder why this book is paid attention to on the website of Peace SOS? During my psychosis, God showed the world through his eyes. His love for everything that lives. The bushes that seemed to want to touch me, the soil in the ground and all the organisms living in it, the snails communicating with each other. That is why I often say that we need to respect and cherish life. Life on earth is all interconnected.

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World Peace: And how we can achieve it by Alex Bellamy

In his book World Peace: And how we can achieve it, Professor Alex Bellamy states that he thinks of peace as the absence and prevention of war and the management of conflict through peaceful means, implying some form of legitimate civic order. By ‘world’ peace he means the extension of these ideas globally. World peace doesn’t come from institutional arrangements or economics alone, but must also live within the hearts and minds of people.

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Battling Injustice: 16 Women Nobel Peace Laureates by Supriya Vani

Supriya Vani interviewed many Nobel Peace laureates with the goal of inspiring people to work for peace. She wrote a preliminary article about her book for the website of Peace SOS, which can be found here.

The Women Nobel Peace Laureates are all beyond brave and inspiring and it is hard to mention only a couple of them. Bertha von Suttner wrote the book Die Waffen nieder! (Lay Down Your Arms!).

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