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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:28 am    Post subject: Postcards for Palestinians & Israelis - not Politicians Reply with quote

Dear Friends of the People,

I think perhaps that you may be distressed by many aspects of what is happening in the umpteenth Israel-Palestinian do.

You are probably sick of the whole thing - but please spare a thought for what it may feel like to be living in such a mess.

Ignore the politics - there are no political arguments to be made to those who resort to war whatever side they are on because they are using weapons to get what they want and are not interested in arguments : war is not a political act.

Buy a stamp for Israel-Palestine and a pretty postcard [ or two ] and write a re-assuring note to an Israeli or a Palestinian.

This is not going to make a jot of difference to those who are waging war over these people's heads - but it will help to remind them that ordinary people like themselves are watching who care about them rather than those who are waging war.

But how can you know where to send it to ? Well there are plenty of online maps and lists of postcodes for Israel but I have to admit that Palestine presents a problem as I began to plan this personal gesture : there are very few streets named on them.

WRITE YOUR LUCKY NUMBER ON THE POSTCARD & THEN PICK A STREET -

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?country=GZ

http://www.mapanet.eu/EN/Postal_Codes/?page=1&c=PS&n=3&r0=00&r1=02&r2=0202&r3=00&r4=00&o=&L=0&cho=cp

http://www.mapanet.eu/EN/Postal_Codes/?page=1&c=PS&n=3&r0=00&r1=02&r2=0208&r3=00&r4=00&o=&L=0&cho=cp

IT SHOULD END UP LOOKING LIKE THIS -

https://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110810120310AASkELX

PUT THE EQUIVALENT OF 81p ON YOUR POSTCARD OR ASK THE POST OFFICE IF CONSCIENCE CAN REALLY BE SO CHEAP, [ 81p = surface mail / air mail = 97p : Palestinians' mail may be held up for some while now ? UK mail to Syria has now been stopped entirely.]

THEN TURN NINE SUNWISE & NINE WIDDERSHINS WHILST CROSSING YOUR FINGERS & BLOWING LOUD RASPBERRIES &

- POST IT - or if you yourself are not able to do this but can summon a little courage, forward this email to someone else.

BUT PLEASE REMOVE MY PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS : REPLY TO -

http://repwblic.informe.com/viewtopic.php?p=2396#2396

David B Lawrence


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a couple of comments about this off-board, and I am supposed to post a postcard here but I want to relax and read and then write something elsewhere on the board first : I can never write up my real political work on Repwblic and so here I as often as not I have to resort to at least trying to be satirical if not succeeding to be comical for the purposes of amusing myself by abusing others as a substitute for political action -

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- the comments off-board were :

" What a great idea! I agree, it’s very difficult to find any address information for Gaza. I discovered there are five branches of the Al-Quds Open University in Gaza, addresses available - http://www.qou.edu/english/index.jsp?pageId=187. And then I stumbled across Yellow Pages Palestine! - http://www.yellowpages.com.ps/. Try searching for school, clinic, café, etc in Gaza, Khan Yunis or Rafa. I couldn’t find a white pages equivalent."

" I agree Dave, both sides should stop fighting and take care of their people, boys and their noise huh! I just hope that a cease fire can bring about talks ? "
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just writing a bit about the present ceasefire situation in Gaza here -

http://repwblic.informe.com/viewtopic.php?p=2406#2406 ( this may not work later to locate the following in its context - it is in the fourth column, shortly after a piece by Marianne )

" I know, it really is more complicated than that - and that is why I stick in general to booing the do-badders and cheering the do-gooders because only the actual people involved can make peace : it is utterly pointless for those not involved to strike stances upon any moral high ground when it is located so very far away from where explosive things are flying around overhead and people are fleeing to hide in their wholes in their grounds to complain but ... if normal lives are ever to be retrieved then normative moral and ethical values have to be upheld first, that people must not excuse themselves from their own religious moralities and must implement those in political ethicalities. For the people involved to be able to do that then others who are not directly involved have to enable them to do so and that means not blaming them for failing to do it nor merely praising them when they try but actively trying to help them to do so in practical ways. Figuring out what can be done with limited resources and opportunities however is never going to be easy but it is better than lazy complaining or pointless protesting, even if these are personally gratifying. "
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