In dealing with this crisis, we are totally committed to the Green Party values of non-violence, human rights, and justice. We realize that the Palestine and Israeli issue is very very complex and will be difficult to find a peaceful solution. So how can we help as Canadians? What role can we play?
I have always sought to promote peace, and help in a manner in which Canadians can reclaim the two Nobel peace prizes Canadians have shared for peacekeeping in the past. We stand for a belief that the ethic of care is paramount in this endless and tragic situation. The suffering has gone on long enough and sometimes we feel that the best we can do is to add our voice to the cry for peace.
I am dedicated to human rights, in helping solve this tragic situation, and not to the advantage or disadvantage of either side, either the Palestinians or Israelis. I believe in human rights for ALL in this conflict. We understand that Canada does not have the power to solve this by itself, but we believe that we must not refuse to do what we can do. We are a voice for human values. As a minimum, I feel it appropriate to advocate that ALL parties in such conflict zones strive to:
- STOP THE VIOLENCE AND KILLING ON BOTH SIDES
- CARE FOR THE VICTIMS ON BOTH SIDES
- FROM A POSTURE OF CANADIAN NEUTRALITY, DO WHAT WE CAN DO TO FACILITATE DIPLOMACY AND DIALOGUE TOWARDS A POLITICAL SOLUTION.
This means talking to everyone. To stop the killing I would be willing to talk to anyone on either side. Life is just too precious to do otherwise. If all parties act in good faith with a desire for real and enduring peace, we can get somewhere. Ultimately, the Israelis and the Palestinians will create their own solution, be it a two-state solution or something else they can agree on. Whether crimes committed will ever be brought to justice is anyone’s guess. I do, however, submit that the ethic of care is far more important than the ethic of justice at this point.
This should not be about seeking advantage on the part of either side, but about the future of the children on both sides. Let us all raise our sense of identity above nationalism and religious differences, to simply that of ” a global human being”, where we are all brothers and sisters. Then let us make a just and caring peace.
My side, and that of the Green Party, is for real peace and non-violence, and you must believe that our motives are wholly humanitarian. There has been far too much suffering and death already. Surely we can agree on this, and not get side tracked into maneuvering for political and power advantages. We support peace and non-violence. We care!