New Profile feels that the only way to stop the occupation of Palestinians is to “civilize Israeli society” and to stop raising children to be soldiers. By their senior year, they say, Israeli high schoolers spend the majority of their time preparing for military service. But they also point to road rage, increased use of weapons, and dysfunctional ways soldiers treat their loved ones upon returning as by-products of militarized Israeli society.
"In fostering inter-religious peace-building, a Christian mediation role is helpful on two counts: to encourage polarized Jews and Muslims to find common ground, and to inspire Western Christians to make amends for their own bloody history toward the other two Abrahamic communities….the notion of “political sovereignty” often eclipses the fundamental religious truth that only God is sovereign over creation, and that we human beings are God’s regents or servant-partners in blessing and perfecting this world…"
|Fr. Michael B. McGarry, Tantur Ecumenical Institute|
|Robi Damelin and Ali Abu Awwad, Bereaved Families|
Another group, called Creativity for Peace, working out of both Israel/Palestine and Santa Fe, NM, is the "only organization...that simultaneously works with young women from both sides on leadership and peacemaking."