Sunday 21st October 2007 - Iraqi refugees sat together with Israeli ex-pats. Iranian grandparents were alongside Palestinians and Israelis as everybody listened appreciatively to ‘Shir la Shalom’ being sung by the Topaz Jewish Choir. A poetry recital given by Fathieh Saudi and Kerry Fleur-Schleiter followed, as did the Muslim call to prayer. Musicians, peace activists and dignitaries of differing faith groups were mixed together for an evening that had been inspired by an Israeli living in London, Yael Lindenboim, and hosted by the Universal Peace Federation at its premises in Lancaster Gate.
June 26th 2007 - A group of some 25 participants of the current ‘Middle East Peace Initiative’ event being held in Jerusalem were today invited to a meeting at the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament.
A National Union Party spokesman, Aryeh Eldad, was the first of three Israeli parliamentarians to address the delegation. He presented his viewpoint that as a ‘revisionist Zionist’ Jews have the right to live in any part of the land of Israel and on no account should relinquish any land west of the River Jordan.
Tel Aviv - June 2007 - Delegates from Europe and the United States attending a ‘Middle East Peace Initiative’ conference were today given briefings from a variety of experts who had all played significant public roles in key events in the history of the region.
A professor of Political Sociology at Tel Aviv University, Yoram Peri, explained that there were three circles of a multi-faceted complexity facing the government and people of Israel. The inner circle being Israel- Palestine, the next one Israel's relations with the surrounding Arab states and finally the wider context, formerly of the Cold War but now replaced by the growth of religious fanaticism and its impact on international relations.
Last night we held a meeting entitled ‘Perspectives on Iraq’ to hear the views of several people about the current situation in Iraq.
Dave Anderson MP, Joint President of the Labour Friends of Iraq and a long time official of the Trade Union, Unison, said that he had been opposed to the 2003 invasion of Iraq but had become involved in the Labour Friends of Iraq. He had accepted an invitation to visit Iraq from the Iraqi Trade Union movement who, he discovered, had welcomed the invasion as a liberation from Sadaam Hussein. He felt the most important point was to listen to the Iraqi people in how to help them solve their problems. Dave had taken Iraqis to the North East to his constituency to visit business people and to show them how the political and civil system worked. He said, “we’re a helping hand” from which Iraq can gain a lot but also we have a lot to learn from Iraq which is, after all, the cradle of civilisation.
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