Author and Activist
My mind is still on this Israeli Palestinian thing. I get bombarded from both sides on my facebook page which is linked to friends in both groups.
The solution is obvious - try something different.
Let me give you the experience of Africa where I belong to the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, where it is our mission statement to unite Africa under one President. In Africa we have 2000 different languages, each with its own culture, many of them with bigger population groups than Israel or Palestine. How far would we go if we tried to impose the culture of any one of those groups on the others? Israelis give up the idea of a "Jewish State" and Muzlims give up the idea of not letting Jews be Jews. Sharia Law? Its out of the question.
In a world where the likelihood of God even existing is extremely doubtful, it just doesn't make sense that you can set up a state based on a fairy story, where people have different rights depending on the names that they give to the different fairies. And Muslims just because you have a different version of the same story, doesn't mean that your fairies are any more real than Jewish fairies. If a Billion people say that fairies exist, it still doesn't make them real.
A secular state doesn't mean that you can't practice religion, the right to practice religion is enshrined in a secular constitution, it simply means you cannot predjudice anyone else from practicing theirs. Most particularly you can't force your culture onto others such as atheists and homosexuals and you can't force religion onto children, especially other people's children.
It is not for foreigners to tell you how to run your country, but Palestinians and Israelis, from outside it sure looks ridiculous to call those little patches of land separate "countries". On Google Maps does it look like Baphutatswana? - you bet it does.
The road to peace is secular tolerance, where the law is blind to belief. The killer-blow that Jews can deliver to the war mongerers is to renounce the idea of the "Jewish State". If Israel was as equal a place for Jews as it was for Palestinians, very quickly, Palestinians would adopt Israel as their home state. They are forced into the camp of the Islamic extremists by the Israelis, not by the extremists. The Palestinians would overnight become the Jews greatest allies against extremism, not their enemies.
Here is what we can do as Africans:
If these middle east war mongerers can't live together, let us show them that at least we Africans can reach out to each other and that their poisonous ideas can't infect us.
1) Join in solidarity, first the African Jews and African Muzlims, with the other Billion of us (The guys who offer you both a predjudice free African lifestyle) and make a joint statement of neutrality on Israel and Palestine.
2) Urge Egypt not to get embroiled in Middle East Politics, but rather to turn its attention South to an African union that will benefit the whole African continent.
3) Call for peace and a move towards a just and non violent Israel/Palestine.
4) Stop distributing the war mongering propoganda that keeps comming from both sides.
5) Put our attention into uplifting Africa's poor, many of whom have a far harder life than Israel or Palestine.
Get those African Rabbis and Imams together and lets make a deal. What is so difficult about bringing a little peace to the world?
I dedicate this peace proposal to the memory of Theo Mabusela.