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Thursday, May 09, 2002

learning curve

"We insist that Palestinians and Israelis are equally precious in God's eyes and that the loss of life on both sides is equally tragic and unnecessary. The Planetary Consciousness which we proclaim recognizes that the well-being of each of us depends on the well-being of all of us. These themes, developed more fully in the State of the Spirit address (in this issue of Tikkun on p. 33), must be applied to the crisis in the Middle East. In doing so, we approach both sides in a spirit of compassion for the terrible pain that both have suffered, and a passionate commitment to alleviate that suffering. Yet compassion requires speaking with honesty and integrity, even when that forces us to confront difficult truths. This is what we mean by Prophetic Witness."