Thursday, August 27, 2009

UPDATES: Lullaby for a Palestinian Child


This just in Sept 15 09: Center for Constitutional Rights CCR Recommendations of UN Report on Gaza - CCR Calls on Security Council to Adopt Recommendations of UN Report on Gaza Conflict - here


The Middle East Institute and The Foundation for Middle East Peace

Invite You to a Talk entitled:
Who Speaks For the Palestinians at the Negotiating Table?

Featuring: Helena Cobban - Author and Journalist

Thursday, September 24
12-1 PM
MEI Boardman Room
1761 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

MEI is proud to host author and Middle East expert Helena Cobban to discuss the dilemmas of Palestinian representation in future peace negotiations. At a time when President Obama's Arab-Israeli peace diplomacy is widely expected to swing into high gear, Helena Cobban will be looking at the thorny issue of Palestinian representation in that diplomacy. In light of recent developments--both positive and negative--in intra-Palestinian politics, does Israel have a Palestinian negotiating partner that is both motivated to participate in the give-and-take of diplomacy and capable of closing on--and enforcing--a final peace agreement.

Ms. Cobban, a former columnist for, and longtime contributor to, The Christian Science Monitor, has been a close student of Palestinian internal politics since the mid-1970s. Her 1984 book The Palestinian Liberation Organization: People, Power, and Politics has been translated into several languages, including Arabic, and is used in universities both in Israel and the occupied West Bank.

She publishes frequently in the Boston Review, writes a weekly news analysis for Inter-Press Service and serves on the Board of Advisory Editors of the Middle East Journal.

Since 2003 Ms. Cobban has published a well-received blog called Just World News. Over the past year, many of her writings have been on Palestinian issues and have included interviews with PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Hamas head Khaled Meshaal and a broad range of other Palestinian and Israeli public figures.

Sandwiches will be served

Because of the popularity of MEI programs and limited seating, MEI anticipates a capacity audience. MEI wishes to accommodate all registered guests but will give MEI members and supporters priority seating. We encourage you to become an MEI member if you wish to avoid sitting in the overflow room. Early arrival for all is encouraged.

You can register for this event online or write to and state your name and affiliation.
Poem was sent by Akhtar Wasim Dar Sahib who said...

The tragedies in Gaza or in other parts of world due to atrocities are condemnable, I would like to share a poem of Faiz Ahmed Faiz here written long ago, about Palestine in seventies, thirty years hence the situation still persists. The poem was translated by Pakistan’s former Finance Minister, Dr. Mehboob ul Haq:


Don’t cry my child
Don’t cry,
Your mummy has just dozed off
After crying for an eternity.

Don’t cry my child
Don’t cry,
Your daddy has just taken leave
From a lifetime of anguished existence.

Don’t cry my child
Don’t cry,
Your brother has left for an alien land
Chasing the elusive butterfly of his dreams.

Don’t cry my child
Don’t cry,
Your sister has gone to a foreign land
Married to a never-ending future.

Don’t cry my child
Don’t cry,
In your every courtyard
The dead sun has received its funeral bath
The dead moon has received its burial.

Don’t cry my child
Don’t cry,
Your mummy, daddy, brother and sister,
The cold sun and the buried moon,
They are all watching you from afar,
If you cry, they may make you cry some more,
If you smile, they may all come back one day,
And play with you in silent disguise.


Although not at all for the weak of stomach or heart, sometime go through the following and share the anguish in your own deepest way...

Some of the photos are from these sites:


"... when the girl-child that was buried alive is asked for what crime she had been slain, ...on that Day every human being will come to know what he has done."~ The Qur'an, Sura 81~

Light a candle for a Palestinian Child and for Children everywhere suffering from war and violence


ReeBz said...

Very very touching.
I wish if every one of us start to feel the same as you do,world can become heaven.. but it'll never happen..
Thatswhy Allah has set heaven above..

Connie L. Nash said...

My dear - yet we must help heaven and earth to TOUCH even now....

This EARTH with it's beauties and tragedies is where we are now. This little planet AND HEAVEN BOTH want and NEED you so keep on keeping on being your own beautiful self. And nurture who you are.

Love and Many Prayers, ReeBz, for you and your country - which at it's best is a BRIDGE between WORLDS (including heaven and earth) as we know.

Connie L. Nash said...

Go OFTEN to this anti-war and PRO-PEACE site to see and help with the suffering of the Palestinian people:"

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."~ Desmund Tutu.

ReeBz said...

Thanks for the Paryers for me and my country.
Yes i agree with you, we should keep trying to turn this world into a heaven and i believe if all us of get united then its not a very big deal.. cause we all have only ONE enemy - enemy of peace.

ReeBz said...

I just checked the link you gave here.. Oh My God, i just cant understand who are those humans who tyrannize over other human beings so brutally and wildly?

This is simply ruthless.

Connie L. Nash said...

Dear, while before I posted this Lullaby for a Palestinian Child, I had second thoughts mostly thinking of you and how upsetting this would be to you, I was thinking maybe you might not notice it...then sure enough your beautiful caring heart brought you here...several times.

So maybe you are somehow being "called" to be a part of international efforts toward peace for children world-wide...actually you already have been there in your little part of the world. I just love your comment: "We all have only ONE enemy - enemy of peace."

Connie L. Nash said...

PS ReeBz, I left out a word or two in the above response to your's...meant "you have already been involved there with the displaced and probably with children as well?" For now, however - your studies are part of your overall future and must needs get most of your attention - I understand - and am sure you know your own priorities well.

ReeBz said...

Connie though it made me feel so weak to see how the innocent lives in Palestine are on the target of brutality but it cannot keep me away from being aware of all such happenings around the world.

To be honest,i many times come here to see the same,as you often point out such events at your blogsite,moreover i know you are a peace lover so i feel happy to come here.I always have a peace of mind to read your posts that you are concerned. i have found you at the right side i.e at the side of innocents,doesn't matter if they are Muslims or anyone belonging from any other religion..

May Allah bless you.

Connie L. Nash said...

"Obama, the Middle East, and the Prospects for Peace"
A Benefit for the Children of Gaza.

Saturday, October 3, 7:30 sharp

Noam Chomsky, 80, is a Professor Emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is considered the founder of modern linguistics. In 1967, Chomsky became one of the leading opponents of the Vietnam War with the publication of his essay, "The Responsibility of Intellectuals." Since then, his far-reaching criticisms of US foreign policy and the legitimacy of US power have made the US mainstream media shun him, while he is much-sought out by activists and alternative media worldwide. In addition to his linguistics texts, he has written more than sixty books on politics.
If you have any friends or relative in or near Oakland the bay area of California, TELL THEM to go to these fundraiser for CHILDREN of GAZA:

Professor Chomsky is an outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights, and a Founding Advisor of the Middle East Children's Alliance.

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