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Jakarta Post

Lessons from the Jews and conflict resolution

  • Jennie S. Bev

San Francisco   /   Wed, June 16 2010   /  08:58 am

The historical backdrop of the Israel-Palestine conflict can be traced back 5,000 years to 3000 BC. The story of struggling Jews is part legend, part scriptural, part psychological, and entirely political. Religions happens to be in the picture because the Middle East is the birthplace of three monotheisms —  Judaism, Christianity and Islam — thus making it “the cradle of civilization”.This “cradle” status ensures the region is continuously in the limelight. Religions are involved, yet they are not the main concern. Instead, this conflict is a humanitarian issue of massive proportion. Like the Mindanao conflict, the Israel-Palestine conflict also centers on a piece of land.The notion that Jews are highly regarded because of the notion of the “the chosen” people is not a valid argument, to begin with. A religious belief, after all, is simply a belief.Many things can b...