Atheists for Israel and Palestine

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Atheists for Israel and Palestine

Atheists for Israel and Palestine (AIPs) believe in a two-state solution to resolve the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish-majority state, and Palestine as an Arab-majority state.

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Latest Activity: Jun 3, 2011

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Atheists for Israel and Palestine (AIPs) believe in a two-state solution to resolve the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

AIPs believe that Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish-majority state, and we believe that Palestine has the right to exist as an Arab-majority state, but we also believe that minority religious and ethnic groups must be accepted within both states and must have equal rights and opportunities. AIPs oppose all religious and ethnic intolerance on both sides.

Debates about the Israel/Palestine conflict are too often hysterical and disrespectful. Although the strong emotions around this conflict are sometimes understandable, such debates are not conducive to solutions. As AIPs we wish to conduct and encourage respectful and constructive debates between moderate pro-Palestinians and moderate pro-Israelis, and we particularly encourage the involvement of those who support both sides.

AIPs believe that the Israel/Palestine conflict can only be resolved through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians resulting in two states. In the long-term, these two states should be independent from each other but also friendly to each other. If this group can help, even in a marginal way, towards this goal, then it would have served its purpose.

In the following video, artists Palestinian Mira Anwar Awad and Israeli Achinoam Nini (Noa) talk about how to achieve peace:


Here is a video by Ray Hanania, a Palestinian peace activist:


And peace voices from Israel:

Discussion Forum

Negotiations resuming, but what about Hamas?

Started by Against All Fanatics. Last reply by Against All Fanatics Aug 21, 2010. 7 Replies

More on a different approach

Started by Al-KADIM. Last reply by Against All Fanatics Aug 21, 2010. 5 Replies

Two State Solution or Something Else

Started by Al-KADIM. Last reply by Sufian Ahmad Aug 19, 2010. 5 Replies

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Comment by Against All Fanatics on June 3, 2011 at 3:56pm
An excellent book on this conflict is "Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy" by Shlomo Ben-Ami.

Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Traged

Comment by Sufian Ahmad on November 22, 2010 at 1:02pm
Agreed, but it might be an over simplification to call it a real estate conflict.
Now it is a religious conflict, Israelis and Arabs really hate each other based on their religious backgrounds, in the beginning it was indeed just a secular idea but with time, religion; as a factor to keep the war going on, kept getting bigger and bigger until now it truly has become as absurd a fight as religion itself...
Comment by Sufian Ahmad on November 18, 2010 at 3:30am
Objective books about this issue might be hard to find :) Its a religious conflict after all, you have to find a rational point of view for yourself :)
Comment by SonofSagan on November 17, 2010 at 5:31pm
Hi people :)

Where can I read objective and scholarly books on the Israel-Palestine feud? Please write down any sites, documentaries and articles as well :)

Thanks!
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on November 7, 2010 at 10:58am
Native Americans didn't just sit by and allow themselves to be pushed off their native lands either


The Native Americans are the reason Americans don't have a lot of room to judge.
Comment by Al-KADIM on August 29, 2010 at 9:46am
While I would agree in principle, I think that it oversimplifies the problem. Any solution should be based on the idea of finding ways for two peoples to live together. Simply saying that one group (whether Israelis or Palestinians) should not be in some bit of land or other only exacerbates the problem by enforcing boundaries rather than opening them.
Comment by Sufian Ahmad on August 29, 2010 at 9:41am
See as a Jordanian of Palestinian origins, I view it like this:
Israelis have done horrible things to Palestinians but in order for Palestinians to be able to fight back, they need to acquire the apposite mission, freedom and liberty should be at the heart of the Palestinians' struggle, if it had been I think that it would have been much more successful, especially that at some historical point they could have made a difference not just in Palestine but in the world.
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 29, 2010 at 9:18am
By settlements, I mean most importantly, the settlements that started right after the end of the 1967 war. The settlement movement also became religio-ideological. But of course the settlements in Israeli "occupied" Palestinian territories started before 1967. If you settle people from another countries, or another Continent on someone else's land and expel them, there is going to be resentment, violence, repression and retaliation. That's been the history all over the world. Native Americans didn't just sit by and allow themselves to be pushed off their native lands either. -- Gary
Comment by Sufian Ahmad on August 29, 2010 at 9:04am
I agree, although this sentence could be misunderstood in so many ways. I am for the ending of oppression and respect for human life, which should be more of Israel's responsibility since they have more power.
Thats the fucked up thing about religion, it drives you to be inhumane and makes you think that you are!
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 28, 2010 at 7:18pm
I think we need to end the occupation and the settlements. Do we have a consensus on that? -- Gary
 

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