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Ear to the Ground

Israelis and Lebanese Are Still Talking—on the Net

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Posted on Jul 23, 2006

Official diplomatic relations between the two countries may be at a nadir, but young citizens on both sides are finding common ground on Internet chat boards. Says a blogger: “We have tons of things in common. We come from two of the most liberal, educated countries in the Middle East….”

  • Also: Read the back story on that infamous picture of Israeli girls writing on rocket shells.

  • Jerusalem Post:

    As soon as the first rockets began hitting the North, Shira, a 17-year-old from Haifa, went straight to the message boards of www.beirut.com where she asked a question no politician has yet breached: After all this, would you date a Jew?

    “I asked a lot of questions, and that was one of them,” she said, adding that she felt the question gave her a broader sense of how Lebanese teens were feeling about Israelis as a whole. The responses she received were mixed, but the teen said that in all fairness, it was unlikely that she herself would date a Lebanese man.

    Diplomatic talks between Israel and Lebanon may appear distant, but virtual talks between Lebanese and Israeli nationals are gathering steam daily on the Internet. Hundreds are signing on daily to blog, chat and post about the ongoing violence, with many finding new ways to relate to one another.

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    By Geronimo, July 24, 2006 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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    Chatting isn’t enough.  They should come up with a solution to the Middle East conflict and put it before the public for approval.

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    By Jane.D, July 23, 2006 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment
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    Further proof if ever we needed it that children hold a wisdom we adults can never repossess once lost.

    While we wage wars and fumble around in the darkness fighting over lines on maps, killing in ignorance and shrilling about our selfish self important entitlements, our children, those who truely endure and suffer as a result of our policies of fear and our ineptitude and incompetance, rise above us.
    As lanterns, they show us the way.

    What remains is; will we listen, are we too proud to learn from them, to allow them to teach us the humility we require if we are to survive; to show us the only way to ever find our home.

    Congratulations to the children of Lebanon and Israel for their remarkable courage, intellect and wisdom.


    We stand with you.

    JaneD.

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