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Reply to those against a two state solution in Palestine

You are analyzing the situation as you would a game event on a game board. The game board was designed by lawyers and should be thrown away if you want a fair solution. Return to a clean sheet of paper and see that every person in Palestine has an equal claim on all that Nature provided. Who can deny that? The aggregate claim by the Palestinian people entitles them to a proportional share of what Nature provided in Palestine. On that equity they can create a new country that is their own. No person or group in Palestine “owns” land; they only have a claim. Israel, like all countries, controls certain land, delineated by its boundaries on a map, for as long as it can resist challengers. That is the position of Israel (as all countries) and it would be better for long term stability, especially in view of continual discord, to negotiate a peace with the Palestinian nation that respects their equity in Palestine.

 

Filed under: Comments on News Stories | August 28th, 2017


You-Tube Course in Human Rights

A condensed version of “Human Rights, What Are They Really?” has been uploaded to You-Tube as a short course in human rights. It is in 3 segments-

Segment 1: Elements of a right and natural rights

Segment 2: Subsidiary rights

Segment 3: Comparison with prevailing human rights doctrine

Go to:

      Segment 1:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otnzIVYgabE

      Segment 2:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXWStA_Hqt8

      Segment 3:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iJH7dSfF6M

A 4th segment is planned and will appear later.

 

Filed under: Notices, Uncategorized | December 28th, 2016


About terrorism…

posted on facebook on 2016 Dec 27-

Terrorism grows among people who look at the world as an assembly of groups, where a single person is insignificant in comparison to the group. Then it is not important that some individuals are lost in an explosion. What is important is that an enemy group is affected. The antidote is the idea that every individual is important and has rights that should be respected.

 

Filed under: Uncategorized | December 27th, 2016


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