"The Sleep of Reason Produces
Jewish Peace Fellowship - The Sleep of Reason Produces
In the darkest of night there is always a candle burning. Among the most
insane acts of humanity, there are always those who can see clearly.
In Israel, there are those who have determined not to participate in the
insanity of murdering Palestinians and because of these few there is hope for
In Palestine, there are those who understand the example of Mahatma Gandhi
and it is time for them to step forward.
October 3, 2002
On War and Terror: A Statement by the Jewish Peace Fellowship
In response to the ghastly violence of the Napoleonic Wars, Francisco Goya
produced a series of etchings depicting the stark reality of war. The most
famous of these is called "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters." I
cannot think of a better description of what is taking place in
Israel/Palestine. The leadership of both peoples labor under the delusion that
the application of enough violence will cow the other side into submission to
its will. Most of the population on both sides is angry and frightened enough to
believe that this is so.
Each act of violence, whether Palestinian or Israeli, only justifies more and
worse violence in the minds of the other side.
The only hope today is in the efforts of those who are working for dialogue and
reconciliation. The Israeli peace movement is far from dead. The current
situation has given rise to a new movement of conscientious objection among
Israeli soldiers. Among the Palestinians too there are those who understand that
terrorism and violence work against Palestinian aspirations.
As peace activists it is vitally important that we not be seduced into taking
sides. It is easy to advocate for victims, but what do you do when both peoples
are victimized? To help make peace we must support those working for peace.
We condemn, without reservation, the attacks of terrorists as the criminal
actions they are. We must condemn, without reservation, Israel's use of its
military to try to resolve political and diplomatic issues. We must reject the
arguments of those Palestinians who call for the destruction of the Jewish State
and of those Israelis who call for the expulsion of the Palestinians and the
annexation of the Occupied Territories. Such extremism does not represent the
views of most people on either side.
If we want peace and justice we must awaken Reason and send the monsters of war
and terror to oblivion.
----Rabbi Philip Bentley, Honorary President, Jewish Peace Fellowship.org
How can we manifest peace on
earth if we do not include everyone (all races, all nations, all religions, both
sexes) in our vision of Peace?
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