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E In solidarity with Palestinians building peace in the world’s oldest conflict.
. . . against ‘Zionist hooligans’ There are different ways to build peace. Where
the road to peace is paved with dialogue, consensus-
On Oct. 17, Canadian Mennonite University building and conflict-resolution, Mennonites have
(CMU), Winnipeg, hosted “A conversation with proven themselves very successful peacebuilders. But
Norman Finkelstein” in conjunction with Canadians Mennonites may still have a few things to learn about
for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Independent peacebuilding in situations where one party or another
Jewish Voice and Canada-Palestine Support Network refuses to deal in good faith.
– Winnipeg. Finkelstein, a noted author and political The tendency of Zionist supporters of Israel, for ex-
commentator, was speaking on the subject of Israeli ample, to use accusations of anti-Semitism and other
war crimes in the so-called Gaza “war.” As a found- methods to intimidate and silence even mild criti-
ing member of the support network and an author of cism of Israel, is by now an established fact. Indeed,
numerous articles on the Israel-Palestine situation, I at the Oct. 17 event some young Zionist hooligans,
commend CMU on taking this important step towards presented with an invitation to sit down and converse
sorrow. Sometimes “the last time” comes
The last time with a sense of relief, with growth or with
pleasure in success. An elder marks his
80th birthday with gratitude and satis-
Melissa Miller faction for a life well lived. The mid-life
woman finds new horizons to explore.
activities and pleasures, like gardening, Young adults mark their maturity by
ast spring, my mother made the driving, reading, playing the piano or making commitments to the church or
long trip from Pennsylvania to living independently. Middle-aged adults by getting married. The ending of one
Winnipeg, to join our family as we might be aware of things ending in their stage brings the beginning of another.
celebrated our son’s gradua