A GLOBAL CALL TO URGENT ACTION
THE CREATION OF A NON KILLING SHALOM — SALAM GLOBAL TV AND INTERNET CHANNEL FOR PEACE CULTURE (WSPC)
By Dr. Ada Aharoni, Founder of the WSPC — IFLAC The International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace
We are now in the greatest global cultural crisis in human history, that between radical Islam and the West. It is imperative that the whole human family mobilizes for a cultural, ethical and moral action that can help to alleviate and solve this dangerous crisis. This can be achieved by the foundation of a powerful World Television by Satellite: The SHALOM — SALAM WSPC: The World Satellite and Internet Channel for Peace Culture. It can function at the beginning in three languages: English, Hebrew and Arabic, over Israel and the Palestinian Authority and over the whole of the Middle East, and it should be globally available.
In our past wars we forgot our common humanity and joined in efforts to kill our enemies. Killing will not stop killing, and it may unfortunately lead to a nuclear war that would destroy humanity and cause a disastrous total nuclear winter to our planet. To preempt and prevent this horrific tragedy, we must join in an all-out effort to eliminate the causes of conflict, war and terror.
All people, institutions and governments that receive this message are urged to quickly act to help create the Shalom — Salam WSPC, that will function as “Preventive Medicine,” before another September 11, and another Hizbollah war from Lebanon, with the openly declared unashamed goal “to destroy Israel.”
Human jealousy, greed, injustice and folly have ruined many parts of our region and planet, and have endangered the future of humankind. The most powerful institutions — global corporations, rich governments, and mass media — have usually put financial profit first. They do not focus on preventing wars and terror and on what will do the most good for the people, but on what will make the most money. The resulting violence, terror, and environmental carnage have been disastrous.
The human family has a long record of war and of using military power and violence to attempt to settle differences. Now new devilish nuclear weapons are becoming available worldwide and can be used by irresponsible governments, led by jealousy, greed and folly. The best way to prevent this is to eliminate the causes of violence, wars and terror, by exposing them in a serious manner, debating and researching them, and presenting constructive solutions to solve them.
We must now all think and act as responsible caretakers and trustees of the global culture of peace, of democracy, and of our planet, and we should seek progress and fair benefits for all people. Killing will only trigger more acts of violence and terror by those who hate democracy and are in great fear of it.
The WSPC will function towards democratic and humane goals, and will foster mutual understanding, harmony and respect between conflicting parties, and will eliminate the causes of violence, terror and war. The WSPC will function according to the highest professional, objective, and humane standards, it will take into consideration the various ethnic entities, and appeal to every culture and creed. It will provide a sure way for us to tap the best in our thinking, in our values, in our cultures and in our faiths.
Television, Press, Radio and Internet play a vital role in our lives. Actions, good or bad, begin in the mind, in the stories we hear and tell. In addition to the foundation of the WSPC, those able to command media attention have a special obligation to speak out about the present tragic cultural crisis between radical Islam and the West, and its solution, based on the IFLAC vision and platform.
All world leaders, media, and Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), should act now, urging that everyone oppose violence with nonviolence — Martin Luther King’s effective solution. When people think and act according to the WSPC and IFLAC, they show a reverence for life and for humanity. The WSPC and the IFLAC PAVE PEACE NGO agenda put “The Golden Rule” to work — Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. The WSPC will provide a chance for people of all creeds to show their ethical values by practicing reverence for life in words, images and deed.
The WSPC and mass media have a sacred obligation as the mouths, eyes and ears of the public to:
- Feature not only problems, but also solutions to the problems.
- Headline cases of peaceful development and harmonious progress in human endeavors that replace: hate, fear, jealousy and greed, with: honesty, love, and care.
- Give recognition and attention to people, institutions and projects that eliminate violence, terror, poverty and foster peace culture and understanding.
In addition to the WSPC Television, and Radio, every TV and radio station should program a daily “Hour for Peace Culture.” The presenter could state at the beginning of the program, “In this hour for peace let us join our hearts and minds, each in our own way, with commitment to peaceful actions today and every day.” This would be followed by the sound of a Peace Culture Bell and appropriate music.
With the media’s cooperation, each 21 September — Global Peace Day, will provide a great global holiday with worldwide participation by people of every creed and culture. This will inspire actions for the WSPC development and progress with further peace culture riches, tolerance and prosperity for all. Thousands of group projects are already helping people and planet. Their impact can increase dramatically by uniting in a global Campaign for the creation of the WSPC and the foundation of a “Sustainable Future.”
Please spread the word. We can change this present dangerous cultural crisis into a new beginning with the SHALOM — SALAM WSPC.
Dear Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda,
Re: Nuclear Safety for Japan and the World
We at the NGO – IFLAC, The International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace, express deep sympathy at the enormous earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11th 2011, and moreover, the nuclear accident in Fukushima. All the members of IFLAC heartily pray for a quick recovery and the true convergence of the severe accident. Furthermore, we highly respect the nuclear plant workers struggling for convergence regardless of radiation exposure.
We, at IFLAC, which is a volunteer organization that works for peace through culture, literature, and communication, also aim to save lives of women and children who are socially vulnerable, and contribute to the peace and safety in the Middle East and in the whole world. IFLAC was established in 1999 by writer and researcher Ada Aharoni (Lit.D.). It is an organization which highly respects democracy and peace, and one of the international NGOs independent from any country’s government or religion. IFLAC members consists of 22 countries: Canada, America, Russia, France, Israel, Turkey, Cameroon , Japan, China, India, Korea, Norway, Romania, Hungary, Spain, Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia.
9 months have passed since the level 7 nuclear accident occurred in Fukushima, and yet it hasn’t been settled. Furthermore, 4 types of nuclear plants, including the latest plutonium-thermal, caused the accident. We at IFLAC consider them serious matters and demand the Japanese Government the following requests:
1) Promptly release all precise information, including the diffusion of radioactive substances, to Japanese citizens as well as to the world
By knowing the right information, each citizen will be able to make decisions by themselves and take measures to avoid unnecessary exposure. Japanese citizens are moderate and patient people. They will not cause panic or confusion as soon as they hear the truth. This is proved by the fact that the world was surprised by their orderly behavior after the disastrous earthquake. The possibility or the amount of compensation can be discussed later. In any case, it is the first preference to honestly release all information concerning radiation so that every people living in Japan, including foreigners will be able to keep the amount of internal and external exposure as low as possible.
It is disappointing that the recent Japanese government plays down its original rules about radiation protection, and continues to say “Eating those food will not cause health problems” or “Not taking shelter will not cause health problems” because they are “below” the watermark. It seems as if the government is giving priority thinking how to lessen or reduce the amount of the future compensation, when the government’s foremost need is to take care of the dangerous exposure for all the people living in Japan.
Text: Ada Aharoni
The Indian poet Rabindranat Tagore wrote:
I slept and I dreamt that life was happiness
I awoke and saw that life was service
I served and saw that service was happiness.
I am confident that all of us at IFLAC feel the same way, and I congratulate you for your efforts to pave peace in 2011, and in your continued service of peace in happiness, in 2012.
As I write to you, the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world are dramatically changing. From the streets of the countries of the Middle East to Wall Street in New York, the grassroots power and possibility of the IFLAC vision of “peace, harmony and nonviolence” as a method of bringing about change, has been activated. Hope has been ignited and the hearts and minds of individuals all around the world have been unified in this hope.
It is a wonderful gift for 2012, to live in the true strength of this experiment called “peace, harmony and nonviolence” through Bridges of Culture, Literature and Communication. Some believe it is the way of the weak. But the IFLAC nonviolent approach calls to that which is at the heart of the matter – honoring the dignity, culture and worth of every individual – everywhere. It is deep rooted in a consciousness of morality, of connectedness. It looks for possibilities that have not been challenged, until one is engaged in its process.
As Mahatma Gandhi said: “Strength does not come from physical capacity; it comes from an indomitable will.” And when the will of a person or the will of a community of people is motivated by hope, and is unified through love of service – anything is possible.
We at IFLAC exist to demonstrate the power and possibility of “peace, harmony and nonviolence” in our personal and literary lives, in our International community. Our Nonviolence, Compassionate Communication and Dialogue through our daily IFLAC Digest, and our meetings and workshops, our Peace Train Project, our Peace Stories theatrical project, and our Peace Poetry Contest for Children were created to educate and activate the living presence of “peace and harmony” in ourselves, our families, and our communities. Our work at IFLAC is vital! It is life changing. It is powerful and life affirming, and its power and possibility speak to all people, of all ages, of all races, in every economic level.
It is with an open heart, and with great anticipation that we look forward to 2012 and the many opportunities that will unfold – that we may expand and grow in our practice and spreading of peace and nonviolence, in our understanding of how to communicate the power and possibility of harmony – and in our ability to creatively express hope, peace and nonviolence in the world at large.
As 2012 opens, please consider supporting and donating to the crucial work of IFLAC, and please consider joining our programs, our IFLAC Digest and this our IFLAC website. You make a difference! We need you: your talents, your creativity, your involved gifts, and your expressed commitment to a peaceful world beyond war. Without you we can only do so much; with you we can achieve exceptional levels of change and the betterment of our global village.
The very best to all and each of you in the New Year 2012.
In solidarity and peace,
Dr. Ada Aharoni
IFLAC Founding President
Dear IFLAC Directors, Members and Friends,
I wish a very joyful, peaceful and healthy New Year 2012 to each of you.
May the New Year 2012, fully recognize at last, that our IFLAC way: Peace through Bridges of Literature, Culture and Communication is so much better than violence, conflict, destruction and wars!
Please invite all your friends and colleagues to join us, by visiting and adhering to our rich and wonderful site and blog at: www.iflac.wordpress.com in which you can publish your thoughts and ideas, by commenting on thought-provoking articles and items.
This year, with your devoted and kind help again, we will attempt to double the members who have joined us through our site. Together, we will double our efforts in spreading our IFLAC values to the whole of our global village. We will continue in our noble attempt of creating a beautiful world of humane care and kindness for each other, a brave New World of Peace and Harmony – Beyond War, Terror and Violence.
With all the very best wishes to you and to your families,
Dr. Ada Aharoni
IFLAC Founding President
STOP THE TEARS
There is nothing in the world harder than to lose a daughter!
Enough of drowning in the sea of tears
Sorrow is a never ending trap
That swallows all my entity, all my hours, all my plans,
Everything seems to me to be shallow, tasteless,
Lacking any horizon, without any goal
However, this is not what Tali expected of me,
“Go on with your struggle for peace ma,”
She whispered, “For both of us,
When I am not here.”
I have to follow her example
To honor her memory with her optimistic message
Full of peace and hope,
To follow her spirit for the creation of a better society,
A better Middle East, a better world
Without violence, destruction, terror and famine,
A new world at peace with itself and far beyond war.
Stop the tears, the work of peace
Is tremendous and Tali expects me to continue
For both of us, and indeed we will all continue
To build your loving peace path Tali, through IFLAC –
In your spirit, with your devotion and with
Your wise angelic smile
Your loving mother
My wonderful daughter, Tali Aharoni Winkler (born 1956), who enjoyed a fully fruitful and devoted life, died of bone cancer, on the 8th of July, 2011, after a courageous struggle for sixteen long and eventful years.
Happy New Year to all our Jewish friends!
Have a wonderful New Year of Peace, creativity, health and joy.
Love and Peace,
Enjoy this musical video:
Dip Your Apple by The Ein Prat Fountainheads
IFLAC pays its tribute and deep homage to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on its 60th year memorial ceremony to the abominable tragedy that occurred there at the end of World War II.
IFLAC and all its members pledge that we will do our utmost to create a world beyond war, terror and violence.
Prof. Ada Aharoni
IFLAC Founding President
The IFLAC World Committee
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