Complementary Meditation Focus

The Violent Uprising in the Palestinian Territories

Web posted on September 30 for the week beginning Sunday October 1



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This is a Complementary Meditation Focus suggested by the Global Meditation Focus Group for the week beginning Sunday October 1.

The Violent Uprising in the Palestinian Territories

1. Summary
2. Meditation Times
3. More information on this complementary Meditation Focus




1. Summary

A very serious explosion of violence has been erupting since Thursday in the Palestinian Territories following the bloody repression by Israeli security forces of the Palestinian demonstrations triggered by what has been deemed a provocative visit by right-wing Israeli leader Ariel Sharon at a site in Jerusalem sacred to Jews and considered by Muslims as Islam's third most important shrine. So far 22 Palestinians have been killed, including some children, and over 523 have been wounded, with 32 of them in a critical condition. Dozens of Israeli soldiers and some civilians have also been wounded by the rocks and Molotov cocktails thrown by Palestinian demonstrators. Around the world, political leaders have expressed grave concerns over this renewed violence, especially the admitted use in some cases of live ammunition by Israeli sharpshooters, as many fear this could degenerate into an even worst conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. This new crisis, which is certainly not the first one in the long turmoil-prone Middle East history, just proves once again how urgent it is to reach a negotiated settlement that would be acceptable to both Israeli and Palestian peoples, especially regarding the control over the Jewish, Christian and Mulsim holy sites concentrated within a 36-acre walled, raised platform in the heart of Jerusalem's Old City.

Please dedicate also some minutes during your prayers and meditations this Sunday and throughout this coming week to visualize the emergence of an unwavering will to quickly create the conditions that will enable the Israeli and Palestinian peoples not only to live in peace but also to experience friendship and love for their brothers and sisters sharing with them this part of the world laden with some much history and such a wealth of spirituality. May Peace, Love and Harmony prevail in the heart of everyone living in this area, for the highest good of all.




2. MEDITATION TIMES

i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes with a special Earth Healing Focus in the last few minutes.

ii) Golden Moment of At-Onement: Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you.

These times below are currently corresponding to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT: Honolulu 06:00 -- Los Angeles 09:00 -- Denver & San Salvador 10:00 -- Mexico City, Houston & Chicago 11:00 -- New York, Toronto, Montreal, Asuncion & Santiago 12:00 -- Rio de Janeiro & Montevideo 13:00 -- Reykjavik & Casablanca 16:00 -- London, Algiers & Lagos 17:00 -- Geneva, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Johannesburg & Madrid 18:00 -- Athens, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Nairobi & Istanbul 19:00 -- Moscow & Baghdad 20:00 -- Tehran 20:30 -- Islamabad 21:00 -- Calcutta & New Delhi 21:30 -- Dhaka 22:00 -- Rangoon 22:30 -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 23:00 -- Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing & Kuala Lumpur 00:00+ -- Seoul & Tokyo 01:00+ -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne 02:00+ -- Wellington 04:00+

(+ means the place is one day ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time)




3. More information on this complementary Meditation Focus

This section is for those who wish to understand in more detail the situation of this week's Meditation Focus. For those who wish to read on, we would encourage you to view the following information from a positive perspective, and not allow the details to tinge the positive vision you wish to hold in meditation. Since what we focus on grows, the more positive our mindset, the more successful we will be in manifesting a vision of healing. We provide the details below because we recognise that the knowledge of what needs healing can assist us to stucture our awareness to maximise our healing effect.

To review what has also been prepared for this coming week about the "Extension of the Focus on Serbia", please go at: http://www.aei.ca/~cep/MeditationFocus21.htm


From: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000930/ts/mideast_leadall_dc_33.html

Israelis, Palestinians Agree to Stop Clashes
(Saturday September 30)

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinians and Israeli security forces battled with guns, sticks and rocks Saturday in a third day of clashes in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem in which at least 15 Palestinians have died. Israel's army chief Shaul Mofaz said he and his Palestinian counterparts had agreed to a cease-fire throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip after at least nine Palestinians were shot dead Saturday.

CLIP

This week's violence dealt yet another blow to attempts to break a deadlock in peace negotiations intended to end 52 years of bloodshed between Israel and the Palestinians.

The clashes flared Thursday after right-wing Israeli leader Ariel Sharon, who is reviled by Palestinians, visited a site in Jerusalem sacred to Jews and Muslims. Some critics said his visit ``defiled'' Islam's third most important shrine.

Most of the fighting has pitted stone-throwing Palestinians against heavily armed Israeli security forces. But Palestinians also opened fire in some protests Saturday and the Israelis acknowledged using live ammunition in isolated cases.

CLIP

The disturbances were a further blow to stumbling peace talks that failed to result in a deal at a U.S. summit in July amid disagreement over the fate of Jerusalem. Negotiators ended separate talks with U.S. officials near Washington Thursday without any sign of progress. Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Reuters he was not sure negotiations would renew next week as planned. ''Israel has to stop this massacre,'' he said.

Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally. It has declared the city its eternal and undivided capital. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of the independent state they plan to declare.

CLIP

See also from: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000930/wl/egypt_arafat_dc_1.html

Arafat Meets Mubarak As Arab-Israeli Clashes Erupt
(Saturday September 30)


From: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/middle_east/newsid_923000/923340.stm"

Holy Jerusalem: The key to peace

With Middle East peace seemingly no nearer and the deadline for a final status agreement between Palestinians and Israelis gone, the key sticking point remains Jerusalem. The old city contains sites holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians. At the heart of the bitter Palestinian-Israeli dispute over Jerusalem is the Temple Mount or Haram al-Sharif.

What is the historical and religious significance of these sites, and what are the options on Jerusalem being considered by negotiators that might lead to a resolution of the 50-year Palestinian-Israeli conflict?

CLIP

The options for Jerusalem:

Full Israeli sovereignty: That Jerusalem is the "eternal and undivided" capital of Israel is an Israeli political mantra that has been repeated by Israeli leaders of every hue. Many Palestinians - and Muslims in the wider world - would not endorse a peace agreement that left Israel in full control of Jerusalem and its holy sites.

Shared sovereignty: Under this model, Israelis and Palestinians would share sovereignty of the holy sites. Palestinians also want sovereignty or some other form of jurisdiction over East Jerusalem, the Arab part of the city, which under international law has been illegally occupied by Israel since 1967.

Twin capitals: In late September, Prime Minister Ehud Barak put forward a plan for twin capitals next to each other - al-Quds, the Arabic name for the city, would belong to the Palestinians while Jerusalem would be Israel's internationally-recognised capital. This solution would not solve the issue of holy sites, because al-Quds under this plan would not include the Temple Mount. "No Jewish prime minister will sign (an) agreement that transfers the sovereignty of the Temple Mount to the Palestinians or to an Islamic body," Mr Barak said.

International or 'God's' sovereignty: Because of the holiness of Jerusalem to the three monotheistic religions, it has been suggested that the city should be given special international status and administration. The Vatican, and in particular Pope John Paul II, has often called for Jerusalem to be given special status. Reports in that the Israeli Government was considering international sovereignty over the Temple Mount site have been denied by officials. The concept of 'God's' or 'divine' sovereignty has been raised. Under this model, neither Palestinians nor Israelis have sovereignty over the holy sites, which are seen as too important to fall under any one state's political sovereignty. The sites would therefore be administered by Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders.

Under the 1948 United Nations resolution on the partition of Palestine, Jerusalem was designated as a special international city to be administered by the UN.


Full coverage at http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc/World/Middle_East_Peace_Process/




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