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Here I start

Here I start. I welcome myself to this new space. Social Media. I have heard about this and read several posts though never thought about being here, sharing and writing. These days I am participating in Anna Lindh Forum 2010 where I got the chance to have a live real blogging experience. I still have difficulty to process all what I learnt these days but I can start with saying that i got to meet amazing people. Young people active in their societies, working non stop for a better life and a better future for our generation and the coming generations. It is amazing to have all this positive energy running all over the space.

This event has been great on several levels, got to meet with friends coming from Palestine, got to meet with Palestinian who broke the siege on Gaza and managed to join us, got to meet with amazing young people and made new friends, got to listen to different speakers who are actually decision makers in youth policy.

We still have a long day.. but as I said before, I just wanted to welcome myself with all of you :))

Saif PYN

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March 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm 1 comment

A Dialogue-breaker

Everyone talks about dialogue here, but what is the meaning of dialogue? Is dialogue even happening when the parties come with their fixed agenda and just wanna be heard?

I must confess I’m not much of an activist or a political person so I only had 3 genuine conversations with Palestinians in my life (2 of them in ALF) but all 3 left me with little hope of peaceful coexistence in the horizon. Last night at dinner it finally caught up with me: A dialogue cannot happen when there is no real listening. Obviously we grew up on very different narratives we both perceive as the complete truth, and probably both of them aren’t the whole truth. But as long as every Palestinian I meet thinks his narrative is the only truth, how can there be dialogue?

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March 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm 12 comments


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