I’m listening to an emergency session of the United Nations General Assembly. They voted for a humanitarian ceasefire because the Security Council failed to do so because the United States blocked it. The Arab Group, a newly formed group of Islamic countries, has been persistent in working through the United Nations to apply pressure on the United States and Israel to hold a second ceasefire.
So far, the United Nations has had mixed success in coming to the aid of Palestinians. The latest toll is over 15,000 people who have died since October 7, primarily women and children in indiscriminate bombing by the Israeli Defense Force. A ceasefire was put in place from November 24 to the 30th. Another humanitarian ceasefire is being pursued.
Pressure is being applied from the international community through the United Nations to stop the slaughter of Palestinians. Americans have also been protesting for a ceasefire. Yesterday peace activists lay down on the floor of the Senate building. Jewish activists, who also want a ceasefire, chained themselves to the fence at the White House.
I understand that we must engage our hearts as well as our minds to resolve this horrendous war. If we can unite in mourning for all of those who have died on both sides, perhaps we can move forward in spirit as well. I have been praying and meditating, watching what is happening carefully, and studying the history of the Israelis and Palestinians, educating myself.