Middle East Education Through Technology (MEET) [ wikipedia source ]

Middle East Education Through Technology (MEET) is an innovative educational initiative aimed at creating a common professional language between Israeli and Palestinian youth. Working together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MEET enables its participants to acquire advanced technological and leadership tools while empowering them to create positive social change within their own communities.


Program founders Yaron Binur, Anat Binur, and Assaf Harlap became aware that many Israelis and Palestinians never get a chance to interact with one another on a personal level, even though they grow up and live a few short miles from one another. Inspired by their experiences of multicultural cooperation in international educational institutions, the founders decided that a fast-paced, intensive program in technology would be an ideal medium to bridge the divide. With this vision, they created MEET in the summer of 2004.

MEET seeks excelling Palestinian and Israeli high school students; admission into the program is very competitive. Once admitted, students meet continuously for three years. Their first summer includes instruction in basic Java programming; this extends into the first yearlong segment of the program. The second summer includes more advanced topics in computer science and introduces a business and entrepreneurship curriculum. The program is capped by a long-term project beginning in the second yearlong segment and extending into a final summer term. Alumni activities maintain the student network after graduation.

MEET graduates have been accepted into top universities in the region and abroad, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[33] The skills and bonds of friendship forged by MEET students, combined with the students’ natural talents, prepare them for a successful future of leadership, achievement, innovation, and cooperation.

Aside from its partnership with MIT, MEET has been supported by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (which has donated lab space for the summer sessions since MEET’s inception), Al-Quds University, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and other national and international organizations,[34] as well as many individual volunteers from around the world. MEET’s Website

A Kind of Community — Jews, Arabs, Palestine, Israel

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Community is a group with people you despise, defined by a common center of concern and care. Between the leftwing Israel-always-wrong crowd to the genocide wing of the Jewish right, the beautiful souls and the ugly Jews. But no matter where we are on the map, all of us are in this together, those of us who are obsessed about Israel and Palestine. Historically, politically, and morally, I do not see any way to separate contemporary Jewishness from Israel. But here’s the rub. There’s no way either to separate or modern Israel from Palestine and the modern Middle East. There are too many competing investments in that place, which operates as a moral and affective center of collective consciousness. Also obsessed about Gaza and Israel, many Arabs and Muslims, from the political moderates to the #HitlerWasRight crowd, share the same center of gravity. Like it or not, “we are very…

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Formula: Child Rearing Focus

Today a child rearing centered focus contained in the overall formula “For “ reconciliation, in part, is influenced from the pages of Emile written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau [ See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Jacques_Rousseau ], and the Arab and Israeli emerging traditions against a backdrop of conflicts. None the less, it is the real emotions which are expressed when each nation talks and then reflects on the future of ones children.

Unanswered though, in the meantime, in our times and era of today are, for example:

What are the real expectations and then national aspirations of the children right now, and especially of those who are the critical stages in their respected human [ Piaget ] development. Will there be consequences which could trigger internal future conflicts within ones own society; the key factor in present day internal crisis causing de-stablization; both political and reflecting at the same time growing militant religious conflict centered schism – i.e. cause by the emotional imprint of the Iraqi regime of Sadam Husine’s tyrant centered violence to enforce internal political controls.

What are the social, cultural, and career expectations of the children of Israel when compared with Arab children. Are the emotional mine sets of each is on the positive aspirations results of their conscious awareness of the events of today, or are there traces of emotional anxieties which later could trigger personal unrests to the extent of later creating the dependence on violent action to solve emotional crises.

Thus: Why a the inclusion of a child rearing comparison for commonalities as per:

It is the regional focus on such comparisons which forces the bests in ones own social and cultural customs to set the lead which will be found most dramatically in their out look of real commonalities; their intercultural communications significance to establish national goals of child rearing.

Rabbis for Human Rights

PRESS RELEASE | 29 January, 2014

Rabbis for Human Rights presented a position paper to the Elaluf Committee summarizing the key reasons that people living in poverty do not receive the benefits they deserve, such that their situations worsens.

Last Sunday, Rabbis for Human Rights presented a position paper to the anti-poverty committee headed by Elie Elaluf on the phenomenon of unclaimed social rights among people living in poverty. The presentation of the paper is part of the organization’s advocacy effort to put the topic on the committee’s agenda, and to demonstrate that this little-discussed issue is a signification reason why escaping poverty can be very difficult , and why the situation sometimes worsens.

More on Elaluf here

The document (attached to this press release) was written by Rabbis for Human Rights’  Sigal Asher,  director of the Rights Center in Hadera,  based on her wealth of experience in the field. The document examines the main reasons for the failure of people living in poverty to claim the social rights, such as allowances and grants,  they are entitled. The reasons include cumbersome and confusing bureaucracy, inaccessible information, making one benefit conditional upon another, language barriers, negative social stigmas, personal desperation and more.

At a meeting of the Anti-Poverty Committee led by Elie Elaluf, Professor Johnny Gal noted that an estimated ten percent of people entitled to income support do not receive it.

Rabbi Idit Lev, Head of the Rabbis for Human Rights Social Justice Department:

“When you’re talking about people who live in dire poverty and are still unable to receive that which they are entitled to from the state, you find that this causes many people to despair and turns small problems, sometimes temporary and solvable ones, into a spiraling of emotional and financial crises which have no solution. Income support, for instance, is an allowance intended for people who have almost nothing.”

Rabbi Sigal Asher, author of the document and Director of the Rabbis for Human Rights Rights Center in Hadera:

“We see people every day at the Rights Center who live in poverty for whom, in addition to other hardships, the difficulty in claiming their benefits from the state and other bodies can make their lives impossible, and occasionally this is the factor which drags them down further into poverty. As a society we must look after people before they descend into poverty, and it is our obligation to help and assist those who live in poverty.”

As was published recently in a study by Professor Eldar Shapir [link in Hebrew], “poverty does not harm people with limited abilities; rather people’s abilities become limited as a result of living in poverty. The inability to claim benefits infringes on the most basic needs of life.”

If your brother becomes destitute and his hand falters beside you,” – Do not allow him to fall down. To what can this be compared? To a load on a donkey. While it is still on the donkey – one person can grasp it and hold it in place. Once it falls to the ground – [even] five people cannot pick it up.- Sifra (Malbim) Parashat Behar (Leviticus 25:35)

Rabbis for Human Rights has run the Rights Center in Hadera for people living in poverty since 2005. We assist the residents of Hadera, Wadi Ara and the surrounding areas in claiming the benefits they are entitled  to from state institutions (the National Insurance Institute, Ministry of Welfare, schools, etc.) and also from private organizations (such as communications companies). In that time we have accumulated extensive information about the difficulties people who live in poverty face in claiming their social rights.

Basic Commonalities: Relationships.

Beyond the present basic cultural similarities this photo essay of a sorts is presented within a more constructive visual objective to increase ones interests while at the same time fostering a basic natural human grid of what is meant by commonalities.  The desired affect are the emotional consequences  as they are then become more positive as a result.

This is to provide a visual platform to initiate behavior which to produce an environment for sociocultural personal evaluations, sociocultural exchanges,  and then,  personal discoveries.

The first priority are the children.

A Child is most precious.

A Child is most precious.

How this photo is taken into view – as noted in the mother applying a seat belt –  and how one is able to understand that similar attitudes are likewise expressed by other peoples within the Middle East region the more important all additional comparison identity becomes.  How one feels and then subsequently cares and innate sense and values of  infant protection after the birth of ones child places the burden of direct responsibility upon both parents. Not some political entity-which is still being persummed by the radicals.

Then there are the various efforts to form lasting basic human relationships which is the basis of how a civilization is actually constructed.

Find that one love in ones life is to secure a future of happiness.

Find that one love in ones life is to secure a future of happiness.

How does a boy meets girls and visa versa reflect the real course of society of both traditions and change.  Whether one is either Israeli, Palestinian or Arab.  Both the circumstance and the relativeness of its ends, meaning dating,  are pertty much the same.

Then comes ones ability to find a real great career.

Jobs and Career are central immediate concern within the Middle East region.

Jobs and Career are central immediate concern within the Middle East region.

Once one is secure, meaning one is anchored to a positive career path, then the basis in creating a family becomes that more possible.  Marriage Vows are then pledged and confirm within ones sociospiritual domain as well.

Happiness is thus celebrated.

Happiness is thus celebrated.

As these basic human conditions are once witnessed, or even participated by the other which actually sets the tone for further interest and trust and nothing much else.  Human relations are as they are, those which are mostly private, are none the less a central strength in which each society has to offer in relationship to eachs future security.  They are all – within their various sociocultural dynamics certainly comprehended by the majority within ones own society or culture.

Here is where the private sector is directly involve  as it is here, during a marriage, where the more real the focus and thus the fuller expectations  are the lasting  consequences  in celebrating this one moment of real magic – as the photo above.  Whether it is the lighting up of her eyes upon seeing the one love she has just pledged herself to is self – assuring as a woman, while he acknowledges the real sense of his comming manhood as well by his love and affections he had just honored by the full value of  his own life.

Once these four elements are seen and when one meets with others in the region the more personal connections are then made.  Once they are explored the more positive the environment becomes.  It is, none the less, the personal discovery in which one undergoes in which the ethnocentric behaviorisms are likewise modified.

Here conflict is total displaced within ones view and for a while in ones immediate psyche, and a set of real human exchanges are thusly manisfested for what one is acquiring is that through the eyes of others the real value of  ones own personal behavior of fuller human relations becomes all that more important.

How what was learned form Arabs in the past to examine the present.

The Gazan Example:
Gaza has a sea coast. Wheres the major needed modern port facility?

Gaza has a sea coast. Wheres the major needed modern port facility?

Alexandria, Eygpt: Academic seminars and corporate conferences were held between Palestinian and Arab private sector interests which examined the development of a modern port facility at Gaza after the Israeli pull out.  The area selected would have been 6 miles south of the city’s limits. Cost would have been invested by the U.A.E. who saw future profits in such a project along with an experience contributing contracting firms in Dubai or Japan to do the job.  However, Hamas efforts in asserting its control over the population would not endorse the project fearful of future political competing interests by the resulting power the private Palestinian sector would have immediately benefited as a result. A modern port facility would have made Gaza a fully self-dependent state. This is just one such scheme; there were others.

Previous to recent events. Could Gaza compete with Tel Aviv's economic development?

Previous to recent events. Could Gaza compete with Tel Aviv's economic development?

Yes. Especially with a modern port facility.

Haifa, Israel [ where this information was first revealed ] both Jewish and Arab Israeli private sector interests who financially benefited from Gaza’s land route dependency saw such a development as a competing business interest. Foreign shipped food stuffs ear marked for Gaza largely were delivered through Haifa.  Israeli [ both Arab and Jewish ] truckers and shipping firms were making alot money in making Gazan deliveries.

Here we see more connectiveness.  But even more so the relative and more positive view is taken when you immediately as a business concern, private sectors focus, and the central commonalities applies free trades are likewise involked in the present perceptions.

Then you compare this perception with what is going on in the International Media, including the Arab control media as well, then you see how my present focus has been forced to change.

I did not become Pro – Israel to be isolated within the circumstance of such support, but fully realized that in the interest of that support I must make every effort to reach out just as strongly to the available Arab Students / Scholars as well.  Israeli future as well as general Arab prosperity hinges on reconciliation.  If I was more Pro – Arab my emphasis and the Gazan example above would be just as strong.  This has subsequently involved more time in this effort – reaching out to Arab Students / Scholars during the 1980s to now, than my Pro – Israeli activity previous to 1982.

What I have absorbed as a consequence is the acculturalization of both’s central values. Spiritual, Social, Cultural, Intellectual, and Jewish from the Israeli component, but honesty, concerns for overall humanity from the Arabs just as well and including Arab traditional practice of hospitality.

With this in view, and in addition to other elements in this blog,  then you will be able to see what is actually at risk in not developing reconciliation first and foremost.  This central focuses can anyone trust the present political envelope – environments? Where as a business developmental picture is more stable.

What are the rules, or should there be rules?

Some historical notes:

At Camp Ramah, a Zionist youth camp outside the southern rim of the Catskills [ which was primarily used by BeTar ], The North American Jewish Students’ Network [ A moderate leftists Independent American Jewish Student – Youth National Organization .] held a conference in the Spring of 1975 to consider the consequences of the Yom Kippur War, and what about the Palestinians.

Yossi ben Dak:

Here a Yossi ben Dak was brought on board to give additional evidence about  who are the Palestinians as well as a brief orientation to this national campus Jewish student – youth leadership representitive forum about his new group.

The Foundation for Arab – Israeli Reconciliation.

In the end he got his list of campus Jewish supporters along with setting the stage for further inqury by Jewish students on an International scale Jewish  future supportive concerns for the plight of the Palestinians.

Where I came in.

With my name Roger M. Christian. I really stood out and I participated and helped to write the conference resolutions as a full deligate from the Hillel Grad Club, State University of New York at Buffalo.  I also supplied the Israeli flag as well.  How this, becoming a full deligate, happen is too long of a story.

What is important, and what ben Dak – who since has change his first name to its Americanization to Joseph much later after his group fell apart – contributed was this one vital point.

Operations evolving.

To stop the harsh rethoric and begin a personal process of personal self – discovery issues by closely examining ethnocentric commonalities which eachs have.  This was based upon his Phd Thesis on Conflict Resolutions, yet once I used this, his total process, along with TQM Interviewing techniques which I was trained for – – – in the Junior Management training  by Arthur Murray Dance Studio’s management preparation programs and their adaptation of Total Quality Management Corporate Skills of the time and era – – – these additional points became apparently most important as I then was successfully able to apply to advance his process.  Especially in interviewing Arab Students / Scholars.

Beyond the necessity to put a stop to the harsh and at times hateful rethoric and once I reexamined the interviews themselves which impacted a central security needs between  the Israelis and Arabs the centrality of eachs ethnocentric parenting process and its subsequent sociocultural preparation is the central Israeli – Arab and  Palestinian commonality.


And it is from here where additional discoveries were likewise made.

Then with the Israeli – Eygptian Camp David Accords I, as well as others thought that reconciliations were to closely follow. Wrong.  But by then I was no longer a player.

Then came 9 / 11 and now this effort.

What is most apparent is that with out a true reconciliation by both on a social, economic, private, and cultural level no matter the number of peace treaties, and very much like those treaties in which America had with our Native American citizens, they  mean nothing in the long run without real reconciliation first and foremost.

Why now and the beginnings of this process.

The Private Sector Imperative.

In further review all the subsequent pretentions which triggered not only additional harsh rethoric to emerge, but even more deeper seeded hate sentiments as well all have strongly suggested that both the Non – for – Profits and Political leaderships were out of touch with both the Israelis, Arab,  and most certainly the Palestinian peoples. 

This quickly created the focus upon the private sector who were those who invested themselves to developed businesses and industries alike.  They were the central developers of both Israeli, Arab, and Palestinian present existing realities. Here the imperatives in formulating a broader free trades between the Israeli and Palestinian emerged was just as important is its connection to parental developement within each societies as well. This lent direct future focus on job development and career planning – the real positive stuff which created societies in general who are or became affluent and peaceful ” law abidding “ societies.

recent Tel Aviv developments; this just could be Gaza as well.

recent Tel Aviv developments; this just could be Gaza as well.

With both these views in the picture [ parenting – free trade commonalities ], then,  you the reader, what are emotional responses:

. Will it change your views?

. Has this created sharper visions of what is needed to promote peace?

All these question are then brought to your view as the critical factor to remove the harsh and hateful rethoric , as this has been eleminated temporary from you subsequence view during the cognition consumption in your readings of these very words and its immediate cognitive comprehensional resultants.

There is more,  really alot more, and from this base and the varied fascets will probed even deeper.

As side note of what was learned from Arab Students / Scholars and its impact upon my perceptions of Gaza.