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Leading spiritualist says Israel’s great task is to treat neighbors with compassion, not hatred

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Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock is a distinguished British writer and journalist with a large following in new age and spiritual circles.  He offers novel, unconventional theories about ancient civilizations and myths, altered states of consciousness and astronomical/astrological data from the past.  He has a large following, evidenced by over 137,000 current likes on Hancock’s Facebook page.

My sense is that his typical follower is not involved in nor gives much attention to political struggles per se, especially one as fraught with conflict as Israel/Palestine.  But on April 30, 2014 Hancock sent his extensive email list (which includes my sister) his February 19, 2013 website post regarding his thoughts on Israel/Palestine when he was in Brazil last year doing ayahuasca, a natural hallucinogen from the Amazon.  When Graham Hancock speaks, his followers — who seek to change planetary consciousness — listen.   For that reason Hancock’s heartening words deserve reading in their entirety.

Next came thoughts about the state of the world. I found myself dwelling on the terrible, inhuman way the state of Israel behaves towards the Palestinians and on that hideous wall that Israel has built, and about its constant aggressive seizure – in the name of God no less!! – of more and more land on which Palestinian families and communities have traditionally lived. The more power we have – and Israel has immense power – the more it is our responsibility to love and I realized that the great task facing Israel now, even though its people themselves feel threatened and fearful and unloved, is to desist forthwith all acts motivated by hatred and fear and to act instead with love and generosity towards all neighbouring peoples, to dismantle that abominable wall, to stop aggressively expanding settlements, and to carry the entire region forward into a new era based on trust and the mutual benefit of all. It will be difficult, incredibly difficult, and every attack on Israel by those communities that Israel has monstrously abused for so long will be used as an excuse and a justification for more acts of hate and cruelty by Israel itself, but the vicious cycle must be broken and as the most powerful player on the regional stage it falls to Israel to change the destructive, hateful, violent pattern that has been in place for so long. At first acts of love will be rejected, thrown back in Israel’s face, even punished, but love is giving, love is persistence, love is kind and if Israel adopts a policy based on love, and shows as much kindness and compassion towards non-Israelis – and concern for their needs and interests — as it presently shows toward its own people, then little by little the injuries of the past will heal and a way will be found to bring peace and security to all humans, regardless of their creed, colour, ethnic origin or nationality, whose fate it is to live in that tortured region today.

Note:  Graham Hancock has authorized me to re-publish his above thoughts.

Update: This post originally had the wrong foto atop it. Apologies, and thanks to commenters. –Ed.

 

About Colleen McGuire

Colleen McGuire has been involved in the Israel-Palestine issue since 1975 when she spent three months there. She was a member of the National Lawyers Guild's Middle East Committee. She participates in Follow the Women bicycle rides for peace in the Middle East.

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16 Responses

  1. gamal
    June 8, 2014, 11:36 am

    that picture is a of Richard Dawkins, not Graham Hancock, who may not share Hancock’s views, unlikely that he does, all things considered.

  2. munro
    June 8, 2014, 11:49 am

    That’s Richard Dawkins in photo, not Graham Hancock.
    Dawkins: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114278/richard-dawkins-bashes-islam

  3. German Lefty
    June 8, 2014, 11:56 am

    You have a false photo. The photo shows Richard Dawkins. Graham Hancock looks different.

    • Taxi
      June 8, 2014, 2:16 pm

      GL,

      Queen’s English: ‘wrong’ photo instead of “false photo”.

      • German Lefty
        June 8, 2014, 4:03 pm

        Queen’s English: ‘wrong’ photo instead of “false photo”

        Well, I am not a queen ;-) So far, I have not been able to figure out the difference between “false” and “wrong”. I should start using the term “incorrect” instead. Then I am on the safe side.

      • libra
        June 8, 2014, 4:50 pm

        Taxi: Queen’s English: ‘wrong’ photo instead of “false photo”.

        Yes, in this instance false is indeed a falscher Freund of falsche.

        But does it does offer the rare opportunity to combine irony and pedantry in the same sentence.

  4. charlesfrith
    June 8, 2014, 12:06 pm

    The picture you are using is Richard Dawkins

  5. MHughes976
    June 8, 2014, 12:12 pm

    Maybe I’d agree with Mr. Hancock about morality more than about ancient history and maybe he illustrates the rather non-mainstream nature of our Palestinian-sympathising gang in the West. However, good for him.

  6. Citizen
    June 8, 2014, 2:27 pm

    On CSPAN now, Harry Reid (D, Nevada, Majority Leader), on campaign finance system, including SCOTUS view. “We need a constitutional amendment, free speech shouldn’t cost the American people a dime.”

    LOL

  7. Citizen
    June 8, 2014, 2:40 pm

    Sen Mitch McConnel, R Kentucky, minority leader, responding to Harry Reid on campaign finance system amendment: The amendment is ass backward. In 2001, such an amendment was defeated, and in 1997. In 2007, amendment was to set “reasonable limits on political speech. Would have given government preferential treatment. Great for corporations who want political speech for themselves, but none for anyone else. Shockingly bad to amend the first amendment to restrict free speech.”

    Sen Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, majority whip: “It’s breath-taking to see how GOP speakers like McConnel have fought transparency in letting the public know who voted for what.”

  8. Citizen
    June 8, 2014, 2:45 pm

    Now playing, Senator Cruz, who begins with “America is an exceptional country”
    This amendment poses the question, when did the Democrats eliminate the bill of rights” Campaign finance does not infer we should repeal the Bill of Rights.”

  9. Taxi
    June 8, 2014, 3:00 pm

    Of course. You cannot possibly call your self “spiritualist” and not support justice for Palestinians.

    But I fear Mr.Graham Hancock will now be smeared as an antisemite and a pagan (to boot!) by the usual suspects.

  10. just
    June 8, 2014, 5:29 pm

    I believe that he is absolutely, positively correct. Thank you Mr. Hancock.

    Who in Israel can/will do this? Perhaps we’d find more than one. Maybe a dose or two of ayahuasca could help. Have a little in the morning tea, rather than the requisite and usual ziocaine.

    Thank you Colleen.

  11. RoHa
    June 8, 2014, 7:55 pm

    I’m a bit surprised to see you call him a “spiritualist”. I think of spiritualists as being the people who concentrate on communicating with the dead, and connected with the spiritualist church. I’m not sure that Hancock is one of these.

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