Posted by Alex on Monday, June 4th, 2007
Some of you already know about Creative Syria’s new opinion forum. For the Forum’s first monthly discussion topic, I invited some of the best Syrian bloggers and analysts to tackle the following question concerning the Golan Heights:
"If you could write a one page letter to an Israeli citizen who does not believe his country should give back the Golan Heights to Syria, what would you tell him/her?"
So far, seventeen different letters were submitted and posted. Every one tackled the Syrian Israeli conflict from a different perspective.
- Political analyst and historian Sami Moubayed shed light on the political atmosphere that led to the 1967 war and the occupation of the Golan.
- Hind Kabawat imagined what it would be like for Syrians and Israelis to be good friends.
- Zenobia Baalbaki (doctoral candidate, psychology) analyzed the mentality of Israelis who want their country to retain the Golan.
- George Ajjan compared Syrian and Israeli perspectives of the Golan.
- Writer/Film maker Farrah Hassen wrote a passionate piece about the Golan’s Syrian inhabitants.
- I took a more practical approach and listed a number of relevant arguments, as I have done on Syria Comment regularly.
And many more. I urge you all to participate in the debate; read the articles, vote for your favorites, and leave comments and questions.
Haaretz’s Yoav Stern, wrote a review of Creative Syria’s new forum in an article titled “Shalom 2.0” (thus far it is only available in Hebrew). This provided our forum with over a thousand Israeli visitors so far. Many of them engaged with us in an intelligent and positive debate. Yoav’s article also named Syria Comment “the most prominent” among Syria-related blogs.