New Article by Yusif in MPT Newsletter “What Does It Mean to be Centered . . .”

The latest issue of the Meta Peace Team Spring 2013 Newsletter has an article by Yusif called “What Does It Mean to be Centered and How Do We Do It?”.

Commenting on the article, Yusif stated:

“I am a trainer for the Michigan Peace Team (now known as Meta Peace Team) for the last 10 years.  Recently I was asked to write an article for their newsletter on being Centered.

“The link below will take you to their online newsletter (Volume 19, Issue 2 ) and my article appears on page 10.

“The Peace Team is dedicated to teaching people about the benefits of Peace & Non-violence!  The topic, the objective and the Peace Team is worthy of your time!”

What Does It Mean to be Centered and How Do We Do It?
by Yusif Barakat
Meta Peace Team’s Spring 2013 Newsletter

Volume 19, Issue 2 on Page10


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A Proposed Solution to Palestine/Israel

Date: Sat, Dec 18, 2010 (originally written)

One Nation – “The Holy Land”

After recently spending two months touring the Middle East, and having spent New Year’s Eve in Gaza, and considering the many trips I have made back to Palestine (both Israel and the West Bank) I have come to the conclusion that there is only one solution to the Palestine conflict!

As Palestine is the cradle that spawned the three major religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) there can only be one solution: Palestine should not be dominated by any one of these religions, and should be open to ALL of them, and THE WORLD.

After a great deal of soul searching and thoughtful considerations I have come to the conclusion that HISTORIC PALESTINE should be open and a...

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Holiday Greetings from Yusif

It is not the function of government to keep the citizens from falling into error —

it is the function of the citizens to keep the government from falling into error.

Truth does not just enlighten us, it obligates us.

Ever since I landed at Ellis Island, on my 12th Birthday, as a Palestinian refugee, I’ve been carrying the dream of returning back to my home in Palestine.   As a 12 year old shepherd boy, who could not speak English, I had no idea what life held in store for me in America.

Now, 65 years later, the dream has morphed into a WISH FOR PEACE IN OUR WORLD THAT WILL HEAL ALL OF HUMANITY.

During the 65 years, I have seen the American Dream morph into the American Nightmare.   It’s not that I’m anti-American and it’s not that I’m not patriotic...

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Overview on Gaza

Yusif behind lead banner

World’s Largest Outdoor Prison: An Overview on Gaza

By Yusif Barakat


My trip to Gaza was a life-changing experience. My comments about Gaza, Palestine, I hope will be a life-changing experience for you, too.

The days we (the 5 women from Michigan Peace Team and I) spent in Cairo were frustrating and difficult, to say the least.

The 1,362 internationals that arrived in Gaza with us were all expecting to spend a week in Gaza, presumably in people’s homes, in order to force open the borders and get a real flavor for what the people were going through.

Instead, only 85 of us (I was blessed to be one of them) ended up on a 4-day trip to Gaza, December 30th 2009 to January 2nd 2010. Two days were used for back and forth transportation from Cairo, with only 2 days in Gaza...

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