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February 11, 2009 03:03 ET

All Eyes on Gaza's Struggle in Aftermath of Israeli Attacks -- Vision.org

Vision.org Explores Origins of Conflict in Latest Article From Publisher and Middle East Scholar David Hulme

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - February 11, 2009) - Around the world, journalists, commentators, bloggers, scholars and government leaders have decried the Israeli attack on Gaza. Joining the discussion, author and Vision.org publisher David Hulme presents a new article titled "Eyes on Gaza," which explores the issue of identifying the missing link to peace between Israelis and Palestinians -- an approach that is as difficult to employ as it is easy to acknowledge. What will it take to resolve this seemingly impossible impasse of brothers on the same land?

In "Eyes on Gaza," Hulme points out that although the latest war in the region ended January 18, both sides in the conflict have suffered innocent loss of life. But, he says, the human losses were asymmetrical. "During 23 days of bombardment and ground fighting, 1300 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 13 Israelis (3 civilians) died," notes Hulme. "The disproportionate death toll tells the story of military asymmetry, but not of the human tragedy."

Unfortunately, that tragedy is ongoing. Assessing the news coming out of the Middle East, Hulme estimates that -- considering the lack of help going into the area -- "it may take 20 years for Gaza to get back to where it was on December 26, 2008, the day before the latest war started."

Hulme also writes about this essential component of Middle East change in "Identity, Ideology and the Future of Jerusalem," (Palgrave Macmillan 2006), at www.vision.org and in his blogs Causes of Conflict and Middle East Politics.net.

Founded by Hulme as a project for his University of Southern California Middle East Politics students, the latter blog is a rich repository of news and information relating to events that have occurred throughout the Middle East within recent months, including the attacks on Gaza and their aftermath.

Hulme, who holds a doctorate in International Relations, focused his own scholarly work in Middle East issues and conducted an in-depth examination into the identities and ideologies behind the conflict in his 2006 book, conducting interviews with key Middle East personalities and political players.

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Vision.org is an online magazine with quarterly print issues that feature in-depth coverage of current social issues, religion and the Bible, history, family relationship topics and insights into philosophical, moral and ethical issues in society today. For a free subscription to the Vision quarterly magazine, visit their web site at http://www.vision.org.

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