Feedback on "Walk out of Jerusalem"

At first I thought, what is this: walk out of Jerusalem? ... and it sort of pissed me off. But then I read it a few more times, and showed it to some friends. It’s very nice how it doesn’t take sides. It’s really a beautiful peace song.
             -- N.B., Israeli consciencious objector

Literally and figuratively your song carries a message that makes no sense to me, neither as a proponent of peace nor as a Zionist. ... Jerusalem means peace and sanctity and hope for a better world - so your song is telling people figuratively to walk away from peace and hope. ... Don't tell Jews that they have to stop being Jews in order for there to be peace. If we have to choose, we will choose to remain Jews even if it means another 2000 years of war. ... [We will not add your song to our links section because]  _______  wants to be a site that draws people toward peace, not one that pushes them away from it.
           --A.S., Middle East peace group webmaster

I don't know that the Solomon analogy works for me. There is no Solomon here and if the real owners give the land up the other will happily take it, as they have already done. The ideal in the song is one of compromise and coexistence, but Palestinians have already given up 78% of pre-Zionism Palestine and as yet have no partner in coexistence. I realize that it is meant to reflect an ideal and not reality but I don't see a vague semblence to likely solutions to the conflict here. The song would to me be more likely for a social/post-political solution.
                -- J.J., Chicago peace activist living in Palestine

I salute your effort and your peaceful engagement as an Artist. The words of the song are beautiful and the message is an invitation of thinking humanely about a solution for the Palestinian-Israeli problem, the result is incredibly and instantaneously positive ( see the reply of [previous message board poster] ) Thank you again and more success!
               --eemystic, discussion forum

It’s not a good time. There’s too much happening over there right now.  Don't perform it [at our rally].
          -- Peace rally organizer, San Francisco

My problem with it is that it’s the Palestinians who are under the gun.
           --S.Z., San Francisco labor activist

How beautiful! Who could have a problem with that! ... Oh yeah, I guess you'll be getting some heat.
        --C.D., Berkeley songwriter/musician

Because the situation is so complicated and nuanced, to write a song about it almost simplifies the situation.  And I'm not sure about the peace rhetoric anymore, when on the ground people are dying.  [I know] it sounds oxymoronic to say that.
            --K.Z., Palestinian graduate student

I really appreciate your song and thank you for your efforts to spread peace over the region and for this reason I will not charge you for [the translation].
           --S.M., Arabic translator

But if the Jews left Jerusalem, the Arabs would destroy the Jewish holy sites.
           -- H.K., religious American Jew

Very simplistic and useless in my opinion. What was supposed to happen?  Were we supposed to be suddenly inspired to hand over Jerusalem to prove we are more noble? Yeah, right.
           -- Israeli musician

I can see how that could piss off ideologues.  I like it, but I think there are a lot of people for whom the notion of reconciliation is not very palatable, they like being angry too much.
--B.H., San Francisco writer/musician

The single line [Walk out of Jerusalem] stops them from understanding or appreciating anything else about the song.  They say, "But we can't walk out of Jerusalem," and can't get past that.
            --J.T., San Francisco publisher, 75 y.o., who showed it to some Jewish friends

I think most people would take it as a one-sided indictment of the Israeli side.
            --L.S., 70 y.o. Jewish retired lawyer

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