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This is a work in progress group that is a peace for Palestine group, to help build a strong Palestinian camp internationally. The Israelis have Gush Shalom. We need to network with them and other groups. We have to be another voice.See More
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My personal story:
I am an English instructor of Palestinian descent who believes in peace. I was born in Canada, lived in the US and Kuwait for many years. I am an American citizen and a Canadian citizen. I lived in South Korea before. Now, I am back in the U.S. I am moving to West Virginia rather soon. I speak three languages. I have been a Palestinian activists before out of concern for the rights of my relatives down there, not so much out of strong nationalist feeling, though I acknowledge my roots.
Why I want peace:
One, the world needs peace in the Middle East. Two, too many people have suffered. The violence is done in the name of Israelis and Arabs, and it affects people in the diaspora like myself, so I would like it to end.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?
– Mahatma Gandhi
Interests and activities:
I like cafes, politics, history, reading, meditation, smoking nargileh
Something you didn't know about me:
That I have traveled to many countries..
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What I want to achieve here:
I would like to work with other Palestinians and also with Jews on creating a strong Palestinian peace camp.
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Earth Presses Against Us by Mahmoud Darwish

Earth is pressing against us, trapping us in the final passage
To pass through we pull off our limbs
Earth is squeezing us. If only we were wheat, we might die yet live
If only it were our mother so she might temper us with mercy
If only we were pictures of rocks held in our dreams like mirrors
We glimpse faces in their final battle for the soul, of those who will be killed
by the last living among us. We mourn their children’s feast.
We saw faces of those who would throw our children out of the windows
of this last space. A star to burnish our mirrors.
Where should we go after the last border? Where should birds fly after the last sky?
Where should plants sleep after the last breath of air?
We write our names with crimson mist!
We end the hymn with our flesh
Here we will die. Here, in the final passage.
Here or there, our blood will plant olive trees



" No code of morals can justify the persecution of one people in an attempt to relieve the persecution of another
George Antonius 1891 - 1942,
Lebanese-Egyptian author and diplomat

" Every new conquest [by Israel] becomes the new basis of the proposed negotiation from strength, which ignores the injustice of the previous aggression
Bertrand Russell 1872 - 1970,
Philosopher, Historian & Social Critic - Excerpt from his last letter written in 1970 just before his death

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Israel Navy Reserve Officers: Allow external Gaza flotilla probe (criticizes government)

Posted on June 8, 2010 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Israel Navy reserves officers: Allow external Gaza flotilla probe

Officers denounce operation as 'military and diplomatic failure', slam government for placing blame on the activists.


Nationalism, Ideologies, and Religion and how it clouds the mirror that says we are the same...

Posted on June 6, 2010 at 12:00am 1 Comment

It is safe to say, that people of the Arab countries and Israel were not so conservative as they are today, and the same applies to Turkey. That said, of course, many of those said countries including Turkey are more open in some sectors, so I don't mean to generalize. In the 1950s, many parts of the Arab World had less people who wore the head-scarf, not that it's a bad thing to wear one. More people were Leftists and liberal especially during the time of the Cold War. The Israeli right was…


Israeli politician calls PA boycott of settlements a boycott of settlement goods a declaration of war...

Posted on May 29, 2010 at 3:52am 0 Comments

'PA boycott is a declaration of war'


Love like a lion:)

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 6:00pm 1 Comment


This is one of my favorite videos. You should watch it. If a lion can love people, then Israelis and Palestinians should be able to do so. We are of the same species!

Aerosmith, "I don't want to miss a thing"

I could stay awake just to hear you breathing

Watch you smile while you are sleeping

While youre far away dreaming

I could spend my life in this sweet…

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At 10:54pm on May 12, 2012, leonardo martin said…



cotizaciones de Prem Rawat - Maharaji

At 3:30pm on March 3, 2012, leonardo martin said…
At 6:59am on March 14, 2011, Ze'ev Rosenkranz said…

Thank you, Basil, nice to meet you too.


At 6:31am on February 22, 2011, Harry Kakatsakis said…

Hey Basil, thanks for the welcome. Brand new to MePeace. Just exploring how to reach the community.

I assume that's Greek. Don't know Greek. My father never taught me.



At 12:27pm on February 20, 2011, Irit Hakim-Keller said…

I quite agree with you about the culture and language .

As for the word Arab for a Jew - it is really a semantic matter. You see, when say "Arab" usually people means"Muslim". Even the Muslims themselves.One would say he is an Arab even if he lives in USA, meaning he is a Muslim.

 Correctly speaking, Arab is only one who was born in Saudi Arabia. Being Muslim/Jew/Christian or else. All the rest are - Syrians, Jordanians, Israelis etc.

At 2:43am on February 20, 2011, Irit Hakim-Keller said…

Syrian Jew is a Jew who born in Syria, not so? but if you insist on Arab Jew - I do not mind.:)

The Jews in Syria have Arab culture, as the ones who live in Europe ,or elsewhere, and have - naturally- the local culture. Still, they also practice Judaism, naturally too.:)

At 10:13pm on February 19, 2011, ibrahim said…


how are you

nice to meet

im ibrahim from palestine welcome for you

At 5:09pm on February 19, 2011, Irit Hakim-Keller said…

Hello Basil,

Hakim is the name of my x-husband, ho was born in Syria. No Arab-Jewish background though :):)

Hakim means also - doctor, I assume this is the name's origin since there were doctors in the family.

At 1:52pm on February 19, 2011, Samira Al Kais said…

.. I looked up articles I read recently and I'll send you the links of what I have. I don't think that there is rape in the sense of raping women - this seems to be out of question (and I hope so!) - but youngsters and boys who are in their hands... Nothing is (yet) completely clear in the articles I read (you'll see), but what they say is very close to it, and also explain why most things aren't spoken out (in public)...

I send you the links in messages.

Wish you a great day,


At 10:28pm on January 30, 2011, Irit Hakim-Keller said…
thanks for closing the so-call " slowocaust" thread. I was going to report it.

good night
Irit xx


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