I grew up in Oak Park, IL, which is known for it's diversity.
One of my mom's favorite things to say it that she never knew 'what' my friends were until I would bring them home and introduce them to her.
I had two friends growing up. One was a reform Jew that was the daughter of my kindergarten teacher (and went to the other temple in our town) and the other was a Palestinian Muslim girl from a devout family.
I grew up with friends from all backgrounds, all countries, and I was invited into their homes and worlds, and they were invited into mine. I know, that when you take two people out of their situation and you can say things like "you both are parents of daughter, or children the same age", or "you both love the same football team" most-likely, even for a few minutes, these two people can see past their hate for one another, and see each-other as people. The most important thing to remember, is that we're all people.
Why I want peace:
I want peace because I don't believe that all this hate is needed in the world.
Yes, in the Middle East we have a problem.
Yes, there are two "peoples" in one strip of land, but there has got to be a way to solve it. Lord knows if I have the way, because I surely don't, but... there has to be a way to solve it.
I have lost friends in the Israeli army, and I have seen others change while in it.
I know friends in America who can't go back to their homes in Palestine because they will never be able to leave again. I know others in Palestine who can not leave because they do not have passports and visas and the rights to move.
My friend's house was rocketed, and luckily rebuilt by money donated by a government. Other's houses were not rebuilt.
With all the stress of everyday life, why must we add this on to our children?
My belief is that those who bring children into this world should try and make it better. And before I being my children into this world, I hope to being to make it better.
Interests and activities:
dialogue, reading, seeing friends, traveling, cooking, exploring, dancing, having fun and relaxing, learning new languages!
Something you didn't know about me:
I can say THANK YOU in 11 languages
How I found mepeace.org:
through a friend
What I want to achieve here:
My spirit, because sometimes out in the real world... the want for peace is just beaten by the want for hate, and all you can do is feel sorry for the person who has more hate in their body than anything else.
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sorry you missed the conference. while I don't think we will be using paid interns in the future, I'm sure we'll be able to manage financial assistance. keep in touch, and we'll figure something out.
hope you are feeling better!
Yes, the deadline has passed, but since I am organizing it, we can arrange for you to come. There is a residential option at the conference, so you can stay over. There is at least one other person there that is shomer shabbas, and the food served will be kosher.
If you'd like to come, please download the application from the website, and fax it to me at 617-566-1073. The cost for the conference is $395 for tuition and food, with an additional $160 for lodging. You can make a payment using the widget on the website. If financing is an issue, email and/or call me at 617-566-0070 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can work something out. we'll have to figure it out soon, as we are making final arrangements with the site. let me know!
Batsheva--since you are in the Boston area, and are interested in dialogue, perhaps you will consider coming to a dialogue event I am convening. Look at the website, www.diasporaforpeace.com and send me an email if you are interested.
A True Story By Faisal Al-kateep
I am a Palestinian Arab from Hizmeh, a village between Jerusalem and Ramallah. When I was 15 years old I fought against the Israeli Occupation in search of freedom. At that time I thought every Jewish person, whether soldier or citizen, man or woman, young or old, should be killed. I rejected the right for any Jew to live and every Jew was a target. I was just a kid, believe me, and I didn’t understand anything about politics or the Arab-Israeli conflict. I was arrested and sat in jail for 12 years. This was during the first intifada from 1987. At that time nobody talked about peace but only of violence. I matured during my time in jail. I started studying and reading books on politics, literature, poetry, and about the Madrid Conference.
It gave me hope to live in peace and dignity. I learned that violence only breeds violence and that peace is the only solution for the two nations, the only way for both to have a respectful and beautiful future. We live on the same land. We are neighbors. We drink the same water and both pray to a monotheistic God. We must live in peace on the basis of religion for God and land for everyone.
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Thank you for the add and welcome to mepeace community, I can see from your profile that you have friends from both sides and that you can see that each is suffering from this conflict, which allows you to have an understanding to the situation.