"Michael - You seem to have responded to Lilia, but mixed up part of my message into your response.
I am in no way an historian.
I used the word "rhetoric" pointing to the inflamatory rhetoric that I've been reading from some of the…"
"Lilia - I will be leaving this blog group as I find that you and others are not trying to find a means toward peace.
Rather you are inflaming anger and hatred.
I leave you with this in depth article about organ transplants that have been provided…"
"I keep reading rhetoric that seems to express a negation of the Jewish people and the Israelis who are actually real and living in this world NOW.
I would hope that those of you who seem to be caught in proving something from a particular discourse…"
I don't really hear such a friendly message from you.
I keep hearing you pointing out how the Jews are wrong and your perspective is the right one.
In any relationship - if the two parties are always trying to prove they are right and…"
I hope you have read my personal note to you. :-)
I really appreciate what you are trying to say here.
Without going into great detail - I will simply say that in one of the many wonderful programs I have experienced, for personal growth,…"
"Dear Future President of a nascent Palestinian State,
How does that sound????
You are exactly the kind of leader that your people need.
You remind me of the reasons I voted for Barack Obama to be my president.
I have hope because in my lifetime I…"
"Before I would answer you I looked at your bio and some of your previous statements.
I don't have a clear sense of your connection to the Holy Land other than some traveling that you did.
And that's not to say that you don't have a…"
"Matt - I find it very difficult to follow your train of thought, but I do appreciate your struggle with this loaded discussion.
What comes to my mind are 2 seemingly unassociated thoughts:
1) Jews have a major split amongst themselves as to what…"
"when i meet western people or chat with them ,first question is Israel has right defense ,not all of them but most of them,are worst the ask you are you terror , they forgot ,we are not country and have no army ,tanks ,jets ,...................and…"
I'm almost 65. I grew up thinking the "Arabs" were inferior and our enemies. I now understand that sometimes my people are "the enemy".
Why I want peace:
I have grown to understand that all people, on this planet, have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
That would include living in peace and dignity.
Violence is not the answer to anything.
I think if our people were "chosen" for anything it is to be wise and loving and peaceful and generous.
How I found mepeace.org:
At the J Street conference in DC.
What I want to achieve here:
I would like to find a way for Israel and Palestine to exist in peace, side by side, in my life time.
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when i meet western people or chat with them ,first question is Israel has right defense ,not all of them but most of them,are worst the ask you are you terror , they forgot ,we are not country and have no army ,tanks ,jets ,...................and forgot we are start our fighting by rocks and blocks ,i try to be peace man ,in 2002 i get my high schools with high marks , so i get scholarship to study in one of Arab country ,i was late to exit from Gaza ,because Israel occupation and control the border ,so i reach late .they told me my scholarship cancel because late ,i told them and explain and they know it as they know there name no humanity but i decide to return Gaza,so return from this country to Egypt to pass to Gaza, Egypt deportation me again to Yemen ,they told me border close , I am here from 2002,no university ,and not allow to me work ,i travel 3 time to Egypt and they return me back again , I did not see my family from 2002 ,i am not the first and not the last there is group of Palestinian student here like me ,they did not see there family and can not return to Gaza ,because Egypt deportation us .those are Arab .i did not mention what happen with us in there air ports
One of my best friend ,he is name Mohammad Abed Alftah,he is got eduction grants in France ,to study master , he return to his father happy ,for this chance ,but what happen in France embassy so sad .because in his travel document ,wrote is temporary document refuse to give him visa ,he is explain he is Palestinian refugee and has no country to give him full passport ,and Yemen give him this document as temporary solution until our state setup “which his father waiting it for 30 years “ so he is return to his family sad. This something what faced from my life .
try try next try
hope next hope,we wait 60 years ,and all world against us .arab ,muslim cherstian ,jewish .....all of those put there hands againt us suffering after suffering what we get ,not thing .live many years in lies of peace .live in hill in side what remaing from palestine and worst out side of palestine ,no one accept us dealing with us less than animal and worst than pluge where we should go ,even hell we not accept us
A True Story By Faisal Al-Hatib
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.