I don't know quite how to answer this so I'll let the relevant details gradually reveal themselves as the context dictates.
Why I want peace:
I have focused for some 20 years on a personal process that has evolved over time for the handling of volatile, yet undiscussable, conflict. While this interest started in a business setting and then became a useful process for marriages on the brink of disaster, I am now dumbstruck-perhaps naïvely so -to see the very same issues surface in the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians..
Interests and activities:
resolving volatile, yet undiscussable, conflict where ever it occurs-at-home, work, or on the world stage
How I found mepeace.org:
by accident. I was looking for Hayyim Feldman and it led me here.
What I want to achieve here:
I don't know yet. It intrigues me because you seem to have a cross-section of perspectives that is sorely missing in the United States. I am seriously thinking of creating a series of TV segments on our local access station that deal with this crisis. Its purpose will be to go into depth, that is to the degree possible, on the different points of view that impact the outcome of this conflict. Therefore, I would want representation from the far right to the far left and the goal would be to understand each perspective as fully as possible so as to create a dialogue across great difference. That's why I'm here.
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A True Story By Faisal Al-katib
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