I spent a year in Israel in my 20's as an idealistic and spiritually minded woman just out of UC Berkeley. As a Judaic artist, I wanted to create a meaningful symbol which reflected peace for all who live in the Middle East and the land I had grown to love so intensely. The "Jerusalem Peace Hand" was created to bring balance and equality in Israel and Palestine especially, and respect among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Peace, Shalom, Salaam.
Why I want peace:
We need Peace to heal the wounds of wars and generational trauma for all people. Our children need an environment in which to create a sustainable future.
Interests and activities:
Women in Black-Santa Fe which I co-founded wishes to support the Peacemakers of Israel and Palestine. I welcome folks to wear the Jerusalem Peace Hand which I designed in silver and become a messenger of Peace. (www.culturalimages.net)
Something you didn't know about me:
I have a new short video about the "sabra" prickly pear cactus
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.
hello katya miller your so blessed that you are agood follower of god whom you understand what religion it is your so very lucky that you join this kind of peace organization and hope that you will continue sharing that you have to be shared in this org. and hope you to see me in personal here in the philippines and may you say oh my god its you ahrry again your so blessed and always do your good job,,hope to be my friend in this organization...