I've been working in the field of Jewish-Palestinian reconciliation for the past 30 years, beginning with a year long training group at Neve Shalom in 1982, then founding a non-profit called Mid-East Citizen Diplomacy, which eventually became the Compassionate Listening Project
Why I want peace:
It's clear to me that our human evolution is contingent upon learning peace and conflict transformation skills and embodying them (as opposed to simply believing in them or supporting them on an ideological basis). Our growth curve seems to be acknowledging our common humanity, learning humility, and shaking off arrogance.
Interests and activities:
spiritual peacemaking, facilitating, communities, filmmaking, permaculture and growing food, health on all levels.
Something you didn't know about me:
I've brought over 600 U.S. and Canadian citizens to Palestine and Israel with the Compassionate Listening Project.
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.
Dear Leah Green
thank you for acceptink me as a friend . Ihope we will do somthing good for peace and the benifite for this world to live in peace.Iam admired and appreciate your efforte in peace activities .