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We are average citizens with a strong interest in providing people a safe place, some tools, and a little personal encouragement to come together face-to-face to dependably discover that "an enemy is one whose story we have not heard."
Why I want peace:
It's humankind's high destiny to communicate and live together as one, and it's a joy being on the path with others -- doing the "impossible," giving birth to "miracles."
Interests and activities:
Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue, growing food at home, conserving energy and water, fly fishing, eating dark chocolate
Something you didn't know about me:
Getting in the car to go to Dialogue activities, we play "On The Road Again" by Willie Nelson.
Dear Tim, the Boko Haram are nothing but blood suckers attacking both Muslims and Christians in Nigeria and neibouring countries. In fact, now all mosques no matter how small it is observe thorough check on daily basis because of the fear of suicide attack.
Would he be interested in catering for either an ecumenical seder or Feast of Eid celebration? A location would have to volunteer for people to dine at. I have been to an ecumenical seder with Protestant denominations, who do not believe in the consumption of alcohol, so grape juice was substituted. The same would half to apply to Muslims. At a Feast of Eid celebration, Jews would be able to consume everything there, and I knew somebody who made a fantastic Koffee Arabitun. A text is not recited at a Feast of Eid celebration, but the Haggadah is recited at the seder. Haggadah in Hebrew means "telling," because it is telling the story of Pesach, and seder means "order," because the foods are served in order.
You are mentioned in "The Washington Post" article on the Middle Eastern food peace truck. I did a comment on that article, because I have attended Feast of Eid celebrations, and I directed Iraqi Muslim Kurdish refugees to kosher food, because halal food was difficult to obtain.
If you go into the discussions, I have been the one so far who has initiated them, and participating in them. So if you wish to participate, feel free to join. Because interesting feedback has been coming out of them.
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.
Hey guys! Any chance of you coming down the Southern California way? I think I migh ttry to talk Steve into taking me on a trip up north to the city--I love SF. Air fare has gotten jcheap. I fwe do, we willd call!
Nice to meet you here!
We have been writing to each other some years ago and met once in San Francisco. (a reminder: I am an Israeli, and I am a co-counselor in RC - Reevaluation Counseling). I am also on your mailing list.
I appreciate what you are doing for so many yeas, telling about peace activities and meetings between Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians. Things of this kind are rarely mentioned by the media.
So, welcome to mepeace.
With love and appreciation,