"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…"
"I participated in this event and covered it for Danish media. It was a great event and it was wonderful to see two supposedly different groups of people approaching each other and opening up to each other. The name of the game in the Middle East, I…"
"I thought it went really well, more than 120 people, lots of palestinians, israelis and internationals. People were approaching each other carefully, with great respect, but the ice was quickly broken. One thing I found remarkable was that there…"
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.
thanks for you answer Nicolai. The interfaith dinner seems to have left you with a great impression. And thanks for sharing your impressions with us. I guess it's a way to spread the word, as you put it.
Is there any particular conversation that you joined that you find particularly meaningful to share?