I have dealt with so many people like you in the West Bank, Gaza, and the United States. Who come to the conclusion that killing just begets killing. A Palestinian Revolution will not occur through massacre, because none of the African nations got their independence that way. Despite the Algerian War of Independence from 1954-1962, Algeria's independence was still negotiated. All the intifadas in the world, are not going to help, they will just result in killing more people. That is the reason why a two-state solution has to be negotiated and resolved. Not to kill people, but for people to be able to live.
I have shared with many like-minded friends and activists your post about the Meditation for Peace in Tel-Aviv on Monday, March 25th. It will be 3 am on the US West Coast. But, no matter! In spirit many of us will be with you all. An equitable, life-affirming peace in your region is a priority for the world to be truly in Peace. Blessings on your work, www.isralestinian-gandhis.org. I am very encouraged to hear of this project. And, I second the comments of many here, esp. Dan Moody of Global Peace Partners.
Thank you for a powerful testimony!
I believe there is not hope for any nation
outside of living in compassion, and
respect for each other. Your story
is a testimony to that!
Thank you very much Faisal for sharing your story. I am sad for your childhood experience, similar to others I can only imagine. Your journey shows you to be of great courage and mind. I hope others on both sides find courage and mind to grow and make peace. I believe that it is not too late for us to be friends.
Amen Faisal. You know every single country has conflict, it is EVERYWHERE right now. We have pursued greed, self interest and what is good for our family, tribe, ethnicity, religion, class etc. Yet Nature shows another way,where diverse plants, animals and insects can live together, mostly in harmony.
When I visited Jerusalem in 2005, I was struck by how much like the Bible the old city was. There was conflict then. Now we have the money, technology and must develop the will and insight to work for peace between both nations. You both deserve it!
Salam to You and Your Family!
Thank you for telling so openly your storybr /> It is sad,I think it takes courage to stand for Peace living in a country like yours,as politics has too much power,
For you Palastinians and for the Jewish life is hard,and it is very hard,almost impossible for persons to feel what all of you are going tru,if one is living in a country where is no suffering,war,pain as overthere.
I thank you for the invite and wish you the Best,
Love and Light in Justice and Good Health,
Thanks for your comment on my blog post. I am inspired by the fact that your hardships have led you to see peace as the only alternative. I think that there is a good chance to make something happen in the next few months. I am doing what I can to push the process along. I hope we can continue to work together to make things happen for the sake of our children, so that they will not have to go through the same pain.
Hi Faisal: That is a wonderful story and I do hope that you find peace.
I have uploaded another song - GARDEN OF FORGIVENESS (Hadiqat As-Samah). I had read about the Garden of Forgiveness which they are developing in Beirut a couple of years ago. It was put on hold for a while, but I am pleased to see that it is now progressing well.
A pleasure to meet you and I'm pleased that you were released from prison. I know two young Palestinian men in prison awaiting trial and many who like you who have been released. Your body was imprisoned but you freed your own mind. Your story reminds me of a story I was told today by a settler who is now a peaceful musician in Israel. He also said that he did "bad things to Arabs" when he was 15 because he "didn't know how to think like an individual". His grandparents came from Yemen and now he is proud of being Jewish and Arab, but first of all he sees himself as human. You and he give me hope that your children will grow up on a different path to freedom.
I wish you, me and all women and men true freedom to live as individuals in societies that respect our diverse religions, nationalities, ethnicities, sexualities and world views.