I am Marwan from Gaza, pleasure to identify you
Or join in our group (a group of institutions of civil society) in order to rise our voice in the Arab and Islamic societies to sober us and aid us in Gaza, even challenged their time with us by ( pray - prayer - or word rise our moral) , and I thank you for your efforts and communicate us on this subject.
Or you can add my email
So we invite you to be between the pages of our simple forum to light it with your creation ( Al-Aqsa University Forum)
Thankyou . Sorry I have not commented much but I am in California right now . When I com eto Israel I will come to a Peace Cafe.....so much going on I think that a way for change is through grassroots inernet connections ...that is how we got Barack Obama -the people connected /
hope to also facilitate some seminars n art /healing a reconciliation ....music, dance is Universal . A language beyond war ,
Request for a 'letter of recommendation' to the Jerusalem Hug Foundation
Dear Saeed Az,
Last June 24th approximately 2000 people embraced the Old City of Jerusalem. They walked around the city walls, holding hands and expressing the unity of the Old City. Inhabitants of Jerusalem, Israeli and Palestinians, as well as peace activists from the entire world are standing side by side in their wish for peace and in their love for Jerusalem.
Since 2007 the Jerusalem Hug has been organized, as a collaboration between the ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’, the ‘Jerusalem Peacemakers’ and a Dutch group of light workers coming from Amsterdam.
The ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’ are a group of people from several peace movement organizations in Israel, under direction by Dvora Pearlman, established to create peace in Jerusalem.
The ‘Jerusalem Peacemakers’ consists of a group of passionate and involved Jewish and Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem under direction of Eliyahu McLean and Ibrahim Abu el Hawa who form an international network on inter religious bases with the aim to create peace and unity in Jerusalem. “When real peace in the holy land will be realized, then it will be possible to engineer peace in the whole world.”
In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Rob Schrama, artist and peace activist, supports the ‘Jerusalem Hug’ together with a small team of involved and passionate fellow workers.
Together we established the ‘Jerusalem Hug Foundation’ that will be involved to get international support.
On May 21 2007 and on June 24 2008 the Big Hug of Jerusalem took place for the first and second time. Both Jerusalem Hugs were visited by more than 2000 participants, inhabitants of Jerusalem, Palestinians and Israeli, as well as peace activists from Israel and from all over the world.
On June 21 2009 a new Jerusalem Hug will be realized. The aim of the Jerusalem Hug is to promote a peaceful experience of freedom and joy to all people. The Jerusalem Hug will focus on love, respect and unity. With this attitude the participants will spread out around the walls of the Old City holding hands, singing and praying for peace and respect for all humankind.
Drumming together is an returning activity in every Jerusalem Hug, connecting the different population groups. During the first Jerusalem Hug in 2007 Palestinian and Israeli drummers from Jerusalem played together. As a result of this experience they decided to continue playing together. Several times they played together at the Damascus Gate to stimulate the rhythm of peace in the hearts of the people.
During the coming Jerusalem Hug, the Palestine and Israeli drummers will get support from internationally famous drummers. GrandMotherDrum, coming from Alaska and Cesar Zuiderwijk, drummer in the rock band ‘Golden Earring’ will invite all drummers in Jerusalem to create together a concert in the park along the north site of the wall.
The Jerusalem school kids, at least one class of Palestinians and one class of Israeli children are coming together during the Jerusalem Hug to fly their Kites for Peace above the thousands of participants. They will express that the children of Jerusalem want to live in a city were peace, freedom and tolerance are the foundation of our coexisting.
The ‘Jerusalem Hug’ stands symbol for another way to achieve peace. Everywhere the belief in a political solution of the Middle East conflict has been gone down to point zero. There ought to be found another way and that is the way of the heart. We believe that when we find peace in ourselves and when we are able to forgive, world peace will come closer.
The Jerusalem Hug gives expression to this wish for change as a concrete statement. Jerusalem stands as a symbol for peace and forgiveness in the world. Let Jerusalem be a city of connection, the heart of the world where unity and peace will be a fact. Every year, we will increase the Jerusalem Hug to a lager event, with every year more and more participants. Let the ‘Jerusalem Hug’ fill Jerusalem completely with love, so there will not be place for hatred anymore.
We request you to send a letter of recommendation to the Jerusalem Hug Foundation, a supporting letter that we can send to the funds we are approaching for financing our event. The best way to send this letter before December 24 to the “Jerusalem Hug Foundation” Krom Boomsloot 16, 1011 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands or email it to: email@example.com
We thank you for your cooperation and we hope to hold hands with you during the coming Jerusalem Hug.
Hi there Saeed. Good to hear from you. I hope you are well and how is the little one? Is fatherhood good?
You and I were going to sort something out about you giving talks in the UK but you asked me in the middle of my exams and I forgot afterwards. Are you still interested. I have been reading about what you do and I am interested. I will be in Israel for the next Peace Cafe (are you coming?) so it would be great to meet up. We could discuss then. I have an event to go to here in the UK but in many ways it would be better if you went. If you want to know more then lets chat through private emails. Do you use google chat?
May you only know "nachat" from your new baby, and be blessed to enjoy many, many more celebrations and fantastic moments with him.
May he grow up not knowing our problems, in a much friendlier world.
Well, International Peace Day is recognized as internationally through UN(United Nations). In many instances, it has been used as a reason for countries to stop military affairs for one day. I believe it started in 1981 or so years. These day many communities around the globe are rasing the flags for peace and unity. So with this in mind, my friends and I will repeat the event that we did last year. But I just thought to make it more entertaining, by which I mentioned to collect more information.
Also you can find more info on this webcite: http://internationaldayofpeace.org/ .
This is a beautiful site. Thank you for welcoming me, and I am originally from Yuma, AZ which is in the southwest corner of the U.S. on the border of California and Mexico. It's more like "home-base" for me and my friends. We travel as often as we can.