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.
Happy birthday Ray,
Please acceopt my invitation to be freiends, I am the Co-Founder of Where Peace Lives, a non-profit dedicAted to empowering children to have a say in the type of world they want to live in through art and media projects. Our Kids International Peace Mural Exchange Project has reached 20 schools/organizations in 12 countries including Jericho, Palestine. More than 1,000 young people have participated in oour programs in the past 1-1/2 years.
Please check out our website at www.wherepeacelives.org and see how we can possibly work together.
Much love and peace,
Where Peace Lives
Hey Seth ... no problem and I am sorry that I did not respond sooner ...
I also have a new radio show Mon-Fri 8 am to 9:30 am in Chicago CST/Central time ... but, you can listen online on the Internet and I have a timeclock to show timezones so you know when it's on in your area at www.RadioChicagoland.com :)
Hi there Ray. It's you! I heard about you on the BBC. Are you going to come to London? I think you should. I had a look at your website today. Anyway, I am really glad you joined. Yeah, you are right some people do treat this website as their psychiatrist's couch and kick off but mepeace.org will change and become more organised. I am helping to organise the Peace Cafe in Beit Jala if you are ever in the Middle East we must have one when you are there. Cheers. Max.
Ray, although our time here did not overlap much I gained much insight from your comments. It was never my intention to offend anyone and I hope I never offended you. I encourage you to continue the positive work that you do. Please keep in touch via e-mail if you so chose as my time on this site is over.
Thanks everyone. I wanted to "lurk" and learn about MEPeace.org's "customs" ... I don't think people should barge in and just start doing whatever ... it's respectful to observe, learn and then contribute, (more contribute and less confront). I do a lot of writing now with HuffingtonPost.com, Arabisto.com and MidEastYouth.com. I try to post original comments or write new about the same topics, sometimes and will try to be more active here. Anyway, I hope the next time the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour comes through Israel and parts of Palestine, we can connect.
thanks ... :) a lot of people don't like me. What I've realized is that when you play one side, you always have a fan club; but, when you play the middle, both sides hate you and the middle is afraid and quiet ... I hope this place is the "middle" because it sure sucks not having like-minded people to hang out with ... Ray Hanania