I just graduated in May 2007 from Colgate University in upstate NY with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and Jewish Studies. Now I'm living in Tel Aviv, teaching English, getting my MA in education at TAU, and enjoying my post-college life :) I'm excited to see the ways I can combine my first degree with my masters as well as my experiences living and learning in Tel Aviv in the future.
Why I want peace:
I grew up in the suburbs of New York City in a secure and happy environment. Learning about the daily atrocities throughout the globe in college shocked and terrified me. I am continuously taken aback by the stories I hear and pictures I see. Realizing how fortunate I was to grow up in such a peaceful way, I was inspired to work towards a peaceful future for others.
Interests and activities:
volleyball, politics, education
Something you didn't know about me:
Growing up, I always thought I would be a doctor and spent my first year in college pre-med.
How I found mepeace.org:
What I want to achieve here:
I want to meet others who are working towards peace and hear their stories and experiences. For me, peace is all about communication. Even the smallest, simplest conversation can turn into something huge in the end.
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i am Abed working as women empowerment and human rights trainer in house of peace in Ram Allah strongly i a greed with u peace depened on comunication and also simplest conversation can turn into somthing huge in the end that what happened with me during some connection i had with isreali whom become clsed friends , what dou think about the major restriction in front of having i effecive role of grass root from bouth sides to creat peace in our lands ?
The sting of all problems between Israeli and Palestinians lays in the Old City of Jerusalem. Her status has to be solved in such a way, that all parties fighting for control over her can agree upon.
On June 24, the ‘Big Hug’ will be hold in Jerusalem. Light workers from Israel, Palestine and from all over the world, ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’, will come together to bring warmth and energy to this city, embracing holding hands the Old City. If we bundle all our positive energies and bring these to Jerusalem, we can create peace to this exceptional place.
We are organizing the Big Hug to make the people aware –especially the Israeli and Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem- that there is a very shaped perspective for the city of Jerusalem as a city of peace: a new, undivided Jerusalem, as the capital of Palestine, Israel and at large.
Let go of the conflict concerning her command and dedicate the city to the Omnipresent. The Old City as a whole is His Temple. To give the walled Old City free to God, as a "Status Apart”, as an independent city, will be the most feasible way to come out the current impasse.
The Old City of Jerusalem must become an open city; a House of Prayer for all the Peoples. This perspective is written down in the Holy Books, this is the perspective we, as ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’ embrace as well as solution. But how many people does already notice this hopeful point of view?
What I saw in Jerusalem and also everywhere else where I meet Islamic and Jewish people is, that not so many persons really think about a future for Jerusalem. Most of the time, they stick with old ideas that the Old City of Jerusalem will always remain a part of Israel, or in opposite, that it will be absolutely a part of a new Palestinian state, as stolen land that has to be given back. With these visions, a future Jerusalem will be a divided city with an East Palestinian and West Israeli part, with barbed wire and checkpoints in between, like the situation of the city from 1948-1967. Or, coming closer to an agreement, people suggest -like proposed in the “Geneva Accord” in 2003- to make a complicated dividing of the Old City in a Israeli and Palestinian part. That will mean that the small alleys will be split by walls and barriers too. The idea that a future Jerusalem will become a divided city, is something that we have to prevent.
There are living about 250.000 Palestinian and 500.000 Israeli rather close together in one city. Do they want to make a separation of Jerusalem in parts or do they choose, deep in their hearts, for unity? So my best friends, it is our task to inform the whole city that there is an alternative for the Jerusalem of today.
All lovers of a united Jerusalem will come together to encircle and embrace the Old City of Jerusalem with love and devotion. We have to encourage all inhabitants of Jerusalem to join the coming Big Hug, with the idea of a New Jerusalem that might be realized with their support.
Rob Schrama Phone:0031-646608660 www.loversofjerusalem.org
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Very glad to write you. i am very interested to be connected with you for exchange resources , ideas and may thins about peace keeping. i am student inAfrica and i find important to get this moment of exchange with you.
i hope to read you soon.
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