Arik Cheshin
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My personal story:
I am 8th generation born in Jerusalem from my father's side and 1st generation born in Israel from my mom's side... My mom was born in Detroit, MI, USA... When I was about 1 years old we moved to Yamit, in the Sinai desert. As part of the peace treaty with the Egyptian we had to move as Yamit was given to the Egyptian. My family moved to Petach Tikva when I was 5.

So I grew up mostly in Petach Tikva... As a teen I held mostly left wing views but was not very politically active. I got a slap in my face when Rabin was murdered. I decided that no more will I keep quiet about my views and that I HAVE to be politically active, because if not others will be and might create an atmosphere that would lead to things that are against my interests or views...

I served in the IDF ages 18-21 and started to work on my dream to study at the University of Michigan when I finish my service. My mom, aunt and uncle all went to U of M and when we visited my grandparents and other family members, we also visited the campus... and then...

I met the most amazing girl ever! Sarit was all that I could ever dream of. On our first date I told her that in a few month I am moving to the states to live my dream of studying at U of M... About 3 months later so told me should would be happy to join me and it does not matter to her where as long as we are together!! That was one of the happiest days of my life...

I prosed to Sarit on 14/2/99 about 6 months after we meet on a flight back from the US. ELAL were great and allowed me to show a movie on the flight where I proposed... They were very kind and spoiled us with an upgrade to business class, flowers, cake, champagne, and more...

We got married on 6.3.99 and about a year after we meet we left for the US...

We had a great adventure in MI. We both studied psychology at the University of Michigan. I discorded my passion for social research and hopefully this will be my career. Sarit and I were both very active on campus in various social and political activities.

After 6 years in MI we returned home, to Israel. It was great to come home. I started my graduate studies at the Technion. On 2/18/06 my life changed again as I became a father! Shira, an amazing girl was born. It is amazing how a child of your own can give you a different prospective on life! On 6/26/08 Raz, an awesome baby boy was born... so now I have the most beautiful family with 2 great kids and a wonderful wife.

Sarit just finished her MA in gerontology and I am working on my PhD. We live in Haifa, where I take the kids to kindergarten by bicycle, and walk to the Technion... what more can I ask for in a personal level?
Why I want peace:
Why not!
Well... things can't go on like they are now... we need to stop the blood shed! I want my kids to grew up in a peaceful place where they do not have to worry about walking in the streets or visiting various places. Where we can meet people from other cultures and learn more things.
Interests and activities:
I love music -especially live music!
I enjoy volunteering and being political active
How I found
mentioned in a meeting of the labor party
What I want to achieve here:
not sure...
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At 10:08pm on September 7, 2009, Oliver Haack said…
Shalom Arik,

welcome to! I see you already enjoy your time here.

I look forward to your contributions. Your 'personal story' is very interesting.

At 11:58pm on September 6, 2009, fesalk411 said…
סיפור אמיתי
אני ערבי פלסטיני מהכפר חיזמה הנמצא בין ירושלים רמאללה
כשהייתי בגיל 15 נלחמתי נגד הכיבוש הישראלי
בשבל החופש הייתי חושיב כל אדם יהודי חייל או אזרח גבר או אישה קטן או גדול צריך לההרג
עד בא יום נסיתי לשלול לבן אדם את חיים שלו לא הייתי מכיר אתו היה בשביל יהודי וכל יהודי היא המטרה שלי להרוג
תאמינו לי הייתי רק ילד לא מבין כלום בפוליטיקה
או את הסכסוך הערבי הישראלי
בסוף נעצרתי לתקופה של 12 שנים
למדע כל זה קרה בשנת האינתיפאדה הראשונה 1987. באותו שלב. אף אחד לא מדבר על שלום
רק מדברים שני הצדדים רק על אלימות

התחלתי לגדול ואני בכלא התחלתי ללמוד לקרוא
ספרים על פוליטיקה. ספרות. שירה וסיפורים העולם.
השלום במדריד.
ועידת מדריד נתן לי תקווה החיים לחיות בשלןם
ובכבוד . למדתי כי אלימות תבי רק אלימות
והשלום הא הפתרון היחיד בין שני העמים למען עתיד יפה מכובד בין שני העמים
אנחנו חיים על אותה קרקע.אנחנו שכנים שותים מאותו המים מתפללים עבור אלוהים אחד
אנו צריכים לחיות בשלום על בסיס של הדת לאלוהים והאדמה לכלאם
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