Began studying religious violence and reconciliation during my masters and got very lucky to end up working in the exact field I wanted to be in. Have been working with The ARIA Group for a couple years and am now branching out into other areas of reconciliation work.
Why I want peace:
I think reconciliation is something we all seek. Many accounts of the creation of humanity point to a unity we once experienced, with each other, with the divine, with our world. But we've lost it along the way. It's not SO idealistic and impractical that we can reach moments of it here on earth again.
Interests and activities:
Film, Religion, Peacebuilding, Art, Other people (especially new ones)
Something you didn't know about me:
I enjoy solitary time, but often seek it with a bunch of other people around.
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.