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My personal story:
I'm almost 65. I grew up thinking the "Arabs" were inferior and our enemies. I now understand that sometimes my people are "the enemy".
Why I want peace:
I have grown to understand that all people, on this planet, have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
That would include living in peace and dignity.
Violence is not the answer to anything.
I think if our people were "chosen" for anything it is to be wise and loving and peaceful and generous.
How I found
At the J Street conference in DC.
What I want to achieve here:
I would like to find a way for Israel and Palestine to exist in peace, side by side, in my life time.
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At 12:06pm on December 14, 2009, Ahmed said…
Hi Cari, I am Ahmed from Gaza, Palestine
I am 25
I read what you wrote about yourself and i admired ur thoughts and words
Peace is the only way to live side by side
At 8:45pm on December 7, 2009, Ahmed Ata said…
when i meet western people or chat with them ,first question is Israel has right defense ,not all of them but most of them,are worst the ask you are you terror , they forgot ,we are not country and have no army ,tanks ,jets ,...................and forgot we are start our fighting by rocks and blocks ,i try to be peace man ,in 2002 i get my high schools with high marks , so i get scholarship to study in one of Arab country ,i was late to exit from Gaza ,because Israel occupation and control the border ,so i reach late .they told me my scholarship cancel because late ,i told them and explain and they know it as they know there name no humanity but i decide to return Gaza,so return from this country to Egypt to pass to Gaza, Egypt deportation me again to Yemen ,they told me border close , I am here from 2002,no university ,and not allow to me work ,i travel 3 time to Egypt and they return me back again , I did not see my family from 2002 ,i am not the first and not the last there is group of Palestinian student here like me ,they did not see there family and can not return to Gaza ,because Egypt deportation us .those are Arab .i did not mention what happen with us in there air ports
One of my best friend ,he is name Mohammad Abed Alftah,he is got eduction grants in France ,to study master , he return to his father happy ,for this chance ,but what happen in France embassy so sad .because in his travel document ,wrote is temporary document refuse to give him visa ,he is explain he is Palestinian refugee and has no country to give him full passport ,and Yemen give him this document as temporary solution until our state setup “which his father waiting it for 30 years “ so he is return to his family sad. This something what faced from my life .
At 2:10am on December 7, 2009, Ahmed Ata said…
try try next try
hope next hope,we wait 60 years ,and all world against us .arab ,muslim cherstian ,jewish .....all of those put there hands againt us suffering after suffering what we get ,not thing .live many years in lies of peace .live in hill in side what remaing from palestine and worst out side of palestine ,no one accept us dealing with us less than animal and worst than pluge where we should go ,even hell we not accept us
At 8:16pm on December 6, 2009, fesalk411 said…
A True Story By Faisal Al-Hatib
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.
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