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My personal story:
Member of peace organization TRANSCEND. Retired university professor (psychology), special interest restorative justice
Why I want peace:
(trivial question, who does not want peace)
Interests and activities:
exploring nature
Something you didn't know about me:
interest in science fiction
How I found
after IPCRI conference in Israel april 2008
What I want to achieve here:
perhaps help to forge some connections

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Dear mepeace friends! In the file ipcri2.doc below I have recorded some of my very personal impressions in Israel both before and after IPCRI in April. I would be interested in general comments, but…

Posted on May 29, 2008 at 8:00pm 12 Comments

Dear mepeace friends!

In the file ipcri2.doc below I have recorded some of my very personal impressions in Israel both before and after IPCRI in April. I would be interested in general comments, but more specifically I am especially concerned about the suggestion from my Ramallah friend Hekmat about arranging reconciliation meeting between say a member of 'combatants for peace' and 'victim'/survivivors of attacks by previous 'combatant' in Palestine. As for the few people I mentioned… Continue

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At 10:26am on January 19, 2010, Rashad said…
Hi it’s good to know you. Stay blessed.
Regards, love and peace.
Chairman: Hope development organization.

At 11:55am on December 16, 2008, Rob Schrama said…
Request for a 'letter of recommendation' to the Jerusalem Hug Foundation

Dear Finn Tschudi,

Last June 24th approximately 2000 people embraced the Old City of Jerusalem. They walked around the city walls, holding hands and expressing the unity of the Old City. Inhabitants of Jerusalem, Israeli and Palestinians, as well as peace activists from the entire world are standing side by side in their wish for peace and in their love for Jerusalem.

Since 2007 the Jerusalem Hug has been organized, as a collaboration between the ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’, the ‘Jerusalem Peacemakers’ and a Dutch group of light workers coming from Amsterdam.
The ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’ are a group of people from several peace movement organizations in Israel, under direction by Dvora Pearlman, established to create peace in Jerusalem.
The ‘Jerusalem Peacemakers’ consists of a group of passionate and involved Jewish and Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem under direction of Eliyahu McLean and Ibrahim Abu el Hawa who form an international network on inter religious bases with the aim to create peace and unity in Jerusalem. “When real peace in the holy land will be realized, then it will be possible to engineer peace in the whole world.”
In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Rob Schrama, artist and peace activist, supports the ‘Jerusalem Hug’ together with a small team of involved and passionate fellow workers.

Together we established the ‘Jerusalem Hug Foundation’ that will be involved to get international support.

On May 21 2007 and on June 24 2008 the Big Hug of Jerusalem took place for the first and second time. Both Jerusalem Hugs were visited by more than 2000 participants, inhabitants of Jerusalem, Palestinians and Israeli, as well as peace activists from Israel and from all over the world.

On June 21 2009 a new Jerusalem Hug will be realized. The aim of the Jerusalem Hug is to promote a peaceful experience of freedom and joy to all people. The Jerusalem Hug will focus on love, respect and unity. With this attitude the participants will spread out around the walls of the Old City holding hands, singing and praying for peace and respect for all humankind.

Drumming together is an returning activity in every Jerusalem Hug, connecting the different population groups. During the first Jerusalem Hug in 2007 Palestinian and Israeli drummers from Jerusalem played together. As a result of this experience they decided to continue playing together. Several times they played together at the Damascus Gate to stimulate the rhythm of peace in the hearts of the people.

During the coming Jerusalem Hug, the Palestine and Israeli drummers will get support from internationally famous drummers. GrandMotherDrum, coming from Alaska and Cesar Zuiderwijk, drummer in the rock band ‘Golden Earring’ will invite all drummers in Jerusalem to create together a concert in the park along the north site of the wall.

The Jerusalem school kids, at least one class of Palestinians and one class of Israeli children are coming together during the Jerusalem Hug to fly their Kites for Peace above the thousands of participants. They will express that the children of Jerusalem want to live in a city were peace, freedom and tolerance are the foundation of our coexisting.

The ‘Jerusalem Hug’ stands symbol for another way to achieve peace. Everywhere the belief in a political solution of the Middle East conflict has been gone down to point zero. There ought to be found another way and that is the way of the heart. We believe that when we find peace in ourselves and when we are able to forgive, world peace will come closer.
The Jerusalem Hug gives expression to this wish for change as a concrete statement. Jerusalem stands as a symbol for peace and forgiveness in the world. Let Jerusalem be a city of connection, the heart of the world where unity and peace will be a fact. Every year, we will increase the Jerusalem Hug to a lager event, with every year more and more participants. Let the ‘Jerusalem Hug’ fill Jerusalem completely with love, so there will not be place for hatred anymore.

We request you to send a letter of recommendation to the Jerusalem Hug Foundation, a supporting letter that we can send to the funds we are approaching for financing our event. The best way to send this letter before December 24 to the “Jerusalem Hug Foundation” Krom Boomsloot 16, 1011 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands or email it to:

We thank you for your cooperation and we hope to hold hands with you during the coming Jerusalem Hug.


Rob Schrama
At 8:31am on August 24, 2008, Mugaruka Maimona said…
Here is a list of 10 possible recommendations to help make the world more peaceful and encourage others to contribute their own lists. This is no particular order.

1) Examine how to create more peace in your personal life -
If we do not have some degree of peace in our own internal lives, there is the question of how effective we can be in helping to build peace in our organizations, communities, societies and the world. There is no recipe for building peace, but there are many options that people have explored such as writing, reflecting, building community and more.

2) Share your experiences and frustrations around conflict -
Open resource where people can share both their success stories of helping to address conflicts around the world, and also ask questions/inquiry about ways to improve practice. If you have a particular success story, please share it with others.

3) Support Organizations working to effect change in the world - There are thousands of dynamic organizations around the world working to address conflict, build community, foster economic development and more. There are many ways you can support organizations such as contributing financially, volunteering, and more. I do not want to endorse specific organizations, but some resources that can be helpful in identifying opportunities include the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Interaction, GuideStar, among others.

4) Advocate for Preventing and Ending Conflicts -
One of the challenges in conflict prevention is that often policymakers, NGO professionals, academics and others may have information about the potentially negative direction of conflicts. However, translating this information to effective policy changes often requires extensive advocacy campaigns by individuals, NGOs, religious groups and the larger civil society. Advocacy can mean anything from writing a legislature, talking with policymakers, taking direct action and more. For some useful examples of Advocacy Approaches see the International Crisis Group, Women Thrive Worldwide and the Genocide Intervention Network.

5) Mainstream a Conflict Sensitive Approach into your organization/company -
Many organizations and companies around the world are beginning to look at how they can integrate a conflict sensitive approach (see the work of International Alert) throughout their external and internal operations. This means examining how an organization's internal hiring, procurement and other policies, as well as the external interactions and services can help to potentially reduce conflicts.

6) Get Additional Training -
There are many different paths to pursuing a career in international conflict and related fields. If you feel like you might benefit from additional training there are many academic options, professional training programs, summer institutes and more that can help provide additional training and skills.

7) Join an Existing Network -
There are many academic and professional networking organizations that exist around the world that focus on conflict related issues. In the United States, the Association for Conflict Resolution is a network of practitioners, the Alliance for Peacebuilding is a network of organizations, the Peace and Justice Studies Association is a network of academics and activists, the International Conflict Management Association has an annual conference.

8) Engage in Productive Dialogue with Others -
One of the keys of addressing conflicts is building understanding and connections between people with diverse perspectives. There are many organizations working on facilitating and engaging communities in dialogue, conversation and discussion. Find an organization in your community, or start your own process. Some great resources in this area include the Public Conversations Project , the Kettering Foundation, and the World Cafe.

9) Foster Sustainable Economic Development -
One of the key ingredients in building peace in post-conflict societies is to help create sustainable economic opportunities for communities. This can be done through a variety of means, international development, social entreprenuership, socially responsible investing, lobbying for changes to foreign assistance programs and more.

10) Please feel free to add your own suggestions and lists for a more peaceful 2008.

Best Regards.
At 12:53pm on July 9, 2008, Hiba said…
Hello Finn,

Do you know the TIPH (Temporary International Presence in the city of Hebron)?

It was established in 1994, after Baruch Goldstein shot and killed 29 praying Palestinians in the Ibrahimi Mosque/ Cave of Machpela.
An agreement was signed between Israel and the PLO, and Italy, Denmark and Norway to provide support and observation in the city of Hebron. So norway has contributions in Palestine specifically Hebron, and sure we would like to have more and more cooperation's with Norway and people from there.

Anyway, I will be more than happy to welcome you in Hebron and take you to a visit there, ( a visit from a Palestinian point of view, which is different from an Israeli point of view visit) :-)

Be well,
At 9:13pm on June 27, 2008, tttttttttttttttttttttt said…
Many thanks to answer
I am working with the Organization of Peace in Jordan only a voluntary loved know about projects in the Middle East or any other countries and I like to participate in any projects or workshop please provide me with the flag that I am working in the banking field, which is my solemn
At 9:10pm on June 26, 2008, tttttttttttttttttttttt said…
how are
what is your job
and your name org
At 9:20pm on June 16, 2008, Yigal D. Kahana said…
Hello Finn,
Nice to see you here on mepeace.
I look forward to discussing the issues with you and learning about your point of view.
All the best,
PS-I loved Norway! What a beautiful country. (In the summer.)
At 1:27pm on June 10, 2008, Finn Tschudi said…
hi haitham
good to meet you here as a friend. I have been to Israel and Ramallah, not yet to Jordan, but wish to get there sometimes
At 12:39pm on June 10, 2008, tttttttttttttttttttttt said…
how are you
am from jordan
what is your name org
At 11:50pm on June 7, 2008, Saeed Az. said…
Dear Finn,

Nice to meet you here....

Best Wishes,



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