I'm a journalist working about peace an reconciliation in the Middle East
Why I want peace:
Why not? Has somebody ever asked you: why do you breathe?
Interests and activities:
I write (in italian) a weekly column over the website www.terrasanta.net. I've written this four books: «Oltre il muro. Storie incontri e dialoghi tra israeliani e palestinesi», «Gaza. Incatenati a un sogno», «Antisemitismo, una categoria fuori controllo», «Terra Santa. Viaggio dove la fede e è giovane»
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Through the web
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I want to know stories and to share opinions about the conflict and the way to achieve peace in the Middle East.
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A True Story By Faisal Al-katib
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.