I was born in France just before the war and my family suffered during WWI and WWII. I also lived later in Beirut and I became more aware of the problems facing Palestinians and Israelis.
Why I want peace:
In this century, we should be able to bring peace to the world. Life for everone could be so much better. Money spent for wars could be used to benefit poorer countries, bring education to young boys and girls everywhere.
Interests and activities:
Travel, Gardening, Cooking, Photography,
Something you didn't know about me:
I have lived in Beirut in the 1960s
How I found mepeace.org:
Reading the newspaper Haaretz
What I want to achieve here:
To meet people of different backgrounds, religions, nationalities with different points of view.
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I lived in Beirut from 1968 to 1970, not a long time. But we enjoyed our stay in Lebanon very much. Life was pleasant, quiet, it was a very good time to be in Beirut. My husband worked for an american oil company and his office was on Hamra. We lived in Ras Beirut near the International College and AUB. We moved in a brand new apartment building facing the sea and close to ACS where my two young children attended school. We enjoyed many picnics in the countryside, going to Baalbeck to visit the Temples and to attend Music Festivals. We loved going to Byblos, Sidon and Tyrhe. It was such a good experience. There was no fear, although we had this feeling that keeping all palestinians in camps was a terrible thing. At the time, Lebanon was called the Switzerland of the Middle East. We knew the directors of several american banks which had opened offices in the Middle East, especially First National Bank of Chicago which does not exist anymore. Being french, I was very happy to speak my language, almost everybody spoke french at the time. I could go to the Frencj Market and shop for vegetable and fruit which were delivered to my apartment. We all became fans of lebanese food and even now my grandchildren enjoy when I prepare a lebanese meal or when we take them to lebanese restaurant in Paris where we spend some time, every year...We really enjoy the countryside and the restaurants located along streams in the mountains where we could have mezze. At the time, the Christians were the majority and it seems to work well but as foreigners, we probably were not aware of what was going on.....We did not meet too many lebanese, mostly expats like us and I am sorry about this. I know lebanese people but I have met since we left Beirut. We also enjoyed going to the St Georges Hotel for lunchs, facing the sea and we lived for two months at the Phoenicia Hotel. There were many new buildings under construction. We have never been back, I do not know if I should : our memories are so good, will they be spoiled?....That is all for to day, let me know what you think of my description of Beirut.
The sting of all problems between Israeli and Palestinians lays in the Old City of Jerusalem. Her status has to be solved in such a way, that all parties fighting for control over her can agree upon.
On June 24, the ‘Big Hug’ will be hold in Jerusalem. Light workers from Israel, Palestine and from all over the world, ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’, will come together to bring warmth and energy to this city, embracing holding hands the Old City. If we bundle all our positive energies and bring these to Jerusalem, we can create peace to this exceptional place.
We are organizing the Big Hug to make the people aware –especially the Israeli and Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem- that there is a very shaped perspective for the city of Jerusalem as a city of peace: a new, undivided Jerusalem, as the capital of Palestine, Israel and at large.
Let go of the conflict concerning her command and dedicate the city to the Omnipresent. The Old City as a whole is His Temple. To give the walled Old City free to God, as a "Status Apart”, as an independent city, will be the most feasible way to come out the current impasse.
The Old City of Jerusalem must become an open city; a House of Prayer for all the Peoples. This perspective is written down in the Holy Books, this is the perspective we, as ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’ embrace as well as solution. But how many people does already notice this hopeful point of view?
What I saw in Jerusalem and also everywhere else where I meet Islamic and Jewish people is, that not so many persons really think about a future for Jerusalem. Most of the time, they stick with old ideas that the Old City of Jerusalem will always remain a part of Israel, or in opposite, that it will be absolutely a part of a new Palestinian state, as stolen land that has to be given back. With these visions, a future Jerusalem will be a divided city with an East Palestinian and West Israeli part, with barbed wire and checkpoints in between, like the situation of the city from 1948-1967. Or, coming closer to an agreement, people suggest -like proposed in the “Geneva Accord” in 2003- to make a complicated dividing of the Old City in a Israeli and Palestinian part. That will mean that the small alleys will be split by walls and barriers too. The idea that a future Jerusalem will become a divided city, is something that we have to prevent.
There are living about 250.000 Palestinian and 500.000 Israeli rather close together in one city. Do they want to make a separation of Jerusalem in parts or do they choose, deep in their hearts, for unity? So my best friends, it is our task to inform the whole city that there is an alternative for the Jerusalem of today.
All lovers of a united Jerusalem will come together to encircle and embrace the Old City of Jerusalem with love and devotion. We have to encourage all inhabitants of Jerusalem to join the coming Big Hug, with the idea of a New Jerusalem that might be realized with their support.
Rob Schrama Phone:0031-646608660 www.loversofjerusalem.org
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