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My personal story:
Jan Passion, M.A. Currently residing in California, Jan worked for 3 years as the Deputy Director and Team Manager with the Nonviolent Peaceforce in Sri Lanka. Prior to his work in Sri Lanka, Jan worked with NP conducting field research and outreach in West Africa and Palestine/Israel and also helping develop NP's infrastructure. He has worked as a peacebuilding trainer with The Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Program, (CONTACT) and the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and with Lesley College in Israel. Jan has been a peace activist and war tax resister for over twenty years. For ten years he worked as a psychotherapist working with perpetrators and victims of various forms of violence and trauma. Jan has worked as a bus driver, mediator, self-defense instructor, massage therapist, refugee host, and emergency medical technician. His hobbies include sailing, racket ball, frisbee and yoga. Jan's peacebuilding experience includes work in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. He earned his BA at the University of Massachusetts with a self-designed degree on gender and power and he earned a MA in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training and wrote his thesis on building nonviolent intercultural peaceteams.
Why I want peace:
Because it's time. Because their is no other way.
Interests and activities:
Sailing, Yoga, Racket Ball
Something you didn't know about me:
I dropped out of RInglig Brothers Clown College (wasn't funny enough).
How I found
What I want to achieve here:
Increase the peace

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At 6:38pm on May 30, 2008, Rob Schrama said…
The ‘Big Hug’ and the future of Jerusalem

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
At 7:50pm on January 26, 2008, Lemuel Melamed said…
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I am happy that you are part of mepeace.
I love that we can communicate !
So much is possible here)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
At 3:25pm on January 25, 2008, Jessica Johnston said…
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