Dedicated peace/justice activist for many years. Founded shalomsalaam.org and email@example.com and conducted numerous Israeli/Palestinian dialogs. Lived in Israel/Palestine for 2 years......and numerous trips there, and elsewhere in the ME. Lived for nearly 2 years @ Kfar Ruppin on the Jordanian border....being routinely shelled by PLO. Was there during 'Black September'....and also from the beginning of the Yom Kippur War. Was on the Syrian front in the first few days of the Oct '73 war.
Also photo-journalist in Beirut in '83-'84 during Civil War.
Close family lives in Israel and close friends in both I & P.
Why I want peace:
Because the same grass grows on the graves of all victims of conflict. We MUST find alternative methods of conflict resolution, or we will destroy our world. My heart longs for reconciliation amongst conflicted peoples. Having witnessed what I have in the ME.....I am permanently dedicated to add my voice and my life-energy to the cause of peace. My 12 year-old daughter deserves to live in a peaceful world.......as do ALL the children in our Universe.
Interests and activities:
Peace, international travel, photography, art, animal rights
Something you didn't know about me:
I have a 13 year-old daughter....light of my life, Rachel
How I found mepeace.org:
from the Traubman's
What I want to achieve here:
Find people interested to join me in Israel/Palestine for Alternative-style tours.....& to add my voice to the growing chorus for justice and peace
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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.
Nice to read about you here on mepeace. I recently founded "Shalom Hayom" non-profit peace-making music foundation. Similarities, for sure. It was funny reading this, because my friends and I say that when we say goodbye: "shalom salaam" :)
Your experiences sound very layered and unforgettable. I hope you are satisfied with what you are achieving.
Is there a website I can go to for more info on these "alternative tours"? Sounds interesting. Our group is going to the ME this summer (barring some unforeseen events).
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
yes....I voted. Being stopped short of one's goal is not necessarily a failure....but sometimes a course-correction......or a reminder that other paths might be more appropriate. The good you create is still good. It does not change quality because the enterprise might cease.