I wrote an article that was published yesterday by the Common Ground News Service that points to some underlying problems and the fact that neither government has worked to prepare its people to…Continue
That's a little complicated. I'm Jewish and about the time I found my way back to the synagogue as an adult some 14 years ago I started thinking about the need for peace in the Holy Land. I realized I knew almost nothing and started studying. I'm still studying every day some 14 years later.
Why I want peace:
I believe we are all the children of G-d, created in his image and we must learn to live together in peace. It is necessary to build this peace between people even as we continue to encourage it between the governments of Palestine and Israel. To do this we must promote dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians throughout Israel/Palestine, in schools and in a variety of sites to expose and express the truth of the "other," in ways where it can be admitted, understood and even accepted as a result of the open hearted compassion that each person brings to the process of listening. This same dialogue must occur here in America and around the world in ways that bring the faiths together to enhance understanding and decrease fear of the unknown. In this way we can all contribute to the process of building a more peaceful world.
Interests and activities:
I read and write on Middle East peacemaking, mostly locally here in the Philadelphia area. But every once in a while one of my articles goes a little farther. I coordinated an interfaith delegation to Israel/Palestine in March 2008 made up of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish clergy and lay leaders from the Philadelphia area and we met with Israeli and Palestinian peace activists, politicians, religious leaders and victims of the conflict in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Ramallah and other locations. Salah Shouky who is pictured with me is a member of the Bethlehem City Council and a member of Hamas.
Something you didn't know about me:
I'm working on a book on the absolute need for a life of advocacy.
How I found mepeace.org:
I've been to the site before but signed up this time as a result of hearing about it again by my friends the Traubmans of the Cal. Livingroom Dialogue that has been going on for some 19 years.
What I want to achieve here:
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Much love and peace,
A True Story By Faisal Al-kateep
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.