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My personal story:
I grew up in the United States and moved to England in my twenties where I raised my family and worked in parenting support, health research and women's health information. I belong to a liberal synagogue and am involved with Radio Salaam Shalom, an internet radio station promoting Jewish-Muslim dialogue. I travelled to Israel and the Occupied Territories several times since my first visit in 1968. My latest trips in 2002 and 2005 were the inspiration for Checkpoint, my first novel. I have published non-fiction books on parenting and an autobiographical article in an anthology on Jewish motherhood.
Why I want peace:
It has to do with liberating those divine sparks in everyone and everything, with repairing the world through our loving-kindness. I wrote about it in my blog www.listeningindialogue.wordpress.com
Interests and activities:
Leading compassionate listening dialogue sessions with the Jewish community in Bristol and for Jews and Muslims.
Promoting my novel Checkpoint which is all about peace in Israel and Palestine - see my blog www.redroom.com/author/lisa-saffron
Ki Aikido
Radio Salaam Shalom - an internet radio station promoting Jewish-Muslim dialogue.
Something you didn't know about me:
I have a brown belt in Ki Aikido
How I found mepeace.org:
Recommended by a friend
What I want to achieve here:
I want to contribute to creating a vision of peace for the region.
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Lend for Peace

Posted on April 20, 2009 at 12:25pm 0 Comments

A Palestinian woman who loves to cook needs a loan of $2000 to buy a fridge and a rotisserie for her small restaurant. Through LendforPeace.org, a global non-profit that puts individual lenders in touch with vetted Palestinian entrepreneurs, we can do something constructive to help her out of poverty without making her a recipient of charity. "By encouraging economic opportunity and hope through microfinance, LendforPeace.org seeks to foster stability and… Continue

I recommend "The Trouble with Islam Today" by Irshad Manji

Posted on April 18, 2009 at 10:13am 2 Comments

I recommend Irshad Manji’s book, The Trouble with Islam Today. She writes the book as an open letter to her fellow Muslims, challenging them to join her in Operation Ijtihad (read the book to find out what this is). She throws in a call to non-Muslims as well, urging us to be careful of the racism that comes from over-compensating. This book is an inspiration to reaffirm our commitment to freedom of expression, individuality, and human rights for all.

Peace Fair in Bristol

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 12:00am 0 Comments

On the 31st March, Sheila Yeger and I held a Peace Fair in Bristol (UK) to celebrate grassroots peacemaking initiatives in the Middle East. We wanted to be inspired and to inspire others with the possibilities of non-violent peaceful coexistence and harmony between Israelis and Palestinians. We knew of many creative projects where people were working together but we rarely hear about these projects in the news. The media focusses on conflict and violence, giving a misleading impression. We… Continue

Radio Salaam Shalom and the media

Posted on March 22, 2009 at 8:24pm 0 Comments

After a visit to the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel in 2005, I stopped listening to the mainstream media. Having gained a deeper understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian relationship during the visit, I was painfully aware of bias, distorted framing of the conflict, hypocrisy, and lies in news stories carried by the British media. But that wasn't the only reason I tuned out. It was the unstated agenda that disturbed me – an agenda that goes beyond the reporting of events to one… Continue

A Time To Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity

Posted on March 11, 2009 at 7:35pm 2 Comments

January 2009: A Palestinian man in his 60s is driving his two teenage sons back to Khan Younis in southern Gaza when they are fired upon by Israeli soldiers. They are ordered out of their car. One son is shot and dies immediately. The other is shot in the leg. The father begs the soldiers, who are visible and within speaking distance, for an ambulance. For 11 hours, they refuse his request. He has a mobile phone and calls humanitarian agencies, the emergency medical services, the media and… Continue

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At 12:48pm on April 2, 2010, fesalk411 said…
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.
At 12:48pm on April 2, 2010, fesalk411 said…
Peace be upon you and peace to you and peace for all the sons of your family and Asedkaiq and peace for all of us
I am Faisal from Palestine
I am pleased to be friends and share ideas from Wagga just and lasting peace
Happy day
At 12:06pm on April 19, 2009, abed maher khalil said…
thank you
At 12:57pm on October 5, 2008, Hiba said…
Hi Lisa,

Welcome to mepeace, glad to meet you here and looking forward to your participation with us. If you have any question you can contact me through messages, and I'll be happy to cooperate with you.

Hiba
At 7:12pm on October 1, 2008, Eyal Raviv said…
Welcome Lisa, nice blogs!
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At 11:15pm on September 29, 2008, Stephanie Chase said…
Hi Lisa!
Welcome to Mepeace!
It makes me really happy to see that Jews in the UK are reaching out with Muslims!
When I went with my Hebrew high school school in 2005 to visit the Jewish community in London, many were telling me that there was a lot of "anti-semitism" and that they had to keep a low profile about being openly Jewish. But I ignored their advice, and I openly told people that I was Jewish, and I wanted to exchange my culture with others, since London is so diverse. And I had no problem :)
 
 
 

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