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My personal story:
An American. Jewish ethnicity, practicing Buddhist. I began to connect more to a Jewish identity when, near campus in Pittsburgh, I came across graffiti that read , "End the Occupation. Nuke Israel." That's not a call for peace, that's a call for genocide, and it scared me. A lifelong interest in politics, an increased Jewish identification, and fear from incidents like that lead me to an increasing interest in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Why I want peace:
I've always been for strong proponent of peace and peacefulness. I've flirted with absolute pacifism, but the only thing that kept me from embracing it was asking myself what I would have done in WWII. Ironically, Buddhism, which teaches peacefulness, has led away from embracing pacifism --All ideas are sticking points in Buddhism, and pacifism is an idea--even Buddhism is an idea, and we're often taught "Even Buddhism is not Buddhism"-- at the same time that Buddhism has helped to show me how to enact radical peacefulness.
Interests and activities:
Buddhism, critical race theory, approaching film and music as deep art
Something you didn't know about me:
I'm often told look like Seth Rogan.
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What I want to achieve here:
I want to better understand the Palestinian Left perspective, which I find difficult to deduce from polls and news reports. I'd like to be able to transmit that understanding to others here in the US.

I believe I can present a well articulated, left-Zionist, anti-racist, Buddhist perspective that's probably at least a little different from some other points of view.

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The whole world is a single flower

Posted on March 18, 2008 at 6:19pm 0 Comments

I know that a lot of Palestinian actions are reactions to Israeli actions. And a lot of Israeli actions are reactions to Palestinian actions. In Buddhism, sometimes they call that "mutually co-dependent origination." I prefer to avoid such long names and think of it simply as "recognizing that we are all connected." No human being exists in isolation. We only exist inside and in relation to a larger society. We are part of this world, not apart from it. And this world that we are part of… Continue

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At 4:46pm 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 11:31pm on March 20, 2008, Adam Neiman said…
very small in deed. as to your post above you may enjoy this...

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality; tied in a single garment of destiny.”

Dr. Martin Luther King
At 11:37pm on March 11, 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 11:31pm on March 11, 2008, Eyal Raviv said…
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