I live somewhere in Hebron / West Bank. The 1967 war was the first thing printed in my memory . I was 5 years then, before that I don't remember anything in my life. I remember my father coming in and asking my mother and little children to evacuate the house as soon as possible because the Israeli army has already started destroying the nearby village of Beit Awwa . To convince my mother of leaving the house he reminded us of Addawaymi massacre when the Jews Killed every living thing in the village and hundreds of civilians especially women and children were killed . My mother was convinced and we started to gather our belongings putting them on two donkeys, and we started leaving at night in complete darkness, we travelled aimlessly to the mountains . I was shivering with panic . when we reached a high mountain , we saw and heard the bombing of Beit Awwa village . I and my children started crying feeling that death is approaching us . My father asked us to enter a very dark cave for shelter and asked us to sleep there . but I couldn't sleep , I was crying , and the only sound I could hear way my little brothers' and sisters crys, the sounds of dogs outside the cave and the sound of bombs . That was just the first scene of suffering which continues till now.
Why I want peace:
I want to live peacefully with my children without the threats of the Israeli weapons
Interests and activities:
Looking for people who really understand what is the meaning of peace.
First of all, Happy New Year. I hope this year will bring you and your family good fortune, good health, PEACE and prosperity!
With respect to your last comment, I can't and won't make excuses for mistakes made by the Israeli government, nor can I make excuses for mistakes made by the other side. While I appreciate that you would like your model '48 car back, I'm not sure that model is still available. I think the newer, albeit smaller model '67 will get you where you need to go, insha'allah.
As a lawyer I always explain to my clients that in negotiations, no one can get 100% of what they want. When reaching a settlement you always have to give up on some issues, in order to preserve what is really important in the final deal.
Personally, I've given up on waiting for politicians to make peace. We the People have to demand of our politicians that they do Everything Necessary and Now to stop the violence. We have a right as human beings to live in peace.
May Peace be Upon you and me and our families and friends - may it start in a small circle and grow and grow and GROW.
Your search for a definition of peace is admirable. I believe there are many definitions. Peace is usually defined as lack of war, but that in and of itself is not enough. In the book of Isaiah there are two sections that describe a time of peace that will come in the future. 11:6: "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them." and 2:4: "They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore."
Beyond the question of definition of peace, and in a way may important to it, is the question HOW do we achieve peace. War is perpetuated by dehumanizing the other side, politicians sow fear into the population that the "other side" is evil and wants to kill them, therefore, the war must go on. We the people have a choice not to listen to those war mongers, to reach out to each other and say to each other, peace be upon you. You are my brother. I respect you and your right to live a fruitful and peaceful life. Sit down with me and share a meal. Tell me about your family. Tell me what scares you and what makes you happy. Most important, good deeds have the power to defeat evil and break down the barriers (and walls) that politicians have been building to keep us apart.
The prophet Mohamed pbuh says in the holy quran sura 41 ayas 33-34:
“And good and evil deeds are not alike. Repel evil with good. And he who is your enemy will become your dearest friend.”
When I say children I mean our children, yours and mine.
children of Iraq , the children of Lebanon and Gaza and Afghanistan, all our children who come to this world that we need to improve so it will have space to all.
we created this network so ppl like you and me who want to create change can connect and work together. this is not what we willing to give, it is the future and capacity that we need to enable them all.