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My personal story:
I have been working in the Middle East for twenty years as a peacemaker, first in Palestine and Israel, but also in Syria for the last four years. I am a professor at George Mason U. in conflict resolution, I now write a blog, I grew up in a traditional Jewish household, and in first grade we raised funds at the day school and i got a certificate for planting one tree in Israel-at the hands of the Jewish National Fund. Memory is an interesting thing. It was probably a pine tree. Now i am interested in olive trees.
Why I want peace:
Because war between Israel and Palestine is the source of every sorrow in my life, and peace is the source of every hope and every reason i get out of bed every morning.
Interests and activities:
movies, helping people who i believe in, writing in cafes, meeting strangers
Something you didn't know about me:
i love to write to trance music
How I found
haaretz article
What I want to achieve here:
learn from everyone. support young innovative peacemakers. find hope

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Posted on September 17, 2008 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

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Published by mgopin at 11:34 am under Apology, Foreign Policy, Healing, Islam, Israel, Palestine, Syria, US Foreign Policy, Uncategorized, citizen diplomacy, refugees

Ehud Olmert is beginning to outline his final vision of peace between Israel and Palestine, and it is revealing.

Prime… Continue

Which Israel on Film is Real? You Choose

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 2:07am 1 Comment

This blog can also be found at my own weblog.

There is so much chaos in Israel and Palestine right now politically and in terms of peace and violence that it is hard for those of us who know them intimately to keep it all in perspective. For today I just ask you to choose which Israel. I thought I had seen everything. Here is a scene of a senior Israel Defense Forces commander ordering a soldier to shoot at close range a bound… Continue

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At 9:19am on November 13, 2009, Eyal Raviv said…
Happy birthday Marc. Today your profile is in our recommendations on
At 3:55am on November 16, 2008, Stephanie Chase said…
Thanks for the add! :)
At 8:30pm on October 20, 2008, Aref Dajani said…
I enjoyed connecting with you at the Sulha benefit. I had never met Aaron before. I would have never guessed that Aaron would look so Mizrahi after knowing his father for several years! :O)

In what part of Silver Spring do you live? I grew up two blocks from Eastern Junior High School, just inside the Beltway at University Boulevard, within walking distance of the erstwhile Temple Israel. By the way, I define Silver Spring as inside the Beltway. I call everything outside the Beltway "Greater Silver Spring".

Cheers, Aref
At 11:30pm on October 19, 2008, Max S said…
Marc!! Your beard!!! You've lost your beard!!. LOL. Hope you are well. I think it is time for me to change my picture. All the best, Max.
At 11:29am on October 13, 2008, Hiba said…
Dear Marc, thank you for your warm message on my wall, I enjoy reading your blogs, your work inspires people like me to work more, I really wish that one day we will have the chance to meet, it will be a magnificent chance for me to visit you one day and to be introduced to your institute, it is an honor.

Be well,

Hiba Hamzeh
At 1:49pm on September 22, 2008, Dubi Roman said…
Dear Marc Gopin,
Vincent was one of the greatest artists our civilization knew.
I would never dare to compare with... :-)

But thank you so much for your complements,
At 7:55pm on September 7, 2008, JC | WorriedLebanese said…
Thank you very much for the comment you left on my page. I really believe empathy is essential in peace-work, but it's probably the toughest thing to do.
It's not always easy to hear the arguments of the other and even harder to put oneself in his shoes.
And doing this with Hezbollah is actually very hard for me (things most people in mepeace do not realise), but I do it because I know that it's essential.
At 4:25am on August 5, 2008, Hayyim Feldman said…
Sholem aleichem Marc,

Nice to see you here! I just discovered and joined mepeace a few days ago. I miss you, but I'm glad you're where you are, doing what you're doing.

Love and blessings,
At 1:17am on June 14, 2008, Max S said…
Hi there Marc. Thanks for your contribution to my discussion. I realise that I forgot to respond to the very interesting one that you started recently.

Cheers Max.
At 6:04pm on June 11, 2008, Aref Dajani said…
Hey, Marc. I wish we had the opportunity to talk one-on-one. Let's get together, one-on-one, and celebrate in advance the peace and reconciliation that is to come.

If you surf over to Rob Schrama's Comment Wall, I just shared a perspective you probably have not heard before, but is common among especially older Palestinians. It will make clear why Palestinian nationalism is a relatively new phenomenon.

Hope to see you soon.

All the best, Aref


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