Maria Westerlund
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Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail Better.

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My personal story:
I studied for a while and obtained a degree in Middle Eastern studies. I have friends in the West Bank, I want to go to Gaza. I have Israeli and Jewish friends in Israel and America. I have studied hebrew and want to learn arabic. I am also a licensed massage therapist and have volunteered in the capacity at a jewish center in Jerusalem during the recent conflict between Israel and Lebanon.

I spent the fall in the region with as an accompanier to Palestinians and Israeli. I was based in East Jerusalem for three months and now that I am back home working, doing advocacy work and protesting the war in Gaza I am still very open and very interested in connecting to anybody interested in the region.

With the eappi I monitor check-point around Jerusalem, work at the Ja'alin refugee camp, demontrate with WIB, respond to house demolitions and court hearings and try to learn as much as I can about the region, conflict by doing practical things and talking with as many people as possible.
Why I want peace:
Beacuse violence hurts.
Interests and activities:
Yoga, reading, hiking, climbing, travelling...connecting to disobediant people with love in their hearts :)
Something you didn't know about me:
I can't walk by a dog without talking to it!
How I found
Info was sent reg. a nicesounding Iftar/Shabbat meal
What I want to achieve here:
Together we are stronger, this I know in my heart. I am very interested in connecting more with activists who care about peace in the region, and especially those who have moved from theory to practice and who in different ways are walking the path of non-violence.

I am open to any discussion as long as you are willing to also hear my views. I might not always agree with you but I strongly believe in respecting peoples views.

This said, in the end actions ranks higher that talk in my book and I do get tired of 'I'm right and you are ugly' discussions. I tend to fade away, loose interest and look elsewhere for inspiration.
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At 11:46am on December 16, 2008, Rob Schrama said…
Request for a 'letter of recommendation' to the Jerusalem Hug Foundation

Dear Maria Westerlund,

Last June 24th approximately 2000 people embraced the Old City of Jerusalem. They walked around the city walls, holding hands and expressing the unity of the Old City. Inhabitants of Jerusalem, Israeli and Palestinians, as well as peace activists from the entire world are standing side by side in their wish for peace and in their love for Jerusalem.

Since 2007 the Jerusalem Hug has been organized, as a collaboration between the ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’, the ‘Jerusalem Peacemakers’ and a Dutch group of light workers coming from Amsterdam.
The ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’ are a group of people from several peace movement organizations in Israel, under direction by Dvora Pearlman, established to create peace in Jerusalem.
The ‘Jerusalem Peacemakers’ consists of a group of passionate and involved Jewish and Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem under direction of Eliyahu McLean and Ibrahim Abu el Hawa who form an international network on inter religious bases with the aim to create peace and unity in Jerusalem. “When real peace in the holy land will be realized, then it will be possible to engineer peace in the whole world.”
In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Rob Schrama, artist and peace activist, supports the ‘Jerusalem Hug’ together with a small team of involved and passionate fellow workers.

Together we established the ‘Jerusalem Hug Foundation’ that will be involved to get international support.

On May 21 2007 and on June 24 2008 the Big Hug of Jerusalem took place for the first and second time. Both Jerusalem Hugs were visited by more than 2000 participants, inhabitants of Jerusalem, Palestinians and Israeli, as well as peace activists from Israel and from all over the world.

On June 21 2009 a new Jerusalem Hug will be realized. The aim of the Jerusalem Hug is to promote a peaceful experience of freedom and joy to all people. The Jerusalem Hug will focus on love, respect and unity. With this attitude the participants will spread out around the walls of the Old City holding hands, singing and praying for peace and respect for all humankind.

Drumming together is an returning activity in every Jerusalem Hug, connecting the different population groups. During the first Jerusalem Hug in 2007 Palestinian and Israeli drummers from Jerusalem played together. As a result of this experience they decided to continue playing together. Several times they played together at the Damascus Gate to stimulate the rhythm of peace in the hearts of the people.

During the coming Jerusalem Hug, the Palestine and Israeli drummers will get support from internationally famous drummers. GrandMotherDrum, coming from Alaska and Cesar Zuiderwijk, drummer in the rock band ‘Golden Earring’ will invite all drummers in Jerusalem to create together a concert in the park along the north site of the wall.

The Jerusalem school kids, at least one class of Palestinians and one class of Israeli children are coming together during the Jerusalem Hug to fly their Kites for Peace above the thousands of participants. They will express that the children of Jerusalem want to live in a city were peace, freedom and tolerance are the foundation of our coexisting.

The ‘Jerusalem Hug’ stands symbol for another way to achieve peace. Everywhere the belief in a political solution of the Middle East conflict has been gone down to point zero. There ought to be found another way and that is the way of the heart. We believe that when we find peace in ourselves and when we are able to forgive, world peace will come closer.
The Jerusalem Hug gives expression to this wish for change as a concrete statement. Jerusalem stands as a symbol for peace and forgiveness in the world. Let Jerusalem be a city of connection, the heart of the world where unity and peace will be a fact. Every year, we will increase the Jerusalem Hug to a lager event, with every year more and more participants. Let the ‘Jerusalem Hug’ fill Jerusalem completely with love, so there will not be place for hatred anymore.

We request you to send a letter of recommendation to the Jerusalem Hug Foundation, a supporting letter that we can send to the funds we are approaching for financing our event. The best way to send this letter before December 24 to the “Jerusalem Hug Foundation” Krom Boomsloot 16, 1011 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands or email it to:

We thank you for your cooperation and we hope to hold hands with you during the coming Jerusalem Hug.


Rob Schrama
At 1:13am on November 14, 2008, Frizzey Greif said…

Thanks for the friendship

all together

we can change

the world

Love & Light

At 10:16pm on October 23, 2008, Issam Sammour said…
thank you I would like to network with to End the siege on Gaza.
Have agreat time
At 8:32pm on October 23, 2008, Issam Sammour said…
At 8:31pm on October 23, 2008, Issam Sammour said…
Hi, How are you? Nice to meet you here,About the situation in Gaza is very bad, where there are many obstacles facing the Palestinians here, as you know there is no blockade extreme crossings and a few of the food economy is 90% through with the Egyptians spending more people travel ban messages that students Residents and owners of foreign prices are too high and that The unemployment rate rose to 80%, poverty over 82% of that bad situation to that of the world is moving to lift the siege on Gaza.
any way be in touch
best wishes
At 10:45am on October 21, 2008, Abed khalil said…
Hi Maria
will call u soon to arrang our meeting soon
be will
Abed Khalil
At 5:06pm on October 20, 2008, Abed khalil said…
Hi Maria
it would be great if u send me ur phone number to to fix an appointment to meet.
be well
Abed Khalil
At 1:05pm on October 20, 2008, amal abu zaidan said…
i assumed that and beleive that you do wounderfull action. i wanted to join u too but very busy with some big report(40 pagees) i have to finish until this thursday
sure we will meet soon again

At 9:57pm on October 19, 2008, Abed khalil said…
First i would like to thank u so much for asking ,im trying barley to survive ,unfortunately this Friday i should be in olive harvest. but if we cane fined opportunity to meet soon it will be great ,i think to call me or to send me ur phone numbers would facilitated this opportunity
Abed Khalil
At 12:05am on October 8, 2008, Abed khalil said…
thanks for helping in olive harvest u welcom anytime feel free
best regards


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