Michael Shurman
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My personal story:
Not particularly interesting
Why I want peace:
The future of my children is a good reason
Interests and activities:
Peace, reading, trekking and more
Something you didn't know about me:
i have 3 children
How I found
through couchsurfing
What I want to achieve here:
dialog with people from both sides

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At 6:08pm on March 30, 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 10:37am on October 16, 2008, souhail kahla said…
salam my friend :-)
At 11:41am on September 4, 2008, Abed khalil said…
HI michal
how are u hope ur doing good ,hope u still remember me we met at Bat Jala meeting and u bought oil from me .
i wish this year that u can come with others to help in picking olives with us specialy we have vast lands near settelment and we need israeli peace activest to help us to avoied any expected clashes with settlers,if u don,t mind send me ur cellephone number in privet message
i went call inorder t arrange this campain to harvest olives
At 2:44am on September 1, 2008, Catherine said…
Hello Michael-
So you're picking olives? I just received my confirmation from JAI. Where are you picking? I would love to hear more. I picked near Jenin last year and it was an amazing experience.
At 6:14am on August 30, 2008, Stephanie Chase said…
Hi Michael!
So I remember reading on Couchsurfing that you are originally from Russia-- did you move before the fall of the Soviet Union or after?
What was there? Did you face any discrimination?
My great grandparents are from what is now the present day Ukraine.
Some of my Great Grandmother's sisters were able to escape to what was then Palestine. My Great Grandmother tried to get (ca. early 1920s), but my Great Uncle was already born, and the British would not allow them in.
I am just interested in hearing everyone's family sotires :)
At 9:25pm on August 28, 2008, Max S said…
Hi there Michael thanks for the info. No worries about the Hebrew I am fluent! No only joking. I will get my girlfriend to translate. Hopefully see you soon. Cheers. Max.
At 9:29pm on August 27, 2008, Max S said…
Hi there Michael. How are you? It was good to see you at the cafe. What was the name of the organisation that you do the olive picking with? Cheers.
At 1:27am on August 27, 2008, Stephanie Chase said…
Hi Michael!
This is Stephanie from CS :)
I am glad to see that you are on here!
It seems like a lot of people from "Peace in the Middle" group are on here!
At 2:55am on August 8, 2008, Hayyim Feldman said…
Shalom-salaam Michael,
I just read your July 16 post in the discussion on Why Israel Won't Accept a Two-State Solution, with a long citation from Bernard Chazelle. Excellent! Many thanks.
At 9:31pm on July 30, 2008, Shimon Z. Klein said…
Hi Michael,
Thank you so much for the offer. I will be in Cape Town to visit my mother and family during this time so unfortunately I will not be able to attend the Peace Cafe. However, the next meeting I hope to attend and perhaps we can go together. Thanks all the same.


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