I became connected with MePeace after participating in the Hazon-Arava Israel Bike Ride in 2007. I was inspired by the work of the Arava Institute in Israel and by the personal stories of the Arab and Jewish students that I met there. Eyal is a Facebook friend and I'm always impressed by his activities. Here in the US we hear very little about peaceful and positive contacts between Arabs and Jews.
Why I want peace:
Because continued hostilities are never going to accomplish anything except more destruction. The more fighting goes on, the more distrust grows, and the more distrust grows, the less likely anyone is to be willing to settle.
Interests and activities:
Music, biking, hiking, the environment
Something you didn't know about me:
I demonstrated against the Vietnam War back in the 1970's.
How I found mepeace.org:
Eyal contacted me after the Israel Ride.
What I want to achieve here:
I want to learn more about the Israeli and Palestinian peace movements and find ways to support them.
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Naomi, good to connect. The provision of fresh water and sanitation is a huge issue in the world right now. Even in LA, there are problems because of droughts, and the amount that Americans are drawing from the Nevada lakes. Here in Britain, the north west has hose pipe bans and water shortages as they've had 1/3 of the rainfall they should have had this year (as bad as 1929, apparently.) This is in a country where 25 degrees is the normal 'high' temperature in summer!
It saddens me when I hear that Israeli settlements have diverted water sources so they have plentiful supplies (and greeen lawns) when the Palestinians have so little. This all relates to UN Millennium Development Goal #7 - environmental sustainability. Last year, they agreed that clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right.
Hi Naomi, I think we are of a similar generation, judging by the protests! I abandoned ego (division, judging) thinking back in 2002, to follow my dreams and become the authentic me. Yes, I've been to the US, visited NY three times - most recently Sep 09. Brits and Yanks are very similar in thinking - we've been taught all about competition and winner takes all. It's sad, although I agree your media is very tunnel vision. I have greave concern about our new government, as public sector budgets are being slashed - those that help communities and more vulnerable people. It's sick.
I decided on this journey that I love ordinary people far more than I love governments/status/control. Publishing journey's been interesting, just praying I attract the right agent for the second book, which is about the sacred feminine journey. And finally, apart from peace, the provision of clean water and sanitation is so fundamental to human life and girls education it's a big mission for me. Every blessing!
I' guess by now everyone is aware of the findings of the UN Human Rights Commission on the war in Gaza last year. It's very upsetting to me, but I guess for you Gazans, the upset has been a constant condition. Here is the NY Times article:.
Shalom aleichem Naomi!
I've recently been getting a little bit back into mepeace after a long absence. I also came of age politically in the anti-Vietnam-War movement. Nice to have you here.
Please see my reply to you (and to Luc's response to you) here.