When I was almost 15 years old i had a cousen who died in a terrorist attack in a restaurant that he was working in..he left his wife pregnant with his second son and left me to wonder about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as an Arab-Israeli or a Palestinian living in Israel or whatever people call me..and now after almost 8 years I've come to realize my own identity and learned a lot about conflict resolution
Why I want peace:
I've been through a lot as an Israeli citizin carrying a painful palestinian history that seems to live forever..I want to come to a closure about the loss and confusion in my life so I can go on and help others to reach the same goal..so we can all live in harmony at least till the morning comes..
Interests and activities:
I'm studying English at university here in Israel after being for a month or so in the states in a learning centre to teach peaceful debate and conflict resolution in a non-profit peace organization. I consider reading and dancing as my ultimate hobbies :P
Something you didn't know about me:
I've been through an angry management program and I speak three languages:Arabic, Hebrew and English.
How I found mepeace.org:
What I want to achieve here:
I want to meet people from all around the world that believe in this cause to spread hope and harmony..especially in the holy land where I live whether you want to call it Israel or Palestine..
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I am originally from Ottawa, Canada and my husband is Israeli. we left in 2003 because of all the terror (most Israelis ignored the feelings of fear and hatred, I couldn't do it). I always saw patterns in Israeli and Palestinian behaviours but it took me a year living outside of Israel to want to understand what I experienced. I started my MA over 2 years ago and we plan to move back to Israel once I finish.
I am happy I was exposed to a different way of analyzing the conflict being far enough away to try to be objective. The other irony is living away gave me an opportunity to meet Palestinians even though I lived next to them for so many years. That is what I think I will write my thesis on- the conflict mentality in Israeli Jewish society that keep us seperated from Palestinians.
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I am sorry to hear about your cousin, sadly the attacks doest destinguish all living humans are their targets, we are all sisters and brothers and humans, having a recognized identity will help us to develop safe, all that is needed with peace of course.
Looking forward to your participation with us on mepeace.