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My personal story:
I am the program director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics and serve as a Global Council Trustee of the United Religions Initiative--both organizations seek to foster a culture of peace.
Why I want peace:
I believe that that all stakeholders on the planet deserve to live in safety and dignity. I have dedicated my life to seeing this truth come to fruition.
Interests and activities:
Reading, writing, cultural programs swimming and sunshine.
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Anything you need to know~just ask : )
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How I found
Through a friend and fellow activist Roger Eaton.
What I want to achieve here:
We are so fortunate to have the ability to communicate with one another across continents. Let's learn all we can from this experience to improve life everywhere circumstance by circumstance. Our collective voice is the new super-power, if we use it effectively and beneficently we will change the world for the better. In fact we are, right here and now!
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URI Global Council Trustees support human rights and democratic freedoms in the MENA region.

Posted on July 31, 2011 at 5:46pm 2 Comments

United Religions Initiative urges united action to stem Middle East violence



As Trustees of the Global Council of United Religions Initiative, we write to express our support for the millions of people in the Middle East and North Africa who have joined together to demand democratic freedoms and respect for…


URI’s Tenth Anniversary in Amman, Jordan: Deepening Relationships, Values and Purpose

Posted on July 22, 2010 at 4:26pm 0 Comments

URI’s Tenth Anniversary in Amman, Jordan: Deepening Relationships, Values and Purpose

By Rebecca Gonzalez-Tobias, Global Trustee North America

As the Muslim call to…


Justice dwells on J Street

Posted on November 13, 2009 at 3:30am 0 Comments

Justice dwells on J Street

by Rebecca Tobias

This past week a historic intersection of religion and politics made its mark on the Washington DC scene at J Street's inaugural conference (Oct 25th-28th). Peace seeking members of humanity’s community of conscience have found a welcome dwelling place; and speaking for myself, I feel right at home.

Founded over 18 months ago to promote meaningful American leadership to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peacefully… Continue

Brit Olam Forwards Diverse Slate of Candidates; Calls For New Leadership in Israel

Posted on January 16, 2009 at 10:34am 0 Comments


Contact: Ofer Lifschitz, 011 972 50 642-5686, ,

Byron DeLear, (314) 445-7911,

Brit Olam Forwards Diverse Slate of Candidates; Calls For New Leadership in Israel

* Recent Silencing of Israeli Arab Parties Damaging to Democratic Principles

* No Long Term Strategy for Israeli / Palestinian Conflict Guarantees Perpetual State of War

* Brit Olam’s Focus on Caring for Children /… Continue

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At 9:43pm on July 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 3:54pm on May 23, 2009, Ahmed Abu-ElWafa said…
hi Agnese ,
how aer you,
I hope you and your family safe and healthy.
good bay .
At 1:41am on January 23, 2009, Philip Gerson said…

How can we get started on URI linkages for Peace in Israel/Palestine?

At 1:14pm on August 11, 2008, wameeth said…
hi rebecca
i am interested in the raoul wallenberg institute peace programms , i am a memeber of iraqi civil society ,and i heard that the institute had programs targeting people in middel east ,i was wondering if you can give me any information you had abuot it
At 9:09pm on July 25, 2008, Mohammed said…
Hi Rebecca
Our pleasure to have you with us here.
At 3:52am on June 8, 2008, Roger Eaton said…
Ah - here you are and you have connected with Jafra. Great!
At 1:55pm on May 30, 2008, Rob Schrama said…
The ‘Big Hug’ and the future of Jerusalem

The sting of all problems between Israeli and Palestinians lays in the Old City of Jerusalem. Her status has to be solved in such a way, that all parties fighting for control over her can agree upon.

On June 24, the ‘Big Hug’ will be hold in Jerusalem. Light workers from Israel, Palestine and from all over the world, ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’, will come together to bring warmth and energy to this city, embracing holding hands the Old City. If we bundle all our positive energies and bring these to Jerusalem, we can create peace to this exceptional place.

We are organizing the Big Hug to make the people aware –especially the Israeli and Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem- that there is a very shaped perspective for the city of Jerusalem as a city of peace: a new, undivided Jerusalem, as the capital of Palestine, Israel and at large.

Let go of the conflict concerning her command and dedicate the city to the Omnipresent. The Old City as a whole is His Temple. To give the walled Old City free to God, as a "Status Apart”, as an independent city, will be the most feasible way to come out the current impasse.

The Old City of Jerusalem must become an open city; a House of Prayer for all the Peoples. This perspective is written down in the Holy Books, this is the perspective we, as ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’ embrace as well as solution. But how many people does already notice this hopeful point of view?

What I saw in Jerusalem and also everywhere else where I meet Islamic and Jewish people is, that not so many persons really think about a future for Jerusalem. Most of the time, they stick with old ideas that the Old City of Jerusalem will always remain a part of Israel, or in opposite, that it will be absolutely a part of a new Palestinian state, as stolen land that has to be given back. With these visions, a future Jerusalem will be a divided city with an East Palestinian and West Israeli part, with barbed wire and checkpoints in between, like the situation of the city from 1948-1967. Or, coming closer to an agreement, people suggest -like proposed in the “Geneva Accord” in 2003- to make a complicated dividing of the Old City in a Israeli and Palestinian part. That will mean that the small alleys will be split by walls and barriers too. The idea that a future Jerusalem will become a divided city, is something that we have to prevent.

There are living about 250.000 Palestinian and 500.000 Israeli rather close together in one city. Do they want to make a separation of Jerusalem in parts or do they choose, deep in their hearts, for unity? So my best friends, it is our task to inform the whole city that there is an alternative for the Jerusalem of today.

All lovers of a united Jerusalem will come together to encircle and embrace the Old City of Jerusalem with love and devotion. We have to encourage all inhabitants of Jerusalem to join the coming Big Hug, with the idea of a New Jerusalem that might be realized with their support.

Rob Schrama Phone:0031-646608660
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