I bacame envolved in peace and justice work at the age of 19 when after a year and a half as a soldier refused to continue to serve and spent time in prison for my decision. After my release from the army I wa went traveling and speaking overseas for a year in Australia, New zealand/Aauteroa, Thailand and cambodia .
When I came back I helped intiate and run deminars for Israeli youth contemplating their army service on behalf of New Profile. following the seminars I guided various groups of young conscientious objectos and activists as well as intiating the first alternative summer camp for youth in Neve Shalom/wahat a salam.
Over the years I was also involved in the Palestinian/Israeli/International movement in resistance of the Seperation wall and for a joint future. I was especialy involved in my local town of Mevaseret Zion where we did joint ressistence with the neighbouring villages of Beit Suriq and Bidu.
Over the last few years I have been studying Mid=Eastern clasical music at the center for Mid-East clasical music as well as guiding alternative tours in the Jerusalem area on behalf of ICAHD as well as privatly through my alternative tours website.
For more info:
my refusal website:geocities.com/rotemmor
Center for Mid-East clasical music website:http://www.musicenter.org.il
Alternative tours website:jerusalemtous.blogspot.com
Why I want peace:
Because what else is there to want in life..?
Interests and activities:
Tour guiding: jerusalemtours.blogspot.com
Something you didn't know about me:
what do you know about me...hehe
How I found mepeace.org:
What I want to achieve here:
well, peace, no..?
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The symbol of peace falls in the land of peace
Will we give them the chance to bring down the symbol of peace in the land of peace?
Many people know this is a plot of land full of olive trees.
And many Israeli and Palestinian families make a living from these trees
Especially that so many Palestinian families do not have another source of living,
except these olive trees
Days before the start of the harvest, especially in the West Bank,
What happened was expected, the start was of some settlers groups fighting Palestinian families
and preventing them to enter to the olive harvest,
Then the settlers started shooting the Palestinians, and set fire in the trees
Finally, with the help of European, American, Israeli, and other people from all over the world,
Some Palestinian families succeeded to collect their olives.
So, I am the address to thank all those who helped these families and brought them happiness,
And say to the settlers: We will not let you bring down the symbol of peace
For the olive trees are the symbol of peace in the land of peace
נופל סמל השלום בארץ השלום
האם לתת להם הזדמנות להפיל סמל השלום בארץ השלום?
הרבה אנשים יודעים שזה מגרש מלא עצי זית.
ומשפחות רבות של ישראלים ופלסטינים מתפרנסים מהעצים האלה.
במיוחד לכל כך הרבה משפחות פלסטיניות אין מקור הכנסה ,
רק עצי הזית האלה.
ימים לפני תחילת המסיק ובמיוחד בגדה המערבית.
מה שקרה היה צפוי, בהתחלה כמה קבוצות של יהודים נלחמו
במשפחות הפלסטיניות כדי למנוע מהם להיכנס אל מסיק הזיתים
אז פתחו המתנחלים באש על הפלסטינים ושרפו עצים שלהם.
בעזרה של אנשים מן האחוד האירופי, אמריקה, ישראלים ומכל ארצות העולם, הצליחו בסוף כמה משפחות פלסטיניות לאסוף את הזיתים שלהם................
לפיכך . אני הכתובת של תודה רבה לכל מי שעזר למשפחות הללו והביא שמחה ללבם....
ואמרו למתנחלים לא ניתן לכם להוריד את סמל השלום
כי עצי הזית הם סמל השלום בארץ השלום
A True Story By Faisal Al-Hatib
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.
Welcome Rotem. You are a legend among some within the Sydney Jewish Community. I respect your principled attempts to work for peace and justice publicly, essentially from WITHIN the Israeli and Diaspora Jewish communities