Stephanie Chase
  • 32, Female
  • Amherst, MA
  • United States
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I think that this is a perfect time to start a LOVE Revolution!

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My personal story:
All right.. Here it igoes.. I am going to write what I thinbk and feel, and if you don't like it then that's too f****ing bad, since this is the ugly truth that nooone wants to hear!!!

I am an American Jew, who has family and friends in Israel and Palestine, and also several other countries within the region, such as Jordan, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, etc.. I've always questioned what it means to have identity, since my mother is Jewish and my father is Christian. I grew up with a somewhat religious Jewish mother, and a former Catholic father who had several problems with the Catholic Church, yet was neutral when my mother would force me to go to Hebrew school as a kid. I also have Native American ancestry (most likely from the Seneca tribe) on my father's side of the family, and now as an adult, looking back at all of this,
I come to realize that a lot of my different ethnic backgrounds were once at conflict with one another. I think that it is beautiful to see that people in my family that were once at conflict are now living together in harmony. And I am a product of it! :)
I used to love going to synagogue as a child-- I used to love hearing the rabbi's and the cantor's beautiful voice, and how their voices lead me to a beautiful eden.

People find it ironic that I identify as a Jew, yet I don't believe in God (I stopped believing in God when I was 16, after reading this quote:
"I don't know if God would agree with me, but believing in God is kind of unimportant when compared to believing in yourself. Because if you go with the idea that God gave you a mind and an ability to judge things, then he would want you to believe in yourself and not worry about believing in him. By believing in yourself you will come to the conclusion that will point to something." ~ Billy Corgan

I was very active in the Refrom Movement of Judiasm youth movement, North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), which really helped me learn to love being Jewish, and be an activist towards Israel and the underdog.

After visiting Israel for the first time in 2003, it really saddened me that both Israelies and Palestinians were segregated. I always imagined Israel to be this blissful place. I didn't understand why Israelies acted so rude (seriously they need to be taught some manners!!). When I went again in 2006 with Birthright, many of the Israelies that we met told me that they would not hang out with Arabs, and were told that they could only say "hi" to them. Even my own blood related relatives said this as well!!!
How can we expect peace if there is no dialogue?! The only way we can expect peace to occur is via dialogue. it is the key.

I just started an interfaith/students for peace group at my college.
I want people to realize that the governments on both sides are responsible for the violence, and it's mostly the religious extremists on both sides that are ruining it for everyone.

I am also a member of Union of Progressive Zionists, which I really enjoy, and hope that the new American Pro-Israel/Pro-Palestinian-- which will finally bring peace to the land along with justice for all Israelies and Palestinians. I also support anything that is just pro peace and love! :)

Life is ever changing. I've noticed that just even the last few months, my viewpoints have changed being on here. I am learning so much and bound to try new things. I hope this never ends.

I am starting to hate nationalism, since at a global scale, it's a type of institutionalized discrimination.

I am starting to hate capitalism too. I don't like the idea of one person sitting in their office. Society in general is full of discrimination, and it is (unfortunatly it's apart of human nature). through my heart and effort I can help others.

I also have my own personal online blog, so if you are interested in learning more about me, here it is:
Why I want peace:
I don't like conflict.
I want to see both Israel and her neighbors live side by side peacefully.
I want people to learn to become
Interests and activities:
textile art
rock climbing
disability rights
inidigenous peoples and cultures
Something you didn't know about me:
I am related to the second president of the United States, John Adams (on my father's side of the family-- my father is not Jewish); I also like to collect chopsticks-- I have a huge collection, of very funky and weird looking chopsticks- I feel that each one tells a story
How I found
through the Yahoo group "Act Left"
What I want to achieve here:
I hope to make new friends; meet people of all different perspectives; get some ideas for peace activities (I just started an interfaith/Students for Peace group at my college) ...
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Posted on August 25, 2009 at 6:36am 5 Comments

After reading this article, it made me feel worthless; a punch in the face to all people that are working towards peace and reconciliation, making it sounds as if it is/was a joke!

I found this article to be offensive, making it sound like dialogue is counter productive. I personally feel that dialogue will bring people together (maybe not necessarilly their governments), and dispell the stereotypes, racism, hate that they had been taught, and come to see the other side as human… Continue

Investing in Peace

Posted on August 11, 2009 at 9:30pm 6 Comments

Currently there as been a lot of BDSM (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement) towards Israel, along with an academic and cultural boycott. I don't mind if people-- schools, institutions, goverments, companies, etc. are divesting from companies that are invested in the violence, oppression and or occupation (on BOTH sides-- since I feel that both sides are responsible in one way or another for the violence, and current state of affairs within Israel and Palestine, but also with Israel and… Continue

Hamas rocket attacks 'war crimes'-- Excellent, balanced article from the BBC! :)

Posted on August 8, 2009 at 6:01am 1 Comment

I was so happy to find this article.

Finally, human rights groups are admitting that Hamas should be responsible for the war crimes and damages that they have done to Israelies in Southern Israel.

I think that people need to realize that both sides are responsible for the violence-- it's not a one man's act, and both the Israeli government and Hamas should be held responsible for the autrocities that they have done.

The article admits a lot of things that I have been… Continue

Israelies and Palestinians Playing Soccer?

Posted on August 3, 2009 at 9:46pm 2 Comments

I happened to encounter this video on a blog.

This video could be construed as degrading and demoralizing, but I decided to see the good in this video.

Despite the wall, they could all play a good game of soccer.

But I still did not like how they did not show the Palestinians, making it sound as if they were not human.

And that really dissapointed… Continue

Lieberman vows to quit if charged

Posted on August 3, 2009 at 6:42pm 0 Comments

If find this article to be very interesting.

First, What kind of fraud was Avigdor Lieberman accused of within the Israeli government ?

I am happy that he may have to resign, since I did not like his policy towards peace, nor his racist attitudes (some of them sounded VERY scary! Especially the one where he said that "Minorities everywhere are the problem. I find that totally ironic that he would say that, since he, as a Jew was a minority, living under opprssive… Continue

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At 5:23am on October 28, 2012, NILAY BAND said…

Hello Stephanie ,

Wishing you Pious, Peaceful & Prosperous future & requesting you to join our World Peace Movement.

Please associate with World Peace & Friendship Mission -- India to South Africa.

Nilay Band ( India ) Team Leader Site - ( schedule of mission will update soon ) Link - Email - /

At 11:55am on May 12, 2011, shyam tosawad said…
Dear friend
"Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world is a family.This is the teaching of our indian culture and tradition.This is a wonderful site to to know our inner self and each other and can make a world a family.
We created countries, boundaries,religions,cast,race for any reason.But this the time to realize that we are one and naturally interconnected with each other which we can just realize by watching inhale and exhale of our breaths. The source is same without any discrimination of religion and boundaries, equally for all living life of universe .When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equally important, valuable and respectable .
We should follow the nature's rule,God has given us a human life not for destruction but to look after the wellbeing of all living life so that peace and harmony can establish in this planet.
I shall be happy if we could be a friend with harmonious relationship.
shyam                 tosawad@gmail.comDelete Comment
At 11:56pm on January 22, 2011, baree' fahjan said…
hi Stephanie
i am baree' fahjan
from Palestine....west bank
i am so happy to hear that from you
and because you are interesting of Israel and Palestine case
thank you
and nice to become friends
my email (
At 10:09am on October 19, 2010, Jalal said…
Hey Stephanie,

Really sorry for my late reply. but i am just new here. I have finished my master degree from Birzeit univeristy in Scientific computing and currently i am working in Programming company.

At 1:42am on September 19, 2010, Sami Abu Zgarit said…
At 5:21pm on July 15, 2010, Pastor Samuel Muderhwa said…
Dear Stephanie
thanks for the good works you are doing.

At 4:55am on May 11, 2010, Rashad said…
Hi it’s good to know you. Stay blessed. Add me please.
Regards, love and peace.
Chairman: Hope development organization.
At 11:55pm on February 24, 2010, Sami Abu Zgarit said…
I think that this is a perfect time to start a LOVE Revolution! In peace
At 4:15pm on January 7, 2010, hussein ahmad said…
انتي انسانه رائعه تستحق كل تقدير
مع تمنياتي الك بالتوفيق والنجاح الدائم
تقبلي تحياتي
At 5:52am on December 12, 2009, Michael Goebel said…
Stephanie - yes, we are indeed starting a Love Revolution:

Would LOVE to see you there :-)
Love and Blessings,


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