Working in the hi-tech industry, currently in a small start-up company in Herzeliyya, got to think about the Jewish/Arab conflict a lot during a 1 year trip to South America last year (especially following the second Lebanon war, a lot of which i spent in Haifa, my home town, with sirens and missiles falling around). I think the root of the problem is the point of view that many people in the region have that the existence of people from another nationality/religion contradicts the well being of their nationality/religion (I like to phrase it as follows - probably the vast majority of Jewish Israelis will be very happy to wake up and find out that all the Arabs in the region packed their suitcases and moved to some place else, and the same is probably true for most Arabs in the region) I find it to be a very poor starting point to make peace, and even for co-existence inside israel.
Why I want peace:
Because the alternatives are much worse, and because last time i checked no one seems to have plans to start packing (referring to my personal story)
Interests and activities:
Cycling, Languages, Kitesurfing and talking.
Something you didn't know about me:
I make my own granola at home
How I found mepeace.org:
through Ariel Gutman, a friend of my brother and mine.
What I want to achieve here:
Take part of and support the community of people who understand that we live together in the same place and that it doesn't have to be something we consider as a compromise, but rather something we can make an advantage.
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hello uri barinholz welcome here in this org. hope to do best that you can in this in sharing your knowledge for being a peacemaker whom god will guide you and bless upon joining this kind of org. just to help some people who needs help in peace not only in middle east but in other place who need peace and hope to meet you here in your place someday and me god bless you and your family circle i need to be my friend to you hope to see you here in the philippines were i li8ve and stay as of now you can open my page for your further information on me again more power to you and me god bless you always..
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.
thank you so much for supporting me , you see that no differences between us when we put aside our fanatic believes , sucj as zionism and Islam , we can coexixst and live togother forever without those contradictions as humanbeings.
so dear I'll be proud of you and invite you to ramallah and tomyhome around jerusalem , we'll be friends forever .
thank you again
Welcome Uri, I think I heard of you thru Ariel. How are you? Enjoy us. Use our Features. If you have a question on the site, see our FAQ. Please share your Feedback, and please invite your friends to join us.
Hi Uri, Welcome to mepeace. It's good to have a new member from the region here. You can check out some activities we have been up to lately (go to "discussions" from the homepage): "a call for help, part 2", "military poisons south Hebron", photography course, arab-jewish dinners... also a meeting is being planned in August (check out "a new peace cafe" discussion) and you are officially invited. As you can see we aren't packing our suitcases or hoping anyone else does. I hope you enjoy the website.
p.s. I make my own granola too- what's your recipe?