Yigal D. Kahana
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My personal story:
Born in New Jersey, USA.
Lived for 28 years in Miami.
An attorney working now in Oregon.
For the past 4 years or so I've been visiting Israel often (3-4x year).
Every time, I brought an extra suitcase or two full of clothes to give to people living in Israeli immigrant absorption centers.
In December '07, managed to get 10 duffel bags of winter coats to Israel to distribute to people from Darfur who are now located in Tel Aviv and Ashkelon, and also to Israeli-Ethiopians.
Have been active in a Florida-based multifaith peaceful-coexistence organization since 2001.
I've shot video on an IDF base, and been to visit people in their homes in Arab-Israeli towns. Among my friends are yeshiva people, guys who served in the IDF, Arab Israelis, and Egyptian, Bedouin, and Palestinians who lean toward Republicanism and Human Rights.
I am a cautious optimist.
Why I want peace:
Because it's better than the alternative.
Interests and activities:
Writing, Photography
Something you didn't know about me:
I started an English program in Israel to help Ethiopian Israeli students get into college
How I found
What I want to achieve here:
Create goodwill.
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Rousseau and me:

"Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains. Many of those chains are laws that violate people's Human Rights."
لقد ولد الانسان حرا و مع ذلك هو مكبل بالاغلال فى كل مكان. و كثير من هذة الأغلال هى عبارة عن قوانين تنتهك حقوق الانسان للشعب.

Cicero and me:
"Most foolish of all is the idea that all of the laws of any given country must be fair and just. They will not be fair if they violate anyone's Human Rights."
ان أغبى مقولة هى أن كل القوانين فى أى بلد يجب أن تكون عادلة لانها لن تكون كذلك طالما انتهكت حقوق الانسان لأى فرد.

Polybios and me:
"A state in which the majority of citizens is free to do whatever it pleases is not a democracy. Not if the majority feels free to violate the Human Rights of the minority."
الدولة التى يتمتع فيها غالبية مواطنيها بحرية فعل أى شئ تريدة الدولة هى دولة غير ديموقراطية. كما أن الدولة التى تكون فيها الأغلبية حرة فى انتهاك حقوق انسان الأقلية هى دولة غير ديموقراطية

If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. … We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. –Sir Karl Popper

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Gaza and Darfur: Some people seem to matter more than others

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 2:15am 14 Comments


The recent conflict between Israel and Hamas has created fury around the globe, especially in the Muslim world. A number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa saw some of the largest demonstrations in their history condemning the killing of civilians and children in the military operation.

The Middle Eastern media, such as Al Jazeera, covered the conflict 24/7.

One has to wonder why the Darfur conflict has never received similar… Continue

Lost in the blur of slogans

Posted on March 17, 2009 at 7:41pm 0 Comments

(from the San Francisco Chronicle)

by Ishmael Khaldi

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

For those who haven't heard, the first week in March has been designated as Israel Apartheid Week by activists who are either ill intentioned or misinformed. On American campuses, organizing committees are planning happenings to once again castigate Israel as the lone responsible party for all that maligns the Middle East.

Last year, at UC Berkeley, I had the opportunity to… Continue

Libyan intelligence officials torture four converts from Islam to Christianity

Posted on March 11, 2009 at 2:00am 5 Comments

There may be "no compulsion" in religion (Qur'an 2:256),

but does it say anything about there being "no torture"?

And isn't Libya on the UN Human Rights commission??


"Libya Tortures Four Christian Converts From Islam,"

from AINA, March 9:

WASHINGTON -- International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Libyan intelligence officials have detained and tortured four Christians for converting from… Continue

Positive Zionism

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 12:30am 12 Comments

A story from my recent visit to Israel.

One of the schools I went to check out was a high school in Baka al Garbiyeh.

A friend brought me over to meet with the principal of the school, and I sat for about three hours with the man in his office, on the third floor. I went through my power point presentation on my laptop on a table in his office, and both he and the head of his English 'department' gave me wonderful feedback.

They offer you a lot of coffee in that many hours,… Continue

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At 12:40pm on January 1, 2011, Ibrahim Fathi said…
lVpfh tons of pilgrimage] LED fans get to know peace is possible Ahumaia
At 7:50am on March 28, 2010, Shmuel Yerushalmi said…
In word "orangism", I mean to orange revolutions, in Ukraine, Georgia and other pleaces in Eastern Europe. Orangism - this attack of Western Imperialism against faltering countries and countries of the Third World.
At 11:38pm on December 22, 2009, John Henderson said…
Yigal, I am still moving forward . I was just in Israel to set up things . I will keep in touch
John Henderson
At 10:00pm on September 29, 2009, Gabrielle Weiniger said…
Shalom Yigal and gam shana tova lcha,
That's wonderful news! I am currently writing a dissertation at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, about Jerusalems inhabitants in 1914-1930 and am looking for information/photos/personal stories about life there. If you would be interested in helping me, perhaps we can be in touch by e-mail ( and we can ask each other some more questions!
Thank you for responding and I hope we'll be in touch soon
At 9:41pm on May 12, 2009, Jennifer A. Miskin-Flake said…
Thanks . . . . . . I will take a look.

And no . . . I say sadly . . . I have not yet been to Israel nor any of the nations in that region . . . God willing, it is in my future. :)
At 9:18pm on May 12, 2009, Jennifer A. Miskin-Flake said…


I was wandering about on the site, and revisited the "American Friends of mepeace" discussion group. I saw that you mentioned you were doing a website for women's rights (Ramallah) and also that you had a project about a human rights curriculum. This post was in August 2008. So, I was just wondering if either of those things came about, because both of those things interest me, either to help if I have anything to contribute (I might or might not), or to know about the finished product, if they are finished.

Thanks! Hope your spring and summer will be great.

At 12:06pm on March 5, 2009, Mohammad Hantash said…
Thank you my friend, Yigal D. Kahana and I am very happy to join this group and hope that peace would prevail all over the world, especially between Israel and Palestine .... and I am very re-identify you .. Greetings and appreciation to you .. And forward to achieving a comprehensive and
At 9:12pm on March 1, 2009, Murad Asaad said…
hello Yigal,
nice to meet u too
now adays Jenin is calm and ok
about that guy i dont know him but
i know the village Jafra
i will add u to my friends
At 6:00am on February 28, 2009, Eli Williamson-Jones said…

I'm from Colorado but live in Connecticut. I love Eugene and the West Coast. Someday I may end up back out there. :-)
At 10:33am on February 27, 2009, anasarqoub said…
thanks for your warm welcome :)

Best Regards


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