I am 34 and am currently doing my Masters in Political Science in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I work at the Unit for Social Involvement of Tel-Aviv University. I am the Coordinator of Leadership Programs of the Unit.
I live with my partner in one of the Southern parts of Tel-Aviv.
I am also a member of Merez Youth and was part of their International committee - thanks to which I was involved in four Palesitinan-Israeli encounters. Last year, thanks to the generous invitation of Abraham fund, I became a member of their annual ‘Grants Committee’.
I believe that change starts with education. In order to create change we need to learn and develop. We need to learn how to create change in democratic ways- change that will lead to growth and not to destruction. We need to learn how to create change through negotiation and compromise and not through conflict. We need to learn how to be tolerant and to understand that ‘different’ does not mean ‘worse’. We need to develop tools that will assist with the promotion of all of the above and we need to learn from others’ experience. We need to keep on seeking for more knowledge and more tools that will help us in creating a more humane, just and equal society.
Why I want peace:
because I want to help in creating change in Israel, with regards to Jewish-Arab relationships and with regards to Israeli-Palestinian relationships (Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinian citizens of the PA); because I want to witness Peace between Israel and Palestine and hopefully with other Arab countries; because I don’t want anymore bloodshed; because I want the discrimination and the occupation to stop; because I want a better future for our children; because I want Jewish people to stop seeing an enemy when they see an Arab person in front of them and vice versa; because I want tolerance and hope and communication to replace hate and disappointment and mutual accusations; because I expect more of myself and of my people- being Jewish and because I am willing to do something in order for all of these to happen.
I was born in Israel but already at the tender age of seven I moved with my parents to Africa (Nigeria and Kenya) for six years. Living in Africa has impacted drastically the way I view the world and the way I approach other people. From an early age, I learnt to live with people who were very different than me- in their appearance, culture, religion or customs. I lived in different countries around Africa, studied in Israeli schools and in an English school and therefore learnt to accept a reality that was much different than the one I knew until than. I learnt to accept people that are different from me, as equals. I learnt that other people exist, people that differ from one another, with different customs and believes. I learnt to respect variance, even if its not part of my life. I learnt that even if I don’t agree with others I can still respect them. All of these had a crucial influence on my development. When I matured, I realized that human rights issues and Jewish-Arab relationship are topics that are extremely important to me and that I want to take part in fighting for and promoting them. The value system that I developed, is one that believes in equality for every person (regardless to race, religion or sex), in respect for every person, in the need to solve conflicts through communication, in the need to condemn violence and wars and in the need to see the good in every person.
highly i do admire ur efforts and motevation to have peacer also i beleive in the education as effective tool for changing but i do also strongly believe in the power of collecitve thoughts ,actions and political well as basic facores for making changing inside us or around u in all life levels .what u think about that Lihi
It was wonderful to meet you the other night at the Peace Cafe. I love the profile you have written here. You say very important things and it is beautifully written. I hope to connect with you soon again in person.
I will write more soon, I need to go to study at ulpan now. I wanted to at least say hello and add you as my friend on mepeace. By the way, I looked for a way to send a private message to you and was not able to find that option on your page.
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 www.loversofjerusalem.org
Your profile is very inspiring. I also agree with you that change starts with education, and through education, we can give students the tools necessary to think, grow, and act in this troubled world.
I hope to learn more from you in the future.
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we'd love to provide these to Meretz youth. I've also heard they have a camp or 2. sounds like your doing some interesting work there. good on you!