Erwin van der Bij
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My personal story:
I was always interested in peace work. In 2003 I started the foundation Peace Is The Way (
Why I want peace:
Just because it belongs to people.
How I found
Via friends of Peace Portal
What I want to achieve here:
Giving and receiving inspiration and support for peace work

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VAJOCO project is (also) working on peace for people of Middle-East

Posted on September 4, 2007 at 11:54pm 0 Comments

The purpose of the VAJOCO project is to get young people from conflict areas in the world for 2-3 weeks at a vacation camp in The Netherlands. In these 2-3 weeks, several dialog sessions will be facilitated, to get these young people in contact with eachother, so that understanding and friendship can grow. Beside these dialog sessions, there will also be time for entertainment (sports, games, sightseeing, etc.). After these 3 weeks, they will go back home and will hopefully start as peace…


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At 7:04am on May 28, 2009, Kelly Williams said…
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Really Like Your Profile And Like To Know About You, And See What We Can Build Together In Terms Of Friendship And Relationship. But Before I Share Any Conversation With You, I Want You To Read And Understand From This Message And Get Back To Me If You Really Believe In It.

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Love Is Not About Finding The Right Person, But Creating A Right Relationship. It’s Not About How Much Love You Have In The Beginning But How Much Love You Build Till The End.

Love Is A Noble Act Of Self-giving, Offering Trust, Faith, And Loyalty. The More You Love, The More You Lose A Part Of Yourself, Yet You Don’t Become Less Of Who You Are; You End Up Being Complete With Your Loved Ones.
If You Believe In This Word, Then Feel Free To Contact Me And Let Me Get To Know You Better.

Here Is My Email Address To Reach Me On If You Are Interested And If You Believe In Love . Hope To Hear You There Soon And Tell Me More Bout Yourself.

God Bless You.
At 11:22pm on May 30, 2008, Rob Schrama said…
The ‘Big Hug’ and the future of Jerusalem

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
At 12:51pm on November 28, 2007, Jessica Johnston said…
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At 2:51pm on September 11, 2007, adam ps said…
Hi Erwin
it is my honor to have freinds from different countries we hope to see you in bethlehem
At 8:40am on September 8, 2007, IYAD jawabrh said…
At 11:44pm on September 7, 2007, carmela nakash said…
Hi Arwin
Thank you that you with us. now i call you our friend .I hope that one day will be met all of us In the convention for the sake of the peace , now we can be in tach here .
At 5:05pm on September 7, 2007, abdalkhaq abu hait said…
hi am so hapy to be your frinde and its so nice to meet you here and to make all the world live in peace
At 1:10am on September 6, 2007, Lemuel Melamed said…
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At 1:00pm on September 5, 2007, Dr Leo Semashko said…
Dear Erwin,

I like to share with you the common aspiration to peace. I looked your interesting site "Peace Is The Way" for creation of the appropriate foundation. As I understood, you could not find money for peace. It is not surprising. As on one million military dollars account ONLY ONE PEACE DOLLAR. It means war is MORE valuable for the people and states in million times!!! Therefore wars and enmity IS in MILLION TIMES MORE THAN PEACE on the Earth!!! At this situation the PEACE NEVER WILL BE ON OUR PLANET.

I OFFER TO CHANGE a SITUATION and to consider the peace as a CONSEQUENCE ONLY of the NEW SOCIAL ORDER BASED ON HARMONY. At existing industrial and antagonistic (hostile) order the PEACE WILL BE NEVER and ANYWHERE. Without a global peace the peace CAN NOT BE anywhere: neither in the Middle East, nor in Iraq, neither in Africa, nor in America, in Europe etc., which at any moment CAN BLOW UP by ANY NEW WAR, including NUCLEAR. Therefore, the purpose should be displaced FROM the peace on social harmony, which natural consequence is TRUE, UNIVERSAL and INDESTRUCTIBLE GLOBAL PEACE. I name it "PEACE FROM HARMONY ". Almost three years back I together with my colleagues - sociologists and peacemakers from many countries have created the appropriate site: You could get acquainted with the conception of the harmonious order and peace on this site in more details.

This conception is submitted briefly in our Magna Carta of Harmony (20 pages) by 43 authors from 16 countries of the world in 8 languages at the address: We invite you and all your friends to join this document, having left on our forum or having written me: "I support the Magna Carta of Harmony and I join to movement PEACE FROM HARMONY".

(Appositely, the title of your site and foundation could be renamed: "Peace Is The Way From Harmony".)

As well as you, we for three years practically have not received ANY FINANCIAL help from anybody, with rare exception of several (5-6) little individual donations. Unfortunately, our experience forces to ascertain, that the war and enmity IS MORE VALUABLE for the people and states than peace and harmony in millions of times, though they are not less expensive than war.

My last hope is a hope for those few young people from 15 to 25 years, which yet are not spoiled by our dying civilization of consumption and enmity and ARE CAPABLE TO ACCEPT PEACE FROM HARMONY TO REPLACE the EXISTING GLOBAL ORDER of WAR and ENMITY by the ORDER of SOCIAL HARMONY and HARMONIOUS PEACE.

Wishes of peace FROM harmony,

At 8:21am on September 5, 2007, Eyal Raviv said…
Hi Erwin,
Thank you for joining our community of peacemakers at What does "Peace is the Way" do?

Eyal :-)


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