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Combatants for Peace is a powerful group of people. These are combatants from both sides of the conflict who have laid down their arms to make peace. The Activist Theatre Group is an offshoot of the Combatants for Peace organization, who meet monthly in the Palestinian village of Shufa to make peace through activist dialogue and theatre.

I participated in their meeting today and was deeply moved by the story of Rahim, a student of law in her young twenties. On a rainy day when she fifteen, Rahim was stopped at a checkpoint near Tulkarm. At the checkpoint she was shot in the stomach by IDF soldier who alleged later that she had endangered him! Rahim was evacuated to the hospital and arrested. She was operated on, and hospitalized for two months. She was handcuffed while she recovered. When Rahim was well enough to stand trial, she was sentenced for endangering an IDF soldier. She served a year in Israeli prison.

Rahim shared her story today. She is impressive. After she was released from prison, young Rahim became a hero to her people, as prisoners often become. I was amazed by the responsibility she has assumed to benefit her people. She is using her standing to make peace.

I asked Rahim how she viewed her responsibility for the future. She answered that she wants to focus on the future of two states for two people. She explained that she does not want her children to be jailed or go through what she has experienced.

Rahim has seen what is possible for her to lead the way to peace. She has committed herself to a bright future. And so must we.

I thank you Rahim for letting me share her story.

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Comment by Eyal Raviv on January 15, 2008 at 9:39am
Yes, Rahim is to be congratulated. She is special and meeting her was inspirational.
Comment by Earl Prignitz on January 14, 2008 at 8:51pm
Glad to learn of The Activist Theatre Group and their concern for living together. Rahim is to be congratulated for her forgiving spirit and her courage to speak out.

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