Thank you so much for your inspiring comments! Hmm, I don't even know Ruth Cohen, but now I get curious to find out about Themecentered interaction. And very interesting that you mention Augusto Boal. I really like this kind of work and as you say it could be very useful in the Jewish-Arabic dialogue. He must have been an interesting and special man?? And thank you for mentioning your friend, I will try to get in contact with him. What kind of work are you into? Looking forward to keeping in touch with you, Take care, Tamar
A True Story By Faisal Al-katib
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.