How nice to find a good friend here! I realize more and more than there are so many people from the Israeli civil society who fight for just peace, and they're quite a few, but surprisingly, the press and the media in general never report their activities or mention their efforts towards more communication and dialogue. All we see on TV channels across the whole world and also what we read on the most powerful papers gives the impression no one in Israel cares and a total absence of any form of civil society activities. The reality is amazingly different from the image they send the whole world about what really goes on in this part of the world. More and more people should hear about all of you doing so many great things and sparing no effort to make things move forward. keep up the hope ! Thank you Shimon for everything you do for the sake for peace.
A True Story By Faisal Al-kateep
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.
אני ערבי פלסטיני מהכפר חיזמה הנמצא בין ירושלים רמאללה
כשהייתי בגיל 15 נלחמתי נגד הכיבוש הישראלי
בשבל החופש הייתי חושיב כל אדם יהודי חייל או אזרח גבר או אישה קטן או גדול צריך לההרג
עד בא יום נסיתי לשלול לבן אדם את חיים שלו לא הייתי מכיר אתו היה בשביל יהודי וכל יהודי היא המטרה שלי להרוג
תאמינו לי הייתי רק ילד לא מבין כלום בפוליטיקה
או את הסכסוך הערבי הישראלי
בסוף נעצרתי לתקופה של 12 שנים
למדע כל זה קרה בשנת האינתיפאדה הראשונה 1987. באותו שלב. אף אחד לא מדבר על שלום
רק מדברים שני הצדדים רק על אלימות
התחלתי לגדול ואני בכלא התחלתי ללמוד לקרוא
ספרים על פוליטיקה. ספרות. שירה וסיפורים העולם.
ועידת מדריד נתן לי תקווה החיים לחיות בשלןם
ובכבוד . למדתי כי אלימות תבי רק אלימות
והשלום הא הפתרון היחיד בין שני העמים למען עתיד יפה מכובד בין שני העמים
אנחנו חיים על אותה קרקע.אנחנו שכנים שותים מאותו המים מתפללים עבור אלוהים אחד
אנו צריכים לחיות בשלום על בסיס של הדת לאלוהים והאדמה לכלאם
I agree, Linda! However, we must always remember that according to the international monitors of the elections in Gaza, the elections were fair and that Hamas won the elections in a fair ballot. I am aware, of course, that Hamas are not imprisoned as you say, but the people of Gaza. However, I am sure that most of the people of Gaza do not support Hamas today because of the oppression of Hamas and their zero achievements for the Palestinians. The onus is on the Palestinian People to rebel against Hamas and send them to hell where they belong! By doing this, Gaza will win its freedom and hopefully the era of Hamastan with its religious fanaticism - will come to an end! Inshallah!
Hamas is creating a situation whereby the siege on Gaza cannot be lifted - not by the Egyptians nor the Israelis. If only there is a way to allow innocent Gazan Palestinians freedom of movement. I do not know whether there is a way to ensure that with out Hamas taking advantage and embarking on another onslaught of terror. Maybe there are readers with ideas that are practical as to how this could be achieved. I would support the end of the siege if it allows freedom for Palestinians in Gaza. As circumstances stand now, the lifting of the siege strengthens Hamas and Iran and grants them legitimicy which they ill deserve.
hello shimon z.klien how are you ? hope too that you are always in a better life cause you a lucky guy whom you are a good peace make in this world specially in your place and your so blessed that you were here in this org.whom i was an avid fun of this organization , and hope to see you soon here in our place just to see me personally and have a peace here if you want too,, help us ..your so welcome here in the philippines whom i was staying as of now ,,and may you say oh my god i'ts you harry again me god bless you and more power to you and bless as your family circle ..and more activity to be done on you in this organization..
I wish I was from the Cape, but am a Joburger, who came to live here nearly 9 years ago. How long have you been here for? It is people take responsibility for their actions and the outcome of these actions that we become authentic and real.
Wishing you a Chag Sameach and enjoy the rest of your day,
Best wishes for an enjoyable stay in SA.Best wishes for a safe trip back home .
People with good will from both sides are able to do something ,if not now ,may be in the future for our kids and grandkids.
Hey there Shimon. Thanks for the add. Are you connected to 'Breaking the Silence' organisation (Israeli soldiers who talk about what they experienced in the West Bank)? I have just found out you have a blog so I shall go and have a look. Cheers.