I just returned home to the Boston area after a month of travel. What will you be doing in the Middle East this trip? May G!d bless your travels with peace, safety, and success in all your worthy endeavors.
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.
I live near Boston but I've been traveling for a month with limited computer access. I'll be back home in a couple of days. What is bringing you to the Middle East this trip, and for how long? Safe travels!
Dear Martin, thanks for your reply. I hope you enjoy your visit to the Midle East. My travelling days are done but I spent ten months travelling all over the Arabic countries in 1970 including Iraq and Syria. Where are you off to? Andrew XX
Sorry i couldn't find a picture of myself so i uploaded a desert scene which seemed the next best thing. I am not especially attractive anyhow so a desert will suffice, but my heart is not a desert, but loves the Lord as you do. Please dear brother could you help me to find a little booklet whch would compare similar words in Arabic and Hebrew. For example 'akh' (brother) is the same in both languages, isn't it? Similarly 'thiker' (Arabic) and 'zakhar' (Hebrew) both mean remember. I am fascinated by the similarities but have looked in vain for a simple book for a simple person like me and can't find one. Could you posibly help?
Yours in Jesus, Andrew XX
sir your my guest now :)
i've sent your phone number to my cousin, he is an English teacher in UNRWA and AMIDEAST , he is a good person you can trust him, his name is Ahmed Hilal, phone #: 0599-886758
he will call you, I've asked him to call you tomorrow, in case he did not, that means he forgot to call so please call him if he was late to call...
i wish you a successful work there, and THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH for doing this... im sorry i want there to welcome you by my self...
oh man its an honer to welcome you in Qalqilya, unfortunately im not in West Bank these days, im in Malaysia for masters studies, but no problem, i will call my parents and some trusted friends, they will welcome you and find you a good place to stay in...
I will send you another message today after I call them...
I wish I was there in Qalqilya...
Shoah means the same as Holocaust. I would like you to read a little booklet about the Holocaust, which I have written. I could send it to you via email, if you are interested. Greetings and blessings, Martin
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