Hi there. I wasn't aware that we were not friends. :-) What brought that comment about? Anyway, what are the mountains behind you? They look lovely, I think you told me once but I forgot. (The other guy in my picture is Anas when we were near Bethlehem).
Christine, I'm not "fond of Australia", I'm proudly Australian. Igrew up here and knew nothing else till I lived some years in Israel as an adult, and got to know both Israelis and Palestinians well ... all the most amazing wonderful people. The troubles have always come from a relatively small group of extremists who are wholly committed to Israel being destroyed. Today, thanks to a very unfortunate set of circumstances, they make up the Palestinian "leadership", and both Palestinians and Israelis are suffering terribly as a result.
As to our family history, I won't bore you with a lot of detail, as, like with the rest of the very few that survived, survival was a matter of having about six pieces of incredible luck, something bordering on miraculous. People with just two narrow escapes ganerally didn't make it. For my parents it began in the first week of the invasion of Poland when my dad's older brother was hauled out of his shop, stood against a wall and shot infront of his wife and children, for no better reason than he was Jewish. This prompted my parents to flee to Russia ... had they not, I wouldn't be here.
As for Israel, for Herzl, the originator of Zionism, it was indeed about a safehaven for Jews to flee to ... a very negative reason for establishing a country, but then Herzl was very assimilated and knew little of Jewish language and culture. Israel today is a thriving happy country, in which four generations of Israelis live laugh and cry together, the same as anywhere in the world. The difference is that people are still trying to destroy it. These people are no longer supported by the Arab world which has finally accepted Israel (with the exception of Syria and Iran), but they are fanatics and don't care that they can't succeed, and if it means taking every Palestinian into death they will do it. They Christine, are everybody's enemy, especially the Palestinians. Without them, there would have been peace decades ago, because these eyes have seen just how well Israelis and Palestinians can get along, if left to their own devices. I enjoyed a lot of Palestinian and even Bedouin company while I was there.
I don't attend the Syngogue in St Kilda, mine is in Brighton. I do hope you got to see the Jewish Museum attached to the St Kilda Synagogue ... it's really wrothwhile and fascinating.
A bit rambling I know, but I hope I answered the questions you had. Did you ever contemplate a trip to Israel? I assure you you wouldn't have to worry about Hebrew, as most people are fluent in English ... and it is an incredible mix of the very ancient with the very modern. For many Christians being in places like Nazareth, or walking down the Via Delarossa is a profoundly spiritual experience. I'll stop rambling ... be well Christine.
I appreciate, Christina, that you haven't simply ignored my comment ... you definitely hit a very raw nerve. I lost an entire family numbering hundreds, while 95% of Eastern European Jewry were killed, ostensibly dying for the attitude that they were not part of the countries they had served loyally for so long. None of it helped German Jews who had served with distinction in WW1 and before. They were simply classified as non-Germans, and shipped off. It may be unfortunate history for some, but very real to me. I hope you understand why I am so upset.
thank you for comment
when i talk about canada ,it,s on example , acutlly ,i look for USA , britich , Australia ,canada , and swizerland .....
but i choose first country that mother langauge is english , because it easy to talk with there people . for example USA embassy in Juerislem agree to meet them and say my case , but they know i am from Gaza and Israel prevent me to enter west bank or there land , so they recommend me to go to Egypt , i go , Egypt allow to me one week , but guards prevent me to enter embassy when know i am Palestinian . about Australia.i talk with them but no embassy in Yemen so contact with embassy in emirate and Saudi Arabia , but they ask me to meet them , but those to country refuse to give me visa .Canada ask me to goto UNHCR , UNHCR refuse , and ask me sponsorship .
but i do not have any one .
Thank you for accepting my friendship request. I feel such kinship with your profile comments - especially your "Why I want Peace" comment...
this is for me the big question too - meditation practice has been important for me - first in the atonement for all that we humans are (the good, bad & ugly), and then in a very deep gratitude for the safe space of sangha to take those baby steps of standing in the world with an open heart & compassion...
i often think that this meditation practice - would be helpful for the psychotrauma of war victims (soldiers & PTSD included). but there is the question of healing in a group of people, which seems to have it's own dynamic - is it just that we try to help others achieve peace, or does the group have a process it needs to go through aside from the individual healing? it seems to me that we have a need to be heard, understood, and cared for by the group - and also to work on our own individual path to personal peace
Thanks for the add as a friend Christine.
Great that you have relatives in my city.
Please can you take 2 minutes to sign the peace plan.
Also tell you friends as we intend to present this plan, to
World Governments, when we have enough signatures.