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At 10:49pm on May 24, 2010, fesalk411 said…
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.
At 10:48pm on May 24, 2010, fesalk411 said…
סיפור אמיתי

אני פייסל חטיב, ערבי פלסטיני מהכפר חיזמה הנמצא בין ירושלים לרמאללה
גר וגדל בזרועותיו של המשפחה שלי כמוני, כמו כל הילדים של פלסטין היא לא המשחק שלנו או הכיכרות לשחק כמו ילדים אחרים בעולם היהודי ובעיקר הילדים שיחקו באותם ימים, שמיעת סיפורים על המולדת, פלסטין ואת הטבח ואת הפשעים שבוצעו על ידי הצבא הישראלי את זכותו של העם שלי, שאנחנו שומעים את הסיפורים האלה מהבתים שלנו בבתי קפה ברחובות
ותאמיני לי, אפילו השירים שלנו בחתונות היתה ההתנגדות לכיבוש
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
קרא על רג 'יב גנדי ומרטין לותר גנג ותאמין לי שהם נותנים לי תקווה הצטערתי לשמוע או לקרוא אותם לפני המעצר שלי, כי למדתי מהם חוויותיהם כי אלימות רק מולידה אלימות
וגם לקרוא על הדת היהודית ועל הנצרות וכמובן על דת האסלאם ועל ההיסטוריה הדתית של פלסטין
אנחנו בני אברהם, יצחק,
אנחנו חיים על האדמה, אחד הקדושים לנו יש את השפה שלנו ואת הקירבה לשפה עברית
השלום במדריד.
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

פייסל אלחטיב

At 3:45pm on November 13, 2008, sanaa hayek said…
عزيزتي روان كيفك ؟ ما عرفت من وين انت؟ كتير حلو شو كتبتبي عن عملك واهم شي انه الانسان يلاقي نفسه بعمله حتى يقدر يتطور . بالتوفيق وبتمنى نكون اصدقاء وبتمنى اشوفك في اللقاء في الطنطور الشهر القادم 12/5--6
At 3:38am on August 25, 2008, Hayyim Feldman said…
Salaam-shalom Rawan,
I happened to see your comment on Eyal's page.

Happy Birthday!
At 2:32pm on August 24, 2008, Eyal Raviv said…
Yeah, see you at Sulha.
At 8:17pm on May 30, 2008, Rob Schrama said…
The ‘Big Hug’ and the future of Jerusalem

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
At 4:54pm on February 22, 2008, abdalkhaq abu hait said…
هاي انا بكتب بالعربي لاني ما بقدر اعبر عن راي بالانجليزي بالطلاقه مثل العربي ماشاء الله عنك انتي انسانه مكافحه عنجد وقدرتي تحققي ذاتك عنجد نادرا ما نلاقي بنت بمثل شجاعتك بتمنالك التوفيق والى الامام ويا ريت يكون في تواصل بينا عشان نستفيد من خبرتك
At 1:59pm on January 23, 2008, Eyal Raviv said…
Rawan, I love that you are inviting people to this community. I still have your Jericho on my wall.
At 9:29pm on January 22, 2008, khleel fathy brahmeh said…
hey wassup u have anice page ..
At 6:42pm on January 22, 2008, ahmed hamdan said…
مرحبا كيفك
حبيت اكتبلك بالعربي
اتمنى نكون اصدقاء
iam happy for you to be here
i hope to be friend
see you
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At 9:56pm on November 8, 2007, Eveline Maria Smith said…
Hello Rawan, Thank you for joining me here in MePeace. I'm delighted you connect with Dr. Emoto's work and messages from water children's version. The EMOTO PROJECT is being translated into languages. When I read of your passion working with children I knew you too live from the heart. I look forward to getting to know you. Blessings of all things good always in all ways with love, gratitude, respect, and peace.....
Eveline Maria
At 9:50pm on November 8, 2007, Eveline Maria Smith said…
Thank you for joining me Rawan,
I'm delighted you connect with messages from water children's version. The EMOTO PROJECT is translating it into languages. When I saw your photo and read your oassion of working with children I knew you too live from the heart. I look forward to getting to know you blessings of all things good always in all ways with love, gratitude, respect, and peace..... Eveline Maria
At 9:50pm on November 8, 2007, Eveline Maria Smith said…
Thank you for joining me Rawan,
I'm delighted you connect with messages from water children's version. The EMOTO PROJECT is translating it into languages. When I saw your photo and read your oassion of working with children I knew you too live from the heart. I look forward to getting to know you blessings of all things good always in all ways with love, gratitude, respect, and peace..... Eveline Maria
At 3:36pm on November 4, 2007, Neri Bar-On said…
Dear Rawan,

Religion and Culture are component we should not neglect; while we should support progress and evolution into more up-to-date-life fit Religion & Culture are parameters that maintain the spine cord of development. It helps keep unity on times of transition.

The development of Human culture influence all of us, but not all of us are in situation to engage the international human bond; Palestinians at this stage (Gaza for sure) are pushed out and this bring more stress and reduced life conditions. I think all of us here recognize the urgent need to open these cultural blocks which are rooted in our culture, the Israeli culture that fear to lose its Jewish domination and see itself as "home" of all Jews. From the Palestinian side I can guess that the blocks related to problem to evolve from the "old ways" that sadly did not serve the Palestinians in their conflict with the Zionist movement to the new required ways were Israel can be a considered a "resource" for economic and higher standard of living for all Palestinians and a true cooperative friend in the future.

One of the parameters we see in cultural evolution is the rule of Woman and their influence of the way things progressed. The theory expects that woman rule in the change required for getting into peace and cooperation is going to be massive. This is not an issue for the Palestinians only; it is an issue for the whole Arab world.

(I am outsider and Israeli, so some of my descriptions of Palestinian and Arab culture may be confusing. I hope the ideas I present are clear and usfull. Please forgive me if you find mistakes I'll be happy to learn and update my understanding)
At 9:34am on November 4, 2007, Eyal Raviv said…
Hi Rawan, nice new picture!
At 10:01pm on November 2, 2007, Jeff Rudy said…
Hello again,

Mosab Gashoo is a member on this site. I met him last weekend in New York City. Perhaps you can reach out to him and support each other in bringing the Kids International Peace Mural Exchange Project to Palestine.
Much love and peace,
At 9:58pm on November 2, 2007, Jeff Rudy said…
Hello Rawan,

Thank you for your e-mail. Your timing is perfect. This past weekend my partners (Donna and Jeff Clapp) met with Mosab, a Palestinian from Nablu who was visiting New York.
Mosab is 24 and had been active with Seeds of Peace since he was 13.
Please reply to my personal e-mail, wherepeacelives1@yahoo, with your personal e-mail address so I can send you more materials to get started with the Kids International Peace Mural Exchange in Palestine.

Much love and peace,
Jeff Rudy
Development Director
Where Peace Lives
At 6:26pm on November 1, 2007, Eveline Maria Smith said…
Hi Rawen,

I look forward to getting to know you. I see you too are passionate about working with children. Are you familiar with Dr. Emoto's work? There is a free download link to his children's book The messages from Water on my page.

Dr. Emoto's vision and his Hado instructors also have this vision of peace through all the children of the world. The vision is to provide this lovely book to every child and it is in the process of being translated into languages. There also is a published booklet available for teachers to use in the classroom. In the back of the booklet is the rice experiment that helps children understand the power of our thoughts, emotions, words and the importance of being positive intention.

Blessings of all things good always in all ways with love, gratitude, respect, and peace, Eveline Maria
At 3:11pm on November 1, 2007, sami mousa jabarin said…
مرحبا روان :
معك سامي جبارين ، اتمنا ان نتعرف على بعضنا البعض في الاوقات القادمة ، وشكرا على عقلانيتك في انضمامك لصناع السلام .
مع اجمل التحيات


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