Ben Murane
  • 35, Male
  • New York, NY
  • United States
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My personal story:
I'm an unusual Jew doing usual Jewish things -- born in Southern California, I grew up across the Great Plains and eventually did high school and college in the Pacific Northwest. I attended a Catholic school where the Jewish and Muslim student leaders (myself and my friend Nazir) were co-presidents of the Israel-Palestine peace club. Moving to New York City to work for the Jewish community has been an uproarious challenge, as I encounter a Jewish community completely unaware of how ridiculous it is and as I engage in building alternative Jewish community through the havurah movement, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the New Israel Fund and other Jewish spiritual and political groups.
Why I want peace:
after visiting Israel and pursing an economic justice research project in the West Bank, my activism has been primarily centered on a progressive Israel and a two-state peace settlement between Israel and Palestine.

I benefited from the friendship of Lucia Pizarro, Ibrahim Abu El Hawa, Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom, George Rishmawi, and a host of radical Israelis in Jerusalem, although I cannot share all of their views. To today, I owe them a great debt for exposing me to everyday Palestinians and frequently letting me live on their couches.
Interests and activities:
All things Arab-Jewish, martial arts, blogging, science fiction, cooking,
Something you didn't know about me:
I am a red belt in Kuk Sool, a Korean martial art.
How I found
I know Dana Raviv and her brother started this site. =-)
What I want to achieve here:
Simply to connect with people of like minds and to develop partnerships that will help me in my participation in various projects, such as the NYC chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.

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Job in Israeli social change

Posted on November 29, 2010 at 11:07pm 0 Comments


A great entry-level opportunity for a recent graduate in a highly creative office working at the crux of social change in Israel and American Jewish public engagement.

Peace out,


Program Assistant/Office Manager…


Full negotiations are on!

Posted on November 27, 2007 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

Negotiations are agreed! And, the greatest accomplishment of all: all topics will be covered, saving nothing for second-stage final status talks in an indefinite future (the real failing of Camp David, Oslo, etc.), including right of return, final borders, and a comprehensive settlement with other Arab countries like Syria. The deadline? The end of 2008 (read: the end of Bush’s presidency). From…


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At 7:38pm 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 12:38am on April 29, 2008, Mo'min said…
nice to see you here
wish you all best
share us with your Ideas
At 11:37am on December 22, 2007, Eyal Raviv said…
Hey Ben, I am glad to see you here. To start, check out our Features. If you have a question on the site, see our FAQ. And I welcome your Feedback.


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