I grew up in over twenty countries and made friends with people of different heritages and I love different viewpoints on history. I lived in Syria for 4 years and I loved learning Arabic. While there I found out that there are quite a few Muslim Syrians and Christians too, who have studied Hebrew as they see it to be of importance in understanding the ancient Arabic dialects and it is also a Semitic language that developed there in that region.
Many of these Muslims said they had Jewish friends as recently as 30 years ago but that most of them went to Israel and left behind the grandest Damascus homes with courtyards and Hebrew inscriptions that are all part of the history of Syria and Damascus as well as Aleppo.
I tried learning some Hebrew and during my studies I learned that the Arab countries were some of the greatest centers of Hebrew literature. I wanted to learn more about the Mizrahim and Arabs and I wanted to know why us in Europe are so ignorant of the fact that Mizrahim are the majority in Israel and why the state of Israel was founded by a government that claimed to be Semitic but actually discriminated against the indigenous Semitic Hebrews(Mizrahim).
Why I want peace:
Because I find the Syrians, Palestinians and all the other Arabs(Muslim/Christians) I have met to be friendly, cultured and rich in history along with their Mizrahi cousins who have lived in the same area since the dawn of civilization.
I believe that peace, acceptance and forgiveness can bring back a certain harmony that once existed between most Jews and Arabs.
I appreciate all Middle Eastern Art, cuisine, and literature.
I value all the Semitic languages(Arabic, Aramaic, Amharic, and Hebrew). These are languages to similarly related peoples and they should all be appreciated and valued.
Interests and activities:
Humanitarian work and learning different languages.
Something you didn't know about me:
I had a Palestinian girlfriend once and I had a Jewish girlfriend once.
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