I am a son of a mixed family that risked life to hide and protect oppressed refugees during the holocaust. During my youth I was raised to protect my country and in the shadows of the holocaust I understand that we all are victims of the historical events. Knowing that, I have always tried to join and support any activity that can influence peace.
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Having a strong belief that one can influence and make a change, I was always excited about the idea of crossing the borders of distrust between people and live in peace and mutual respect. Imagine the achievements we all could have reached, directing our energy towards huge challenges like Environment, Quality of life, Science instead of War. Peace is the best soil for everything one can dream of…
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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.