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My personal story:
I am a student at a school where I am consistently faced with opinions about the Israel-Palestine conflict that do not coincide with my own. I believe that constantly bashing the other does not allow for progress. I believe that it is counter-productive. I believe peace is possible, but it takes an open-mind and a willingness to sacrifice, in order for peace to be a reality. I have met so many who believe this, and yet their beliefs are not being spread in the same way that others, on the spectrum of opinions, are being pressed upon others.
Why I want peace:
I want peace because life is a constant struggle, on many terms, for most on both sides of the conflict and it simply has to end.
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Something you didn't know about me:
i wish i could sing.
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What I want to achieve here:
constructive dialogue that will educate me on what many others are thinking, so that I do not walk around with blinders on, and thus can help shape my own beliefs.

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At 7:21am on December 5, 2008, Eyal Raviv said…
Hey Elana, just wanted to connect and say hi? How is it going at school?
At 7:37pm 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 12:04pm on May 16, 2008, Mahmoud said…
welcome here and have a nice times
At 3:28pm on March 17, 2008, Joel Tietolman said…
Hey Elana, Just joined this site and glad to see im not the only OneVoice member from Canada!! I actually help coordinate OV's activities in Canada and recently came through toronto on the OV speaking tour. Hopefully next time OV swings through the area ill let you know and you can help bring people out!!
At 3:18pm on January 29, 2008, Basem said…
Hi Elena,
At the beginning i will happy being a friend of people like you, i started a discusion yesterday about peace makers and what i meant by working through peace makers is to learn them something of what you said a bout how to find the way for progress,
At 12:06pm on January 16, 2008, Eyal Raviv said…
Thank you Elana.
Peace through water supplies. Sounds good. What do you mean?
At 9:43am on January 15, 2008, Eyal Raviv said…
Hi Elana, just wanted to say hi again. Still inspired by what you shared in yoru profile!
At 9:32pm on December 9, 2007, Daniel Roth said…
Welcome! Good times here. Good times.
At 12:51pm on December 9, 2007, Eyal Raviv said…
Elana, I am so happy you joined us! You will find constructive dialogue here. You shared yourself beautifully. Add your photo so we can see you. Check out our Features. If you have a question on the site, see our FAQ. And I welcome your Feedback.


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