I'm a 20 yr old college student from Baltimore who attends Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. I'm Jewish and I'm a Zionist (in the sense that I support a Jewish Homeland). I've only been to Israel once but I've been very interested in learning all I can about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ever since I was a young teenager. I'm very passionate about ensuring that Israel can continue to exist and prosper as the Jewish homeland and I'm just as passionate about an end to occupation and the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.
Why I want peace:
As an American I want peace because I know that this conflict fuels much of the hate towards America in the world. It does not cause all the hate towards America and solving it won't make everything perfect but it will make us less vulnerable to terrorism.
As a Jew who cares deeply about Israel I know that Israel is roughly the size of New Jersey and surrounded by countries that are many times it size and population. Israel may be powerful today but who knows what the future holds. The only way for Israel to ensure her long term existence is through peace with her neighbors.
As a humanitarian I am saddened by the history of dispossession and oppression that has made up much of Palestinian identity. I think it is awful that Palestinians in Gaza live in a giant overcrowded prison, that some 11,000 Palestinians are in Israeli jails (many of them innocent), and that Palestinians in the West Bank are humiliated by the 400-500 checkpoints they must navigate to go about their daily lives.
Interests and activities:
politics, middle east history, Jewish stuff, reading, hanging out with friends
Something you didn't know about me:
I have a major interest in urban planning
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The symbol of peace falls in the land of peace
Will we give them the chance to bring down the symbol of peace in the land of peace?
Many people know this is a plot of land full of olive trees.
And many Israeli and Palestinian families make a living from these trees
Especially that so many Palestinian families do not have another source of living,
except these olive trees
Days before the start of the harvest, especially in the West Bank,
What happened was expected, the start was of some settlers groups fighting Palestinian families
and preventing them to enter to the olive harvest,
Then the settlers started shooting the Palestinians, and set fire in the trees
Finally, with the help of European, American, Israeli, and other people from all over the world,
Some Palestinian families succeeded to collect their olives.
So, I am the address to thank all those who helped these families and brought them happiness,
And say to the settlers: We will not let you bring down the symbol of peace
For the olive trees are the symbol of peace in the land of peace
A True Story By Faisal Al-Hatib
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.
I did not realize that you are a member of UPZ like me! :)
I really like it a lot, since you can still be Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestine.
It's good to challenge people and tell people that not all Zionists are bad. It really angers me when people say it, but I get them shocked when I tell them that I am a Progressive Zionist!
Is there a group at your school?
Greg, thank you for your comment, its just what I needed to read to get an idea of what I should say. We need more people like you, who are able to help and want to. I hope you have a great time at Earlham- maybe someday I'll go visit there for a semester on Quaker studies. Have they given you a lot of help in your studies on Jewish and Palestinian things?
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 www.loversofjerusalem.org
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