I'm an educator and theater artist. I've been working with youth for over 10 years. After traveling to Israel in 2007, I decided to try to find a way to use theater and the arts to help bring Israel and Palestinan kids together. Last summer I worked at Seeds of Peace camp in Maine and right now i'm living in Jerusalem studying Peace and Conflict at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and working with youth wherever I get the chance.
Why I want peace:
Our current way of life is not sustainable. We need to find a way to live together that allows us to grow as a human race.
Interests and activities:
Theater (directing, acting, creating plays), art, education/teaching, intercultural exchange and dialogue, the middle east, judaism, youth empowerment, France and french...
I am the founder and the organizer of : Iartexpo art as a bridge for peace, International art expo and exhibit, a non profit organization, to help Israelis and Palestinians artists, to exhibit together to dialogue together.. Here in Israel. and (hope) in Ramallah
i checked your profile today and saw that we could cooperated. I am a Pardes graduate of the class of 95. I am the author of They All Sound LIke Love Songs, Women Healing Israeli-Palestinian Relations. I perform the poems at times by myself at times with other women participants in the Joint Venture for Peace. I have a vision of creating a performance on women healing Israeli-Palestinian Relations. Perhaps there is room for cooperation. How is your French? A friend is now translating the poems into French as it is supposed to be presented in the poetry festival in Paris, till soon, Yvette
A True Story By Faisal Al-kateep
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