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My personal story:
I am from London. I found the tragedy of the continuing Israeli/Palestinian conflict very depressing. That is until I decided to try and do what I could to help the situation. That was around 2 months ago. I made the decision as a result of a number of conversations I had with Muslims. During each of these conversations, we both realised that we viewed the "other side" of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as more extreme than they actually are. Even though we considered ourselves moderate, it was obvious that we had allowed ourselves to generalise about the other side. Once this was clear, it was easy to see the cause - the media coverage of the conflict and the viewpoints of both Israelis and Palestinians and their supporters elsewhere. When seen as a percentage of the overall space the media gives to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, it is clear that extreme actions and viewpoints receive disproportionately high media coverage when compared to the support they enjoy amongst the populations they claim to represent.
However, the media being the cause of much misunderstanding around the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in fact gives cause for hope because:
- There are more moderates on both sides than you would think.
- There are people on both sides that do not hold moderate views because of what they read of the "other side". If it they were to become aware that the "other side" is in fact less extreme as a whole than they were led to believe, the hope is that they will moderate their own views.

So I decided to see what I can do.
Why I want peace:
So the peoples of the Middle East can live normal lives. So that extremist groups and ideaoloies the world over will have to find something else to explain their conspiracy theories.
Interests and activities:
Music, Art, Football
Something you didn't know about me:
I have a business based around graffiti
How I found
From an online article
What I want to achieve here:
I would like to find more about people working for peace in Israel and Palestine.
I would llike people to join the organisation I have recetly helped set up
I want to see what else I can do to advance peace.

Demand Peace in Israel/Palestine - Sign our petition and please pass on

Hi, have you heard about the Annapolis Middle East peace summit?

The Annapolis conference is an amazing opportunity for peace in Israel/Palestine.

However, many are concerned by the possible consequences should the attendees lack the strength of will to seize this opportunity.

We believe that another handshake, another photo opportunity accompanied by words of peace that are not matched by actions will mean that Annapolis has failed.

We fear the consequences if Annapolis fails. We fear for the Palestinian and Israeli peoples, for the stability of the Middle East region and for world peace.

We demand peace!
Please join us in demanding peace by signing our petition which we will deliver, prior to the start of Annapolis to The Whitehouse, The Prime Minister of Israel's Office, the Office of the President of the Palestinian Authority and Downing Street.

Click on the link below, to access the petition. And please tell everyone.

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At 8:16pm 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 12:42pm on May 1, 2008, Eyal Raviv said…
Hi Reuben, I hope you are well. My friend Bassam Aramin is someone you should know and he is coming to London. I will connect between the two of you.
At 9:55am on November 20, 2007, Lemuel Melamed said…
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I am happy that you are part of mepeace.
I love that we can communicate !
So much is possible here)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
At 4:45pm on November 17, 2007, Eyal Raviv said…
Yeah, Reuben, I added the calendar event and you are welcomed. You are like my partner in London!

Eyal :-)
At 2:28pm on November 16, 2007, Eyal Raviv said…
Hi Rueben,
Putting Peace First is in there, as a link. Thanks!!
How are you doing?
At 2:58pm on November 6, 2007, Eyal Raviv said…
Hey Reuben, thank you for joining us. You share yourself beautifully in your profile. Do you design grafitti?
To start here see our Features. If you have a question on the site, see our FAQ. And I welcome your Feedback.


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