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Roi Ben-Yehuda
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My personal story:
I am a writer and student of conflict resolution. Here is my short bio:

Roi Ben-Yehuda is an Israeli writer based in the US. His work has been featured in publications such as The Daily Beast, Haaretz, Al Jazeera, France 24, Common Ground, Middle-East Online, The Epoch Times, Publico, Tikkun, Zeek and Jewcy. His articles have been translated into multiple languages including: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, and Indonesian. The Muslim writer Irshad Manji has called Roi “a rising journalist and public thinker” and has profiled him in May of 2008 as an “agent of moral courage”. Roi holds degrees from New School University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is currently a graduate student at Columbia University and a Ph.D student at the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
Why I want peace:
Because something within bends in the direction of peace.
Interests and activities:
For later.
Something you didn't know about me:
My blog: www.roiword.wordpress.com
Favorite website:
http://www.roiword.wordpress.com
How I found mepeace.org:
email
What I want to achieve here:
Network and meet peace-loving people.
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Roi Ben-Yehuda's Blog

Should the Palestinians Accept a Jewish State: A Constructive Debate From an Israeli and Palestinian Perspective.

Posted on October 13, 2009 at 12:15am 10 Comments

In Haaretz, my fruitful exchange/debate with Palestinian writer Aziz Abu Sarah on whether the Palestinians should accept Israel as a Jewish state. Paradoxically this is one of my most conservative (I side with Netanyahu) and radical (see conclusion) articles ever. I also believe that this exchange is one of the most original and creative surrounding this topic. I urge you to pass this to friends, repost on your blogs… Continue

A Toast For Peace: Violence and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 7:55pm 0 Comments

My latest from Haaretz.



A couple of weeks ago, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced his intention to pass a bill that would ban alcohol from kiosks and gas stations as well as limit its sales and advertisement. The purpose of the bill is to reduce the seemingly rising level of violence and road accidents inside Israel.



The subject of violence and alcohol has been recently seared into the consciousness… Continue

Back to the [Palestinian] Future: A View From 2019.

Posted on August 22, 2009 at 11:53am 4 Comments

My latest in Haaretz. The article is a futuristic speech by a futuristic Palestinian leader. And no, I am not advocating a one-state solution (not yet). The piece is simply a creative effort to remind people that the window of opportunity for the two-state solution is rapidly closing. If you like what you read please spread it around.

Fear of the Enemy, Fear of the Friend

Posted on July 9, 2009 at 10:36pm 2 Comments

In my latest article for CGNews’ special series on the impact of fear on Arab Israeli conflict, I explore the emotion of what I call “fear of the friend.” Less well known than fear of the enemy, fear of the friend can be equally problematic and harmful to peacemaking. I try to explain why this is so and what are the ways in which we can respond to and mitigate this fear.… Continue

Netanyahu Can't Dance At Two Weddings.

Posted on June 16, 2009 at 11:24pm 3 Comments

My latest from Al Jazeera.



Last March, my older brother and I traveled to the West Bank. At some point we entered the settlement of Ariel. Overwhelmed by its size and maze-like streets, we managed to get lost in what can only be described as a little city. As we tried to leave, we found ourselves going in circles. In a moment of slight frustration, my brother, who was driving, turned to me and… Continue

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At 8:56pm on January 29, 2010, fesalk411 said…
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.
At 2:19pm on July 10, 2009, Diogo Cortez said…
Thanks for adding me...
I'll call you after a visit on your blog. It seems an excelent work... It will help me for sure...
(I can read, but I don't speack or write english so well...)
At 5:28am on June 28, 2009, Viv B said…
Hey Roi! thanks for the add. I checked your website; it's pretty awesome. Great work! I see you are going back home soon. Have tons of fun!

Vivi
At 11:32pm on May 31, 2009, Stephanie Chase said…
Hey Roi!
There's a good chance that I will be down in NYC during the end of June/early July--> will you still be down there?
It would be cool to meet up! :)
Maybe we could hang out at an Israeli/Palestinian/Middle Eastern restaurant! :D

Hope to see you soon! :)

Take Care
Blessings
Stephanie :)
At 5:33am on May 11, 2009, Eli Williamson-Jones said…
Roi-

Thank you for sharing that URL. Very nice and I look forward to checking out more of the music.
At 5:53am on May 6, 2009, Eli Williamson-Jones said…
Roi-

Welcome to mepeace.org. I hope you make some great connections in the community. Thanks for all that you are doing to create peace in the Middle East and the world.

Sincerely,

-Eli
(a fellow world citizen)

At 8:56pm on May 4, 2009, Stephanie Chase said…
Hi Roi! :)
Welcome to Mepeace!
Glad to see another peacemaker who is from the northeast !

I live in Massachusetts, so if you are ever in Boston I would love to meetup! :)
Or vice versa-- if I am in NYC (It's also one of my favorite cities as well! :) ).

And that's cool that you will be going to George Mason University right out of DC this fall-- one of my friends is currently studying his master's there in Peace and Conflict studies, Scott Copper. He is on mepeace-- do you know him?!
He's working with a really cool professor there, Marc Gopin! He's an inspiration to me! :)

Nice to meet you

Take Care
Stephanie :)
At 8:31pm on May 4, 2009, Hiba said…
Sorry Roi :-)
At 8:30pm on May 4, 2009, Hiba said…
Welcome Roni, glad that you joined us.

Enjoy the site.

Hiba
 
 
 

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