English born American citizen and a Muslim since 1967
Why I want peace:
Because the Quran says:"[49:13]O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).
Interests and activities:
Something you didn't know about me:
My son is a 'rocket scientist'
How I found mepeace.org:
What I want to achieve here:
Stop recriminations and start reconciliations
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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.
Salaam Yahya. By the way, I wished to mention to you . . . I think about a year ago in the "American Friends of mepeace" Group you recommended a book, "What is Right With Islam . . ." by a Mr. Rauf. I saw this post just a few days ago. I found the book Mr. Rauf wrote previous to this one, although I think they are similar, on Google Books, so I am reading it. Thanks for the great idea.
you may want to look into this discussion: http://www.mepeace.org/forum/topics/muslim-quotes-and-other?page=1&commentId=661876%3AComment%3A154473&x=1#661876Comment154473
As a Muslim I hear very often "Hadith", that the day will come where Muslim will clean Jews in Palestine. Are those Hadith true?
Is there new post-modern interpretations of the the daily propaganda in religions people used to share, but not the real meanings of religion ..
Salaam aleikum Yahya,
Thanks for your comment about the inner jihad; it is the same as Torah teaches. Do you know Rabbi Joshua Levine-Grater of Pasadena? He and I work with the same organization.
I see from your profile that you're a Muslim in the U.S. interested in doing interfaith Israel/Palestine peace work. I'm a Jew in the Boston area who shares that interest. Where do you live? Are you currently involved in any work of that kind? Thanks for being here!
Hi Yahya, sorry it's taken so long to get back to you, I just haven't been online. You have an interesting take on both history and reality. Let me start with the obvious, do you truly believe that if Israel did have a policy to get rid of the Arab population, that 20% of Israel would be Arab today? Do you doubt for a minute that Israel could have emptied the land, had that indeed been the policy? And why make a public plea for Arabs to stay, if you really want them to go?
Your example of Americans settling Iraq is not particularly appropriate. Jews are indigenous to Palestine, it is where the Jewish nation was formed and existed for thousands of years, Americans are certainly not indigenous to Iraq.
It's history, Yahya, not "soft Zionist propaganda", and I think you should refer to it in forming your views. The land, for example, was 70% Ottoman public lands when the Turks were defeated in WW1. This was the land (not any privately owned land) that was allocated by the League of Nations ... 80% to the Arabs east of the Jordan River, and the 20% west of the river to the Jews, in recognition of "their bond with the land" as indigenous people. Yahay, you can challenge the League's right to distribute that land, but you would be challenging the legitimacy of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, all formed from similar land allocations.
It's a matter of record that local Arabs owned 3.9% of the land west of the Jordan river ... 70% was Ottoman public land, the Jews owned 10%, and absentee landlords and westerners owned the rest. It clearly wasn't Palestinian land, and I'm curious to know how you arrived at that conclusion. When you add the Ottoman allocation you find that Jews owned 80% of the land .... a clearly different situation to the Americans in Iraq. Arabs today own 3.3% of Israeli territory, no great change in their holdings, so the accusations of the theft of Palestinian land is simply unfounded.