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Started this discussion. Last reply by arik shapira Aug 4, 2007. 2 Replies


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My personal story:
fourth-year student in Oranim college for first degree in double major- English and political science. A peace and social activist.Play and coach table-tennis in professional frameworks.
Why I want peace:
So I would stop being afraid to go on buses.So I won't have to travel to Gemany in order to meet my palestinains friends from Nablus and Jenin.

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At 10:53am on August 19, 2012, doma jovita said…

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At 6:38pm on September 26, 2008, arik shapira said…
hi maria
I"ll be happy to meet you in Haifa.just let me know couple of days in advance.I'm free in the evenings and afternoons except Monday.
What is exactly EAPPI?
At 7:04pm on September 23, 2008, Maria Westerlund said…
Shalom Arik,

Yes it would indeed make more sense if you didn'¨t have to travel to Germany in order to go to Nablus. EAPPI will be in Haifa in a few weeks and if you have time for a coffee and a chat -let me know :)
At 10:16pm 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 11:16pm on April 27, 2008, Palestine said…
hi erik,

how are you my friend? now i'am studying in palestine but i always go to jordan, every few weeks or months i'am in amman.
i want tell you that jordan is very safe may be mor than any country, i met ,many friends from israel there, also i saw so many israeli in amman malls, cafes and every where, i swear it's very safe and they check every body in every where.
about donna from amman, i think she is right, so you should go to amman one day, it's a very nice city, you will have fun there and you will met people from every where, they love to live and to have fun, it's the city of peace and i love it so much, i have sooooooooooooo many friends there.
i wish one day i could meet u there my dear erik, but who knows
i was so busy last few months, i'am very busy with my university, volunteering and traveling to amman.
also eyal idea to meet in amman so nice :)
i wish we will do it soon

At 9:00pm on April 21, 2008, Eyal Raviv said…
Thanks for the good words. No news to report yet.
(you left the comment below on your page)
At 6:28pm on April 20, 2008, arik shapira said…
Hi Donna!
thanks for the quick reply.I hope I'll get the chance to visit Jordan, although I'm not 100% sure it's safe there for israelians.please don't be offensed by this,but the sitiuation in Gaza, obviously,can lead to hostility against Israelians in Jordan.I want to ask you- do you believe in Mahmoud Abbas as the one who can lead the Palastinians to a free state?? As for my self, I truely believe in abbas' good intentions but up to now he has failed in every political test he has faced and there are plenty of examples.People in Israel are positive towards Abbas but don't believe in his ability to enforce his power on the ground.Beleive me donna people in israel are willing to get rid of the territories but will do an agreement only with a leader strong enough to enforce it as King Hussein in Jordan and Sadaat in Egypt.
At 3:31pm on November 28, 2007, Jessica Johnston said…
Hi Arik,

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At 6:20pm on October 20, 2007, Eyal Raviv said…
Hi Arik,
Please write on this site in English so everyone will feel like they can understand. I will see the movie your recommend when I get a chance!
At 4:35am on September 28, 2007, arik shapira said…
יש דוכנים של ארגוני שלום בפסטיבל?
אתה מעדיף שאכתוב לך באנגלית או שאין לך בעיה עם עברית?


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