I'm 23 yrs old. Born and raised in netanya. As a child i was holding right wing positions towards the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, supporting the occupation and thinking that the arabs are to blame in everithing that is happening. During my Service in the israeli army( mostly in Hebron) i witnessed from up close the behavior of the settlers and realised that not everything is black or white as i thought. This is what brought me to where i am today and got intrested in being an activist in the israeli politics and in organizations that are working for peace. In October I'm starting law school in the Hebrew university of Jerusalem. My goal is to finish a degree in Law and International relations, Then continue my advanced studies abroad maybe in England or in the United states and after that get involved in the political life in Israel. Well, this probably sums me up preaty well so...
Why I want peace:
Becouse i belive that both our nations- Jewish and Palestinian- already been through too many wars, too much blood was shed for not good enough reasons and there is hope for a change. I also belive that pepole from both sides( not extremists but the moderate majority) want to live peacefully and enjoy a prosperous realtionship between our societies.
Interests and activities:
Reading, Writing, Debating, Drinking, Boxing
Something you didn't know about me:
I had cancer( Leukemia) when i was 3 yrs old. but i beat it and i belive that i was saved for a reason and i can and must have a good impact on my country and the world
How I found mepeace.org:
Eyal Raviv invited me
What I want to achieve here:
I want to engage in a proccess of exchanging ideas with pepole who arew intrested in advancing towards peace, Get to know pepole who think like me and especially getting to know young palestinians who some day wish to get involve in politics and try and lead their nation and hopefully soon to be state to a trusted peace with Israel.
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I read from your profile that you enjoy debating. We've had some very heated arguments, intense nitpickings, passionate discussions over here in MEpeace, and you didn't join in anyone of them. I personally would like to hear you point of view on some of the issues discussed.
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 www.loversofjerusalem.org
Thanks, Merci, for your request. It is with pleasure that I would like to join your page. I have a doctorate in Law from the University of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire). I have got 2 Masters Degrees:
- One from University of Pretoria/South Africa in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa;
- Another one from the university of Lubumbashi in Law.
thx for encouraging and supporting message. I hope to contribute the discussions. My main objective is to apply for a MEDA or EU project with the Mediterrenean partners and support peace process in the ME. Salaam.Shalom
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