In a nutshell, I went from being a Jewish extremist 13 years ago to looking for a better way for my family and future generations. I stumbled upon this better way 6 years ago. I joined the Interfaith Encounter Association and have been a coordinator with them for 4 years. Just recently I began an interfaith group in my hometown of Maaleh Adumim with residents of Abu Dis and other Palestinian communities. It is enriching my life and I'm sure the others who attend, especially for those who have never met the Other before and will continue to do so in this safe surrounding.
Why I want peace:
Why wouldn't I want peace. It's the only way!
Interests and activities:
world music, interfaith gatherings, holidays, dancing, photography, hiking, dining out, exploring the unknown
Something you didn't know about me:
How I found mepeace.org:
What I want to achieve here:
to share with others our activities and to find strength in the global peacemaking community
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.
As you know already my name is Hagay and i am living in isRael, country where for 62 years there is only wars between brothers. the israeli jews and palesitne jews, yes, most of the palestine are jews but the zionist think that palestine are muslems wich is totally wrong.
I feel honor to contact you and inform you that we can make peace ONLY if we will be together. in the past i was try make unification between peace organizations but most of them dont want and dont understand that only together we can bring peace as we are family. The situation today is because fanatics religious\militar'politician are together, they are the manority but they are together and is why they can make wars, killings people, and be in the power in every country. they are the cancer of this humanity.
This is why i want you help to bring peace makers to my profiles and very soon i will send you program where i will tell you be in active and do actions. It's time to get up and not sit and wait for peace to come, because only by the target activity we can bring peace.
those who want be active please send me email with: NAME-COUNTRY-M\F and i you have 1 hour per day or 3 hours per week to make actions.
Thank you for all you help
I LOVE YOU
אני ערבי פלסטיני מהכפר חיזמה הנמצא בין ירושלים רמאללה
כשהייתי בגיל 15 נלחמתי נגד הכיבוש הישראלי
בשבל החופש הייתי חושיב כל אדם יהודי חייל או אזרח גבר או אישה קטן או גדול צריך לההרג
עד בא יום נסיתי לשלול לבן אדם את חיים שלו לא הייתי מכיר אתו היה בשביל יהודי וכל יהודי היא המטרה שלי להרוג
תאמינו לי הייתי רק ילד לא מבין כלום בפוליטיקה
או את הסכסוך הערבי הישראלי
בסוף נעצרתי לתקופה של 12 שנים
למדע כל זה קרה בשנת האינתיפאדה הראשונה 1987. באותו שלב. אף אחד לא מדבר על שלום
רק מדברים שני הצדדים רק על אלימות
התחלתי לגדול ואני בכלא התחלתי ללמוד לקרוא
ספרים על פוליטיקה. ספרות. שירה וסיפורים העולם.
ועידת מדריד נתן לי תקווה החיים לחיות בשלןם
ובכבוד . למדתי כי אלימות תבי רק אלימות
והשלום הא הפתרון היחיד בין שני העמים למען עתיד יפה מכובד בין שני העמים
אנחנו חיים על אותה קרקע.אנחנו שכנים שותים מאותו המים מתפללים עבור אלוהים אחד
אנו צריכים לחיות בשלום על בסיס של הדת לאלוהים והאדמה לכלאם
It was nice meeting you there in Bet Jala..
Hope to keep in touch.
My contat info:
MSN: firstname.lastname@example.org Yahoo!: email@example.com Skype: bbghazal Facebook: Bassam Ghazal (or my Yahoo! mail account name) Phone: 0599-754229
Waiting to hear about the IEA and the upcoming events..
and yet - another interesting Romeo and Juliet saga...but this time it's Jewish/Moslem..
Film about interfaith lovers takes Shakespearian turn
In "David and Fatima," the Montague and the Capulet clans become the Aziz and the Isaacs, setting the stage for a battle of the two faiths
By Molly Binenfeld
Danielle Pollack and Cameron Van Hoy
"Who here believes it's acceptable to marry outside of your faith?"
The question was posed before a screening of the latest Romeo and Juliet takeoff, "David and Fatima," at the Laemmle on July 16. About 50 hands went up—a combination of some that shot up like rockets and those of a more timid crowd who, after looking around, decided to put their hands halfway up in the air.
The man behind the question, Jordan Elgrably, had—like any good emcee—ulterior motives. Elgrably is also the director of the Levantine Cultural Center, the local organization that calls itself a "nexus for Middle Eastern/North African and Mediterranean cultures." After seeing the response, Elgrably joked that the "good half" of the crowd who support interfaith couples should band together, and the others who don't should sit together, shunned.
In "David and Fatima," the Montague and the Capulet clans become the Aziz and the Isaacs, setting the stage for a battle of the two faiths. So, as would be expected, by the end of the film, both actors lay lifeless on the screen. But the cast and crew came back to life for a Q-and-A session.
The movie got its backbone from director Alain Zaloum, who got the gig by responding to an ad on Craigslist seeking a director. Zaloum, who later rewrote the script to his liking, joked that since he was director number seven, the cast and crew was for the most part already attached to the project.
"It was a very angry script at first," he said of the original. He wanted something that he could put love into, but also something where everyone "felt a sense of tragedy at the end."
Although the movie has undertones of Muslim-Jewish conflicts, almost everyone involved in the film's making agreed that it is a love story. And for the critics who felt that the movie plays into the stereotypes of Jews and Arabs, those who made it had a strong message:
"As long as [these conflicts regarding interfaith marriages] happen, films like this can be made and should be made" said Cameron Van Hoy, who plays David.
Martin Landau, who plays a crazed rabbi, echoed Van Hoy's sentiment by reminding the audience that stereotypes persist because they are repeated by society.
"The ultimate message in this film is that love prevails, and love is number one. Love is God," said Danielle Pollack, who plays Fatima.
And yet another email I got that I would like to share:
J Street is the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement.
J Street was founded to promote meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israel conflicts peacefully and diplomatically. We support a new direction for American policy in the Middle East and a broad public and policy debate about the U.S. role in the region.
J Street represents Americans, primarily but not exclusively Jewish, who support Israel and its desire for security as the Jewish homeland, as well as the right of the Palestinians to a sovereign state of their own - two states living side-by-side in peace and security. We believe ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the best interests of Israel, the United States, the Palestinians, and the region as a whole.
J Street supports diplomatic solutions over military ones, including in Iran; multilateral over unilateral approaches to conflict resolution; and dialogue over confrontation with a wide range of countries and actors when conflicts do arise. For more on our policy positions, click here.
J Street will advocate forcefully in the policy process, in Congress, in the media, and in the Jewish community to make sure public officials and community leaders clearly see the depth and breadth of support for our views on Middle East policy among voters and supporters in their states and districts. We seek to complement the work of existing organizations and individuals that share our agenda. In our lobbying and advocacy efforts, we will enlist individual supporters of other efforts as partners.
J Street is itself a 501(c)(4) organization and is part of the J Street family of organizations, which includes an independent, legally unconnected Political Action Committee. www.JStreet.org
Invitation to travel the Abraham Path - October 2008
The Abraham Path Initiative is an international NGO (nongovernmental
organization), founded in 2007, whose purpose is to inspire and
support the development of the Abraham Path. Harvard University first
brought attention to the Abraham Path through the Global Negotiation
Initiative in 2004. The Global Negotiation Initiative currently serves
as a partner of the Abraham Path Initiative. The Abraham Path
Initiative is a non-profit, non-political, and non-sectarian
organization honoring all cultures and faiths, which is supported by
the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
Work is now underway to make the completion of the Abraham Path a
reality. Host organizations are forming in countries along the route.
The first study tour along the entire Abraham Path was conducted by
bus in November 2006 and a guidebook for travelers is currently in
progress. The first walking segments have been opened, youth walks and
guided tours have already begun, and the network of trails is intended
to open slowly over the coming years.
We invite you to join us in this historic initiative to create a path
of respect and inspiration for the ages. We are currently facilitating
small group tours down the path as a way of bringing the path to life
for the guests (international travelers) and hosts (communities along
the route). These small group tours will take you to the developed
sections of the path, to the historic sites, and into villages and
towns to gain a respect and appreciation for the local customs and
ways of life of the people who traverse the path. If you would like to
join one of these tours, become involved in the Initiative in some
other capacity, or seek to learn more, please visit our website at
www.abrahampath.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come walk
The Abraham Path is a route of cultural tourism that retraces the
journey made by Abraham (Ibrahim) through the heart of the Middle East
some four thousand years ago. Three and a half billion people â€" over
half the human family â€" trace their history or faith back to Abraham,
considered the father of monotheism. The Abraham Path honors this
shared cultural heritage by linking together into a single itinerary
of outstanding interest and beauty the ancient sites associated with
Abraham and his family.
The Abraham Path will serve as:
â€¢ an intercultural meeting place, inspiring respect and understanding
among people, young and old, around the world,
â€¢ an economic catalyst, creating sustainable development through
â€¢ a positive media focus for articles and films, highlighting the
unique heritage and hospitality of the region.
The centerpiece of the Abraham Path is a long-distance walking trail,
beginning in the Turkish city of Sanliurfa, where many believe Abraham
to have been born, and in the nearby ruins of Harran, where Abraham is
said to have heard the call of God to 'go forth.' Initially covering a
distance of 1,200 kilometers, the Abraham Path will pass through some
of the finest landscapes, historic sites, and holy places of the
Middle East before culminating at Abraham's tomb just south of
Jerusalem in the city of Hebron/Al-Khalil. Eventually the route will
extend to encompass Abraham's travels to and from Egypt, Iraq, and
Saudi Arabia. Please click here for the route map.
The Abraham Path will attract visitors from near and far, traveling on
foot, and by bus, car, or bike, along parts or all of the route. In
villages and towns alike, they will experience an abundant array of
local traditions â€" architecture, crafts, foods, and music â€" offered
with the generous hospitality that is habitually extended to travelers
in these lands. The Abraham Path will also be accessible to everyone
in films and on the Internet, as well as through local Abraham walks
in communities worldwide.
Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics