In the american heritage of the USA indians drying a line in the sand is a very common term. It is a very fragile line that with the right diplomacy and action much can be achieved. I am in the process of putting out the first web server data base to stop crime corruption world wide that will be linked to the United Nations. all because a man talked to many many moons ago and by shear accident. A two state peace accord that sticks. water rights to give all water, lasting peace with ideals to change the tone of highly explosive candy bars. The end of mafias and the start of real world wide economic programs and a change to the GDP for palestine and allowing them to be players in the GNP.
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Figment NYC 2011 has come and gone. Where Peace Lives joined the Pace Museum NY and with MePeace in our hearts facilitated a Peace Cafe for the three days on Governors Island. Two hundred twenty-five Peace Cranes were made while we engaged young in old in new conversations for peace. I am now seeking to organize in the NYC Metro Area a team to conduct full-program Peace Cafes as those held by MePeace in Israel, Jordon and Palestine.
JERUSALEM - As a Palestinian Arab from Hizme, a village located between Jerusalem and Ramallah, my life growing up was very different to that of the Jewish children who lived nearby. Rather than playing on the streets, I was listening to stories about the homeland - Palestine - hearing reports of the actions committed by the Israeli army, and how it took away the rights of my people. We heard these stories in our homes, in coffee shops, on the streets. Even our wedding songs were about resistance to the occupation.
Of course, there are many ways to resist the occupation - the more problematic ones entail violence. During the first Intifada when I was 15, many of the youth around me took part in peaceful forms of resistance. I, however, decided to use force. At that time I believed that for my freedom, every Jewish person - soldier or civilian, man or woman, young or old - ought to be killed. One day I tried to take a person's life. I did not know him. I just knew that he was Jewish, and I saw every Jew as a target. At the time I was just a child and did not understand anything about politics, or about the Arab-Israeli conflict. I wasn't aware of the nuances of the conflict or the impact of violence on my own society.
I was arrested for my violent crime in 1987 and sent to prison for 12 years. In those days it seemed like nobody spoke about peace. Both sides only spoke about violence and the need to perpetuate it - either through armed uprisings or by continuing the occupation.
In prison, some of my fellow inmates suggested I go to the prison library. It was a big library. I began reading politics, literature, and poetry, and familiarised myself with stories from around the world. Interested