A lot of people have a lot of ideas about how I grew up and where and who should do what. Boundaries here, forces there, fences, wars, agreements. I know for sure that a lot of people are smarter than I am, but I also think only Israelis and Palestinians know what it's like to grow up like this. Under the always present threat of immediate violence, even it's drowned sometimes in the buzz of laptops and coffee shops, nothing feels the same; noises are perceived differently, people are seen differently, and reality is twisted.
I've been a member of OneVoice for 3 years. I've been called naive a lot, but I've also seen 10,000 people rally for peace on the war-torn ground of Ramallah. I know how the children grow up there with hatred and how the children grow up here with a misplaced sense of constant terror, so I know that 250,000 people screaming, begging for peace, is a reality. We don't have to love each other or like each other. We have to live together, if we want to live.
Today, October 18, was supposed to a big day for OneVoice: simultaneous rallies for peace were meant to take place in Jericho, Tel-Aviv, Washington DC, London and Ottawa. More than one million people were meant to gather, but the Jericho event was cancelled after threats were received from terrorist groups. Tel Aviv event orginisers decided to cancel as well, out of solidarity.
They throw it in our faces. They say that we should have known. All this means is that we're just not done yet. This war will end, and two nations will be formed on this land. The only question is, how much blood will be shed until they do?
I'm asking for your help, if you believe in the cause and the way: speak out for peace. Visit http://www.onemillionvoices.org, make a pledge, and let your voice be heard.
To learn more about OneVoice, a grassroots movement which aims to empower the moderate majority of the Israeli and Palestinian people, please visit the movement's home page.
ETA: The UK, USA and Canada events are still taking place. Take a look at this page. If there's a gathering where you are, and you can join it, then I really hope that you do.