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Love Your Neighbor – Join The Walk For Peace in Jaffa

Here’s something I had to learn in the past few days of craziness: when you talk about personal responsibility over revenge, blame, and labeling, you might find yourself be called an ungrateful traitor by the righties, and a Zionist pig for by the lefties. If you feel me, keep reading – maybe together we can change the face of this country. 

(Magyar szöveg az oldal végén.) I’m generally a very open minded person – I never label and judge people by their race, religion, or sexual preference, and by definition that makes me liberal. In the same time, I’m not getting into shading Israel – or Palestine. I believe there’s a fine line between the sides, where we could open discussions and try to learn more about each other’s point of views – without dismissing the different opinions.

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In a previous blog post I raised a question – and I never got a satisfying answer, not from Israelis, and not from Palestinians. “How many of you can fully identify with the country’s government you live in? How many of you would feel frustrated if people from abroad would put you in the same box with “your kind”?

Probably – unless you are a member of your country’s Parlament – there are quite a few things your ‘country does’ you don’t agree with. Same here – as much as I love Israel, I don’t agree fully with everything what it’s leaders do – continuing building settlements for instance is certainly not something I feel related to. Just like this, not everyone in Iran, Jordan, or Egypt wants Israel to be destroyed – there are millions of good people out there who want the very same thing as us: to live as one, in peace.

I don’t get why people dare to hate the citizens of Israel or Iran just because they were born into a complicated political situation.”

Theoretically this is all nice and fair – but in reality once you declare yourself as a pro-peace, pro-human rights person, people expect you to make up your mind: “Are you with us, or against us?” Living in Jaffa, sharing the land with Muslims, Christians and Jews I truly believe that the best thing we can do is keep our eyes and hearts open. I’m convinced that smiling at an Arab lady who’s wearing hijab, or saying “shukran” to the Arab shop owner after getting pita bread in his store takes us much further than triggering others to rage against the system.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t trust “the system”, I don’t think Israel, Palestine, the EU, or the US has “all the answers”, and I’m also not naive enough to believe: politicians are going to give solutions to all our problems. All I’m saying is that once we humans decide to stick together, sharing our experiences, fears, talents and stories, we’ll be able to make decisions together – as a nation, or even as united nations. Until we are focusing on fighting the opponent, we’ll never have the chance to challenge the political system.

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Finally, I’d like to tell a story about a friend of mine, who lives in a country which is – on paper – at war with Israel. This precious friend went through hell in his childhood, trying to understand why does he have to be afraid of our airplanes and tanks. Later on as a gay teenager, reading about Tel Aviv’s blossoming LGBTQ culture he raised the question: why does he have to be scared from his own people, and obey rules he never agreed on, when just a few miles away there’s a superb-liberal, gay friendly city, founded by those who he’s supposed to see as the enemy.

I don’t expect my friend to become a fan of Israel – he lost too much to just forget the nightmares he had to experience. He doesn’t expect me to turn against the country I live in, in fact, he says if he’d have a European passport, he’d even risque visiting the White City. People don’t have to agree about everything to become friends. Non of us thinks, talks, eats the same way, and the same way as we don’t label anyone by the music he is listening to, or by the books she is reading, we must not allow ourselves to jump to consequences about a person just because we have a firm believe system and his experience thought him otherwise.

Our enemy is not the Arab world, or Muslims, not even Palestinians.Their enemies are not the Jews, Israelis, and not even Zionists. Our common enemy is extremism, harsh judgment, and our very own limitation, not being able to see how much power we have to influence others, and to create the peace we are all desperately longing for. This is my religion, my nationality. The truth is that people who actually enjoy violence spreading around them, people of “I told you so” attitude, people who justify wars, people who have any excuse for murder, and people who use other people’s suffering as a “great example” to show how right they are are all the same.

Radical Jews and radical Arabs, religious extremists of both side, wild nationalists of Israel and Palestine, you can all shake hands – there is no difference between all of you. What triggers us, annoys us, frightens us looking at others are usually the very same things what we don’t notice about our own selves – so search for the cause of your hatred inside, not out there. Whenever you point a finger, 3 fingers are pointing back right at you – remember that. Now go and fight somewhere else and let the people who believe in UNITY coexist in peace, and let us find a way for us to live side by side, appreciating and loving each other, and protecting each other from – Arab, Jewish, whatever – people who praise RAGE, AGGRESSION and SEPARATION.

Muslims, Jews, Christians are ALL welcome in this country – but aggressors of any sort, you are unwanted, and you’ll never find a home until the desire to revenge is eating you up alive from the inside. There is only one way to start a revolution – and that is a revolution of compassion, sharing, and love.

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And this is why I’d like to invite you to a friendly walk – to show ourselves and each other that we have no fear, but we do have faith, in peace and in trusting one another. We will meet on Saturday, the 10th of October at 18:00 by the Jaffa clock tower in the old city of Jaffa, from there we will walk together on Yefet Street to Margoza and we will cross the marketplace to Jerusalem Boulevard. The purpose of the event is to simply remind ourselves that we are all humans, neighbors and friends who live side by side in this beautiful town.

Read my original article here ,published by Atar Life. Peace upon us. Steiner Kristóf aka White City Boy Follow me on Insragram as @WhitecityBoy 

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Fogalmam sincs, a magyar híradások miről számolnak be, de tartok tőle, hogy a figyelem csak akkor terelődik majd Izraelre, amikor Netanyahu komoly katonai akcióhoz folyamodik – az elmúlt hét során Izrael és Cisz-Jordánia szerte elszabadult a pokol.

Csak a tegnapi nap során hét izraelit szúrt le késsel, vagy csavarhúzóval palesztin terrorista – az áldozatok általában IDF katonák, vagy láthatóan vallásos zsidók. A szélsőséges nacionalista izraeliek önbíráskodása semsegít a helyzeten, ráadásul a kényes szituációra való tekintettel az izraeli rendőrség új szabályokat vezetett be a zsidó zarándokhely, a Sirató-fal szomszédságában álló Al-Aqsa mecsethez induló muzulmánokat illetően, ezt pedig sok palesztin ugy értelmezi: a  zsidó állam el akarja venni tőlük a mecsetet.

Még itt, Jaffában, ahol én lakom – és amelyet mindig is a világbéke apró magjának tekintettem – is zavargások törtek ki: két rendőrt komolyan megsebesítettek a palesztin kendőt viselő tinédzser srácok, megtámadtak egy buszt, és kukákat égettek a városrész főutcáján. Ilyen helyzetben sokan kérdezik tőlem: mégis hogyan tudok “pártatlan” maradni – az igazság pedig az, hogy nem vagyok pártatlan, egyszerűen csak “mindkét féllel” vagyok, ami a békés szándékokat és megoldásokat illeti, és “mindkét fél ellen vagyok”, ami az agressziót és bosszút illeti.

Sajnálom-nem sajnálom, kedves agitátorok, engem ujjal mutogatás és konspirációs elméletek helyett a mindenkinek vallásra és származásra való tekintet nélkül kijáró emberi jogok és béke érdekelnek. Már régen nem vagyok annyira naiv, hogy azt valljam, a szélső jobb vagy a szélső bal hozza meg azokat a döntéseket, amelyektől jobb hely lesz a világ.

Ha a hibáztatást egyéni felelősségvállalásra cseréljük, és mi emberek megtanuljuk megosztani egymssal az örömünket, bánatunkat, javainkat, félelmeinket, máris világosá válik: az ellenség nem az arab világ, nem a muzulmánok, nem a cionisták, és nem a zsidók. Az ellenség a saját beszűkült gondolkodásmódunk, és az extrém, radikális viselkedés – a jobb és baloldalon egyaránt.

Holnap 18.00-kor a jaffai óratoronynál találkozunk egy rövid közös sétára, hogy emlékeztessük magunkat: nincs bennünk félelem, de bizoldalom, hit, és remény igen. Ebben a szép kis városrészben, Jaffában képesek vagyunk egymás mellett élni nyugalomban – mi, zsidók, arabok, keresztények. Szeretettel várunk mindenkit.

Békét és Fényt a Közel-Kelet és az egész világ minden lakójának. 

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צועדים בעד שכנות טובה.
נפגש ביום שבת בשעה 18:00 בככר השעון, משם נלך יחדיו על רחוב יפת עד רחוב מרגוזה ונחצה את השוק עד שדרות ירושלים.
מטרת המפגש וההליכה היא פשוט להזכיר לעצמנו שאנחנו כולנו בני אדם, שכנים,
חברים שחיים אחד לצד השני את חיינו בעיר המקסימה הזו.

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نلتقي يوم السبت الساعة الثامنة في دوار الساعة، من هناك نمشي سويًا على شارع ييفيت حتى شارع يهودا مرچوزا ونقطع معًا السوق حتى جادة يروشاليم.
هدف اللقاء والجولة هو ببساطة ان نتذكر اننا كلنا انسان، جيران، اصدقاء عايشين واحد بجانب الاخر في المدينة المذهلة هذه.

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