"TWO SIDED STORY" - PARTICIPANTS

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 Yarden Schwartzman, kindergarten teacher for children with special needs, from Tel Aviv: "I am part of the conflict, all the people that were with me in Beit Jallah are part of this conflict as well, their children and parents. We are all hurt, we are all human. We probably will not be able to find the solution soon, but at least for the beginning let us adopt the word to "listen". I discovered through this experience how much this word is meaningful and carries importance in this conflict".

                                                                                            

 Tamar Atrash, student from Hebron: "You, the Israelis need to stand by me as a Palestinian and help me achieve my rights, I want you to stand by me because I suffer from the Occupation... I still hold in me hope for freedom - you must help me".

 

 

Amna Abu Awwad, whose husband was killed by the Israeli army. She, herself, is a formersecurity prisoner, from Beit-Omar: "I think that it's a big success that an extreme right wing Jew is coming to such meetings like these. I may not able to change his opinions but at least he listened to my pain".

                                                                             


Ohad Tal, works in "Ein Tzurim, from the settlement El Azar: "What changed in me is that I understand today more of their pain...after you understand their point of view, you can understand why, when a mother tells the story of her boy who goes to the street and a solider points a gun at him or shoots at him, this solider - from their point of view - has hurt an innocent person exactly in the same way a suicide bomber kills innocent people".
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 Hanam Sbieh, bereaved sister, from El Khader village: "Why do Palestinians and Israelis lose someone every day? She lost her brother and so did I. Why do we need to hate? Maybe she could have been my friend?!"

                                                                   

Ora Leper Mintz, bereaved mother, teacher, from Kyriat Motzkin: "It's so frustrating and hard, I feel that I am angry. What I hear every day from the moment that I came to Beit Jallah is 'occupation, occupation, occupation'. We have heard every story in detail. When I told my story, I said: ‘My son was killed.' Period. You, the Palestinians return all the time to the small details. How is this taking us forward?" 

                                                            

May Setti, from Ramallah: "Some Palestinians say: ‘If we agree to the 67' borders we can keep fighting and maybe get all of Palestine back.' Others say: ‘ We're fine with the two state- solution we just want to live our lives.' These are different opinions and you have to listen to everyone."  

                                                                                             

  Shira Zimmerman, a Bible teacher, from Tel Aviv: "I think the hardest thing for me was that I couldn't express exactly what I wanted to say. I really wanted things to be okay. I wanted us to be friends, both the Israelis and the Palestinians and I didn't give them enough space to... There are unresolved issues between us."

                                                                       

Dan (Dano) Montokovitch, lost his brother-in-law. Dan is an ultra orthodox Jew who works in ZAKA - Identification, Extraction and Rescue, from Jerusalem: "These meeting taught us that it is possible to do this - one-on-one. Even when I talk to people about it, or when they see the pictures on Facebook and ask me what I'm doing there, I quickly explain that if they don't agree, at least they understand the other side."

 

 Wajeeh Tomeezi, bereaved, contractor, from Idna: "A halftruth is much worse than a lie. So if you look at things differently and put yourself in the other person's shoes, you'll know everything."
Victor Shammama, bereaved father, disabled veteran, contractor, from Even Yehuda:"My son died in the army, ... Death isn't just a word."

 

 Victor Shammama, bereaved father, disabled veteran, contractor, from Even Yehuda:"My son died in the army, and... Death isn't just a word."

 

Osharat Rosenthal, bereaved sister, kindergarten teacher, from Kibbutz Nitzanim: "When I looked into her eyes, she was looking at me and saying you're the occupier, and I'm the occupied, and I think my terrorism is legitimate and the army you represent, your nation's army, is also a terrorist force. Suddenly I felt... like a terrorist. I don't think I'm a terrorist but it made me feel very uneasy.""

 

  Bushra Awwad, bereaved mother, from Beit Omar:"We were sleeping at home my mother my brothers and I. My father was dead. We were little. Soldiers broke into the house and tore it apart. They arrested both my brothers. They abused us. They abused my mother because she didn't want them to take their children. They pushed her to the ground and took the children. My mother kept crying. I resented them for making my mother weep for her kids."