This project was launched a few weeks before the elections in Israel
*with the support of the Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem
This is going to be a critical election: an election between two opposing visions of the Middle East. Between those who believe that there will never be peace – that the only option is to be prepared for the next round, and those who believe that peace is possible -that we have to talk no matter what happens, because only through peace can we all survive all together.We are asking you to take part in convincing Israel and the Middle East that peace Is the solution.
We want to convince Israelis to take a chance on Peace, to vote for peace, to find a party that talk about peace and vote for it.We need you to take a stand with us.
Prove, by showing your face, that there are good people in the entire region – that there is not just endless hate, but even friendship and love.
We will use the picture you send to show the whole world that peace is possible. Just by showing your face you are taking a stand.We will print and put those images on the street, on buses and in magazines to show Israel that there are people who believe in, and want, peace and we will ask them to give it a chance…to vote Peace send your picture to
subject: vote Peace are raising fund for the printing part of the campaign
there are only few hours left on the fund raising project.
In few Days, elections will take place in Israel.
Already we have started to hear the voice of the candidates using the same rhetoric as always: “war, security, danger, enemy……”
It is not a surprise that again, the strategy of the candidates will be frightening the people of Israel and then presenting themselves as the ones who can save and protect the country and its citizens. Then, they will mention peace, saying that the other side is not ready, that our lives are in danger. Even the left parties have accepted this right wing strategy, as their leaders are avoiding the Israeli-Palestinian issue in their campaigns.
They advertise war. They try to make us afraid.
War is our curse. Fear rules the region.
With fear and war come poverty, racism, and fundamentalism.
Sadly, many Israelis have lost faith in peace, after years of wars and conflict. They are mainly occupied with economic issues.
But peace still needs to be the center of the debate. Peace is the key to most of our problems in Israel and in the region.
The rhetoric needs to change. We need to be talking about making peace with our neighbors, to raise our voices and say: ” Yes, we believe in peace and it has to be the priority of the next government! The times have changed. Our neighbors are not our enemies; they are our partner for peace. Let’s talk to them, let them be our “friends,” let’s hear their voices raised for peace.”
And The Peace Factory will show the way. Because for nine months now, we are hearing those voices coming from the people of the Middle East saying they are ready for peace.
Israelis need to hear them as well specially during this election time.
They cannot vote out of fear, out of prejudices! Their votes cannot again be votes for war.
There is a new generation in Israel and in the entire Middle East, and it is up to us to break the circle to prove that there is another path, a better future. Peace.
The Peace Factory has been working to show the world that the people of Israel and Iran don’t want war and can be friends. And it is happening. The community is huge now. Those two people are saying together since March, “We are not enemies. We don’t want war. We are not ready to die in your war. We Love each other.”
We want to deliver this message to the Israeli People during the campaign. We need to show them what we are hearing and seeing for nine months now on our Facebook page people from the Middle East saying “we love you” to the Israeli People.
And not just the people of Iran. This message has reached hundreds of thousands of citizens from many other countries: Turkish, Syrians, Lebanese and yes also Palestinians…
We have to show their faces to Israel, to deliver their message of peace, to let them know that the other side is ready for peace, watching them vote, hoping that they vote for peace.
We have to make the Israeli people believe again in peace, breaking down their fear.
Then the excuse of the “not ready for peace” neighbors will not work anymore.
They advertise war. We will advertise peace.
We have the privilege of living in a democracy.
This time, we must ask ourselves: what if the other side is ready for peace? If finally what they want is what we want too: living a peaceful daily life with our families, being able to provide good education for our kids, being able to pay the bills each month, to go to work, to buy food…..
The Peace Factory wants to launch an ad campaign all around the country showing faces of people of the Middle East in public places: Palestinians, Turkish, Egyptians, Iranians, Syrians – all saying to the Israeli People, “we don’t hate you, we want peace, we want to live as good neighbors, don’t be afraid of us…….”
It will be the time to vote for peace.
Israeli People shouldn’t be afraid anymore, they should vote free of hate and free of fear.
They should not be again victims of the propaganda of the political parties using the fear and the threat of an imminent war to convince the citizens to vote for them.
I had to come out
I was twenty when my parents bought me the ultimate “babe magnet” – a convertible Peugeot 206. They thought i needed a little leverage to push me out of my shyness with the girls. I knew it’s time to kick down the doors of my closet.
My sister already knew about me. Coming out to her was in my terms. I guess it’s usually easier to come out to your siblings first. One day, my sister told me that mother asked her about the success of the “babe magnet”. I knew this is it! enough is enough! today is the day…
With my father i knew it’ll be easy or at least easier. He was a devoted fan of “queer as folk” TV series back in those days so the ground was set. The minute he came back home, i told him. “Don’t worry we are all good” he replied and while he was climbing up the stairs to his room he mentioned that the only thing he is disappointed about, is that I didn’t clean the mess i left in his room…
With my mother it was much harder…I couldn’t face her directly so I wrote a letter and my brother gave it to her….she didn’t take it well. I was expecting her empathy, her full support. Instead she sent me to a shrink. She thought I was confused and that it would go away. She didn’t tell any of her friends. Our relationship became extremely hard. I would shout and act aggressively. I couldn’t accept myself until she would accept me. At some point, I had to get away from her until I came to terms with myself. Only then, I could bring her back into my life.
I guess it’s true what they say; once you go out of the closet, your parents go in. At least for my mom…
Then Boaz came… my lotto winning ticket!
It’s amazing how everybody loves him. Everywhere he goes he glows with positive energy.
My family adores him… sometimes I think they like him even more than they like me.
He is the ideal groom. And he loves me so much! He chooses me.
I never thought that anybody would love me this way.
If someone like Boaz loves me then I must be o.k.
We are together for four years now. Boaz wants children very much. I am not ready for it yet but for him I am willing… No more than two my love :)
-DAN ,33 דן
PEACE it’s VIRAL
PEACE starts with the people, one person at a time. Today it’s easier than ever to connect and reach out to one another. We can talk, we can meet, and we can start a new friendship without even leaving our homes just by the click of a button. One new person, One new connection. Peace is when we see and treat each other as people. All we have to do is talk.