Hand in Hand parents speak out in Jerusalem: Morad Muna

"We came to say 'put out the fire'..."

On October 18th, 2015, 1500 Jews and Arabs gathered in central Jerusalem to stand up for peace and shared living. Two parents at Hand in Hand delivered speeches. 

Gili Rei, a Jewish parent at Hand in Hand and the co-chair of our parent's committee, and Morad Muna, a parent at Hand in Hand. 

Below is Morad's speech. Click here to read what Gili said. 

We did not come here today to tell you to lower the flames, we came to say 'put out the fire'.

We have come to demand sanity. We have come to demand fairness. We have come to demand equality.

In these difficult days we encounter many obstacles in East Jerusalem, not just barricades made of concrete and soldiers who go our of their way to make daily life more difficult for many innocent people, but also flames that are discouraging and depressing to many innocent people.

The government and the Jerusalem Municipality saw in this way a solution to the conflict, and cast collective punishments on an entire people. We say - this is not the way. To the Jerusalem municipality we say: instead of setting concrete barricades build community centers, sport fields and public parks. Worry about neighborhood planning and and more schools. Worry about projects and activities for children and youth. To the government we say: stop the occupation, worry about a political horizon that will lead to peace, there is no place to look for blame. Be reasonable and just and end the conflict immediately, and most importantly - save us from the bloodshed.

The conflict was not born today. We have gone through difficult and terrible times in past. We have paid a heavy price. But only through a just solution to the conflict that will enable genuine negotiations between the two sides can we reach a more peaceful life. We live together and we will continue to live together. Do not let hatred rule over us, do not let despair overcome us, think of the children and the future, educated them to love and respect others regardless of religion, race or gender - that we are all human, there is no difference between blood and blood .

So we say to both sides: understand, we were born as free men, give us faith and learn from our strength to continue our shared way of living together without despair and without fear. We believe in coexistence - and so it shall be.

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