Rameh Tayseer is a 26 year old school teacher in Nablus. When he was growing up, the national project was built around the idea of a 2 state solution. Rameh’s family was engaged in social issues and politics. He joined movements and activist clubs in school. While Rameh suggests there are many Palestinian peace coalitions, Combatants For Peace (CFP) is his favorite.
Rameh sees the people he meets at CFP as real heroes. They are trying to change the atmosphere and stop the Occupation as it currently exists. He says there is a real awareness of the Palestinian sadness and difficult feelings. At CFP, Jewish, Christian and Palestinian groups share their personal narratives and learn from each other, giving each of them a new awareness. You learn how to listen to each other.
Rameh has been involved in most political events north of the West Bank. He said at CFP, he is engaged in the protest movement. Instead of thinking about fighting, as they might have in the past, they now think together to find peaceful solutions in the local area.
The Joint Nakba Ceremony he said is a great example. The idea that Israelis, who never even knew this word or concept, would listen and hear about their experience of Nakba creates a new kind of solidarity. He said understanding Nakba stimulates a new conversation between people.
Rameh believes that there is power in words. He said words change your beliefs. He hopes that this is the time to open a new round of negotiations. He hopes that the recent activism has empowered people and given them the space around a negotiating table to really talk in solidarity, and end the conflict.
Rameh believes in peace. He thinks it is his duty in his generation to act in peace. Rameh said he doesn’t want his kids or anyone’s kids to live how he lives, with rockets and bullets. He said making peace gives all of us peace; Jews and Palestinians. We live in the middle of the conflict and yet, “we live with hope.”
Rameh cites Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. and says, “I have a dream too. Without dreams, no hope. No hope, no future. No future, no life”.
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