I case you were wondering how I am spending iPeace Day. I will drive now to Beer Sheva, my home town, to pick up my parents and bring them over to my house. My father is 87 and has difficulty walking, my mother is 78. There is just no possible way for them to get to a safe place in the 45 seconds which take a missle to get from Gaza to their house.

Since early this morning 5 Grad missiles fired by Hamas from Gaza hit my home town. One of them hit a class room at my high school (picture on top). Luckily school day was canceled because of the missiles and no one was hurt.

I was hoping for a happier iPeace Day for myself and for all of iPeace Palestinian members. maybe next year.

I refuse to lose hope. We need to find a way to talk to our Palestinian cousins. War will never be the solution.

I wish the rest of you can share your peace happily.

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Comment by Bobby Jenusaitis on January 1, 2009 at 12:11am
Dear David:
I send you and your family blessings of healing and protection. I have to say that to continue to point fingers at who is to blame is a sure road to more of the same. Killing and oppression are wrong no matter who the perpetrators might be. Who will be the one(s) who say enough? This is the core question. All funding of mass murder must be cut off. I know I will be doing whatever I can to move our new President toward a new saner way of dealing with conflict. Peace and love, Bobby
Comment by General Mojo on December 31, 2008 at 8:01pm
Dear David,
caring for your loved ones is the best way to fight peacefully
And connecting the peaceful is the noblest strategy for tomorrows safety
I think the effects of the way you do your 'duty'
are touching hearts and minds more than
ANY violence can ever do !!!
Bless you and be safe bro!
Comment by Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers on December 31, 2008 at 7:51pm
Dear Karen,
This is a peace site; it is one person at a time that has to find peace; yes that makes a collective over time and this site is part of that.

Much love and humility, as Karen states -- peace and strength from the core of each person -- especially anyone suffering loss today.

I live in Canada and there is violence here too and death, and there are many good and kind people who get along very well in our multicultural circumstances. There are those who are hurt by others, even killed, and it is always sad when this happens. Grief can heal, but it can also seem pretty angry. That's why the support of others is so important. I wish support for people who hurt because of great feelings of loss.
Jo Ann
Comment by Else Dean on December 31, 2008 at 7:19pm
Another biased posting obscuring the truth. I hear this kind of reporting every day on the US and Canadian media, I don't need any more justifications for agression and violations of human rights. Peace is what I am about and to get peace we have to examine reality determine whose rights are being violated, why they find it necessary to defend their rights then demand the violators cease. We are all responsible because the governments of Canada and the US are the main backers of these violations.
Elsie Dean
Comment by Agneta Martin on December 31, 2008 at 6:49pm
Dear David,
God bless you and your family.
Comment by Eva on December 31, 2008 at 6:45pm
I wish you and your family strength, faith and hope.
Comment by David Gould on December 31, 2008 at 6:38pm
David, I was very moved by the above message signed by 'your Palestinian Cousin' in which was summed up the whole message of ipeace.

Your idea that the Internet could bring together like mined souls first in the simple lighting of millions of candles for freedom for Tibet and later this site which from before launch date has so captured the imaginations and aspirations of the peace lovers of the world.

2008 marked the re-start of the world Peace Movement. ipeace has been very widely heard of and everywhere I go someone seems to have heard of us...some are even members and more are joining every day.

Peace is never a sudden act like the declaration or committing of acts of war. Peace like heat slowly warms the heart of human beings until there is a critical point at which it takes over. We are working towards this...and it takes time...and patience...and there will be set-backs.

It is impossible for those of us outside of the sad situation of Gaza to know the full picture. All I know is that every explosion further reinforces our cause for non-violence within this world. Our tears are shed equally for those suffering on both sides...and our hopes that one day the war makers will put away their weapons and reach out for each other...that is my one and only hope for the new year and for for your region and above that you will be part of this process.

I think I can safely say that you are loved on this site more than you will ever know. Take our love, our hope and our aspirations as the gifts they are and help us all fashion a new, more respectful and accepting world.

with love in Peace from one little family member.
Comment by Mo on December 31, 2008 at 5:36pm

If you can hold on to hope there truly is reason to hope. Take care and be safe.
Comment by ALICE VIEIRA on December 31, 2008 at 5:14pm
...Love to all, to you, David, and your father, but also to you Mohammed-- and I think that all places and days are good to discuss huge problems that need to be solved. Peace comes from our hearts, that´s true, but above all from honest and strong discussion of all the points of view.
Happy new 2009!

Comment by Stephanie on December 31, 2008 at 5:13pm
Where does your strength come, and your hope? And your parents'?
For many of us, the usual insisting, convincing, even physical pulling to get people to do what we want them to, yours is something stronger, to be accepting and respecting of your parents' wishes.
Do you agree with them, to let them be? Tell me, tell us more. Teach us what you have inside that drives you, and then to be so respecting and understanding.
I'm seldom at a loss for words, perhaps now it is very hard to put myself in your shoes, a situation that I have never been in.
Always your friend,

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