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 Beverley Anne Jones on December 31, 2008 at 5:13pm
Dear David,
I'm so sorry this is happening. I dont even know what to say. I cant even imagaine how I would feel living there, if that was our high school, or my mom and dad. I know how long you have planned and looked forward to this day. I hope and pray that you will have peace today with no fear. My iPeace day is now for you, I will light candles with family and friends and send all our love and prayers your way and wish you & yours peace.
Just think how much time we have to plan the next iPeace day!! Im praying that this New Year will bring a collective awakening of the human mind!! That should fix things right up!! LOL
I hope you find a way to enjoy this day. Rember all our love is for you & yours today. You are an inspration to so many poeple, including ME! I'm very happy and lucky to of met you. At a time when I was feeling most hopless and heartbroken (over Tibet) David you gave us somthing to hold on to, a Candel4Tibet. And now this wonderful site too, and its only going to get bigger. Just thank you for you David and all that you inspire.
~much much luv & peace, sweet sweet peace~
Comment by ann browning moore on December 31, 2008 at 3:50pm
Living in North Cyprus, I know of the bitterness and hatred that happened on this Island, when the Greek Cypriots wanted the Island for themselves the Turkish army came to help the Turkish Cypriots from being whiped out, in 1974. It is now a divided Island, and although there is talk of making it one whole Island again, I don't think it could happen, as the Greek children have been brought up to Hate the Turks and Turkish Cypriots. The Turkish Cypriots are much more laid back and forgiving, but I think if the Turkish army left the Island, we would not feel safe anymore. I hate War and hatred SO MUCH, and pray for you all and wish that there could be peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis. So many poor Innocent people do not deserve to suffer so. I Wish for you- Peace and Love, God Bless Ann
Comment by David Califa on December 31, 2008 at 3:38pm
Thank you all for your comments of support and encouragement. iPeace really feels like a family. These are testing days for iPeace. I am proud of it. I believe that all of us should be proud of it.

I went to see my parents. I asked them to come along to safety with me. They thanks me and told me that they prefer to stay at their home. Missiles or not they won't leave it. And if worse comes to worst, well that's destiny.

I respect them for that.
Comment by Fahmi Natour on December 31, 2008 at 3:15pm
We must reject the use of force to solve political problems. The Israeli Palestinian conflict is a political problem, in need of a political solution. Those people who deal with air strikes and rockets must step aside and let us, peace loving folks, take care of this problem. They have nothing to offer but death and destruction. We offer peace love and tranquility.
Happy new year
Comment by Ananya S Guha on December 31, 2008 at 2:51pm
Today the year is ending. The old will give way to the new tomorrow. Let it be a gentle take over. As gentle as the rustling breeze. As gentle as the lamb. As gentle as Mother Teresa. As gentle as those blue blue skies, and the whispering wind. Lord help us be gentle, not overriding, not calumnious, not belligerent, not hateful towards one another. Peace. Let us yoke together for a common humanity.

Ananya S Guha.
Comment by Haya El Azzah on December 31, 2008 at 2:24pm
Dear David,
On the occasion of the New Year I would like to thank you for ipeace:) It's still refreshing to see people who are genuinely concerned for the welfare of humanity and for the betterment of others regardless of age, sex, religion or creed. It is sad for all of us that the New Year has to start with a situation like the one in Gaza, it is also sad that there continues to be war and political stupidity, elsewhere in the middle east and the world alike.
We could look at all the negatives, the blood spilt, the tears shed, the bodies withered, the homes demolished, the anger, the despair, the helplessness and the conflict. We could look at everything wrong in this world and succumb, give in and give up. We could choose to be what we see, to engage and accept the premise proposed, that in which it is a war of all against all, where life is a win-lose situation, where goodness and abundance is a zero-sum game. If I live you die, if I’m happy you’re sad, if I’m wealthy you’re poor, if I’m at peace you’re in war.
Morbid reality. Death and dearth. Hell on earth. After, the anguish, the worry, the rage, the invasion ravaging our souls... let’s just stop. In this 2009, with a humanitarian, political and financial crisis looming do we have the license to give up? Perhaps.
Let us instead choose not to. Let us resist for the very reason that gives us reason; to be bigger because we’ve been made smaller, to look at the possibility despite the probability, to over respond rather than over react. Let us realize that in between our reality and our standard, lies everything that is the genius of humanity: grace, endurance, perseverance, hope and most of all faith...To remember first our humanness, our earth, our time, our sameness and our collective experience and to choose to make this a better place not for one country, or one nation or one people but for us all.
In this 2009, I wish you, your family and all ipeace members a very Happy New Year  and to thank them for believing that peace isn’t just a dream...
Your Palestinian Cousin
Comment by Clicia Pavan on December 31, 2008 at 2:14pm
David nós todos,que aqui estamos queremos
Paz,amor,,stop as guerras a violência,Nós queremos Paz
Você tem razão,guerra nunca será a solução
Que Deus e os anjos protejam os idosos as crianças,os enfermos,os deficientes.
São eles que mais sofrem com as guerras
Paz,paz paz paz,Paz
Clicia Pavan
David us all, what we want
Peace, love,, stop the wars violence, We want peace
You're right, war will never be the solution
May God and the angels protect children the elderly, the sick, the disabled.
They suffer more with the wars
Peace, peace peace peace, peace
Clicia Pavan
Comment by rose on December 31, 2008 at 1:50pm
David ... may the blessings of love and peace find you this day, even in some small way. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peace.
Comment by Stephanie on December 31, 2008 at 1:14pm
thank you for sharing your personal day with us here on iPeace. You have been modest all these months, but the thought of you has been in my mind and for sure in the minds of others "How does HE get along, and how does HE DO IT!!!". You have guided us into thinking, reflecting, contributing....and all along have had a challenging time doing it, to say the least.
Everything we see is related somehow to Peace, without even thinking about it. It just takes a moment to look and listen and see if what we see makes us peaceful or not.
Have a peaceful time with your elderly parents. They must be so proud of their son. It is a huge HUGE gift you give to them, just in your being.
Thank you David.
Comment by Mohammed Hassim on December 31, 2008 at 12:48pm
Dear David,
Sorry for what happened to you and your family. However, do not blame it all on Hamas. Up to now 390 Palestinians have died and 1800 injured after long months of siege imposed on them by the Israeli government. A university, many schools, mosques, etc. have been totally destroyed. Palestinians are being bombarded by F16 and many other sofisticated devastating weapons. Children, women and old people are dying every minute. On top of that, Israel is backed up by the most powerful country in the world today; USA.

If peace should ever reign on the region, it's the one in a powerful position who should preserve it and work for it. Palestinians have been suffering for more than 60 years now and could not have a country they can call their own. Let Israel give them a country they can live on independently instead of going into endless negociations and treaties.

I would have posted so many heart breaking pictures of Palestinian bodies broken into pieces, children killed in their own houses, people running to nowhere to be safe from missiles and bombs coming from everywhere thrown on them by Israeli army, but for the sake of not breeding hatred and anger and also for not shocking sensitive people, I won't do that. There are plenty of them on the net and on all TV channels for those who want to see them.

This is a platform for calling for peace and tolerence and not for exposing false and subjective realities. Yes, war has never solved problems. It's a historical fact. But who would bring peace in this too much antagonistic world where power is used in an unjust way?

I also have hope for a more peaceful world and I look forward to a more just future.

May God bless us all and show us the way to love and peace.


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