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A Gaza Palestinian Who Now Seeks Peace (Sputnik News via Daily Alert)

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Nov. 8, 2019

A Gaza Palestinian Who Now Seeks Peace
Sameer Abu Ramzi, 27, from Gaza, says that amid the raging Arab Spring in 2011, he took part in mass protests against Israel. “Back then I was willing to do everything, whether it was just to throw rocks at Israelis or die as a martyr for the sake of Palestine.” But after the 2014 Gaza war, “when I saw all the poverty and the death around me, I started asking myself whether this conflict – that I have been supporting for my entire life – was worth the suffering, said Abu Ramzi, pinning the blame on the mass media and the Palestinian education system. “I was not born with hatred. I was raised to it.”
    He says that behind closed doors, many admit that they want to end the hostilities and normalize relations with Israel. “Back in the 80s, many Gazans commuted to Israel for work. For many, it was a golden era. Cooperation was great back then and many want to resurrect what we have lost. I believe it is possible and I am not the only one thinking this way.”  (Sputnik-Russia)

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