Jeff - Co-founder Israeli Committee against house demolitions
What is your motivation to work towards peace?
I'm a child of the 60s, so I grew up at a time in history when progressiveness, human rights, justice, love, being a hippy were all in the air. So, in a sense I just continue that. I grew up in the US, I was very active in the anti-Vietnam war movements, in the civil rights movements and I came here with my eyes open, I mean I knew there was an occupation. You know I'm not a story of someone who came with rosy eyes and got disillusioned and went to the left. I came on the left, very critical, and so that's what has always motivated me, social change and politics.
What is your vision for the future?
My vision is a kind of model like Europe 30 years ago, a kind of a common economic federation of Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Because I think Israel and Palestine are too small, we should have a regional approach. And then like in Europe, there will be much more freedom. If you're a Palestinian and you've been living in Jordan for 60 years, you have a business, you know you might not want to come to live in Palestine but you want to be a Palestinian and even vote in the elections.