PEACE with Penny SEASON 4 Penny S Tee Interviews Rami Aman, Peace Activist,of Gaza Youth Committee
In our first interview of 2023, we’ll be speaking with Rami Aman, a Gazan Peace Activist. You may ask, isn’t that a contradiction in terms? All I see or hear about Gazans is that they are terrorists who want to kill Jewish Israelis.
In the Hamas Charter or (“The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement”) it states that it rejects all peace talks with the State of Israel and stresses the terrorist organization’s commitment to destroy Israel through a long-term holy war or (jihad). And Gaza in Peace talks is set aside as another type of beast, that is too difficult, perhaps impossible to deal with.
Rami is a freelance Palestinian journalist and Peace activist in the Gaza Strip. Rami has paid dearly for his different attitude toward Peace and Israelis, including being jailed for 8 months and tortured because he had the audacity to hold Skype meetings with Israelis.
Given the danger he puts himself in by his Peace activities, why does he do it? In 2010, Rami founded the Gaza Youth Committee. The vision of the youth leaders committee is to develop Palestinian youth’s academic and cultural competencies in order to break the siege on the Gaza Strip and liberate the Palestinian youth. The PYC aims to support academic, scientific and cultural programs by cooperating with Palestinian NGOs and international organizations.
In 2015, Rami organized video chats between Israelis and Palestinian peace activists in the Gaza Strip in an initiative called “Skype With Your Enemy.” In April 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gaza Youth Committee held one of its largest videoconferences via Zoom, with more than 200 participants. Opponents of normalizing relations with Israel were also on the call, resulting in a public uproar that prompted Hamas to arrest Rami and several other call participants.
In September 2020 Hamas military prosecutors in Gaza charged Rami and two other Palestinian peace activists with “weakening revolutionary spirit” for organizing the April 2020 video call with Israelis.
In September 2020, a coalition of 70 NGOs demanded Rami’s release and ultimately, he was. Rami had been imprisoned and tortured for a total of 8 months. He’s had to pay a much higher price to be a Peace activist, and many consider Rami a hero.
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Thank you and May You Live in Peace, שלום, and سلام.
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