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COMPASSION
 
Sitting at home, watching the news,
Reporting the conflict of Arabs and Jews
History, hatred , fighting and pain,
I feel like I'm going insane.
 
Yet from my window ,beauty I see,
Mountains and valleys , the Galilee
My mind wanders in a peaceful dream,
Broken again by a shattering scream.
 
Weary, yet driven , I search from within
For the solution-the answer -  one of , win-win.
There must be a way to make both sides see,
A compromise that will set us free,
Of this vicious circle of bloodshed and gore
of loss of life and much, much more.
Though I'm lost , afraid and all  is unclear
My hope for  peace, overrules my fear, 
Compassion and tolerance are my guide
A love of humanity is on my side.
 
Karen Eini
Friends and Flags Project Coordinator
http://www.friendsandflags.org


        
Viviana Cuello
7th
 Patagonia Argentina

       REMEMBRANCES

REMEMBER those days
In which we were gay?
There was no evil
as there is today.

We could play
freely till late
There was no evil
In the hearts of men.

We could trust
In any man
No matter...
His religion, his colour
Or even his name.
Such things
weren't important
'Cause we were...
INNOCENT.

We knew the Good Guy,
Would defeat the Bad.
We learnt the difference
Between hatred and LOVE.
Some of us were lucky,
In a PEACEFUL LAND.
While others suffered badly,
Under the boots of wrath.

But we were HAPPY,
'Cause there was LOVE
And though everything
crumbled around us.
We still had HOPE,
We still saw the LIGHT.

Daniel Dorfman.
Ein Ganin, 6th Grade
Israel

It has been said that Israel is one of the most unique countries in the world.
        
Israel’s population consists of different cultures and people from all over the world. 
There for the population includes Russians, Iraqis, Ashkenazim and Sepharadim. 
But what the majority has in common, which makes Israel so very unique, is that more 
than 80% of its population is Jewish. Israel is the only country in the world
 that has a majority of Jews. Each year, thousands of immigrants pass the border to 
every Jew’s dreamland, the famous Israel, and settle in it.
        
If you ask anyone in Tel-Aviv, what his country’s official type of food is,
 they will unrepentantly reply: “Falafel and Humus.” People from all over the
world come to Israel to taste the famous Falafel.

Israel didn’t receive its independence from anyone, she had to fight for it like 
many other countries. Each year we commemorate Memorial Day, which is a very sad day. 
In contrast to other countries, where soldier rarely die, Israel’s Independence Day
reminds its citizens of the huge number of deaths in Israel as a result of war. 
Sadly soldiers are still in constant danger, and not one day goes by without a 
soldier getting injured. Although Israel has achieved peace with 2 Arab countries 
that surround her, it still has a long way to go, before people in Israel are able
 to live a calm and peaceful life. 

Another big problem in Israel exists: the animosity between secular Jews and the Orthodox Jews. 
The secular Jews claim that the Orthodox force them to live a life theirs, which includes no 
activities at Friday evenings and Saturdays, eating Kosher and closing movie theaters. 
The Orthodox Jews, come to a neighborhood where the majority of the people are secular, 
and buy an apartment in a building. Then another family comes to live in that building, 
and therefore more families join that building, then street, and demand to close it on 
Saturdays, claiming it bothers them and dishonors them. The secular Jews despise their actions, 
and dislike their control over their lives. 

Although Israel has many problems, it is still one of a kind. 
Israel is a leader in technology, agriculture, medicine and education. It is a young and dynamic
 country with much to offer and hopefully it will know peace in the future. That is our dream.

Didattica Scuola Media Gherardi Lugo  Italy



Halloween is coming 

People are preparing 

To celebrate Halloween 

They are dancing and joking 

Until they get exhausted 

Halloween is knocking at the door 

To frighten rich and poor. 

The ghost on the tree 

The owl in front of me 

The witch on her broom 

The skeleton feels blue 

The children are dressing up 

To frighten everyone. 

On Halloween the night is dark 

No stars, no moon 

Only small candles 

Outside the windows 

Who's going around? 

Monsters, ghosts and witches 

Vanishing before me daylight comes 

Erik (Ecka) Andersson
Vallhov 6C
Sweden, Sandviken

My Christmas!
The day before we cook and put the ornament on the Christmas tree. 
On christmas eve we look at Donald duck, it´sa tradition. 
On the evening we eat on a christmas table with meatballs, potato , 
Janssons temptetion  and stuffs like that. After the great meal we 
sit down beside the tree and hand out the christmas presents. 
Then we are realy tired so we look at the presents one more time 
and go to bed.

Gilad Sevitt
6, geulim
israel

i very love this site,
i think is very usefull
and very nice, gilad sevit(:

Erik (Ecka) Andersson
Vallhov 6C
Sweden, Sandviken

My wish!
I wish that this war soon will end.
Because to many has lost a friend.
I hope that nowbody more will die.
There´s allready to many who lie..... 
            //"Ecka"

david lindroth
vallhovscool 6th grade
sweden

I dont want any war.
no one should be poor.
i wish i will win lots of money,then i will chear it with other.

Robert larsson




Olli
Vallhovskolan
sveden

I wish all people could live in peac and harmoni, and ba fiends and all evil people will be friends with all other peoplöe.

Robert larsson
Vallhov 6C
Sweden, Sandviken

I wish the war could stop.
i hope that all people could live to gether in the future.
i wish every could have a friend.

Amanda
vallhovscool 6th grade
sweden

I wish for the future 
there is no war in the world.
all people are friends
and don`t ever fight.
I drreem every night 
everyone plays togoter,
everyone is all right!!

Emma larsson
vallhovSchool 6th grade
Sweden, Sandviken

Why? Why doesn´t everyone live in safe?
And why can´t everybody bee friends?
And so every story got a happy end!
          //Emma

Anna Isetoft
Vallhovschool 6 th grade
Sweden Sandviken

I wish everything in the world was all right.
I want peace and justice. 
I hope that all the war ends and everyone feel fine.

Elin Dufva
vallhovscool 6th grade
sweden

I wish there will be no war in the world.
I wish that all people have it good.
I wish that all people have some place to live. I wish that all people have a friend.

Nathalie Walther.
Vallhovschool 6 th grade
Sweden, Sandviken

I wish that all people have some place to live and
I want that all wars will end!
         //Nattiz*

Daniel murberg
vallhovscool 6th grade
sweden

I wish that everyone have clothes and food.
I wish that all areas can have a sportsfield.
Because then people wouldn't fight eachother

Thomas Claesson
Vallhovschool 6th grade
Sweden

I whish that all wars will 
end. I hope all people live
in peace in the future. I wish that everyone in the world have a friend.
I want that everybody have 
food and fresh water.

Jonatan Olsson
vallhovscool 6th grade
sweden

I wish that all wars will end. No one will crying or dieing. I wish that everybody got some food to eat. Everyone can just live in peace. I hope everyone have friends and a mom and dad. I wish the childrens got a school and a home. I wish that everyone get christmas presents on christmas eve and presents on the birthday. I wish everyone got money and fresh water to drink. I wish that everyone can go to a hospital if he or she need's help. I hope that everyone got someone who is love he or she.

Segev R. and David K.
6th grade, Ein Ganim School
Israel

We wanted to write about the space shuttle "Columbia" that crashed:

Segev:
I am so sorry for the families of the dead astronauts from the "Columbia" space shuttle.
I would want Colonel Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, to be back on earth and Israel and tell his stories and enjoyments.
I think Ilan's sacrifice wasn't in vain - he opened a way to other israeli people and future astronauts into the world of science and space.
I think Ilan Ramon was a great man, husband, child, soldier and astronaut.
His army career aided him in his journey.

David:
I am very sorry for the asronauts's families about the dead astronauts that died on the space shuttle "Columbia".
I am especially sorry for the death of Colonel Ilan Ramon that represented the country as the first Israeli astronaut in the space. I am very happy he said israeli prayers and ate kosher food, even though he is not a religious man.
I think that Ilan Ramon opened a gate of hope for future Israeli astronauts and encouraged them to be israeli astronauts.
I think Ilan Ramon represented Israel the best way someone ever could. 

Afik
Ein Ganim
Israel

This tragedy of the Colombia will never be forgotten. Also 17 years ago the space shuttle, Challenger, was the first space shuttle with a teacher! But when the space shuttle was  already in the air, after something  like 30 seconds when they started to fly thegas tank exploded and the all of the shuttle, of course exploded. The challenger shuttle had the first teacher in a shuttle but they wanted it to be in space, and the Colombia shuttle had the first astronout from Israel. But before they landed on earth the left wing had a problem and the space shuttle was broken to pieces. It was a very sad moment, for us and the all of the world. The astronouts knew that the mission had risks , but the feeling to be in space, made the risks meaningless to the astronouts. Nasa should be more careful if they want to save the lives of their astronauts.  

Ms. Eason's Class
Elliott Fifth Grade
Irving, Texas U.S.A

Seven Stars in the Sky

Smart – with so many talents
Commanders, specialists, and engineers
Surgeons, pilots, and mothers
Sons and daughters dear
Fathers and citizens of our planet

Say it loud!
Every part of our sphere
Say it proud!
We had heroes here.

Discoverers of the universe
Scientist of the world
Heroes that worked hard
To protect the human race
All the way from space – a huge frontier

Say it loud!
Every part of our sphere
Say it proud!
We had heroes here

So brave to go to space
Helped us understand
Like teachers
With experiments
Resourceful
Seven True Pioneers!

Say it loud!
Every part of our sphere
Say it proud!
We had heroes here.

Examples to all around
Flying high in the sky
Searching our galaxy far and near.
Doing great things in space
With smiles and no fears.

Say it loud!
With every passing year -
Say it clear!
Seven shining stars touched our lives.
Say it proud!
We had heroes here.

(Lines written by students in Ms. Eason's fifth grade classes)

Matan and Saar
Ein-Ganim' 



Matan and Saar
Ein-ganim, 5th
Petah-Tikva, Israel

Our Poem about our Dream for school

I wish that all the teachers didn't give us homework,
and our school will not be dirty, too 
We want us to have a great school
and not a lot of work to do 
We want that kids will not fight
and go to school at 10:00 o'clock  
Everybody goes to school for fun
and just one day a week, when we won't be asleep,
We will go to the sea for it is fun we seek! 



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Anna Rosenfeld
Age 13, 9th grade
Israel

Remember?

Remember the days when we used to walk free when nothing was bulletproof when we danced in the streets knowing we had a place of our own a country Israel ours alone?

Remember the days when we used to go up into the villages sit with the Arabs drink tea and talk of peace of weddings?

Remember the days when we crouched behind sandbags when we cried for peace as we shot our guns and swore we would never give up our country again our Israel?

Remember the days when we prayed for a country of our own and when we finally had it how we rejoiced how we fell sobbing to kiss the earth of our country how we lived in peace remember

Remember our vow have you forgotten so soon will you let them beat you down down to the earth you once kissed the earth now wet with my blood spilled to protect my country

have you forgotten so soon

will you strive for peace now speak of peace while they kill speak of peace while I die will you strive for peace now?

Do you remember the quiet days?


Anna Rosenfeld
Age 13, 9th grade
Israel

Remember?

Remember the days

when we used to walk free

when nothing was bulletproof

when we danced in the streets

knowing

we had a place of our own

a country

Israel

ours alone?

Remember the days

when we used to go

up

into the villages

sit with the Arabs

drink tea

and talk

of peace

of weddings?

Remember the days

when we crouched behind

sandbags

when we cried

for peace

as we shot our guns

and swore

we would never give up

our country again

our Israel?

Remember the days

when we prayed

for a country of our own

and when we finally had it

how we rejoiced

how we fell sobbing to kiss the earth

of our country

how we lived in peace

remember

Remember our vow

have you forgotten so soon

will you let them beat you down

down

to the earth you once kissed

the earth now wet with my blood

spilled to protect my country

have you forgotten so soon

will you strive for peace now

speak of peace

while they kill

speak of peace

while I die

will you strive for peace now?

Do you remember

the quiet days?


Anna Rosenfeld
Age 13, 9th grade
Israel

If pigs could fly

I'd take a pig

fly

with a friend or five

speak of the times before

when the moon was not

blue cheese and

hell was fire

when dragons were myth

fairies only in fairytales

when rain was only water

never kittens or poodles or fish

when man still fought man.

How everything changed

when the first pig

rose slowly off the earth

the time before

when they locked up people

like us

for daring to dream

and pigs

could not

fly -


Dar .S.
Ein Ganim
Israel

Dear Karen,

I was sorry to hear about the terrorist attack in Katzir. I am very happy that you came out from it safetly. I cn't imagine the fear that you felt, it probebly deep fear. I live next to Kefar Kasem, I think you know this place, but if you don't, this is a village who belongs to Arabians. I know the fear. Hope you feel good, Dar S.


Dar .S.
Ein Ganim
Israel

Dear Karen,

I was sorry to hear about the terrorist attack in Katzir. I am very happy that you came out from it safetly. I cn't imagine the fear that you felt, it was probebly deep fear. I live next to Kefar Kasem, I think you know this place, but if you don't, this is a village who belongs to Arabians. I know the fear.

Hope you feel good, Dar S.


Dar .S.
Ein Ganim
Israel

Dear Karen,

I was sorry to hear about the terrorist attack in Katzir. I am very happy that you came out from it safely. I can't imagine the fear that you felt, it was probably deep fear. I live next to Kfar Kasem, I think you know this place, but if you don'tknow, this is a village who belongs to Arabs. I know the fear.

Hope you feel good, Dar S.


Linda
7th
USA

I have decided to write my thoughts And share them all to you It's never been done before And I hope you enjoy them too But what should i write? Should i write about today about the future that will soon be or the obstacles in the way? Life is like a puzzle It is really hard to solve try and try again i do but nothing seems to evolve there are lots of lonely people that just need some love and care but how can we help them if we don't even notice they are there if life was like a book we could write it anyway and there would be no sorrow and many sunny days but life is not hopeless and all is not forgot just never give up and be thankful for what you got


Josipa
7th
Croatia

I am standing on the bridge and looking some friends but there is anyone.I am asking myself,were is the love?What is going now with the people?The war in the Irak....I dont now.I wana go somwhere where i can run and srcream....I just wana...


mystrie person
6
canada

I LOVE U WILLIAM WONG!! I LOVE U FOREVER!!!


Jenny
silver pines, grade 6
Ont, Canada

PEACE IS...

peace is me and my brother not starting a fight. someone that can help with all their might.

peace it at school when your playing with your friends peace is something in canada that will never end

peace is a teacher who talks nicely to her class. peace is a guard who allows you to pass.

peace is the freedom we share in the world.

P.S. g-d bless Israel!


Nofar P.
Ein Ganim 6th grade
Israel

Hi, my name is Nofar and I study in the 6th grade in Ein-Ganim Elemenary School. I live in Peach-Tikva, Israel. There are many holidays for the Jews, one of them is Purim, Purim is our next holiday, Purim is the most festive of Jewish holidays. I like Purim, I think it a special and very fun holiday! Purim is like Halloween, at Purim we dress up in costumes, last year I dressed up to a gift, I made this cotume with my mother, I think the best part in Purim is to make the costumes alone and not to buy them. On Purim we eat things called "Haman's ears", Haman was the name of one of the persons in the story of Purim, he was the bad man of the story and the villain because he wanted to kill the Jews. These are Haman's ears:

On Purim we play with noise makers, this is a noisemaker: http://www.holidays.net/purim/images/gragger4.gif The symbol of Purim is a clown.

Good-bye and Happy Purim! Nofar and Marsha Goren's class from Ein Ganim Israel


Or D.
Ein Ganim 6th grade
Israel

Purim

Purim is a beautiful Jewish holiday. Purim is a children's holiday,. On Purim we wear costumes, masks of something or someone that we admire or do not like. Purim’s story is in Esther (book of the Bible). The story happened many years ago in Persia. It’s about a queen that was Jewish and a very beautiful woman. No one knew that she was Jewish, even the king named Ahashverosh. That story had very happy end for the Jewish people in Persia. On Purim, we eat special food. We eat “The ears of the ‘Evil Haman’”. When the name of Haman is called in the synagogue, everyone there makes noise with the noisemakers. We give and receive little gifs and presents with our friends. Every kid in Israel likes the Purim holiday. In the schools in Israel, we celebrate the holiday, one day before Purim. On Purim we don’t study at school, and there is a vacation.

These are Haman's ears (the ears of the “Evil Haman”): We eat the ears to remember that the king hung him by his His ears in the highest tree in the land!

This is a noisemaker: Happy Purim!Or D. Ein Ganim and Marsha


Nitzan I.
Ein Ganim 6th grade
Israel

Purim is a holiday that Jewish people celebrate. It was many years ago… The story of Purim tells the story of Queen Esther, King Ahasuerus, Esther's uncle (or cousin) Mordechai, and the king's chief advisor Haman. Ahasuerus was the king of Persia. He wanted to have a feast. It was the seventh day of the feast when the king called to his queen, Vashti. Vashti didn't want to come this feast. She refused. The king (Ahasuerus) was very angry. Ahasuerus talked with his officers and asked them for a proper punishment. One of them suggested that Vashti should be killed. The king thought it was as a good punishment and Vashti was killed. The time passed and the king wanted a new queen. His officers called all the girls in the country to come to his palace. The king chose Ester. She was a Jewish girl that her uncle, Mordechai, raised because of her parent's death. When she came to the palace she didn't tell anyone that she was a Jewish girl. The king loved her because she was extremely beautiful and she was the queen. Years passed and the king decided to choose Haman to be his prime minister. Haman was very vain. He thought that everyone needed to bow to him. Mordechai didn't bow him because the Jewish religion did not allow that. It was a sin. Haman was very angry and decided to cast a Pur to determine the day of annihilation of all the Jews. (Pur-Purim). Haman went to the king and slandered the Jews. Haman convinced the king to go forth with his plans. Mordechai heard about it and tore his clothes. He went into the streets and cried. Some people told Esther about her uncle and she talked with him. He told her what happened and asked her for a favor. Mordechai asked her if she could ask the king to help on her behalf and Esther agreed. Meanwhile, Mordechai and some people fasted for three days for her safety. After the fast, Esther went to the king's chambers and asked him for a feast in honor of her and Haman. The king agreed. She asked them for another feast on the next night. Haman left the feast feeling proud and happy, but when he noticed and saw that Mordechai didn't bow to him he was very angry. He asked his wife, Zeresh to advise him and she said that he needed to build gallows. Haman was very joyful and happy. On that night, the king discovered that Mordechai saved him from the assassination plot of two slaves. He asked Haman for a gift for somebody that the king wished to reward. Haman thought that the king's intentions were for him and said: "The honoree should be dressed in royal clothing, ride upon a royal horse. And be led through the city streets by an official proclaiming "This is what is done to the man the King wishes to honor and desire". The king agreed and asked Haman to lead the horse for Mordechai. Haman did it and was very sad. During the second banquet, Esther told the king about all of Haman's plots and she also told the king the she was Jewish. The king decided that Haman would be hung on the gallows instead of Mordechai. And that was the end of the story. Ever since, the Jews celebrate this and the day before Purim is a day of fasting, in memory of Mordechai's fast. On Purim we are merry and gay. Children wear costumes and have parties. We are happy and have fun. Happy Purim. Nitzan, Marsha and the 6th grade at Ein Ganim Israel


MIchelle
Ulvkærskolen
Denmark

Welcome to my world i'm nobodys fool and I live in nobodys home. And i'm anything but ordinary.

Sometimes I feel unwanted. Sometimes I feel complicated, and I just want to freak out. Sometimes I feel naked, and it feels like i'm falling to pieces.

There were things i'll never say when we were together. He wasn't the skater boy I wanted. I feel lost and forgotten. Who knows when i'll start losing grib and go mobile.

You can take me away, but don't tell me that he slipped away. That wont be my happy ending.

I remember it clearly when he said " I'm with you " and I always asked " How does it feel ? " But you would never listen to me. I just want to be loved, is that to much to ask for ?.