**I made this video 3 years ago, but only shared it to Facebook…so I wanted to post it for all you guys here on YouTube! Please excuse the fast paced editing and shaky camera — I was a newbie back then**
Regardless of your views on Israel and Palestine, this video will widen your perspectives.
The tour that I just had of Jerusalem, by two natives — Yuval (an Israeli Jew) and Samer (a Palestinian Muslim), was life changing to say the least. It’s extremely rare to get a duel-narrative tour of Jerusalem, and I learned more than I ever thought I’d know about the history and politics of Israel & Palestine.
From hearing their real-life stories of growing up in segregated Jerusalem, which challenges they’ve faced, and how they connect to certain parts of the city — to witnessing them being friends and colleagues today, treating each other equally and with respect — is very humbling and reassuring, and this experience has restored my faith in humanity.
I know there are more Yuvals and Samers out there, either living in Israel/Palestine or elsewhere in the world, who treat each other equally and respectfully, despite their religion and/or differences. Maybe — just maybe — this video will spark a light that will start a movement towards peace for Israel and Palestine. I sure hope so.
This video was by far the most challenging one I’ve made – from the planning stages, to the on-site shooting (i.e. security checkpoints) and especially, the tedious editing process which took me pretty much 2 full days. I am proud of how it turned out, and I truly hope your perspectives have been opened, or you’ve learned something new by watching this video.
I don’t ask you to share my videos often, but I will kindly ask if you enjoyed it, to please share it with your friends and family to help me spread this message of peace.
I welcome your thoughts, opinions and constructive criticism (which I know this will get a lot of)… But I’d like you to think twice about how you say things… If you are going to be an online troll — full of hate and ignorance, and someone who causes further conflict through foolish comments — then please turn your attention elsewhere. I will only be responding to carefully thought-out comments, reactions and questions in this thread.