My name is Yunes Asfoor. I don't know how to begin my story because it is somewhat different from those of my friends. After I got married, god blessed me with children, I had a son called Habib-Allah who suffered from a serious disease (leukemia). I took him for treatment in many hospitals â€“ in the West Bank, in Jordan and in Israel -- where I saw people in the same situation as Habib.
While Habib was being treated in Israeli hospitals I noticed that in times of difficulty and crisis people join together against the disease. There were religious Jews there and other Israelis who would say, 'may God cure your son'. what they said was heart-felt because they felt the same thing I did, their children were in similar situations. I used to say to them 'may god cure your children and their disease' because I too felt what they felt, as I was dealing with Habib's situation.
I also noticed that the kids used to play with each other, nobody felt the difference of religion because they were little kids. The doctors and nurses didn't discriminate between the Muslim, Christian and Jewish children, there was the same treatment for everyone.
Today we are working together with â€śCombatants for Peaceâ€ť to prove that everybody deserves to live in peace and justice in this country. We work together so that our children can have a better future. I say, instead of spending so much on weapons and wars, we should take care of people: spend on medicine, hospitals, education, combating illiteracy, protecting the environment. There are enough natural dangers, we don't need to create man made ones.
Whenever I see a sick child suffering pain I feel as if it is my own child, Habib Allah, whether the child is Christian, Jewish or whatever. Based on this feeling, I work to find a better future for all the people of the world so that they can live in peace. That is why I am active in Combatants for Peace.