This is a message for all those in power and also to peace-loving Americans everywhere.
I am a Palestinian, Muslim man, born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. I have lived in Federal Way with my family since the early 1980s. It was much too dangerous for us to remain in our homeland, as you all may know. Our freedom to move around and earn a living for our children was very limited, so I made the decision to relocate.
As Muslims, we are taught to make peace, not war. We are not terrorists as we are many times called. Every religious group has a fraction who are considered extremists and end up making conditions bad for the rest of us law-abiding citizens.
I love this country and am thankful to have my freedom and family live here in peace, but on the other hand I still miss my homeland in Palestine, which is now occupied by the Israelis. Still, I have many family members and some property there.
I have a vision for the future, where all three main religious groups can live together in peace and harmony once again. I am praying for this day and night and hope that one day it will become true. God bless America.