We got the idea for our quilt square from the Western Wall---especially as it's a place where people entrust their hopes, dreams and prayers.

Contained in the square are our hopes and visions of justice and peace for the Middle East.

We used quotations from an article "If I forget thee, Oh Jerusalem", by Aurora Levins Morales in the book Getting Home Alive, (Firebrand Books, New York, 1986) because she articulated these hopes for us so well.

The quotes are:

That we could use the memory of pain to sharpen our vision of freedom.

...to finally understand that our safety does in fact depend on theirs.

Now it is clearly about the choices we make, not about the people we are born into.

...their nationhood is an echo of our own.

Dorothy Elias and Diana Smith, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada