Barack Mandela
Barack Mandela
American Soldier/Israeli Soldier

Peace Prophet: In the Footsteps of ‘Peace Pilgrim’

Mildred Lisette Norman, known as “Peace Pilgrim”, was an American peace activist. (Friends of Peace Pilgrim)

Starting on January 1, 1953, Mildred Lisette Norman adopted the name “Peace Pilgrim” and walked throughout the United States for 28 years, speaking to others about peace. “Peace Pilgrim”, an award-winning peace activist, passed away on July 7, 1981. She touched many hearts with her mission to create an oasis of peace in our world.

Forty years after Peace Pilgrim’s passing, I am launching an international peace effort using the name “Peace Prophet”. I will travel the world to speak about peace, unconditional love, compassion, empathy, women’s rights, equality, and human rights.

I am a military veteran of both the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the United States Army. Currently, I am an active member of the American Legion veteran’s organization. I am former judge advocate of our local veteran’s group.

Barack Obama Mandela, “Peace Prophet”, served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and United States Army.

Since I have seen warfare and armed conflict first-hand, I am highly sensitive to the cause of peace, harmony, and non-violence. I am an anti-war activist. In the past, I was a “soldier of war”; however, now I am a “soldier for peace” and “soldier for love” and “soldier for mercy”.

Instead of firing assault rifles, throwing grenades, driving tanks, and firing missiles, I am dedicated to spreading positive, healing energy, social harmony, and love for our enemies. We must love our enemies.

In the past, I was a soldier during the Second Intifada while in the IDF, and I was a soldier during the global war on terrorism in the United States Army. In 2006, I was awarded the National Defense Service Medal by the Pentagon. In 2001, I was awarded the Inspirational Soldier Award by the IDF at Latrun military base in Israel.

Human rights leader, Martin Luther King, once said: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

President Abraham Lincoln once said,  “The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”

Barack Obama Mandela, known as “Peace Prophet” is a member of the American Legion veterans organization.

Today, the State of Israel and Hamas are fighting a tense unending war, a bloody conflict, in a long cycle of violence. However, I think both sides must approach each other with unconditional love. For without unconditional love, true peace cannot exist.

Hamas militants sometimes launch rockets towards Israel. Afterwards, Israel responds with targeted airstrikes against Hamas. It is a cycle of blood and fear and hatred. As “Peace Prophet”, I call for a long-term peace treaty between Israel and Hamas. We must say “No” to war, and we must say “Yes” to peace.

Today, I wrote letters to President Yitzhak (Isaac) Herzog of Israel and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of Israel asking both leaders to support my human rights mission as “Peace Prophet”. I forwarded the letters to the Israeli embassy in Washington DC.

In my mission as “Peace Prophet”, I am inspired by the following people: Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Barbra Streisand, Angelina Jolie, Melinda Gates, Noura Erekat, Mariam Barghouti, Hanan Ashrawi, Ayelet Shaked, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Skrillex, Martin Garrix, Marianne Williamson, Drake, and First Lady Jill Biden.

To both the Israeli and Palestinian communities, I have an uplifting message: The time has come to build new relationships based on unconditional love, spiritual healing, mutual respect, mercy, human rights, and fundamental fairness.

“Peace Prophet” is available for interviews and speaking engagements free of charge.

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of both the United States Army and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias.
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