08/05/2014 04:33 pm ET Updated Oct 04, 2014


Imagine all the people
Living for today
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one
-- John Lennon

Every time I hear this song by John Lennon, I get tears in my eyes. I sigh and say to myself "I don't know, Mr. Lennon." I do wish we could imagine so much positivity in the world. The wars, the killings, the bombings, the hunger, religious superiority complex, war on children and so many more crimes are committed by humans today. I wish we could imagine everyone living in peace.

A few days ago I was able to witness something that did make me imagine. About two weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a protest rally against the killing of innocent children in Gaza. I was skeptical, not sure of what to expect. Would there be violence? Would people become angry? Is it safe to take my daughter with me?I was scared and nervous from inside.

My 16-year-old daughter was the one who dragged me there, she insisted that we go and support this cause. When I got there it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. There were thousands of people walking peacefully and in solidarity with the families of Gaza. There were people from every race, country and religion. It made me so proud to see Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Christians and even atheists' that came together to let the world know that we will not stand for the killing of innocent lives.

There were Americans, Chinese, Palestinians, and Egyptians, Koreans, Malaysians, Syrians, Pakistanis, Indians, Lebanese and people from so many other countries supporting the cause, walking down Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. They believed that this war and its atrocities could be stopped, if they dared to stand together. These 8,000 imagined a better world where their voices could be heard.

Maybe John Lennon was right to imagine a better world.