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Moving Forward After Gaza: What next for Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel? Mohammad Darawshe, London, 26 Feb.
|UK Friends of the Abraham Fund Initiatives, in co-operation with the Foreign Press Association present
Moving Forward After Gaza: What next for Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel?
A briefing by Mohammad Darawshe Director of the Abraham Fund
The Gaza war has generated a public outcry, with thousands taking to the streets in London and around the world. In Israel, tensions between the Jewish and Arab communities have risen, threatening current cooperation efforts. From a unique perspective of a coexistence organisation between the Jewish and Arab communities, director Mohammad Darawshe of the Abraham Fund Initiatives will address the situation on the ground. He will outline the much needed action from governments and other agencies and will provide examples of tried and tested model projects already successfully implemented, which demonstrate that coexistence can work, but needs to be supported. About Mohammad Darawshe
Mr Darawshe has been the Director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives since 2005 and he has presented lectures and papers at many international and academic institutions such as the U.S. congress, the European parliament, NATO Defense College, the World Economic Forum, and most recently the Herzlia Conference. He won numerous awards, including the Peacemaker award, bestowed by the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago and the Peace and Security Award of the World Association of NGOs. In 2008, he was elected as a council member of his own hometown Iksal.
UK friends of the Abraham Fund
A night of peaceful, artistic expression in support of and to raise funds for the people of Gaza
Acts donating their time and performance include:
*Steve Sabella* – Palestinian Photographer; *Prof Haim Bresheeth* – filmmaker, photographer and a film studies scholar; *Soraya Boyd* – human rights campaigner; *Klezmer Klub*- jewish/Yiddish folklore music; *Poetic Pilgrimage* – Muslim sisters hip hop band; *Nour Alkawaja* – Palestinian Female comedian and director
Date: Saturday 17th January 2009
Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London, W1H Nearest tube: Edgware Road/Marylebone road Minimum donation on the night: £15 Dinner will be served at 20:30 after the acts. There is a vegetarian option. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN START TIME. Acts will start promptly at 6:15pm
TICKETS: Minimum donation is £15.
Please purchase prior to the event, tickets are limited:
This is updated regularly. Please scroll to donate button to purchase your ticket. Tickets are confirmed by email.
All proceeds on the night will go to Medical Aid for Palestinians
If you are unable to attend for any reason and would like to donate visit http://expressionsforgaza.blogspot.com and follow the link.
There are several events taking place and many charity collections- donations to any are appreciated.
Actually, I did laugh. Even when the joke was on me.
Alia Alzougbi and Yamina Bakiri would like to invite you to a night of quirky comedy. It’s Nothing Personal will explore at least 1001 ways of stereotyping “the Middle East” In this magic carpet ride, we will address the following:
- Is west of the Middle East still east?
- What are the political and health benefits of olive oil?
- Is female emancipation down to shaving hair?
- Would the Big Bad Wolf discriminate on the basis of religion?
- Does it make sense to marry a brain surgeon when your father is diabetic?
- What do the Koran and The Communist Manifesto have in common?
Unfortunately the accuracy of the answers is not guaranteed with the ticket price (£5); as such, we cannot promise you an educative night, but you might just have a chuckle (or two). It’s Nothing Personal will take place on Thursday the 19th of June at 8:30pm in Goodenough College, London House Large Common Room, WC1N 2AB. All proceeds go to SOS children http://www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/children-charity.htm
Bassam Aramin was a co-founder with Yonathan Shapera of Combatants for Peace.
He had spent many years in an Israel prison for his involvement with Palestinian
militancy, but came to the conclusion that engagement and dialogue are the only way
forward. Following the founding of Combatants for Peace, his new beliefs were sorely
tried by the killing of his 10 year old daughter, Abir, by the Israeli border police on
her way home from school and by the Israeli authorities refusal to investigate her
death properly. Combatants for Peace and local people are making a garden in her
name next to the school, supported by Jewish Groups across the world. A new play
featuring Bassam’s lifestory was performed in Jaffa recently, by well known Israeli actors.
Raed Al Mickawi is a compelling speaker who weaves his own personal story of growing
up Bedouin in the Negev with the larger civil and human rights issues facing Bedouin and
Arab people living in Israel—20% of the overall population. Learn more about the
“unrecognized” villages, the relationship between the situation of Palestinians inside and
outside the Green Line, and environmental and social policy towards Bedouin people.
Hear about BUSTAN’s role in building a sustainable, just future for ALL residents of the
Negev through small-scale, grassroots projects that advocate for human rights, cultural
preservation, and sustainable land use and development.
If hope, courage and determination have a face, it is the face of Bassam and Raed.
“Sometimes it’s uncomfortable to support Israel and pursue peace, democracy and human rights at the same time.”
I am a moderate when it comes to Israel but not, I hope, vacuous. It is an uncomfortable position with traffic coming at me from both sides. I am a Zionist and define Zionism as a non-negotiable commitment to the right of the state of Israel to exist and an equal commitment to the pursuit of peace as the highest value, to democracy and human rights. That exposes me to the rage of Israel’s critics on the one side and to the Jewish “realists” and cynics on the other.
Imagine a country with separate school systems for its two major communities, but the universities are open to both, where students and staff from both communities work and research together right across the range of the university curriculum. Their research improves the life of minority groups in their society.
Mohammed Darawashe never pretended all their problems were solved. But these examples of creative ways to tackle disadvantage and promote equality in Israel made me feel sick when I thought of British trade union attitudes. The conference decision in the universities is perverse but there is a risk that boycotts would spread from the crazy fringe to trade unions that really carry clout, like Unison. It is time to get real, to see what is really being done by people who care in Israel, and to support not boycott their endeavours.
Mohammad will be speaking tomorrow at the Goodenough College.
Next week we’re hosting Mohammad Darawshe from the Abraham Fund for a series of talks in London.
This just came in the mail:
I’m sitting in Ben Gurion airport, just about to fly back from Israel where my wife and I had the chance to see some of the work that the Abraham Fund Initiatives is doing on the ground. We started by attending a weekly team meeting at the Fund’s offices just outside Jerusalem. What impressed us was the commitment of the team – Arabs and Jews working together – to tackle really tough issues and the talent, energy and honesty they bring to their work.
We visited a number of the TAFI initiatives. Although we’ve read about them on paper, seeing them in operation brought home the complexity of the issues, the sheer scale of the work that TAFI is doing and the positive impact it is having on peoples’ lives
We visited a police station in Lod, one of the most deprived towns in Israel, infamous for its drug problems – we saw the dealers on the street! We were taken round by a police commander. Lod is one of the areas taking part in TAFI’s police initiative. With the benefit of TAFI’s training in culturally sensitive policing and mediation, the police there are helping to tackle profound social issues. Their work goes far beyond policing and into areas of social work, both within communities and between the Jewish and Arab population.
A consequence of TAFI’s work is that it shifts the perceptions that Jews and Arabs hold about each other. As part of its ‘Language as a Cultural Bridge’ programme, we visited a Jewish School where children learning Arabic were enthusiastically engaged in a bi-lingual puppet show presented by an Arab puppet theatre ‘Diwan aL’joun, another TAFI partner. The puppeteers alternated between Arabic and Hebrew which gave the children an educational benefit and an experience of Arabic folk stories. It helps to bridge the gap between communities.
The ‘Mirkam’ project in the Galilee started as an educational initiative but has broadened its remit to cover social and economic issues affecting Arab and Jewish towns. Not only is TAFI bringing Jewish and Arab schools together, but also helping the Jewish and Arab communities to identify and meet shared needs. For example, both communities needed a facility for the visually impaired. TAFI helped both communities in the area to advocate for a facility which they could share for the benefit of their visually impaired citizens.
Whilst all of these initiatives have value in their own right, they demonstrate that communities can work together towards a more cohesive and co-operative society.
Meeting the TAFI team and their partners, and seeing their work first hand, confirmed for us the importance of TAFI’s work in helping to create opportunities for change. Our heartfelt thanks to Mohammad, Amnon and the terrific team they lead to giving us the time and opportunity to see TAFI’s work first hand.
As you all know, Mohammad is joining us in London for the week’s programme of cross community talks. It’s a great opportunity to hear more about the TAFI’s work first hand. I look forward to seeing seeing you at one or more events. If you have any friends you’d like to bring, we would be delighted to see them as well. You can see the full programme of the TAFI website – http://tinyurl.com/2gpdax and as a calendar of events at http://tinyurl.com/2y2g67
Chair , UK Friends of the Abraham Fund Initiatives
Everyone likes to talk about injustice, discrimination, inequality etc. The reason I got involved with the Abraham Fund Initiatives (aka TAFI) was that instead of talking, it tries to do something about it.
If you want to learn more about the Abraham Fund, check out the website: http://www.abrahamfund.org
If you’re in the UK, there’s also: http://www.abrahamfund.org.uk
I have nothing to do with this event, except that I know the host and it sounds extremely interesting.
The Centre for Critical Education Policy Studies
The Institute of Education, University of London
20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
jointly sponsored by the British Shalom-Salaam Trust (BSST)
‘Extension of Democratic & Peace Education into Palestinian Schools’
The Hope Flowers School in Bethlehem was founded to develop attitudes and skills that foster peaceful resolutions to conflict. The school seeks to cultivate positive values within Palestinian society and build relationships between Palestinian children and other cultures as a basis for creating understanding and peaceful relations among the peoples of the world.
The school has been working closely with private and UN schools in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on a psychological support programme for children and families. It has applied to the UK’s FCO Global Opportunities Fund to ask for funding for training teachers in Peace and Democracy teaching methods. This project will help to create a culture of peace in Palestinian society, in which human rights and tolerance to ethnicity, religion or language increasingly become the norm. It hopes to help young people manage frustration and become more effective in society, helping them to transform ‘resistance’ into peace-building.
Ibrahim Issa, the school’s Principal, will present the school’s methods for teaching Peace and Democracy.
Judith Suissa, Lecturer in Philosophy of Education, will chair the seminar
Stephen Ball, Karl Manheim Professor, Discussant
Date: Thursday March 22nd, 2007
Time: 6 – 8 pm.
Room: 822, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London
All Welcome! Refreshments will be served, so please confirm to Lise Obi on firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend.