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May 10, 2019

Gilboa-Nablus Youth group - two encounters

15.1.19 Encounter 2 -Yeshivat Ma'ale Galba’s students- Nablus:

The encounter didn’t start as expected because the taxi that was supposed to pick up the Palestinians was late. At the beginning we went through the names (some names have changed from the Israeli group) then we decided that there isn’t much time to do the discussion as planned regarding the subject of The Oral law and Traditions, so we decided to do a brief introduction of the subject from a Jewish perspective and shed some light on the complexities within this topic, and to ask the Palestinians if they have similar teachings. The Palestinians talked about the subject and most of the time we asked them questions about Islam in general, and about their social circle in particular. We received some interesting answers (most of the conversations were in English, parts of them were translated by Oday from Hebrew to Arabic and vice versa).

 

They also asked us questions about our basic religious duties at the end of the discussions. Someone answered that there are big arguments among the Jewish people revolving around the question: What are the most important religious duties. However, we explained to them the idea of the Ten Commandments and we found out that there are big similarities between the two religions when it comes to prohibitions and permissible in the Ten Commandments.

 

We finished the day with a lot to reflect on for next encounters where we will discuss the subject of the “design” of the Torah\ Islam, as we planned.

 

Gilboa- 29.3.19

We had the encounter in Gilboa, it was a very intense encounter and the guys were very active.

We were 15 Palestinians and 6 Israelis.

I translated for both of them. We discussed many issues about religions and cultures, humanity and peace coexistence.  

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Apr 9, 2019

Religious Leaders meet Pac Yahya and join Kululam

People were invited for 22:30, but started arriving at the Tower of David around 22:00. Interested journalists took advantage of that for interviews. When I was asked about the connection between the mass singing of the Kululam event and the encounter of religious leaders I responded that when singing together every one of the many people who join intuitively understands that the alt and baritone voices are not in competition but complement each other in harmony. Our work with the religious leaders is to bring the same awareness for the coexistence of different people and communities in the Holy Land, to bring wide consciousness to this awareness and to leverage for the joining of many.

 

The whole evening was inspired by the visit of Kyai Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf, the General Secretary of the Nahdlatul Ulama – the world’s largest Muslim organization with over 60 million followers, which teaches Islam of love and compassion.

 

At 23:00 we gathered in the designated room. We originally planned for an intimate encounter of around 20 religious leaders but found nearly 80 religious and social leaders in the room… Due to the limited time we had, we decided to organize people in two concentric circles, with Pac Yahya, his colleagues from Indonesia and some of the religious leaders in the inner circle. We were happy to include in the inner circle also Minister Zeev Elkin, Minister of Environmental Protection and of Jerusalem Affairs.

 

The conversation question was how religion and religious discourse can serve as a bridge to mutual understanding, compassion and peace. There were two lines of responses: one stressed the need to revisit some of the common interpretations of religious texts, hopefully finding valid interpretations that will be more inclusive. The other emphasized the role of interfaith encounter and joint study of religion in building bridges between communities.

 

At 01:00 we concluded the conversation and joined nearly 1,000 people for rehearsals for the joint mass singing of Bob Marley's song "One Love" with the Kululam team, ending two and a half hours later with most impressive singing.

 

Here are a few links from the event:

1. Two press pieces:

http://m.ynet.co.il/Articles/5287886

 

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/109561/israeli-music-project-koolulam-brings-jews-christians-and-muslims-together-at-tower-of-david/

 

2. The Kululam mass singing event:

https://www.facebook.com/interfaithea/videos/2186960011558730/

 

3. Making of the event (general):

https://www.facebook.com/towerofdavid/videos/1966451363418941/

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Mar 25, 2019

12 encounters between Nov. 18 and Jan. 19

November 2018

 

This month we met three times, on 13.11, 20.11 and 27.11.

 

Participated Marwan, Rachel and Shani, and a new singer who joined us – Amal who sings beautifully! We look forward to the future.

 

 

December 2018

 

We met 4 times, on 5.12, 11.12, 18.12, 25.12.

 

Samir, a singer and drummer, became a regular participant during the month. In the end of the month two more members joined – a guitarist and a drummer. We continued working on the usual repertoire and also learned one new song.

 

We feel that our band is now ready to perform.

 

 

January 2019

 

We met 5 times, on 1.1, 8.1, 15.1, 22.1, 28.1.

 

Participated regularly Marwan, Rachel, Yuval, Amal, Yehonatan and Samir. Amal is a gifted singer who joined us lately.

We continued with the regular songs and learned a few new ones. Yehuda visited us and filmed one of the songs: https://youtu.be/YxFl31_Zpug.

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