TAlI / JCJCR, FROM 7 TO 13 JULY
A group of thirteen principals of Jewish and Christian schools in Israel, involved in the Dialogue and Identity programme, were invited in July by Coexistences.
The four people in charge of Dialogue and Identity who were also present have been building and organizing for ten years a multicultural educational meeting around the religious and ethnical traditions of children, in particular those they live in their own homes. According to them, being exposed to other traditions in a positive educational atmosphere promotes religious and ethnical tolerance. Jewish and Arab teachers are trained in the implementation of a programme: “Three religions in the Holy Land” for their class. Then, two by two (Jew and Arab), the teachers lead a series of visits during which their pupils, Jewish, Christian and Muslim, meet in their respective schools and present their religions and cultures to the other.
The aims were the enhancement of the link between these principals and questions concerning the statuses of the Jewish majority and the Arab minority, as well as a reflection about the possibilities to expand this programme.
HER VOICE / KOLE’H / SAOUTEK, FROM 14 TO 23 AUGUST
“Respect – Cooperation - Honesty - Dance - Music”. They inscribed these words in their “Constitution”. And once again they gave them all their meaning! For the second consecutive year, a group of fifteen high school girls from the well named Her Voice came to Switzerland to experience daily coexistence. Israeli Arabs and Jews, aged 16-17 who have chosen to listen to the voice of the other. Coming from Haifa, in the north of the country, these girls experienced, far from the conflict, a taste of community life. During their stay, part of a process of meetings over five months, the participants were able to take the measure of the meeting between majority and minority in the Israeli population. Led by Ulfat Haider and Sarki Golan, this work of knowing and recognizing the other through their feminine and national identity, continued in the Valais and in Lausanne.
> TO READ MORE: Newsletter n° 27
BREAKING THE ICE, FROM 25 AUGUST TO 8 SEPTEMBER
For the seventh consecutive year, ten students from Haifa University, Israeli Jews and Arabs, came for a trek-dialogue in our Alps, led as usual by their facilitators, Ulfat Haider and Asaf Ron, from Beit Hagefen. Selected at the beginning of the year among approximately sixty candidates, five young men and five young women, half of them Jewish and half Arab, comprised this group.
> Read the «road movie» signed Egard Bloch in Newsletter n° 28
COEXISTENCES 10 YEARS, FROM 22 TO 30 OCTOBER
The project around this anniversary was conceived back in 2014. The goal was to bring together all those who had been invited to Switzerland over ten years, to strengthen the links which were established, to mobilise the energies here and over there, and to promote new encounters since the different groups did not know each other. Thirty work sessions were needed to reunite 40 members or sympathisers of the association, broken up into four groups for four regions in Israel and Palestine, and also in situ, to revive contacts enabling about 170 people among those who came to Switzerland to participate, of which Arabs and Jews in equal numbers.
We launched this summer, at cinema schools in Israel and Palestine, a competition for the making of very short films, to be distributed on the social network as from 2017.
The candidates had the opportunity to view a documentary of approximately fifteen minutes showing three young people from the YMCA and three others from Beit Hagefen involved in the dialogue process. Their remarks concerning their meeting with the other and what this has meant to them in their daily life are very moving.
COMPETITION FOR A VIRAL FILM ON THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT