Communication Evolution leads to

Creativity for Peace

23 October 2009


Communication Evolution

     In 1964, Simon and Garfunkel first sang "Sounds of Silence" lamenting that people could not communicate or love each other.


People talking without speaking

People hearing without listening

People writing songs that voices never shared

No one dared

Disturb the sound of silence

The young artists pleaded:

Hear my words that I might teach you

Take my arms that I might reach you

But my words like silent raindrops fell

And echoed in the wells of silence


     With 1969 was movement.
     The photo of Earth from space showed us we are one.
     Citizens engaged more -- altruistic and caring for others, even enemies.
     Simon and Garfunkel sang about it -- "Bridge Over Troubled Water"


When you're weary, feeling small

When tears are in your eyes,

I will dry them all

I'm on your side


When times get rough

And friends just can't be found

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down


Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down


     By 1991 the photo of Earth was imprinted in our psyches.
     The "public peace process" was first defined in June.

     SEE the1991 4-1/2 minute video -- .
     Broadcast worldwide was the Grammy Song of the Year -- "From A Distance"


From a distance we are instruments

Marching in a common band

Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace

They're the songs of every man


From a distance you look like my friend

Even though we are at war

From a distance I can't comprehend

What all this war is for


From a distance there is harmony

And it echoes through the land

It's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves

It's the heart of every man


     Today in 2009, beyond melodies and lyrics the public peace process lives in the relationships between Palestinian and Jewish youth and adults.
     Beyond human interest -- beyond war -- it is becoming hard news recently in the Washington Post.
     In the Holy Land, the HAGAR SCHOOL -- -- is newly created to gather Arab and Jewish children side by side in bi-lingual education to understand the other's heritage, religion, and customs.
     They "echo through the land" their clarion call of hope and their how-to for bringing about positive change in the region and world.


Teaching Tolerance In a Conflict Zone

By Catherine Rottenberg and Neve Gordon

Published in ON FAITH -- The Washington Post -- 13 October 2009


     Three weeks in summer 2009, CREATIVITY FOR PEACE -- -- brought to New Mexico 20 courageous Jewish and Palestinian teen peace builders from the Holy Land.
     Palestinians arrived from Ramallah, East Jerusalem, Jenin, Tulkarem, and Nablus, and from Nazareth, Um El Fahm and Haifa within Israel.
     Jewish youth traveled from Nazareth, Upper Gallilee, Matan, and the Sderot area of Israel.
     Because of the war in Gaza, the air was filled with anger and grief.
     But the powerful, challenging weeks included teens with an unrelenting search for new life together.
     "In the end these strong young women realized the value of speaking from the heart and listening without judgment," writes program director, Dottie Indyke ( ).

     Get more information from Indyke or Middle East coordinators Anael Harpaez ( ) or Silvia Margia ( ).
     See PHOTOS of how they create art and relationships.


    READ what they say:


This experience taught me so many things and a lot about myself. I learned more about the other side and now Im more understanding, sensitive, and a good listener. This has been one of the greatest experiences in my life.

            --Palestinian participant

My camp experience was amazing. I'm speechless. The change I've been through is worth it all. The opportunity to met girls from the other side and become friends will help me to lead the change in me and in my country.

            --Jewish participant

This camp was an amazing experience. I learned to be open-minded, to open my heart and keep it open and to listen to others.

            --Palestinian participant

This camp is all about touching your deepest feelings and finding the strength to change and to heal the wounds our society created in us. 

            --Jewish participant

I became better and now have better feelings about the `enemy.  I feel they are just like my sisters and we can live with each other in the same land and have peace.  I believe we can treat each other as humans.

            --Palestinian participant

My thoughts and feelings about the other side only strengthened. I came to camp knowing that I would meet girls like me who I just didnt have the opportunity to meet before. I enjoyed this very much. Now I think I am more determined and know that this is the way simply to meet, to get to know, and to see those who live by our side. This is the way to further the peace process.

            --Jewish participant

Before coming to this camp I couldnt imagine being with an Israeli girl in the same house and sharing everything together. But we did that -- and it wasn't hard.

            -Palestinian participant

We all lay in the middle of the floor in dialogue, in the place where we cried, laughed, got angry, and loved. We lay on top of each other with our hands and legs intertwined. Suddenly someone began to sing the song from Titanic and while we sang this, as absurd as it sounds, I felt that we are truly united!

            --Jewish participant