14 Palestinian-Jewish music videos
+ 22,000 YaLa - Young Leaders
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and
can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
Today is about Palestinians and other Arabs, and Jews, discovering that they
have similar songs in their hearts.
These new artisans of music and relationship building are finding one another.
They are creating sounds and partnerships that portend their new, preferred future together.
14 Music Videos of
Duos and Groups
In April 2011 was broadcast a Call for Music Videos of Palestinian-Jewish Duos or Groups -- http://traubman.igc.org/music.htm
The invitation to artisans was on the occasion of the 19th birthday of the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group on the San Francisco Peninsula.
Photos of this week's 231st meeting are at http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=4c032d4cf698f97d&sid=8AbtmbJq0aMlFHo
Now, in July 2011 the 14 entrees identified them selves.
The artists' music and stories of engagement and creativity are now for you at http://traubman.igc.org/music2011.htm
22,000 Young Citizens
Already Engaging in
YaLa Young Leaders
New Middle East
This same July 2011 weekend, the New York Times headlined a new leap forward in the required Middle East citizen-to-citizen public peace process.
Virtual Bridge Allows Strangers in Mideast to Seem Less Strange
The New York Times -- Saturday, 09 July 9 2011
YaLa Young Leaders -- https://www.facebook.com/yalaYL -- is a new Facebook site surprising and attracting Israelis and Palestinians and other Arabs.
They are talking about everything at once -- music, soccer, photography, and what their new future might look like.
I joined immediately," said a young Palestinian, "because right now, without a peace process and with Israelis and Palestinians physically separated, it is really important for us to be interacting without barriers."
This enthusiasm is suggesting that the Facebook-driven revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt may have instructed and inspired coexistence efforts as well.
Called Facebook.com/yalaYL, the site, created by a former Israeli diplomat and unambiguous about its links to Israel,
Of 22,500 active users, 60 percent are Arabs mostly Palestinians, followed by Egyptians, Jordanians, Tunisians, Moroccans, Lebanese and Saudis.
All communication today is on the Internet sex, war, business why not peace? asked Uri Savir, the president of the Peres Center for Peace and the founder of the new site.
Savir was Chief Negotiator of the Oslo Accords for Israel in the 1990s as well as director general of Israel's Foreign Ministry and a member of Knesset.
But Savir says he has never been more excited about a project and this place where the next generation of regional innovators can meet.
At a time when Arabs generally shun contact with Israelis, those on the site speak openly about their desire to learn more about one another.
This is my first contact with Israelis, said Lyth Sharif, an 18-year-old Palestinian student at Birzeit University in the West Bank, who comes from Dura, a town near Hebron.
A friend of mine told me about it, and I think its cool."
Salah al-Ayan, a Palestinian Authority official and a friend of Savir, is helping with the site.
He says that the lack of interaction today between Israelis and Palestinians about ordinary things is alarming.
Believe me, they dont know each other at all, he said in his Ramallah office.
Nimrod, an Israeli participant added:But what is great is that the discussions are unmediated people aged 15 to 30 talking among ourselves.
"We dont talk about a two-state solution or a one-state solution but about being a young person in Israel or Palestine.
"Our experiences are obviously very different, but we share a frustration about greater powers restricting us.
"That is very mutual.
Uri Savir's vision is clear.
My goal is to have 100,000 people working on YaLa on joint projects that will lock our leaders into making peace.
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These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm