Brave New (young) Voices
call for human engagement
18 April 2014
"Political leaders will never take risks . . . if the people do not push them to take some risks.
You must create the change that you want to see."
~ Barack Obama (44th President of the United States)
"The people must first paint a picture of what we want life to look like."
~ Ami Ayalon (Former Commander-in-Chief, Israeli Navy)
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What Life Will Look Like:
Brave New Voices (BNV)
of the 21st century
Brave New Voices (BNV) -- http://youthspeaks.org/bravenewvoices/ -- is a growing community of creative youth with courage to help us become our human-best together.
This new generation of teenage poets is emerging -- picking up the pen and taking hold of the microphone with courage, passion, intelligence, creativity, honesty, and power.
BNV challenges young people to develop and present the power of their voices and visions.
WATCH this young poetic, powerful pair of 21st Century youth announcing we are One!!
Muslim and Jewish Brave New Voices
3-1/2 min video
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Call for Engagement
Peace requires human engagement
Ha'aretz -- Israel -- Letters to the Editor -- 10 April 2014
Change is not going to happen first among governments and political personalities...still blind to the required-yet-missing public peace process of face-to-face, citizen-to-citizen engagement to humanize and experience authentic trust among the people.
Why can we not see that "wanting" peace means pursuing human engagement?
"The people must first paint a picture of what we want life to look like." Former MK Maj. Gen. (ret.) Ami Ayalon clarified.
"No people or nation is going to go down a road where it cannot see what life looks like around the corner". . .framing a new courage - a modern "struggle" of engaged Palestinians and Jews becoming artisans of communication, genuine neighbors, thus empowering governments to succeed.
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Engaged Arab, Jewish
teachers, students, parents
Little acknowledged is that Arabs and Jews even within the state of Israel live mostly separate lives.
There is little engagement, and continuing ignorance and aversion toward one another.
Thus, few citizens have communication tools or the courage to engage each another.
This especially across borders with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
In contrast, Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education -- http://www.handinhandk12.org/ -- is building a new, inclusive society, partnership and equality through a network of integrated, bilingual schools and shared communities of children, youth and adults throughout Israel.
Founded in 1997, Hand in Hand's success and longevity demonstrate that children, families, and entire communities of Israeli Jews and Palestinians can live and work together with mutual respect and friendship.
This 2014 year they have 1,100 Jewish and Arab students enrolled at their five schools. Their newest programs -- preschools in the cities of Haifa and Tel Aviv -- are poised to double in size this coming fall.
"Jews and Arabs learning together, living together and changing the world together," they say, "one school, one community at a time.
WATCH the inspiring video:
Hand in Hand Schools
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Palestinians and Jews
passing food from home to home
Since 2006, before Passover the Interfaith Encounter Association -- http://www.interfaith-encounter.org -- organizes a unifying food-sharing.
Chametz -- leavened food -- instead of being traditionally discarded at holiday time, is collected from Jewish families by teams of Jews and Palestinians.
Then the Palestinian-Jewish teams "pass over" the border, taking the food to needy Palestinian Christian and Muslim families in East Jerusalem.
During both collection and distribution, the motive of inclusiveness, engagement, and sustainable coexistence is made fully transparent.
During collecting, Jewish families are informed that their chametz will be delivered to needy Palestinian families in East Jerusalem.
Upon delivery, volunteers clarify that the food comes from Jewish families in West Jerusalem.
Recipients include an old-age home in Silwan, and families in the support circles of Al-Manar in Wadi Joz and of Al-Razi in Al-Ram.
This 2014 year the food giving was joined by activists from the Sephardic egalitarian (favoring equality for all people) community "Degel Yehuda" in Jerusalem.
The project has inspired a public stage performance by a Hebrew school in the U.S.
WATCH it online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z5hniPB2wI
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These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm