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MEPEACE Chat - March 14

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Event Description

We invite everybody to another three-workshop-series with the general topic "Symbols of Conflict - Symbols of Peace".

Again, all three workshops will focus on related sub-topics. The first one will focus on the sub-topic

Signs and Symbols : Cultural marks/definitions of identity

How we define ourselves is a vast, diverse matter. It is variable to anyone, yet crucial to be able to be "one". Still we sometimes need common ground to feel attached to "others" who are like us. This common ground can be languages, songs, religions and concrete things like buildings, arts, food...etc. We go to sanctuaries to nurture our need to pray within our community. Many of us enjoy hearing our own language wherever we go. We seek the food we are familiar with. We love to join groups and communities that consist of people like us., for instance, is a good example for that.

To what extent do we use these elements to expose ourselves to the outer world? Or maybe in other words, to what extent do we depend on these elements to get to know someone else? Do we benefit from the powerful gathering quality of symbols or do we prefer to alienate ourselves from others through them, which could obviously trigger conflict instead of peace and harmony?

The importance of a person's identity in peacebuilding is undeniable. Thus it is essential to consider symbols as identity shapers, within the peace context. You are welcomed to discuss this around these leading questions below:

What do symbols and signs mean to you? How would you define them?

Can symbols and signs be powerful and important in shaping one's/a community's identity? In which ways?


Please note that the event will start on Sunday, 14 March at 20.00 Jerusalem time.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please don't hesitate us to contact us at

We look forward to your participation!

The Dialogue Team
Cigdem Yilmazer, Jessica de Souza, Johanna Silverthorne & Oliver Haack

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Comment by Eyal Raviv on March 14, 2010 at 9:49pm
Comment by ayahla mosenson on March 13, 2010 at 10:20pm
shavua tov.marhaba.will do my best to attend.have a good week.
Comment by Hamdi Sadeh on March 13, 2010 at 8:33am
I will try my best to be available
Comment by Tanya Kasim on March 13, 2010 at 7:40am
in spirit and by chat.
Comment by Oliver Haack on March 12, 2010 at 8:25pm
Yes, 8 pm Jerusalem time. Looking forward to seeing you there..
Comment by Tanya Kasim on March 12, 2010 at 4:54pm
Which will be 8:00 pm, right?
Comment by Tanya Kasim on March 10, 2010 at 11:59am
I'll attend in spirit! :-)

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