Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel
commemorate together Memorial Day, Nakba Day, and the Day of Independence
We invite you to a unique gathering organized by a group of Arab and Jewish activists (sponsored by “Beyond Words” Association)
Tuesday 28th - Wednesday 29th, April, 2009
To respect and commemorate the pain and loss on both sides
and to create a shared independence
At the end of 61 years of an imposed destiny, we ask to choose our shared life once again without fear, without accusations, and without denial.
Together we will deal with challenges of inquiry, trust, opening hearts, responsibility and growth.
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On the Israeli Independence Day, Palestinians inside and outside of Israel, commemorate the "Nakba" day, which means the "catastrophe".
For the last 61 years, the Jews have been accustomed to connecting with their pain on Memorial Day and celebrate their joy on Independence Day as exclusive events for the Jewish public. On the other side, the Arabs in Israel have been accustomed to concealing their pain for the heavy loss they experienced with the establishment of the State of Israel.
The holiday of the Israeli Day of Independence, by its very nature, suggests nostalgic celebrations for the winners and disregards the defeated.
On this holiday, feelings of separation, estrangement and alienation are being intensified in both peoples’ living in Israel, regarding one another’s symbols and rituals.
In light of this drastic gap in the feelings of both peoples, citizens of the State of Israel, we, Jews and Arabs, invite you for a genuine and courageous encounter, where we will meet ourselves and the others in places of pain, hope and empowerment.
The event will take place at the Guest House of Beit Oren
The 2 days are structured as a comprehensive process, including full board hospitality (sleeping accommodation and meals) on the site.
Starting Tuesday at 2 P.M. Ending Wednesday at 6 P.M.
There will be activities for children
Prices: Per person in a double room: Nis 235 Per person in dormitory: NIS 185. Per person in tent (incl. mattress and towel): Nis 100
Please register before Tuesday, April18th
For registration phone Beit Oren Guest House – 04- 8307444
For more details: Rihab Bahus – 054-2190541, Yossi Keinar – 052-3989243 Jamal Daghash - 050-2760402