I just oppened the Arab Institute for Holocaust Research and Education
and the first Arab Museum about the Jewish Holocaust in europe in Nazareth
and the second in the Palestinian village of Nialin whos land are confiscated for the sake of the wall (Holocaust Protected Wall).
Why I want peace:
Looking into the pain of bouth people
it is unique
but through the unique pain of the Holocaaust we can reach real peace for the Palestinians
mutal effects mutual power mutual benefits
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I am a cultural anthropologist studying the ability of portrayals of Muslims who assisted Jews during the Holocaust to morally elevate individuals to engage in more peaceful, altruistic, and tolerant behavior towards each other. This summer I will be visiting Museums in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Turkey to see their exhibits on such Muslims. I would very much like to visit one or both of your museums. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on my mepeace page if such a visit would be possible. Thank you and best wishes.
I am a french philosopher, my name is Aline Alterman. I am the author of a book about the memory of the Shoah, Visages. Shoah, le film de Claude Lanzmann. (Paris, 2006)
At the present, with some others intellectuals, Palestinians, Israelis, Americans and French, we are writing a common book to think peace in the israeli-palestinian conflict. I would be very very happy if you accept to participate to this book.
In view you can see the content of this book, may be you send me an e-mail adress, so I can send you some documents about it.
my name is emma
in the last years i heald a ritual for jews germans and palestinians in the holocaust memorial day.
i wish to connect with you and tell you more about it.
here are the details for the ritual that will take place tomorrow.
By facing suffering I learn"
I learn to accept that we have to share our love with the whole of creation. (Etty Hillesum)
holocaust memorial ritual
In the Spirit of Etty Hillesum
Invitation to a shared ritual in Tantur – Gilo, Jerusalem
Yom Hashoah 2010, Monday, April 12th, 4-7pm
Etty Hillesum was a Dutch Jew from Amsterdam. She was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943, at the age of 29. Her diary, written during the last two years of her life, is a testimony of love and compassion, of trust in life and deep spirituality. In the darkest time she urged to prepare for the new to come:
In this spirit, we want to connect and to face the wounds of the holocaust. we wish to open our heart for the sorrow and to share our visions for a better future. We wish to do so through a ceremony that includes reading, sharing, chanting, praying, and also silent times for inner observation and reflection.
We meet together Jews, Germans and Palestinians because we believe that we have the responsibility, as individuals and as nations, to support each other to go on the path of healing. In the same day there will be held ceremonies in this spirit in katharina werk – switzerland and in tamera healing biotope - portugal.
The ceremony is free of charge. Donation is welcome..
For further information please contact: Michal Talya email@example.com or emma shamba050-9596868
Request for a 'letter of recommendation' to the Jerusalem Hug Foundation
Dear Khaled Kasab Mahameed,
Last June 24th approximately 2000 people embraced the Old City of Jerusalem. They walked around the city walls, holding hands and expressing the unity of the Old City. Inhabitants of Jerusalem, Israeli and Palestinians, as well as peace activists from the entire world are standing side by side in their wish for peace and in their love for Jerusalem.
Since 2007 the Jerusalem Hug has been organized, as a collaboration between the ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’, the ‘Jerusalem Peacemakers’ and a Dutch group of light workers coming from Amsterdam.
The ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’ are a group of people from several peace movement organizations in Israel, under direction by Dvora Pearlman, established to create peace in Jerusalem.
The ‘Jerusalem Peacemakers’ consists of a group of passionate and involved Jewish and Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem under direction of Eliyahu McLean and Ibrahim Abu el Hawa who form an international network on inter religious bases with the aim to create peace and unity in Jerusalem. “When real peace in the holy land will be realized, then it will be possible to engineer peace in the whole world.”
In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Rob Schrama, artist and peace activist, supports the ‘Jerusalem Hug’ together with a small team of involved and passionate fellow workers.
Together we established the ‘Jerusalem Hug Foundation’ that will be involved to get international support.
On May 21 2007 and on June 24 2008 the Big Hug of Jerusalem took place for the first and second time. Both Jerusalem Hugs were visited by more than 2000 participants, inhabitants of Jerusalem, Palestinians and Israeli, as well as peace activists from Israel and from all over the world.
On June 21 2009 a new Jerusalem Hug will be realized. The aim of the Jerusalem Hug is to promote a peaceful experience of freedom and joy to all people. The Jerusalem Hug will focus on love, respect and unity. With this attitude the participants will spread out around the walls of the Old City holding hands, singing and praying for peace and respect for all humankind.
Drumming together is an returning activity in every Jerusalem Hug, connecting the different population groups. During the first Jerusalem Hug in 2007 Palestinian and Israeli drummers from Jerusalem played together. As a result of this experience they decided to continue playing together. Several times they played together at the Damascus Gate to stimulate the rhythm of peace in the hearts of the people.
During the coming Jerusalem Hug, the Palestine and Israeli drummers will get support from internationally famous drummers. GrandMotherDrum, coming from Alaska and Cesar Zuiderwijk, drummer in the rock band ‘Golden Earring’ will invite all drummers in Jerusalem to create together a concert in the park along the north site of the wall.
The Jerusalem school kids, at least one class of Palestinians and one class of Israeli children are coming together during the Jerusalem Hug to fly their Kites for Peace above the thousands of participants. They will express that the children of Jerusalem want to live in a city were peace, freedom and tolerance are the foundation of our coexisting.
The ‘Jerusalem Hug’ stands symbol for another way to achieve peace. Everywhere the belief in a political solution of the Middle East conflict has been gone down to point zero. There ought to be found another way and that is the way of the heart. We believe that when we find peace in ourselves and when we are able to forgive, world peace will come closer.
The Jerusalem Hug gives expression to this wish for change as a concrete statement. Jerusalem stands as a symbol for peace and forgiveness in the world. Let Jerusalem be a city of connection, the heart of the world where unity and peace will be a fact. Every year, we will increase the Jerusalem Hug to a lager event, with every year more and more participants. Let the ‘Jerusalem Hug’ fill Jerusalem completely with love, so there will not be place for hatred anymore.
We request you to send a letter of recommendation to the Jerusalem Hug Foundation, a supporting letter that we can send to the funds we are approaching for financing our event. The best way to send this letter before December 24 to the “Jerusalem Hug Foundation” Krom Boomsloot 16, 1011 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands or email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank you for your cooperation and we hope to hold hands with you during the coming Jerusalem Hug.
In 1449, the city council of Toledo Spain, under the influence of fanatical Catholic monks called Franciscan "observants," passed a law called the "Sentencia Estatuto." This law forbade appointing converted Jews (and Muslims), and even their descendants, to positions in the city administration.
One of the leading Franciscan Observants was a man named Alonso De Espina (it is spelled in a few different ways, but this is the version used most often). Espina wrote a book, called the "Fortalitium Fidei," the first book ever printed on the subject of the occult, witches, and demons. It was incredibly anti-Jewish. Espina wrote that Jews cohabited with demons and witches, and worshiped Satan. He advocated the use of extreme measures in "cleansing" Christian society of heresies and unbelief - then including Protestants and Muslims and indigenous semi-pagan Basques, as well as Jews.
Espina was very influential. Another Franciscan named Jacob Sprenger followed in Epsina's footsteps when he wrote his book "Malleus Maleficarum" ('Hammer of the Witches', or 'of the Evil-doers.') This became a best seller in Germany in the 1500s and again speaks of demons and witches as if they were real, and links Jews to them in a physical - thus real - sense.
Why would Espina and Sprenger to accuse Jews of absurd crimes such as allegedly stabbing the communion wafer with a knife to draw Christ's blood from it? There was a theologico-institutional reason why the Catholic Church wanted badly to promote and support it's doctrine of the “real presence’ of the blood and flesh of Christ in communion. This had to with a nasty dispute between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Christian Churches. "Proving" that the blood of Christ was really in the communion wafer by showing that since Jews had been condemned, and burned to death, for this 'crime,' by 'fair trials' was a way for the Roman Church to support a new doctrine it had issued in the face of great resistance from the Greeks. But for the public to believe that Jews were semi-demons - semi-magical creatures- capable of cutting the communion wafer and making it bleed, made it easier for that public to condone and enjoy watching the Church and government destroy their lives and burn them to ashes.
What the Nazis did in the 1940s was no different in quality, in kind, than the burning of 44 Jews in Krakow in 1453 for the impossible crime of cookie-desecration. For the murder and violation of tens of millions of innocents over the millennia. For the Church-inspired massacres of tens of thousands at a time on the way to the First Crusade in 1096, and the second Crusade in 1144, in England in 1190, all over Europe in 1348, and in Spain in 1391, and on and on. But those events, while Church inspired, did not have a coherent 'secular' philosophy behind them.
What Espina and Sprenger and their type did was create a secular theory of Jew-(and other infidel) hate. (A theory with racist overtones which developed into Hitler's own Aryan Racist theories.)
This was in the 1400s and 1500s. When the Sultans Bayazet 2, and Selim, and Sulaiman, were showing that a diverse and relatively free society could be administered much more productively than the kind of segregated and authoritarian societies that were developing in Catholic countries at the same time.
Meanwhile, Martin Luther rejected the Pope, but also became far more anti-Jewish than many Popes. This is important because Luther was the leading ideological figure among those who led northern European countries in breaking away from the Catholic Church, and one of Hitler's heroes. And as each country developed its own flavor of Protestantism, Lutheranism found its main base in Germany.
I sent you some more material. I hope you like it.
What I sent you before is probably in your inbox,
at the top of your page.
I notice that when you responded to my last message here,
you put the message on your own page - that's why I didn't see it for a while. It wasn't on my page!
(I make the same mistake myself sometimes.)
Anyway, Please check for my first message in the inbox on the top of the page.
I was today at Bila'in
I take part at the mourning tent
two youngsters were kiled last week by Israeli soldiers
I made a lescure about the Jewish Holocaust for the families who lost thier beloved and dearest.
It is the truth.
the soldiers kill us so thier method is based upon the killing to make us victims and feel so weak.
to make resistince to the killing method we need to make the opposate and that is not to kill or harm
because I want to resist their way of thinking.
If we choose to use the killing method then we are subjected to them and not opposing them.
so I lecture for the fmilies of the victims in Bila'in about the Jews being a unique victims in a monstereos measures. so we have the result of making the soldiers feel victims without any violence.
instead of desiding to kill them we choose the oppose with human feeling the opposite of their methods
this is the human resistincse.
please send the questions.
I spoke with G. not long ago. Now he has more than fifty booklets at home. So whenever you want them, they are ready there for you. I hope you still have his phone numbers. Greetings and blessings, Martin