is that the right term, co-existense? i found it in the dictionary 2 days ago. is that the common term to describe the situation of integration between different sectors (is that the proper term?:) that tries to live together?
the 1st time i tried to do something in the name of co - existence was several years ago, when me & my wife joined a group that was formed in our region that tried to get arabs & jews to initiate business enterprises together. my wife did found someone to work with, altough it never developed as far as actually making a business, but i haven't. nevertheless - a short time after i joined an ensemble that involves pieces of the three monotheist religions in the iberia of the early renaisance performed by players of the three religions. that means 1 christian singer, 1 moslem percusionist, & the rest of us are jews. i can argue a bit of how much the whole thing is integrated equally, but the fact is that the program, as well as the ensemble, are a mix of cultures, sectors, etc.
at that point i must stop & say that of course i see people as individuals, but minding that it is still hard to ignore the fact that before that i haven't know any arab or moslem in person. more on this mater still to come...
anyhow - in the last months i figured out that i need some more income. the easiest & most logical way for me in order to achieve that additional income is to go to some public or private institude of playing learning (is that the proper term?:) & offer myself as an instructor. i've done it before, & stoped cause it drove me crasy. anyhow - i choosed to posponed the verdict a bit & to try & get some position in a place where i would feel that i'm contributing to making piece. it could be a teaching position in an arab settlement near by, or it could be even something else that has nothing to do with music at one of the piece organisation around - which by the way - i had never before been in personal touch with any of them either.
so - i started making contacts with them by the internet, offering them these ideas, & asking for their help. nothing came out of these tries, altough one day i decided to physically go to peace now branch in tel aviv, where i did met eyal raviv who gave me his card that led me here.
in additional to this i used some contacts that i had from the enterprises i described in the 1st phrase, but nothing come out of these so far as well.
today i picked up the phone & set myself an interview in a jewish music institude.... at least the chances are that i'll make more money of this...
i don't know many arabs. my life simply haven't crossed me with arabs. still, when i meet an arab in person, it's very natural. as it should be. therefor one must ask the qestion "why am i making a fuss about it to start with?"
the answer is because i want piece, because i want to shattered the images & stereotipes (how does this one should be spelled?) that both sides have from distance, cause i wanna do something good, etc.
as far as for this last bit of doing something good through knowing & maybe help or contribute something for the arabs in my region, i see it also as a morale obligatory, as a representor of the preferred sector... a kind of redress...
in the army i had no contacts with palestinians. i was a 'jobnic' (a more detailed discussion about me/the army can be the subject of another (at least) post. a jobnic however, for those of you that aren't familiar with slang meening a soldier that doesn't fight. i wonder if there is a parallal term (should be) in english speaking armies). on the other hand - i never made contact with that population also as a piece wanter (i'm not sure i'm entitled yet to the honor of being called piece *maker*). on the other hand - this week i participated in the sulha festival.
i didn't liked so much the religious emphyasize that was there - more of my sentiment towards religion is yet another topic for a post:) anyhow - i liked the music i heard, & was happy that there is a nice festival that is bringing together arabs & jews. i did wonder a bit of how successful or important it was, but i was there only few hours, & only saw music performances, so i can't really have an opinion on the mater, & anyhow - that brings me back to the question if any of my activities has any significant? & what about this site for instance? does it have any significant? does it help? does our efforts worth something?
i think they does. we make things. we integrate, & meet, & help & have fun, & being human, & making direct human contacts. that must have some good influence. i hope we are on the right way to diminish the conflict, & i hope the world will eventually be better.
well - i think that was enough of a mess for one post...:)
to be continued...
p.s - it's unbelievable how much work is not only to write these posts is but also to try to make some proper proof-reading on them. actually - i thing the proof-reading part is the main time & effort consuming...
i hope it's worth it. at least for my english;)