On Sunday, 4/30/2018, at Tel Aviv's Talkhouse, 3 EMIS students, Julia from Haifa, Dana from East Jerusalem & Siseko from South Africa, gave the opening introduction for this event, one in the series of Have You Seen The Horizon Lately. Each shared their experience of how living and studying together, 170 students from 40 countries, provide them with tools to help them abandon the past and focus on the future.
Prof. Yoram Yuval – Psychiatrist and neurobiologist and Adv. Gilad Sher – Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), continue the evening discussing their view on the subject.
The annual Bat-Sheva gala is held to honor a Jewish woman that has embodied the organizations ideals of empowerment and leadership through her actions. This past year, Tzili Charney was awarded for her philanthropic efforts in teaching the next generation of peacemakers across the world through the Leon Charney Resolution Center.
Bat-Sheva is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the empowerment and leadership of Jewish women. It was founded by Sarah Rotenstreich in the memory of Mrs. Batsheva Rotenstreich, who passed away in 2006 due to cancer.
We met again and what a day it was!
A month had passed since the first meeting between the two groups of students from The Jerusalem School from East Jerusalem and the Diplomatic Department of Ort Binyamina, and on 4/24/2018 they met again for the second congress at the Charney Resolution Center.
After greeting each other with warm hugs and cheers, they took their seats, forming three mixed groups of Palestinian and Israeli delegations, prepared to negotiate their version of a peace treaty.
The core guideline for the day, as defined by Dr. Sapir Handelman of Minds of Peace, was: Do not revisit the roots of the conflict so as to to come up with the best possible, and defendable, model for a peace treaty.
With that framework, the students started discussing many issues such as government, security, borders/checkpoints, army/police, immigration restrictions, education and language.
All three groups handled the negotiations with tremendous respect and inclusion of all members. Attentively listening to each other, the students addressed the concerns and points raised by both sides. There were moments of laughter and relief, as well as some tense moments, bridged with the guidance of Dr. Handelman. At the end of a long day, (and after a lovely lunch the students shared together at the main dining hall), each group presented its creative path for a peace treaty:
· One State Two Nations – In which the ruling government responsibilities as well as the army and police would be shared and combined equally by both sides! All kids would learn both Hebrew and Arabic, starting at Kindergarten, while general subjects would be taught in English. In honor of the three major religions, there would be a three-day weekend, and all students would enjoy days off during each religion’s holidays! (This would unfortunately require a shorter summer vacation).
· Two states - Wherein Jerusalem becomes an international city, Ramallah remains the capital of Palestine, and Tel Aviv becomes that of Israel.
· The third group respectfully agreed to disagree and presented not two, but three models! The Israeli: Two cooperative states with flexible boarders wherein citizens on both sides are allowed to move freely and stay/live anywhere they choose!
The Palestinian: One state with equal rights to all citizens.
A second Israeli model presented by one member of the Israeli delegation: all areas are divided into territories in which the ruling party is determined by the majority of the present population, and everyone can choose whether to stay or live somewhere else.
All of these unconventional and creative ideas demonstrate the difficulties and challenges of the path to a peaceful solution to the conflict. But above all, they affirm to all of us that there is no other option, for both sides, but to continue and negotiate our way to peace. And with these young leaders, who dare to dream big and beyond the conventional wisdom, we concluded the day feeling hopeful for a brighter future in the region!
The Leon H. Charney Resolution Center participated at the NYU Technology & International Relations in the Age of Information: DISRUPTION AND RECALIBRATION on Friday, April 13th, 2018 and presented the panel: “Conflict Resolution in the Age of Advanced Technology” with special guest Brig. Gen. (ret.) Israela Oron and Dr. Jeff Morton.
The tradition of EMIS’ Good Deeds Day launched on Friday, April 13th. EMIS’ Good Deeds Day is a collective volunteering day that will take place in April once a year where all the first-year students come together and contribute to society as a community. This year we decided to focus on an environmental issue. During this past Passover, many people decided to travel into various natural settings for the holiday but unfortunately had no respect for the locations that they were visiting and left a LOT of garbage wherever they went. This trash eventually makes its way into the water and causes pollution and danger for marine life living in those areas. Thankfully, The Charney Center and the Nature and Park Authority were kind enough to send us to the Sea Turtle Rescue Center in Mevo'ot Yam. There we saw the turtles that have been saved by the center and we decided discussed the central issue responsible for their suffering. Afterwards, we all went to the shore and divided into groups to pick up the trash outlining the coast. In 2 hours, we managed to fill up over 40 bags of trash that was left on the shore. By doing this, we helped to save the sea turtles and other animals that could have been choked or trapped by left trash. The experience was very powerful as everyone contributed and understood the meaning of their actions. One of the significant learning outcomes from this day was that we should always clean up after ourselves and never leave dangerous human products in nature where it can cause pain and suffering.
By Keren Saban