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Sadat Congressional Gold Medal Reception
On November 13th, Tzili Charney was an honorary guest at the occasion of the centennial of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's birth and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords, the Anwar Sadat Congressional Gold Medal Commission celebrates his recognition by the US Congress with a Congressional Gold Medal for his efforts to promote peace and reconciliation. The event took place at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington DC.
Of his many achievements, President Sadat is most widely recognized for making peace with Israel. On November 19, 1977, in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur war, he became the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel. In his address to the Knesset, he proposed ending 30 years of hate and animosity between his country and the State of Israel through establishing a mutually beneficial peace treaty. This action ended up laying the foundation for the first round of serious and direct negotiations between the two countries. During this time, President Sadat cultivated a strong working relationship with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger throughout months of shuttle diplomacy. Secretary Kissinger later remarked, "He [Sadat] possessed that combination of insight and courage which marks a great statesman."
As a result, on September 17, 1978, President Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accords, the first step towards the 1979 signing of a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. President Sadat and Prime Minister Begin were awarded the Nobel Prize for their efforts in 1978.
Anwar Sadat was one of the greatest visionaries the world has ever seen, a champion of peace and a pioneer of diplomacy. He devoted - and lost - his life to combat, hatred and intolerance, sending a message to the world that peace can prevail.
Today, it is more important than ever to remember these virtues of goodwill and peace as Israel seeks to establish peace and security in the Middle East. As President Sadat said on his visit to Israel in 1977, "There are moments in the life of nations and peoples when it is incumbent on those known for their wisdom and clarity of vision to overlook the past, with all its complexities and weighing memories, in a bold drive toward new horizons."
SELECTED QOUTE FROM TZILI CHARNEY SPEECH AT THE EVENT BELOW
“Let me take you on more of a personal story. When I was in 12th grade, President Sadat surprised us with what we know now as the Yom Kippur war. It was a war that changed Israel forever and left all of us traumatized until this day. A few years later, president Sadat surprised us again when he came to Jerusalem. I watched his arrival with the mother of my boyfriend at the time, who lost his older brother in Sinai during the Attrition War a few years earlier. Watching her go from a sense of total loss to total hope when Sadat first showed up on screen was a very significant moment for me. It was a very unreal and real moment at the same time. No one in Israel was left untouched by his arrival. What Sadat did was the result of one very impressive leader who took a stand and had a very big influence on everyone in Israel one way or another. As a result of that visit, my generation and the generations that followed were saved, at least, on the Egyptian front. Here we are now, celebrating 40 years of a peaceful border.
Four years ago, I built the Leon Charney Resolution Center in ‘Hakfar Hayarok (The Green Village)’ in Leon’s honor. I integrated the school located in the village, the international IB school known as EMIS into the Center.
We run peace talks simulations that follow the Camp David formula. We built a space where young people from the region and the rest of the world can come together to listen to each other, be heard, discuss, negotiate, and try to get to some understanding as to what it takes to reach mutually beneficial solutions and agreements between two opposing sides.
This year we started our center’s ambassadors program. Our ambassadors are former EMIS graduates who are spreading our mission of resolution, choice, change, and peace wherever they are in order to help make the world a better place.
We have here with us a first year EMIS graduate, Ophir Hanan from Israel who just finished her military service and is working with us as the head of the ambassadors program in New York. Our first ambassador was running TED youth talks in Turkey before their election and we have another ambassador currently in the Leon Charney Diplomacy program at FAU. She is from Vietnam and tomorrow I am going to Florida to hear her speak about her experience as our ambassador and work with her on a project she is going to do with other young people in Vietnam. We are in the process of establishing an ambassadorship with a graduate from Poland. He is working with us on bringing young polish kids to volunteer in Israel. We have an ambassador in Abu Dabi as well. We are also going to have an American EMIS graduate serving in our Leon Charney forum on new diplomacy at Haifa university and all of this is only part of what we have planned for the future.
Our mission is to support our ambassadors, strengthen their notion of responsibility as grown citizens, and give them the necessary tools to use their abilities as future decision makers, either as voters or leaders. My wish is to create a platform for them to shine, hoping to grow them as individuals with a powerful vision and great sense of courage like President Sadat , the level of commitment and courage of President Carter and the willingness and courage of Prime Minister Begin.
We have long way ahead of us in terms of truly reaching peace on a local and global scale, but I believe that President Sadat is still illuminating the road ahead with his legacy, inspiring us all to do better for our world.
I thank you all for recognizing his greatness by honoring him with this medal.
Ambassador Program Development
The Charney Resolution Center (CRC) Ambassador Program offers EMIS alumni @ the CRC a chance to use the Charney Resolution Center and our international platform as a way to represent the center and its mission as they go to make a difference in communities all over the world. On further development on the Ambassador program, we launched a webpage about the program and the process that one would need to follow in order to contact us if they are interested to be part of it. Please visit: charneyresolutioncenter.com/ambassadors for more information.
CRC Ambassador Khanh Ton Personal Experience
My name is Khanh Ton and I would like to share my experience of being a Leon Charney Resolution Center ambassador to the Charney Diplomacy program at FAU. I’m originally from Hue, Vietnam and I recently graduated from EMIS as part of their 2018 graduating class. These past two years I’ve spent living in Israel have immensely expanded my horizons, from living on my own to openly discussing the solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with people from all around the globe. This was the first time I got in touch with a political issue and was able to freely engage with different perspectives and truly express my opinions.
CRC Ambassador Khanh Ton Personal Experience - continues
I decided to take a gap year after EMIS to reunite with my family and contemplate my genuine interests. I was surprised yet grateful to receive the invitation to serve as the CRC (Charney Resolution Center) ambassador at the Charney Diplomacy Program at Florida Atlantic University. After spending some time convincing my parents, I immediately responded with a “yes”.
During my time there, through discussions, simulations and “hot seat” debates, I learned to defend my national stances and to take world matters into my hands and cooperate to resolve them. These classes prepare the members of the program well for the National MUN conference taking place next weekend, which all of us are excited about. As a former member of EMISMUN, the leading high school delegation in Israel four years in a row, I am delighted to continue doing what I love on a much larger scale. My performance at this conference will reflect my accumulation of lessons from EMIS, the Charney Center, and the Diplomacy Program at FAU.
FAU Wins National Title - Congratulations!
The Leon Charney Diplomacy Program at Florida Atlantic University finished 1st in the National Model United Nations competition in Washington, D.C., November 8-11. Sixty universities from across the nation participated. This is the first National title for the Program.
The Leon Charney Diplomacy Program, which trains students in world affairs, dispute resolution and debate, was established in 1996 and is a unit of the Peace, Justice & Human Rights Program. To date, the program has won thirty-two national and international awards for academic excellence.
In 2017, the program was re-named to honor the diplomatic legacy of Leon Charney, who played a key role in the 1978 Camp David Accords. Political Science professors Jeffrey Morton & Annette LaRocco direct the program, which will next compete in Nationals in New York City in April.
Information about the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program can be found at: www.fau.edu/diplomacy.
"We did it! Students from the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program have won the National Title for FAU. We broke the record by being the first school to claim four Outstanding Delegation(s), the highest award given out at NMUN. The students represented Burundi, Denmark, Lebanon, and Syria. My committee partner and I certainly had a phenomenal time at the Economic and Social Council representing the Danish delegation attempting to mitigate the effects of natural disasters and its deep-rooted cause, climate change. Together with fellow EU members Belgium, Spain, and other countries that are highly interested in renewable energy production such as Tajikistan and the United Arab Emirates, we were able to draft an ambitious yet practical resolution highlighting the need for clean energy, resilient infrastructure, and sustainable farming. Through this three-day experience, we further understood the mechanics of the United Nations and learnt how to work collaboratively to resolve tensions with countries whose stances do not align with ours. We thank Dr. Jeffrey Morton for his dedication in training and supporting us and the Program for the platform it provides on which we were presented with the opportunity to interact with each other and thrive together."
-- Khanh Ton, CRC Ambassador & the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program Student
I Learn to Listen to Others
On November 13th, we celebrated the end of the Mediation Course held at the Charney Center for EMIS students.
20 students graduated and were gifted with a Mediator Certificate. The Course was facilitated by Zurit Yehuda, from Gevim, one of Israel’s mediation pioneers. Omri Gefen, Gevim’s founder and CEO shared with the students his vision of creating a different atmosphere in Israeli society after Rabin’s assassination 20 years ago.
The students shared their experience from the course, all were excited to hear feedback like: “I learned to listen”, “there is always another approach”, “solutions should fit both sides”. There are always so many perspectives for each dispute. The new mediators will exercise their new skills in school disputes and arguments and will support the Peace Simulations that will take place at EMIS in February 2019.
The Leon Charney Resolution Center has collaborated with the organization Acharai (Follow Me) to lead two “Erez” post-high school academic groups tailored to those from Israel’s socio-economic and geographical periphery. The groups are located in the Cities of Lod and Jerusalem. Both groups consist of heterogenic backgrounds with 45% of the participants from each group originating from Israel’s Ethiopian community. The goal of the collaboration is to make these post-high school academies easily accessible to those from socially and economically marginalized backgrounds. Acharai is an organization focused on youths leading change and is the largest organization on Israel’s periphery empowering the youth there and putting them onto a path of success. After 6 years of wandering between temporary compounds and homes, they have been fortunate enough to inaugurate their new home in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem.
Here is what Nicole Bar and Bat-El-Solomon said on behalf of the Machinists current cohort during the inauguration ceremony: “Thank you for your continuing support and for joining us today in celebration of our new home in Ramot. We chose to make a preparatory program to be the best version of ourselves.”
Acharai’s goal is to always push further. To give one hundred percent of themselves and more. It is to be a leader and a good role model for others.
ZAZ10TS Exhibition and Projects
ZAZ10TS opened Claudia Alvarez: A Moment In Between, the exhibition is a social reflection on humanity and how we react in a given moment. Created by Mexican-American artist Claudia Alvarez and curated by Tzili Charney, seeks to simplifying the complexities of the world by viewing life experiences from the perspective of a child. Artwork include watercolors and several new pieces showing for the first time, including the “Wading” video and two ceramic sculptures titled “Sitting” and “Untitled.” For more information please visit zaz10ts.com
The show is on view till January 28th, 2019 at 10 Times Square. And click on below image to watch an interview of Claudia Alvarez.
Interview video with Claudia Alvarez, click on the above Image to play
From The Archive
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