19-20 Oct: Partners Conference 2017 – Save the date

SAVE THE DATE

19-20 (Thu-Fri) October 2017

Partners Conference

Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem, Ein Rogel 22

Dear Friends and Partners,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our 2017 Partners Conference, the 14th WBC Annual Conference. This represents an opportunity for us to reflect on the past year’s activities, to exchange experiences, and also to look to the future; asking the question, how do we continue to create peace while surrounded by conflict?

Jerusalem, the site of our house and the centre of much of our work, lies at the heart of the conflict, and it might be said that without focusing on this city, there can be no true progress. This year’s conference will focus on this complex and wonderful place, with workshops, panels, exhibitions, a guided district tour and networking opportunities.

We also look forward to celebrating another year of our project with all of you, remembering that as well as the work we do, it is the connections we make through it that truly define our success.

Further information will be sent closer to the event in October, to registered guests.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP to

https://goo.gl/LQbp1F

and let us know whether you will attend the entire conference or one of the days.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via: conference@willybrandtcenter.org

Your Team at Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem

ELECTION NIGHT VIEWING PARTY

Dear friends of the Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem,

Germany‘s Federal Elections are coming up on September 24th 2017!

Join us for an ELECTION NIGHT VIEWING PARTY!
Let’s celebrate with food and drinks while the electoral map is beeing decided.

SUN, SEP 24, 18:30-22 PM // FREE
Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem
Ein Rogel Street

KLH International Summer School on topic ‘Acting for Peace – Overcoming Violence’ – August 20-27, 2017

“Peace Education is a long term process, that needs to start while a conflict is still ongoing and can’t wait until it has been solved, because the change starts with us.”

Leyla, 23, from Jenin

“Summer school was a unique chance to meet people, activists, from several places in the world and get to know their perspectives on conflict and peace, to get to know their life experiences and educational work. Nevertheless, the meeting of the middle east, especially in this topic was again, an amazing opportunity to create bridges of common understanding and building a united idea for educating for peace.”

Yaara, 28, from Kiryat Haim

Alongside of around 50 other young political activists from all over the world, members from the partner organizations of the Educational Project explored the structures and mechanisms of peace and conflict. Coming themselves from one of the most infamous conflict areas they had a lot to contribute to the various workshops and seminars. What are the reasons for conflict and war? How can societies find a way out of conflict and (re)create a democratic social order? What is peace eventually? And what is the role as young activists in the consolidation of peace? All these questions and more had been discussed and explored. In addition to sharing projects and lots of political debates, they did not forget to have fun together. Trips to the surrounding countryside and to Berlin had been self-organized by the participants.

D!versity* – Book publication

I learned to love with all my heart, to cry when needed, and to create all the time, with no fear.
 I learned again that we are all human beings, not so different, no matter where we come from, we are one. This project made me believe, in full heart that art can change the world.” (Noa)

Since many years the Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem has engaged in international exchanges with young artists, writers and musicians. This projects take place as cooperation with other cultural associations and/or art schools in Jerusalem and abroad.

In summer 2016, the Willy Brandt Center, together with the “Musrara School of Art Jerualem” and the Berlin based cultural association “Drei Wünsche Frei” invited young art students to work in a collaborative creative artistic processes about “Diversity”.

As a result of this wonderful encounter we have published a book with poetry and photography.

D!versity* – Poetry, Fragments & Photography

Hardcover, 100 pages, Englisch with Hebrew and Arabic

Published by Support association Willy Brandt Zentrum e.V. in cooperation with
Center for International Encounters Jerusalem, Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem, Drei Wünsche Frei-Studio für kulturelle Praxis, Berlin un dMusrara-The Naggar Multidisciplinary School of Art & Society, Jerusalem

Funded within the framework of the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme of the Foundation EVZ (Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft/ Remembrance, Responsibility and Future).

 

You

You’re Amazing, But You’re not.

You’re Beautiful , But You’re not.

You’re Cute, But You’re not.

You’re sexy, But You’re not.

You’re Happy, But You’re not.

You’re Sad, But You’re not.

You’re Small, But You’re not.

You’re Tall, But You’re not.

You’re Thin, But You’re not.

You’re Thick, But You’re not.

You’re Sick, But You’re not.

You’re Fat, But You’re not.

You’re Ugly, But You’re not.

It’s My Body… But It’s not…

It’s My Body …But It’s not…Your Bussiness!

(Sara Iona Yassin)

 

On June, 8 we presented the book at the Theater Expedition Metropolis.

Fotos: Stefanie Brachtin/Stiftung EVZ/Europeans for Peace

 

DiVERSITY! SPOKEN WORD, PHOTOGRAPHY, VISUAL POETRY, Pt 1

A YOUTH – ART – PROJECT TAKING PLACE IN BERLIN & JERUSALEM
Since many years the Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem has engaged in international exchanges with young artists, writers and musicians.

This summer we invited 15 young Israeli, Palestinian and German artists to work together and engage in a collaborative creative processes.

The main theme of the project “diversity” has been reflected in the different biographies of the participants and in the variety of their artistic expression – ranging from photography, poetry, spoken word and painting to dance and music.

After an a week in Berlin in August, loaded with positive energy and stunning artistic results we are looking forward to welcome the „Berliner“ in Jerusalem in September and continue where we left off in Berlin, with new friendships far beyond the conflict lines …

The project is a cooperation with “Center for International Encounters Jerusalem”
and “Drei Wünsche Frei- Studio for Hybrid Culture Berlin”.

 

Supported by EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme of the Foundation EVZ.

Palestinians talking about the Holocaust

According to the explicit wish of the members of the Independence Youth Union (Palestine) and as part of ongoing process, the Educational Project continues to work with the organization in their efforts to learn about the Holocaust. The experiences on that emotional issue have been collected recently and published in a booklet.

Palestinians talking about the Holocaust (pdf)

Annual Conference 2016: Learning from the past – Shaping the future

 

20 years of Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem. These entail a multitude of stories about political and cultural exchange, tales of encounter and discourse, and people fully commit­ted to peace and dialogue. At this year’s anniversary Annual Conference we thanked all our fellows and comrades along the way; we celebrated with our partners and disussed new perspectives for the next 20 years to come.

On Friday, 30th of September, we started with an official reception in the Willy Brandt Center in Jerusalem. We were glad to welcome Andrea Nahles, founder member of the Willy Brandt Center and secretary of Labour and Social Affairs, German embassador in Israel, Dr. Clemens von Goetze, the head of the Representative Office in Ramallah, Peter Beerwerth, a delegation of Members of the German Bundestag with Kerstin Griese, Eva Hoegl, Baerbel Bas and Dagmar Schmidt and representatives of all our partnerorganisations. The Chairwomen of Jusos, Johanna Uekermann, stated the history, support and deep ties between Jusos and Willy Brandt Center: “In the last twenty years we have seen times of hope which brought us closer together and we have seen times where cooperation seemed hardly possible. But the ties between our organisations were never lost and we always have found ways to find back together. Mostly because of the people on all sides who believe in the values and the goals of the Willy Brandt Center and who fight for that against all odds inside their respective societies. We as Jusos cannot even imagine how this struggle is for you, but we are proud, that through the WBC we can still support you in this struggle. And be assured: We will continue to do so”!

All our partnerorganisations and friends of the Willy Brandt Center were invited to join the Annual Conference in Tantur on Saturday, 1st of October. On several panels politicians and young activists discussed issues like how to be a left activist in times of conflict and  possible approaches to solve the conflict. Maya Peretz, former member of the political team in the Willy Brandt Center and representative of Young Labour described the challenges and goals of our work: It is hard to understand that people see the same reality, but different. I see one thing, and my Palestinian partner see the other thing. We have complete different life. It is a progress, that they also understand me. We form a different way of communication. We were not only partners, we were friends.” Andrea Nahles also reminded on Saturday at the historical and unique moment of founding the Willy Brandt Center: “I have to mention the people founding the Willy Brandt Center, Ofer Dekel and Sabri Tomezi. We tried to have a personal relation. We were motivated by the big politics. And you have to be a little bit naive. You have to do it.”

During workshop-sessions in the afternoon organized by activists of our partnerorganisations, we talked about the economic situation in the region, about work in parliament and coalition etc.

Thank you for joining our Annual Conference; we are looking forward to see you on upcoming events in the Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem!

 

 

 

IFM Camp in Bavaria, Germany

Welcome to Another World!

IFM Camp in Bavaria, Germany 23.7-5.8.16

80 young activists from our four educational movements spent two weeks together to put the slogan into action.

From 23rd of July to 5th of August all concerned movements of the educational project of WBC sent delegations to an international youth camp in Germany. Out of more than 2500 young people the four movements came up with around 20 participants each so the region was represented by a group of nearly 80 young activists. Preparation seminars beforehand ensured a great time the movements spent together. Three out of eight theme tents (Peace, Socialism and LGBT) were run by members of the movements from Israel and Palestine. Not only in the theme tents which hosted a great number workshops, seminars and discussion rounds but also aside the movement’s meat for various encounters to get in touch with – and learn from each other.

The four organizations lived together in one part of the campsite.  Since the name of this space was Peace-Camp the motto of the camp was taken very serious: Welcome to Another World! With some great experiences all the participants arrived safely back home. The momentum, though, the shared existence in the camp created keeps on taking effect. Or as one of the participants phrased it: “it’s a tailwind for the work for peace on the ground and all future cooperation.”

It’s our Future!

For the past 20 years, the WBC has been a one of a kind meeting place in Jerusalem.
Here, a trustworthy cooperation is possible, even when dealing with difficult topics.
A German-Israeli-Palestinian team is looking for a common solution for the future that fosters security, social justice, and freedom.

Red Lounge Movie Night “My Arab Friend”

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 7pm (19.00)

Red Lounge Movie Night “My Arab Friend”
in attendance of the director Noga Nezer

An Israeli girl goes on a surreal journey to the heart of the Palestinian Territories to find her lost Arab friend.

Noga isn’t really interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She just wants to live her comfortable, liberal life in Tel Aviv. But when Fahres, her Palestinian friend who stayed with her in Tel Aviv, disappears, Noga is forced to embark on a surreal, scary, and surprising journey into Fahres’ home village in the heart of the West Bank to find him, and what he really means to her.”

Come out to join us for a night of political cinema that is surprising, thought-provoking yet entertaining & heart-warming.

Director Noga Nezer will be with us to talk about the story behind “My Arab Friend” & what moved her to do this movie.

My Arab Friend by Noga Nezer

53 min/with Englich ST