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 publishes 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

 

Into Jerusalem – DiVision of of a City: Public event in cooperation with the Institute for Human Geography of Uni Hamburg – March 27, 2017

The occasion was the visit of the section for Human Geography of University of Hamburg in Jerusalem. The Willy Brandt Center took this opportunity and brought together experts and activists for a critical exchange about the history, development and current status of Jerusalem. The idea was to gather activists and experts on the history, development and status of Jerusalem to exchange and discuss. Several NGOs as well as academics provided both perspectives, academic and activist.

The focus of the discussion has been placed on the division of the city and how to overcome it. The aim was to elucidate the big question characterizing this unique city. Reflecting on a vision for Jerusalem will include revising the role of NGOs and the one of academia and what kinds of intervention make sense in these times. The event included a lecture by Prof. Dr. Shlomo Hasson (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and presentations by NGOs Ir Amim and Bimkom.

Invitation: DiVision of a City

Queer Easter in KLH – April 10-17, 2017

As every year the partner organizations of the educational project sent members to one of the biggest LGBT Seminars in Europe. It’s a pleasure to see our partners in the Educational Center Kurt L­öwenstein Haus near Berlin mixing up with other young people from around the world to sharpen their conscious about LGBT topics and make the struggle for LGBT rights an international one.

IFM-SEI Presidium visit; Workshop on Peace Education – April 1, 2017

Willy Brandt Center celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Educational Project! Ten years of this project means ten years of cooperation and partnership between four youth movements of the Middle East. The toughest standpoint in a conflict zone is to advocate for peace and dialogue. This exactly is the commitment of IFM SEI – Middle East Cooperation from its very first steps till today.

The visit of the presidium of IFM-SEI gave opportunity not only to celebrate that anniversary but to elaborate the history of the cooperation: Its milestones and achievements as well as its hard times and difficulties and why we never think about giving up!

As Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem, there’s nothing left to say but: Respect and thanks for the trust to let us be part of this unique process and shining example of peace education! We are looking forward to accompany your struggle for the coming ten years and still optimistic that it won’t be long until the Educational Project’s position will be standard.

Shared guides seminar of Independence Youth Union and Ajyal in Jericho – 24-25 March, 2017

Ajyal and Independence Youth Union (IYU) are an Arab Israeli and Palestinian youth movements respectively. These two longstanding partners of the Educational Project came together for a shared seminar in Jericho. 50 young leaders of both organizations exchanged on the similarities and differences of both movements and respective societies. Two days of workshops and discussions were rounded off with a trip to some of the most stunning sights of one of the oldest cities in the world. Thanks for letting Willy Brandt Center be part of such amazing events – we’re already looking forward to a follow-up!

Visit of and Presentation of master program “Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World” of FU Berlin – March 10, 2017

The MA Program Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World from Freie Universität Berlin graced Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem with a visit promoting their program of study. Its social-scientific approach is to emphasize the philosophical and intellectual common ground and relations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. For Students from Israel and Palestine it offers generous scholarships and support. The board of directors as well as the IT specialist of the program presented this outstanding program to an interested public.

Into Jerusalem-DiVision of a City

Monday, March 27 at 5 PM – 7 PM

On occasion of the visit of the Human Geography of University of Hamburg, the  Willy Brandt Center brngs experts and activists together for a conversation on the history, development and current status of Jerusalem.

What can be the role of academia and civil society? What kinds of intervention make sense in these times. What form of interventions are useful today?

D!VERSITY: SPOKEN WORD, PHOTOGRAPHY, VISUAL POETRY, Pt 2

A YOUNG ART PROJECT TAKING PLACE IN BERLIN & JERUSALEM

(personal remarks by Cheb Kammerer)

 

“Last week I took part in a very special program, with the aim to practice art- Israelis, Palestinians and Germans together. The amount of creativity and openness was one that I rarely experience, I might even dare say it was the first time.”

(Mayan, participant in Diversity)

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.
This summer, 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”.
Young people from … we could say from Israel, from Palestine, from Germany (as well as from Russia, Poland, Mexico, Turkey and Romania). Isn’t it all about it?
But at the same time we are so much more than lockers with national flags on it.
„We are many, and I don’t know how many am I… “
This quote from Chilean writer Pablo Neruda is with me ever since I was young. Everyone I meet will become part of my memory, of my biography, of myself. In order to come to peace with myself, I have to find peace with you and give you the chance to make peace with me.
So simple, so difficult.

„Diversity“ also manifests itself in the variety of artistic expression we were working with – ranging from photography, poetry, spoken word and painting to dance and music. After a week in Berlin in August, loaded with positive energy and stunning artistic results, we met again in September in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem. Against all conventions we introduced this city not as a city of conflict, not as „the holy city “, but as a place, where we found wonderful friends. It’s not political in the way as politics are defined usually: debating, arguing, proving that I am right and you are wrong.
At the same time, everything is political, and so is art.
Art keeps alive the desire for beauty. In a time were beauty can’t protect us, each love song is cry for freedom. Let’s not surrender to a reality that is not as we want the world to be, let’s not abandon our dreams.
I see it as a great gift to have had the opportunity to guide this powerful artistic process that was started during this project.
If I look at this wonderful talented and loving people, I know there are hope and Hoffnung, Tikwa and Amal.
Thanks to everyone who made this project possible!

Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem
Center for International Encounters CIE
Support Association Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem
Drei Wünsche Frei – Studio for hybrid culture Berlin
Musrara School of Photography, Media and New Music
Supported by the europeans for peace is a programme of the Foundation EVZ (Remembrance, Responsibility and Future)


D!versity. A Performance evening at the WBC Jerusalem, September 8, 2016:

Photo by Sara Iona Yassin, Performance by Noa CB

It must be of pain,
the weight on the shoulders of the little grey rock.
No legs can guide it,
no hands can hide it,
no eyes can find it,
no mind can bind it.
It must be of eternity,
the weight on the shoulders of the little grey rock.
No afterlife is of option,
no medicine of any notion,
no abortion.
It must be of sinking ships and battled grounds,
the weight on the shoulders of the little grey rock.
no caressing affection,
no dedication,
no documentation.
It must be of no gain,
the weight on the shoulders of the little grey rock.

Poem by: Noa CB
Photo by: Sara Ioana Yassin

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)