Es geht nicht um Schuld, sondern um Verantwortung.

50 Jahre Kniefall von Warschau: Interview mit Nitzan Menagem

Am 7. Dezember 1970 kniete Willy Brandt am Ehrenmal für die Toten des Warschauer Ghettos nieder. Schweigend verharrte der deutsche Kanzler eine halbe Minute und drückte so seine Bitte um Vergebung für die deutschen Verbrechen des Zweiten Weltkriegs aus. Später erklärte Brandt:

„Wo, wenn nicht dort, wo das Warschauer Ghetto stand, wäre für einen deutschen Bundeskanzler der Platz, die Last der Verantwortung zu spüren und Schuld abzutragen!“

Die Erinnerung an den millionenfachen Mord an den Juden Europas präge besonders die deutsch-israelischen Beziehungen, so Brandt. Niemand dürfe das Lebensrecht des Staates Israels in Frage stellen.

2020 jährt sich Willy Brandts Kniefall zum 50. Mal. Anlass für uns eine israelische Partnerin von Hashomer Hatzair nach der Bedeutung der Geste und ihrer Relevanz heute zu fragen.

Zum 50. Mal jährt sich Willy Brandts Kniefall von Warschau und seine Bitte um Vergebung deutscher Verbrechen an Jüdinnen und Juden. Was bedeutet der Kniefall für dich?

Willy Brandts Kniefall hat eine große Symbolik. Brandt war selbst Antifaschist, der als Widerstandskämpfer aus Nazi-Deutschland fliehen musste. Er machte diese Geste, um zu zeigen, dass er als Kanzler der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Verantwortung übernimmt. Und das obwohl er selbst keine Schuld auf sich geladen hatte. Nach jahrelangen Begegnungen mit Gruppen antifaschistischer Aktivist*innen von Jusos und den Falken verstehe ich, wie wichtig es ist, einen solchen Standpunkt einzunehmen: Es geht nicht um Schuld, sondern um Verantwortung. Furchtlos daran zu arbeiten, dass so etwas nie wieder passiert, niemandem. Brandt hat das Verantwortungsvolle getan, indem er niederkniete. Nicht nur, um sein Bedauern und seine Trauer über diese schrecklichste Tragödie der modernen Zeit zu zeigen, sondern auch, um zu sagen: wir sind verantwortlich und wir werden alles in unserer Macht Stehende tun, um anders zu handeln. Brandt hat die Verantwortung übernommen, die aus den Gräueltaten der Nationalsozialisten folgte.

Du arbeitest für Hashomer Hatzair Deutschland. Was ist das für eine Organisation und was hat Hashomer Hatzair mit dem Warschauer Ghetto zu tun?

Hashomer Hatzair Deutschland wurde 2012 nach 74 Jahren wieder gegründet. Wir sind eine säkulare, aber dennoch jüdische Jugendbewegung, die Teil einer internationalen, sozialistischen und feministischen Organisation ist. Wir arbeiten daran, die pluralistische Gemeinschaft als Gruppe zu verbinden und zu stärken, für die Anerkennung des Judentums als eine gemeinsame Kultur und Geschichte. Die Jugendbewegung wurde 1913 in Galizien (Polen) gegründet und hatte vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg weltweit 70.000 Mitglieder. Vor dem Holocaust war Ken Warschau, der Ortsverband von Hashomer Hatzair in Warschau,  der größte weltweit.

Als ich in meiner Jugend über den Holocaust lernte, wurde Warschau immer als ein besonderer Ort diskutiert. Hier fand 1943 der Aufstand im Warschauer Ghetto statt. Mordechaj Anielewicz, der Leiter des Warschauer Ortverbands von Hashomer Hatzair, wurde Leiter der jüdischen Widerstandsorganisation und einer der Anführer des Aufstands. Zusammen mit weiteren Mitgliedern von Hashomer Hatzair, wie Tosia Altman. Im Rückblick auf den Schrecken jener Zeit, auf die Lage, in der sich die Jüdinnen und Juden und andere Opfer der Nazis befanden, war diese Art von Widerstand alles andere als selbstverständlich. Man brauchte Verbündete, mit denen man kooperieren konne und Menschen, die bereit waren ein Risiko auf sich zu nehmen und nicht nur passiv zuschauten. Man musste „tapfer und mutig“ sein, aber man musste auch verstehen, dass es keinen anderen Weg gibt. „Tapfer und mutig“ ist bis heute das Motto unserer Organisation.

Ich bin stolz darauf, zusammen mit meinen Genoss*innen in die Fußstapfen vieler mutiger Menschen unserer Bewegung zu treten – ausgerechnet in Deutschland. Polen war vor dem Krieg der Ort, an dem unsere Bewegung am größten war. Heute kämpft Hashomer Hatzair dort mit der immer kleine werdenden jüdischen Gemeinde. Aber auch mit der Zunahme von Rechtsextremismus und Antisemitismus.

Wir sind entschlossen, dem Beispiel unser Mitglieder in der Vergangenheit zu folgen und den Faschismus zu bekämpfen, wo immer er auftaucht: Es geht nicht nur darum, dass der Antisemitismus überall dort aufsteigt, wo Rechtsextremismus erlaubt ist – es geht um die Freiheit eines jeden einzelnen und darum, die Freiheiten die wie jetzt haben zu reflektieren.

Hashomer Hatzair ist auch eine der Partnerorganisationen des Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem (WBC). Was bedeutet für dich die Verbindung von Hashomer Hatzair, WBC und Willy Brandt?

Willy Brandt glaubte an Frieden und es ist kein Zufall, dass das Projekt in Jerusalem nach ihm benannt wurde. Seit 1996 ist das Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem ein wichtiges Projekt, das israelischen und palästinensischen Aktivist*Innen die Möglichkeit gibt, sich zu treffen und auszutauschen. Für alle Menschen, die vor Ort für den Frieden kämpfen, ist dieser Konflikt und alle seine Auswirkungen ermüdend und oft kann man die Hoffnung verlieren und ausbrennen. Aus meiner Erfahrung versteht man nur durch die Begegnung mit „der anderen Seite“ wirklich, dass letztendlich jede*r das Gleiche will: in Frieden zu leben. Nur so kann man die Hoffnung zurückgewinnen und verstehen, dass man ein Teil eines größeren Kampfes ist. Bei gemeinsamen Treffen kommen Menschen nicht zufällig zusammen. Es treffen sich jene, die gemeinsame Werte teilen und unermüdlich daran arbeiten, unsere Gesellschaften und Realitäten besser zu machen. Sowohl mit pädagogischen, als auch mit politischen Mitteln. Auch wenn der Name etwas anderes impliziert, geht es bei diesem Projekt nicht um die Wünsche der deutschen Partner*innen. Sie sind da, um diesen Dialog zu ermöglichen. Es geht darum, die Menschen einfach miteinander sprechen zu lassen, einander verstehen zu lassen, wie sie es ständig tun wollen und gemeinsam an einer andere Realität zu arbeiten. Wie Willy sagte: wir wollen mehr Demokratie wagen – auch im Nahen Osten.

„Wandel durch Annäherung“, war das Motto von Willy Brandts Ostpolitik, die durch den Kniefall von Warschau eine neue Grundlage bekommen hat. Wandel durch Annäherung ist auch ein Arbeitsansatz des WBCs. Können wir heute noch von den Ansätzen Willy Brandts lernen?

Natürlich können wir das. Ich bin eine Anhängerin der Bildungsarbeit, die die harten Fragen über die Gesellschaft stellt, in der wir leben. Warum die Dinge so funktionieren, wie sie funktionieren, warum es überhaupt noch Konflikte gibt. Symbolische Handlungen waren nie genug, um die Realität zu verändern, aber kritische Bildungsarbeit schon.

Du kommst aus Israel und hast dort lange mit und im WBC gearbeitet. Welchen Rolle spielt Willy Brandt für deine Arbeit dort?

Willy Brandt ist für mich in erster Linie mit dem WBC und seinen Werten verbunden. Ich lernte Willy Brandt und seine Ansätze, durch die gemeinsame Arbeit dort kennen. Als junge Aktivistin in Jerusalem wurde ich 2008 im WBC aktiv. Seitdem bin ich an der Arbeit zur Beendigung des israelisch-palästinensischen Konflikts beteiligt. Zu Beginn hatte ich aber nicht die Gelegenheit, jemanden von „der anderen Seite“ kennen zu lernen. Internationals können sich zwischen Israel und Palästina relativ frei bewegen. Aber die Menschen, die dort leben nicht. Erst als ich nach Jerusalem zog und im WBC aktiv wurde, hatte ich die Chance, diesen politischen Dialog zu führen. Wir hatten nicht vor, Freund*innen zu werden, aber der Respekt, die gegenseitige Anerkennung und das Verständnis erlaubten es uns, Erfahrungen auszutauschen und uns gegenseitig zu unterstützen. Seltsamerweise war es einfacher, sich in Deutschland als in der Region zu treffen. Unsere deutschen Partner*innen haben besondere historische Beziehungen und ein großes Interesse an Israel. Aber diese besonderen Beziehungen ermöglichen auch einen wirklich einzigartigen Austausch zwischen Aktivist*innen, von dem alle Parteien – Israelis, Palästinenser*innen und Deutsche – gleichermaßen viel lernen könnten. Über Frieden, Demokratie und darüber, was unseren Realitäten noch von diesen Zielen trennt.

Zur Person:

Nitzan Menagem ist Vorsitzende von Hashomer Hatzair Deutschland. Seit 2008 ist Nitzan am Friedensprojekt Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem beteiligt, wo sie als Projektkoordinatorin im politischen Team und später im Kommunikations- und Projektmanagement in Berlin tätig war. Sie arbeitet als Projektleiterin, Referentin und Trainerin freiberuflich bei verschiedenen Organisationen.

Interview von Onno Mengdehl und Tobias Pietsch

Foto: Sven Simon

Hans Böckler Foundation (HBS) Online Seminar

Corona, Economy, Unions: The Effects of the Pandemic on Israel

 

For our partners from the Hans Böckler Foundation, we hosted and organized an online seminar titled “Corona, Economy, Unions: The Effects of the Pandemic on Israel”. Usually we would have hosted the annual study trip of the Hans Böckler Foundation, which of course had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hence, in order to stay in touch with our partners and learn about the current situation, we organized a digital alternative. The first part was an overview given by Tobias Pietsch, WBC’s Project Manager, on the general situation in Israel which these days is affected by by the Corona-crisis, the protest against the government and Prime Minister Netanyahu, as well as the normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

During the second part, the 65 participants had the chance to discuss with the panelists and ask their questions. Dr. Roby Nathanson, CEO of MACRO – The Center for Political Economics, criticized the government for not including economic measures in its crisis management, and provided detailed data on how the pandemic is affecting Israel’s economy and labor market. Bernhard Schulz, Head of Labor and Social Affairs at the German Embassy Tel Aviv, explained his perspective on the crisis management and how it effects his personal and professional life. Peter Lerner, Head of the International Relations Division of the Histadrut, highlighted the import role of unions in this crisis. He described how the Histadrut managed to save jobs and ensured safety and security for workers.

(16. September 2020)

 

A Scary Good Time at the Willy Brandt Center

Spooky stories and secret tales of Jerusalem

On Saturday afternoon, September 12th, we invited the children of the Abu Tor neighborhood for a special program in our garden. Five young artists of the Ibtisamet Maqdisi Band from Jerusalem prepared for our small audience different plays, dance games, face painting and crafting workshops, as well as a theatrical performance of special ghost stories. The children were then surprised by a delicious artisanal cake in the form of a white ghost, made especially for the event by Francis, a talented pâtissier from Bethlehem.

Later that day and on the following evening, we turned the garden at the Willy Brandt Center into an open-air cinema with a big outdoor screen, popcorn and candlelight. As an introduction to our “Scary Evening”, we were excited to present the results of our research and offer our audience a selection of captivating spooky stories and secret tales of Jerusalem, many of which were hidden and discovered in archives. After the reading, the audience watched the screening of the legendary movie “Phantom of the Opera” from 1925, accompanied by Maria Neishtadt’s live music on the electronic organ. Both artist and audience truly enjoyed the rare chance to experience an artistic live performance during these times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
(12-13 September 2020)

 

 

 

 

 

The Anthropological View on Gender, Sexuality and Religion

An Online Lecture by Dr. Elazar Ben-Lulu on the Anthropological View on Gender, Sexuality and Religion: Intersections, Challenges and Contradictions – 29 August 2020

 

In his online lecture on gender, sexuality and religion, Dr. Elazar Ben-Lulu from Ben Gurion University gave insights into his research exploring religious rituals, and invited us to think about social values, cultural norms and human behaviors.

Dr. Ben-Lulu explained that when we look at worshipper’s religious performances, we realize how much our body is a dominant actor in spiritual and religious experiences: by standing, sitting, touching or clapping, as well as other physical gestures, we deliver symbolic messages regarding God or community. Thus, the positionality of the body in the ritual structure is intersected with gender and sexualities matters.

Throughout history, gender and sexual issues such as homosexuality or sexual harassment were excluded from the religious sphere and discourse. Today, however, diverse liberal religious communities around the world invite members to celebrate their sexualities or other gender and bodily experiences. In this contemporary postmodern era, people have the opportunity to reconnect to their body and sexuality by using sacred texts, material objects and political items.

Feminist, LGBT and queer calls challenge the patriarchal realm and expose creative means to renew traditional customs, and create new ones. This egalitarian mission, which has crossed boundaries, cultures and societies, sheds light on religion as a social construction, and discovers new attitudes toward our own body as well as „other“ bodies.

Dr. Ben-Lulu’s lecture was accompanied by texts, photos and video materials, and raised questions by the online audience about the relevance of rituals in today’s daily life, with a special focus on the latest developments in Israel.

 

New Bridges in Times of Isolation

Development of a new interactive and interdisciplinary artistic program

 

Corona forces everybody to plan and work differently – also those working as artists or organizers of cultural projects. Despite all difficulties, we were lucky to find out that this challenging situation also offers a lot of positive effects: new creative concepts, new spaces and new encounters.

The Willy Brandt Center currently works on the development of a new interactive and interdisciplinary artistic program, connecting elements from the fields of dance, music, theatre and circus. This program is designed to reach out to institutions such as retirement homes, orphanages and homes for children with disabilities in Israel and the Westbank – which are at risk of being further distanced from their society due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As an overture to this new program, we organized two artistic performances for the residents of the House Jemima, a home for Palestinian children and young adults with special needs and different types and stages of disabilities, located in the village of Beit Jala, next to Bethlehem.

Precautions against Covid-19 requested a very careful approach in order to guarantee the safety of the performers and their audience, including the usage of masks and gloves, as well as setting up in an airy outdoor area for a limited number of 20 residents.

The program kicked off with a performance of the Palestinian accordionist Mohammad Qutati from Ramallah, who played accordion arrangements for traditional Arabic songs, inviting the audience to actively participate by singing, clapping and dancing. The second half of the program was presented by the ensemble „Mini Clown Official”, consisting of three young Palestinian artists from Bethlehem who prepared an interactive theatre, song and dance performance.

We were extremely touched by the very warm welcome, the joyful and enthusiastic ambiance, and the kind feedback that we received from the residents and their caretakers at House Yemima, and are looking forward to many more happy human encounters.

 

 

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Study Day Givat Haviva

Studying Jerusalem with Students from the Givat Haviva International School

 

While most of the international students of Givat Haviva International School (GHIS) had to return to their home countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we decided to organize a study day for the remaining students. In order to learn about history, cultures, religions and narratives, we began our tour on the Mount of Olives. The group included Muslims, Jews and Christians from all over the world, many of them visiting Jerusalem for the first time. During our visit to churches, mosques and synagogues, we collected the stories of the various locations, their meaning and connections to the different religions. In the lush green garden of the Austrian Hospice, we tasted some delicious pastries and coffee before enjoying the amazing view from the rooftop. In Abu Tor and at the Willy Brandt Center, we focused on the mixed neighborhood and cross-border encounters, which also sparked a discussion on the interactions in the International School.

 

 

Let’s Lead Workshop in Sebastia

 New Capacity Building Program with Seeds for Seeds for Development and Culture‎

The first phase of the new Let’s Lead capacity building program with Seeds for Seeds for Development and Culture ended with a full-day outdoor activity in Sebastia, near Nablus. The 25 participants from all over the West Bank have worked for several months on group- and community-building, organizing and mobilization, theoretical inputs and practical trainings. At the end of the course, an Open Space will be designed by the participants.

The trip to Sebastia was the milestone, concluding the phase of group- and community-building with a workshop on identity. The participants were asked to draw a flower that introduces the aspects in their life which shape their identity. Then, the goals of the entire course were discussed in small groups. These aims were later presented through freeze theater scenes. The frozen figures desplayed what the participants wanted to achieve: leadership, cooperation and constructive feedback, to name a few.

After a lunch break by the Roman forum, which is a part of the rich archeological site of Sebastia, the participants built kites together with kids and youngsters from the village. As Sebastia has been affected by violence from the Israeli Army and nearby settlers, flying the kites was intended to show solidarity with the community and enable joyful moments for the kids.

The program continued with more sessions and workshops, focusing on themes such as feminism, democracy and voluntarism, as well as active citizenship.

 

Out of This Planet: Meteors, Aliens and Vegan Bacon

New cooperation with Holy Local Aliens

Building bridges across borders

 

I: Meteor Showers  in the Negev Desert. 

In August, we launched a new cooperation with Holy Local Aliens. They are a community of locals (and non-locals) in Israel and Palestine, meeting to explore and build bridges across borders. As mid-August happened to be the peak season of the Perseid Meteor Showers, we decided to organize a trip to a famous spot for stargazing: the Ramon Crater in the Negev Desert.

One of the participants – Marianna – described the group in the following words: “There were people from Israel and Palestine of course, as well as Argentina, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Canada, and probably other places that I forgot. My favorite part about these trips is the people“. The group consisted of 30 people –10 Israelis, 10 Palestinians and 10 Internationals. As the bus took off for the 3-hour drive from Jerusalem to Mitzpe Ramon, talks and discussions commenced. Ruth, co-founder of Holy Local Aliens, introduced the two-day program, while Roque, an Argentinian astronomer, offered explanations on meteors, stars and planets, and Palestinian participants proudly presented their university system to the Israelis in the group.

Our first stop was at the Black Hebrews community in Mitzpe Ramon. The community, also known as African Hebrew Israelites, came from the United States to Israel in the 1960’s, but their roots are in Liberia. The community has become mostly known for their healthy holistic lifestyle: all members are vegan, and refrain from eating meat, dairy products, and foods with chemical additives. We met Britney and Yatibia who are running a vegan restaurant in Mitzpe Ramon, where we tried delicious vegan bacon, salads and sandwiches. Yatibia elaborated on their way of life, their Jewish roots and beliefs, and their struggle for acceptance and recognition by the Israeli society and government. Most members of the Black Hebrews community are not citizens of Israel, the group was granted permanent residency status only by the end of 2003. As the warm and interesting encounter with the family came to its end, we headed off to our camp at the center of the crater.

Astronomers from Mitzpe Ramon brought telescopes to the crater, through which we could watch Mars, Venus and Saturn, and a few star constellations. While sitting or lying on the ground under the impressive Milky Way, dozens of meteors drew their tails on the dark canvas of the night sky in a spectacular show. As the joint program ended, small groups gathered to get know each other better, discussing or taking pictures beneath the stars.

The night we spent on the camping mats under the stars was quite short, as we got up the next morning for a sunset hike. A short bus ride took us up to the visitor Center of Mitzpe Ramon, where we were welcomed by a few snoopy wild goats (Nubian Ibex). As we walked along the edge of the crater, the sun rose above and created beautiful silhouette pictures of the group. Walking along the cliff of the crater towards the Camel Hill on the other side of town, we did some more activities to get to know each other and learned about personal backgrounds and motivations to join the trip. As it got much too hot for any outdoor activity, we headed back to the bus and drove to one of the many unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev. As there are no roads or signs that lead to these communities, the 12-year-old son of Salman showed us the way on a quad bike. Salman hosted us in the community’s main tent and explained about their lifestyle, culture and struggles with the authorities. Even though they have been living with their flocks in the desert for generations, the government does not recognize their villages and wants them to relocate into modern towns and cities. This is the reason they lack basic infrastructure and municipal services. Salman showed us how to make Bedouin bread in the ashes of the fireplace, and the traditional coffee that is key to Bedouin lifestyle.

After we enjoyed a delicious and fresh breakfast, we split into mixed groups for a workshop on how we imagine life to be on a different planet. Some of the fictive communities decided to live in matriarchal societies, others to overcome capitalism and abolish clothing sweatshops/factories. Most had creative and smart ideas on how to deal with the Covid19 crisis, and everyone imagined their planet to be a more equal, fair and just place than it is in our contemporary realities.

II: Sunset Hike around Nabi Musa

The second cooperation with Holy Local Aliens led another group of 30 people – from Palestine, Israel and allover – to Nabi Musa. This site, in the West Bank near Jericho, is believed to be the tomb of Musa (Moses). After visiting the part that was mainly built between 1470 and 1480, Ibrahim from the village of Khan Al Ahmar took the group on a hike in the desert. On the way, we stopped for a Bedouin dinner and enjoyed the view of the sun setting down over the desert.

Part of the program was a Qui-Gong practice, lead by Muad. One participant, Dori Bisk, reflected on the experience in a poem:

We stand in a circle

Arabs

Jews

The tips of our hands

Like the peaks
Of the mountains
Reaching for the
Pink purple skies
Of a setting sun
Ibrahim
Led us through the desert
Muad
reminded us to breathe
Inhale
Exhale
In groups of fours
And fives
We find
We have more
In common
Than we realize
We all like cats
We all speak English
We all love green
We all love the desert
We all love travelling
We’re all from Jerusalem
We’re all not from here
We laugh
We smile
We share food
Basil
strums the oud
Maram
sings
Others happily join in
We sit around a burning fire
Under a star-sparkling blanket
Of darkness
Arabs
Jews
Not us
or them
Me
or You
But one
And the same

 

(written by Dori Bisk)

 

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Come Together, Right Now, Over a Livestream

The Power of Music During a Pandemic:

UNESCO International Jazz Day 2020 in Palestine

Established by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2011, the annual International Jazz Day which takes place every April 30th brings together countries and communities worldwide to celebrate jazz, and highlights music’s important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s 9th International Jazz Day celebrations transitioned to a virtual format worldwide.

The Willy Brandt Center in Jerusalem, in partnership with the UNESCO National Office for Palestine in Ramallah, participated once again in the 2020 edition, thereby contributing to this global initiative through music events promoting Palestinian musicians as well as international artists who have participated in former editions of the International Jazz Day in Bethlehem, Gaza, Jericho, Jerusalem and Ramallah.

The event started with an online jazz workshop organized by the Herbie Hancock Institute in Washington. The session took place in Arabic, featuring Tarek Yamani, a New York based, Lebanese-American award-winning composer and a jazz pianist.

We were proud to present online music video premieres of the Palestinian SOL Band, Swiss-Finnish singer Heidi Caviezel, Mohammad Qutati from Ramallah and Lukas Schiemer from Austria, all of whom composed, performed and recorded special contributions for this occasion.

The highlight of the Palestinian Jazz Day celebration was a concert that was streamed live from Gaza through different streaming platforms. The musicians Mohammad Zohod, Mohammad Albalawi, Hossam Hassona and Lyad Abu Laila, all members of the popular Typo band from Gaza, mat at a studio to play for a large online audience. Their performance was followed by a musical performance by Mohammad Shoman, a member of the Gaza based SOL Band, who performed with his sister, singer Ghada Shoman.

In his opening address, Typo band’s lead singer Mohammad Zohod stated that this year, due to the COVID-19 crisis, “our band will play for the first time a concert online instead of facing audiences, but we are sure that you will all enjoy the music and the songs.” The high number of enthusiastic comments during and after the live-concert reflected the great interest and wide participation of the audience. The streaming was followed and shared online by several institutions and individual music fans of the local and international community, and attracted about 1500 viewers from around the world.

We would like to thank the Herbie Hancock Institute for their continuous support and inspiration, and express our profound gratitude to all artists participating in this year’s online events. We are already looking forward to the moment when we will again be able to celebrate the International Jazz Day in Palestine together with our dear audience and with many artists from near and far.

Until then, let us keep on making music and remember the words of Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Co-Chair of the International Jazz Day, who said, “Now more than ever before, let’s band together and spread the ethics of Jazz Day’s global movement around the planet and use this as a golden opportunity for humankind to reconnect, especially in the midst of all this isolation and uncertainty.”