(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


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!




Red Lounge Movie Night „PRIDE”

Wednesday, July 20 at 7 PM

Red Lounge Movie Night in solidarity with the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance


„PRIDE” by Matthew Warchus

Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the group’s support due to the union’s public relations’ worries about being openly associated with a gay group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to Onllwyn, a small mining village in Wales, resulting in an alliance between the two communities. The alliance was unlike any seen before and was ultimately successful.

“Earnest without being didactic and uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.”

British Independent Film Awards
Queer Palm Award Cannes

(GB, 2014, 120 min)

Official Trailer:

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 “On the Side of the Road

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 7pm (19.00) “On the Side of the Road” A documentary by Lia Tarachansky The director is present. This is a film about the questions Israelis cannot ask, about the fight to keep memories buried, and about the violence of attempting to silence a history. It is a story told by Lia […]

Red Lounge Movie Night “My Arab Friend”

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

Red Lounge Movie Night at the Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem

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

My Arab Friend by Noga Nezer

53 min, with English ST

17.5.16″HeartBeat Live” – Concert in the garden

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7pm (19:00)

“HeartBeat Live”

Concert in the garden of the WBC

Our dear partners from Heartbeat Jerusalem wrap up the spring semester & present to us the progress they made, the art they created & the experiences they shared.
Don’t miss the concert on Tuesday in our lovely garden
We are looking forward to welcome all of you for a great evening of music and togetherness.

Kick-off event for the 20th anniversary of the WBC with a speech by Johanna Uekermann

On April 9th 1996 three socialist youth movements from Israel, Palestine and Germany decided to strengthen their ties by creating the Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem.  This year we are celebrating our 20th anniversary.
We are looking back to our political cooperation, our educational programmes and social art projects. At the same time we are moving on towards our common vision of a peaceful future.

Johanna Uekermann, chairwomen of the Young Socialists in the SPD (JUSOS) opened this years ongoing festivities in Jerusalem.

Opening speech to 20 years of WBC,

by Johanna Uekermann:

“Dear comrades, dear friends of Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem,

We are starting our anniversary year on a historic date. 20 years ago our predecessors Ofer Dekel, Sabri Tomezi and Andrea Nahles signed the partnership agreement that was the foundation for the Willy Brandt Center. To be honest we are two days early with our celebrations, because the actual date 9th of April is a Saturday this year. But not only the date is slightly different, also the location of our gathering moved to the South. Our founding agreement was signed 20 years ago in Ramallah.

What was possible then, seems impossible now. It encourages us once more to continue with our joint struggle. Political realities are made by people and can be changed by people. We saw good and bad times in the last 20 years. But even in the darkest times of war and bloodshed our joint Center stood its test maintaining the ties between our movements providing hope to our members that change is possible.

Sometimes people – be it Internationals or from the region – ask me why we as Jusos are still continuing the complicated way of double solidarity. My answer is very simple: It is because of you! You as the progressive forces in Israel and Palestine seeking for peace deserve our support. Your courage believing in a peaceful future of Palestinians and Israelis living side by side is for us a big inspiration. It motivates us continuously to invest our time and resources in the Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem.

Even if the perspectives for the future not always look well we as Jusos are convinced that our partnership has an added value to the political scene in Jerusalem. Looking back on our experiences from the last 20 years we should use the anniversary year to develop our partnership further and deepen our relations. Jusos will continue the joint international struggle for a more just and more peaceful world. In our partnership we share this goal based on common values. Looking towards the future I can say: We will be at your side. Your struggle is our struggle.”