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.
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!
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)
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.
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 […]
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
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7pm (19:00)
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.
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.”
Trade unions take an active part in the mediating process between workers and employers, and strengthen workers’ rights vis-à-vis the state and in the framework of employment. Hence trade unions are uniquely equipped for the work of civil conflict transformation, fair negotiations and fighting social injustice.
The publication “From Social Justice to Peace – chances for cross-border trade union cooperation” is produced with a grant provided by the Foundation for Social Society and Sustainable Development of the trade union IG Bauen Agrar Umwelt. It presents comprehensively the history and status quo of trade unionism in Israel and Palestine.
Two representatives from the respective societies describe the interconnection of workers’ rights beyond borders and highlight potential fields of cooperation, thus fostering inclusive activism for a peaceful and just future.
Red Lounge at the WBC Jerusalem
March 16th, 2016 at 7 pm (19:00)
Screening and discussion on occasion of „WomensHistoryMonth“
“Revolution Girls” by Natasha Dudinski
“How many revolutions must a woman go through before she reaches 40?”
Revolution Girls is the story of one generation of Czech women who took part in the 1989 Velvet Revolution. Though their lives took different directions after the student strike in 1989, they still share some of the zeal required to achieve the things they believe in. Jana, a representative in the EU Parliament, is passionate about saving the world. Alena writes one book after another, searching the past for hints that would inspire the present. Alice is a successful entrepreneur who raises an adopted Roma daughter and fulfills her childhood dream of having a big family. Pavla puts her energy into a career in the music business while searching for her place in life. Are they living their dreams? How many revolutions does a woman go through by the time she is forty? What can their stories tell us about the time and place they live in
There will be discussion following the screening with the movie’s director Natasha Dudinski.
Revolution Girls // Holky z fildy (Orig.)
DIR: Natasha Dudinski, Taťána Slánská-Marková
2009 / Czech Republic / 57 min
See you at the WBC!