Robi Damelin aus Tel Aviv
Mazen Faraj aus Betlehem
We must give Peace a Chance. Voices from the Israeli-Palestinian Frontline
Kunsthalle Wien project space Karlsplatz, Treitlstraße 2, A-1040 Wien
The Courage to Speak with the Enemies – Voices of Civil Society
Presentation of the documentary ”Encounter Point” and discussion with Robi Damelin from Tel Aviv and Mazen Faraj from Bethlehem from the Parents Circle - Families Forum, Bereaved Palestinian and Israeli families for Reconciliation and Peace.
Moderation: Christian Ultsch / Die Presse
Robi Damelin and Mazen Faraj represent the voices of civil society, who seek to strengthen the sense of belonging in the face of a climate of fear and paranoia instead of seeking revenge and collective condemnation.
“Living together, but how?” is the critical question for all of us in a world that appears to have become too small for the complexity of the ongoing conflicts.
But in this worldwide, highly armed climate there are attempts at counter movements that challenge the legitimacy of violence on both sides of the front: they are determined to confront the enemies with words, not weapons. They are determined to listen to them, to negotiate with them, to understand their boundless, often deadly anger, and to communicate their own despair.
Together and with many others, Robi and Mazen advocate for peace and reconciliation and stand for hope in this long-lasting conflict of their two peoples.
Robi Damelin´s son was killed while serving as a reserve in occupied territories in the military. He was a young philosophy teacher and peace activist who, despite his doubts, took on the challenge of the military service and treated Palestinians with utmost respect in order to be a good example to his soldiers. Robi believes that there is something against fear on both sides: that there is the possibility of a long-term reconciliation process.
Mazen Faraj lives in a refugee camp near Bethlehem where his father fled from his Palestinian village in 1948. In 2002 The father died on the way home from a supermarket. An IDF (Israeli Defense Force) killed him, mistaking his bags of food for something else. Mazen decided that seeking revenge would not ease his pain or bring back his father, he wants to stop the cycle of violence and bloodshed.
Encounter Point is a documentary that tells the story of an Israeli settler, a convicted Palestinian fighter, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian ex-prisoner who sacrifice their safety, public standing, communities and homes in order to press for a grassroots movement for nonviolence and peace.
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