Jerusalem, Stadt des Friedens
Datum: Sonntag, 9. April 2006 um 10:00 Uhr
Ort: Seidengasse 28/4, 1070 Wien
Videoreport und Berichte teilnehmender Journalisten:
Musik und Tanz
About 100 people gathered for a interreligous Sunday service where Palm Sunday, the day commemorated for Jesus entry into Jerusalem was the appropriate occasion to give a report about the experiences during the Middle East Peace Symposium in Jerusalem last March.
Mr. M. Wolf, a professional cameraman from the Austrian national TV finished a 20 minutes Video report about the recent “Middle East Peace Initiative” (MEPI) right in time for this event and by watching this video everyone could vizualize entering the city of peace which has experienced wars throughout most of its history.
Participants of the recent pilgrimage to the
It was encouraging to hear about an organization called the “Parents’ circle” that includes hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families who have lost, as a result of the Israeli-Arab conflict, a close family member. Despite this most tragic fact the Families Forum, as the expanded group of about 500 families is called, seeks to solve the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians through dialogue and mutual understanding. Some of their leaders were appointed as Ambassadors for Peace.
For the second part of the program Dr. George Nicola, honorary
president of the Palestinian community in
The Folk Band, 18 musicians and young dancers, took us into their world of Arab culture and music. Especially the children were fascinated by their lively music.
The Palestinian ambassador to Austria, Dr. Zuheir Elwazar was moved by the friendly reception they could experience and in a short statement he mentioned that this young people show to the world that Palestinians can sing and dance and keep a spirit of hope while their country is bombed almost every day.
To conclude the event we invited the members of the Folklore band, the ambassador, the president and other leaders from the Viennese Palestinian community and Ambassadors for Peace for a nicely prepared lunch, where many new contacts were made.
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