The journey of reconciliation isn’t always easy. The conflict in Israel-Palestine runs deep through history, society, and personal lives, and given the current political climate you can find yourself asking, “Do my actions really make a difference for peace?”
One young man from England’s life was profoundly changed by this experience. For the first time, he got a basic understanding of the conflict and found out why it is so important for him to be involved in reconciliation in the Holy Land as an Englishman.
What is happening now throughout the Middle East is successful change that starts from the bottom-up. We are now seeing what seems to be the second wave of the Arab Spring.
“I think that a lot more people should focus on how to approach others who don’t have similar backgrounds or similar cultures and pursue peace together,” says Selah, a young adult.
These videos represent one of Musalaha’s Desert Encounters that include Israelis and Palestinians across ethnic and religious divides.
The Power of Stories
There is something quite spiritual about storytelling. The power of a story to communicate ideas about people, cultures, or circumstances is profound
Which expectations and pictures did they have in mind when they arrived and which impressions did they leave with? Find out more about their thoughts…
What is Musalaha’s summer camp in Bethlehem all about? Is it about serving 85 children with 20 volunteers and 7 interns in 6 days? Is it having fun, playing games, making new friends, and enjoying summer? Sure. But what makes a difference in the lives of the participants that lasts more than a few days?
Summertime is always a season that is eagerly awaited by children all around the world. Summer is a time of rest, fun, swimming and sweets, and full of trying new things. Many children are also given the opportunity to go to summer camps where they are able to participate in fun activities and build new friendships. For those who have attended summer camps or sent their children to them, they understand camp can have a profound and lasting impact on a child’s life.
Easter and Passover are busy times for us in the Holy Land, as they are in most parts of the Church and Jewish communities around the world. This Passover and Easter fell on the same week – but Shireen (Women’s Projects Manager for Palestine) and myself (Hedva, Projects Manager) didn’t spend our time making traditional Easter cookies or looking for the Hametz (the leaven) in our homes this year. Instead, we were asked to attend several conferences and meetings in the United Kingdom.