דיאלוג בנושא תהליך השלום

מאת: ד”ר רון קרוניש

מאמר שפורסם ב22 לאפריל

ימים ספורים לפני חג הפסח, השתתפתי בדיון מתסכל ומדכא על “אתגרי שיחות השלום בימינו”. על פי מה ששמעתי מפי משתתפי הפאנל – ומה שאני שומע וקורא שוב ושוב בחדשות מדי יום – האתגרים גדולים הרבה יותר מהסיכויים לשלום בשלב זה. שני הצדדים מתבצרים היטב בעמדותיהם האידיאולוגיות, ולכן כל פשרה משמעותית לא נראית לעין.

הדיון בפאנל, שכותרתו הייתה “בין מדינה יהודית למדינה פלשתינית – אתגרי שיחות השלום בימינו”, יוזמה משותפת של קרן קונראד אדנאואר, יוזמת ז’נבה והמרכז לדיאלוג אסטרטגי של המכללה האקדמית נתניה, התקיים במרכז הכנסים ע”ש קונראד אדנאואר במשכנות שאננים בירושלים, מול קהל שמילא את האולם. השתתפו בו ח”כ לשעבר דן מרידור, שכיהן כשר בממשלות רבות בישראל, ואשרף אל עג’רמי, שר לשעבר בממשלה הפלשתינית שהיה ממונה על האסירים ברשות הפלשתינית וריצה עונש מאסר של 15 שנה בכלא הישראלי, שם למד עברית (הוא דיבר בעברית מצוינת מול הקהל, שרובו היה יהודי!).

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A Dialogue about the Peace Process

Dr. Ron Kronish

Dr. Ron Kronish

By Ron Kronish

As published on the Times of Israel on April 22nd, 2014

few days before the Passover holiday began in Israel, I attended a frustrating and depressing panel discussion on the “The Challenges of the Current Peace Talks”. According to what I heard expressed by the panel members—and what I continue to read and hear on the news every day– the challenges are much great than the possibilities of peace at the present moment.   Both sides appear to be deeply entrenched in their current ideological positions, so that no meaningful compromise seems to be possible at this time.

The panel discussion, which was entitled “Between a Jewish State and a Palestinian State—The Challenges of the Current Peace Talks”, was co-sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Geneva Initiative and the Netanya Academic  College’s Strategic Dialogue Center, and took place at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center in Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem, in front of a full audience.  It featured former Member of Knesset and minister in many governments in Israel over many decades, Mr. Dan Meridor, and a former Palestinian government minister by the name of Ashraf El Agermi, who was Minister for Prisoners of the Palestinian Authority and served 15 years in Israeli prisons, where he learned Hebrew very well (he spoke to the mostly Jewish audience in perfect Hebrew!).

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Andere willkommen heissen, reich werden

Von Andrew Luisi & Chagit Lyssy

Andere willkommen heissen ist an und für sich schon eine schwierige Aufgabe, doch Miki Joelson glaubt, dass dies essenziell ist, um Beziehungen zu fördern und starke Bindungen zwischen Palästinensern und Israelis zu erzeugen. Miki arbeitete zwei Jahre lang als Leiterin des Programms “Faith to Faith/Face to Face“ (auf Deutsch: “Glaube gegenüber Glaube/Gesicht gegenüber Gesicht“), ein Partnerprojekt des Auburn Seminars in New York mit dem ICCI, und ist jetzt ein aktives Mitglied des ICCI Ehemaligen-Vereins für jüdische und palästinensische Jugendliche und junge Erwachsene für friedliche Koexistenz. Als jemand, die als Koordinatorin von Programmen und Events zur Förderung inter-religiöser Zusammenarbeit und Bewusstsein gearbeitet hat, vertrat sie den ICCI an der neunten Generalversammlung der Religionen für den Frieden in Wien, wo sie über ihre Arbeit mit ICCI zur Förderung von Einschliesslichkeit und dem Streben nach Koexistenz sprach.

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“The Many Faces of Jerusalem” Photography Contest

Photography Contest

Welcoming the Other, Becoming Rich

By Andrew Luisi

Personally welcoming the other is a difficult task in and of itself; however, Miki Joelson believes it to be essential in order to foster relationships and create strong bonds amAndrew Head Shot, Staffong Jews and Palestinians. Miki worked for two years as a facilitator with the “Face to Face”/”Faith-to-Faith” —a partnership of Auburn Theological Seminary in New York and ICCI—and she now is an active participant in ICCI’s Alumni Community of Jewish and Palestinian Youth and Young Adults for Peaceful Coexistence.  As someone who has coordinated programs and events to inspire interfreligious collaboration and awareness, she has recently represented ICCI at the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace in Vienna, Austria in November 2013, where she spoke about her work with ICCI in promoting inclusivity and striving for coexistence between Palestinians and Jews.

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Israeli Jews and Arabs Demonstrate Together Against Hate Crimes // Times of Israel

by Ron Kronish

as published in the Times of Israel on the 23rd of December 2013

Yesterday, for the first time, tens of Israeli Arabs and Jews demonstrated together opposite the office of Prime Minister Netanyahu in protest against the recent drastic increase of hate crimes against Arabs in the name of Tag Mechir (“Price Tag”). The demonstrators protested against the lack of response by the government to these acts, especially against the fact that none of the perpetrators have  been arrested.

The demonstrators carried signs which represented the names of towns and villages against which Tag Mechir attacks have taken place during the last 4 years. Two weeks ago, a mosque was vandalized in the Arab village of  Baka El Gharbiyah and therefore many from that town and surrounding  towns in their region participated in the demonstration.

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Is the peace process as frozen as the weather?

by Ron Kronish

as published in the Times of Israel on the 14th of December.

It has been snowing in Jerusalem for the past 3 days. More snow has mounted up than I can remember in my 34 years of living in this city! It is quite amazing, and quite cold. Frigid and icy. Very dangerous. And practically nothing is moving. Life is at a standstill as we all stare out of our windows and gaze and the wonders and worries of Mother Nature.

Is this all a big metaphor for the so-called “Peace Process”? Is it too frozen? With no real movement! And isn’t it quite dangerous? After all, what is the alternative to the “Peace Process”? The “War Process”?  We are constantly being warned that the Third Intifada is coming if the diplomats do not reach an agreement.

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Welcoming the Other through Interreligious Dialogue, Education and Action

By Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish

Dr. Ron Kronish

Dr. Ron Kronish

November 21, 2013
Presented at the Peace Education Commission of Religions for Peace, at the World Assembly in Vienna

Read related article in the Huffington Post

Introduction

I am very pleased to be part of this distinguished panel on this important topic, which has been the essence of my professional life for the past 22 years. I founded the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel in 1991, and in all the years that I have served as Director, we have been an active member of Religions for Peace. I like the name and the mission of this organization. It says very clearly who we are and what we are for. By itself, it is an educational statement.

Unfortunately, in my part of the world, this idea is not too well understood. Too often, some religions have supported ongoing war and violence, rather than standing for peace. In contrast, I believe that the values and teachings of the great religions of the world must be harnessed to help their leaders and followers become active practitioners of peacebuilding and reconciliation.

One of the most central ways that we can welcome the other—each in our own country and region as well as internationally –is through Interreligious Dialogue, Education and Action.

Since we have done this successfully in Israel for a long time, I will share with you some of the insights and best practices of our work in the 10 minutes that have been allotted to me. To learn more, click “here” to get to our website, or go on Facebook and twitter to “like” us, and to “share” with others our insights from our blog posts—including our “stories of inspiration” series — and our best practices! (www.icci.org.il)

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“The Image of the Other – a New Paradigm”

By Ron Kronish

as published in the Huffington Post on 22.11.2013

I flew on Austrian Airlines to Vienna three days ago with Palestinians and Jews from Israel and Palestine who were invited by the new King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) On the airplane we were all talking about how remarkable it is that Jews and Palestinians had the opportunity to meet educators from all over the world, at the invitation of the government of Saudi Arabia. All of this in one of the most important cultural capitals in Europe, which only 70 years ago was under the control of German and Austrian Nazism, which wrought so much destruction and damage in Europe and the world.

So much has changed for the better in recent decades, but all too many people in the world are unfamiliar with these surprising educational and cultural developments, which is why I take the trouble to share these reflections on this blog.

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Christians from New York experience the complexities of Israel and Palestine with ICCI

by Andrew Luisi

Andrew Head Shot, StaffChrist Church, located in New York, is a congregation in the United Methodist denomination of Protestant Christianity that strives to experience God, connect with  others, and serve the world. Their mission is clear and forthright: they seek to love God before all things and their neighbors as themselves.
A group of congregants from the church came to Israel and Palestine for an intensive two-week study tour hosted by ICCI’s Center for Interreligious Encounter with Isreal, that analyzed relations between the monotheistic religions and viewed Christianity from a multicultural context.  On the last day of their program, they arrived at the ICCI for a lecture and discussion on “The Other Peace Process–Interreligious Dialogue, Education and Action in Israel-Palestine as a Form of Peace-building” by Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish, director of ICCI.
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