Why has no water desalination plant been established in Gaza yet? Why was Jerusalem established precisely where there is no source of water? And what is the agricultural backyard of Gaza City? This time we talked about all these subjects and more. It was interesting.
We where: Roni, Rami, Shmulik and Nahshi. Wrote: Nahshi
Today Roni is back to us! In her real body! And not only in her spirit that is always lined up on the “lighthouse”, but she herself in full exclusion. Undoubtedly a real refresh and also a little “shaking” of the lighthouse idea … we will reach the “shaking” at the end of our summary. Erez arrived on a “Harley” motorcycle … came for a preliminary tour before Saturday, where he will be accompanied by other motorcyclists for a trip in the area. Shmulik in the role of Nahshi serves him (and us) coffee. Rami greets him with an explanation of us and adds hope that “someday we will not have to sit here anymore …” For Ramy, Gaza in recent years has been an internal alarm clock. Something that reminds him that he’s not alone on the planet. That he should and can look at the weak and the suffering. Perhaps this is Gaza’s ‘gospel’ to the world, he muses, it demands a direct look at overt suffering and mental reckoning. Malki felt a strong desire to come even for a short time (she has guests at home), the company of the people and the place “charged” her with a good feeling. Roni feels very connected to Gaza. The fence hides reality. We need to score the walls. She has friends in Gaza, those who call her the “mother of Gaza”. She tells the story of the piano transfer and adds that beyond the unique act, the event was used as an image gimmick … a gimmick that covers real daily hardships. Here, in the “Lighthouse” she found a group that sees things as it is. “The day after” will come. There is no other option. Jaber talks about al-Zarnouk and the structural problems in a village not recognized by the authorities. In Gaza it is much more difficult, he adds. Recently he is stressed at work, but coming to the “lighthouse”, gives him air. A man mind can’t bear that here live in well and there they will suffer, he says. Jaber occasionally has anecdotes from work as a bus driver, Small stories about encounters with passengers that illustrate the mixing of the identities of the area. Thank you Jaber for sharing … Oded says that for him there is also another purpose in meeting casual (or invited) guests, his desire to crack the absoluteness of Jewish-Israeli justice that makes us not examine ourselves and just say what “they” should do … Shmulik says that we have been hosting people in the circle for 3.5 years. People like us and different from us. Shmulik is happy to meet travelers who comes mainly in the spring and winter. In the summer they go to the sea … Now it’s the turn of Erez … he has a long “affair” with Gaza, he says. He is a native and a resident of the area and this “creature”, Gaza, is no stranger to him. As a child he visited there and they visited them. It was obvious to him. Did not see any difference. He played as a child in security trenches of he’s kibbutz and did not think about the context or that he would need shelter again at all … Today he thinks differently, he became disillusioned. Gaza is a “friend” who has become an “enemy.” Still, the basis of his observation is that a dialogue needs to be built. In the created reality, his opinions shifted. We are in war. In war you have to shoot and talk. If it is possible in speech to prevent war it is good. No need to move from where they sit (they and we). Katif setlements evacuation from the Gaza strip was our tribute. Expected to see a different response. They have an elected government that wants to kill. If we were to lose we would all be dead. We are in a long process towards where they will understand that the place can be developed into heaven. They (still) do not understand it because of a different mentality. Erez thinks and even suggests that we divert the light in the “lighthouse” to the Bedouin problem in Israel and not toward Gaza. Rami replies that there are many problems in the country and we chose to focus on Gaza. Adds some facts about life and the situation in Gaza. Hayuta, last in the round, responds to Erez and says that the Bedouin are part of us and Gaza are neighbors. Reads a poem by Hamutal Ben Yosef. Erez says goodbye as he notes the important work we are doing and rides to the sunset. From there shines Maharan and joins us. Now we’re up for “shaking” … It seems to Roni that we have warmed ourselves up in “Lighthouse”, with a bit strict rules and as a result we are recently missing opportunities to reach wider audiences. Ramy says that we actually tried and sometimes we were able to organize or host wider audiences. There are limitations due to the conditions at the place. An interesting conversation developed that sharpened insights in the context of the original ideas that shaped the “lighthouse” in its infancy versus the present. It was definitely interesting and fertile. We were this time: Roni, Malki, Hayuta, Erez, Jaber, Shmulik, Rami, Maharan, Oded. Wrote: Oded.
Thus, with the arrival of autumn and with it the relief from the summer heat, a thin stream of hikers begins to return and tour the reserve and also to discover the “lighthouse”. Last week, three cyclists and today a couple from Jerusalem (Ravid and Tal) and three ATV riders (Amit, Ofir and Eili). They were added and came to Shmulik, Nahshi, Hayuta Rami and I, who as usual on Fridays between one and four, circle ourselves into Gaza consciousness in the shade of the pine trees. Sometimes, Mark comes too, like today for example. Maharan, who was on his way to the “lighthouse”, got stuck with a malfunction in his vehicle. Nahshi told the listeners about connections with people from Gaza from his childhood, for his youth, coming of age. Friendships were formed and when the space closed, most of them broke off. Years passed and he realized that the situation was not normal. People live close by, suffer, and do nothing about it. He felt that he too had a responsibility for what was happening there. The frame here, in “Lighthouse”, was very suitable for him as a way to keep in touch. They know about us, we talk to them and that means thinking about each other. This is also a statement, do not sink into oblivion. Believes that something will change in the future. Everyone needs to contribute their bit. Until then he will hold the light in the “lighthouse”. Hayuta: Her inner motive to come, is the need to be human! Less comes from an ideology, which she attributes mainly to Shmulik Nahshi and me, and on the other hand, enjoys the sense of humor created by the three of us encounter with the ideology … reads poems by the amazing Wislawa Szymborska. Shmulik claims that as a communist he is committed to political existence and solidarity and therefore came here. It’s also a kind of “moral laundry” for him … he adds. Trying to contribute to the best of his ability (his words …) and hoping that the things said here, reach beyond the fence and inspire hope among our space partners. In general, it is better that the fence was not and did not cross the land. Tal says that for him, Gaza is a “black hole”. The largest prison in the world. Something that is convenient to ignore its existence. It’s annoying somewhere. Maybe that’s what pushed him to come here to hear about Gaza. Ravid thought of Gaza while traveling here. The burnt hills … Gaza is a type of wound that the more you move away from it the more painful … wrapped in a wall of ignorance. The 2014 war was an unbearable rift. Visited a tent of bereaved families. Everything in our society is related to the occupation directly or indirectly. Was active in social protest. In her opinion, there is now maturity to talk about the occupation. There are initiatives and are starting to talk about it. Out of desperation she began to act. Always believes it is possible. There is room for her, and also in society, to start doing! Mark wanted to rest today and decided to rest in our company … While Ravid was speaking, he realized how important it was to mention Gaza and the Gazans. He does not have enough energy to deal with the occupation. it’s tiring. It is still difficult to decipher Israeli society. It seems strange to him to even try to understand it … Eili: A native of the area, he has known the reality since he was born. Feels like we ‘got used to it’, it’s pretty natural for him already. The situation is unsolvable in his opinion. Ophir is also a native of the area. Asks himself where else in the world does such a reality exist. Is it even possible to resolve the conflict? Imagining himself as daring and asking how he would have behaved. Life here shaped him in their image. Want to be optimistic but … Amit lives in the area from the age of 10. When asked about Gaza, she says thease are her life. Her mother says life here, near the Gaza Strip, is 99 percent heaven and one percent hell. Her brothers literally grew into reality. She has a sister who is scared of a motorcycle passing by on the street and a nephew who plays in kindergarten in “running for shelter” … I wish we could hope, but we are already used to it and we are not excited about a balloon or an alarm … Hayuta asks her if she would like to raise children here. She repeats her mother’s answer, adding that she still asks and examines her surroundings and she don’t have an answer yet. Ramy says the circle was formed when people joined it. Explains the idea behind the “lighthouse”. Every morning, as he begins the day, he tries to bring the intention into consciousness. Well, he says, there is a place you can come to and talk about Gaza. There is a house to talk about Gaza. This is our reality and that of Gaza and the “lighthouse” serves as its home. Gaza represents for him something that requires getting up in the morning and adjusting to it. The dialogue about Gaza is not off the agenda but it’s going nowere… Rami is building within it the recognition that this will change. It’s a matter of time, because there can be no other. Asks himself, does he “love” Gaza despite what comes from there? And replies to himself that the mind does not practice, yet he loves optimism and faith. We do not know much about Gaza. The “noise” that emanates from it merges with the noise that is heard towards it and ambiguity is created. Gaza is an important crossroads in history, it meets the peoples of the world. Gaza’s peace periods are much larger than those of the war. Gaza during his grandfather’s period is the second largest in the area. His grandfather traded between Cairo and Damascus and Beirut and moved to Gaza. Ramy’s father came here 75 years ago. On the way to Be’eri, he would pass through Gaza and load goods into the kibbutz. The road north passed through Gaza. Rami himself sleeps in hotels in Gaza as part of his tourism business. Grandfather, father, himself and even his son met and will meet Gazan people. The road from there can go in any direction. At the moment Gaza is an unresolved story and is paying the price of the “no solution”. The Nakba is the Palestinians’ narrative of the conflict. For Rami the Nakba, it is another point of view on the conflict. Abundant waters create life, and the peoples of the region are thirsty. When the water flows to everyone there will be nothing to fight about … We were: Rami, Shmulik, Hayuta, Nahshi, Oded, Mark, Eili, Amit, Ofir, Tal, Ravid and almost came Maharan … Wrote: Oded.
When I got out of the car, a few minutes before 1:00 PM, a drizzle of rain began in “our” pine grove. I told myself it was a sign from heaven or from Mary and moved to the lower level to settle inside the building. Inside were some cyclists hiding from the rain and refusing to drink coffee. Ramy arrived, and there were three of the riders left interested in a story and coffee, until the bike rental time ran out. They are from Sderot and its surroundings and after hearing a little about us and the greatness of Gaza, they managed to tell briefly about “their” Gaza: everyone in hes unique style sees it as a dangerous and threatening place, most of them agree that there are good and bad ones there as well. These were pedaled on their way and Hanan is already coming, followed by Bella and Malki. We talked about the “Iron Dome” – does the protection it gives us promote peace (fewer casualties and fewer reasons to react aggressively) or vice versa? (Helps to perpetuate the concept of “conflict management”). Then the conversation spread to other districts and it was interesting and important, but I had to leave early, so… See you next week! We were: Rami, 3 riders from Sderot, Hanan, Bella, Malki and Nahshi. Wrote: Nahshi.
Last week, following the escape of the prisoners from Gilboa Prison, I wrote an imaginary summary in which, as an imaginary story, one of the fugitives reached our circle … (the real summary to remind you, published last week by Nahshi). I sent the imaginary summary to a number of readers including Ramy. Today, after we gathered all (Nahshi, Hayuta, Shmulik, Oded, Rami, Malki) in the shade of the pines, wind on our faces and coffee in our hands and no more participants (except Limor who arrived at the end accompanied by the dogs – Nina and Yefet), at this moment, Rami chose to read To our ears the “imaginary summary.” In the circle, a discussion arose around the theoretical issue of “to extradite or to not extradite”: between the two ends – Different possibilities unfolded. After exhausting the possibilities, the discussion shifted to the question of compliance with the law – are there cases in which it is justified not to comply with the law? Comparisons were made to Poles who hid Jews in the WW2, in violation of the law. Situations of non-compliance with traffic laws were discussed in extreme cases and should there be a degree of “logic” and “fairness” in the authorities’s response, enforcing and judicial. The issue of identification with the “enemy” has arisen (I put the word “enemy” between quotes because in my opinion, sometimes there are others who choose the enemy for us …). Does the law ignore the broader context that served as a ground for committing the offense and focus on formulating it only in the interest? From there we moved on to “materials” that affect the process of drawing conclusions for each and every one of us. Quotes were quoted from an interview published in the Haaretz newspaper over the weekend with Yaakov Sharet, an opinion column by Ehud Gera that responds to Michal Weitz’s claims as they appear in her film “Blue Box” was mentioned, the organization “Zochrot” was mentioned as an organization that brings a one-sided narrative of justice. Someone also argued that a “state” is an organization that brings a one-sided narrative of justice, and there was resentment at the comparison. Thus, in the discussion, which, although not conducted in accordance with the rules of the circle, was certainly respectful and attentive, we arrived at four o’clock and each went to his own way. We were: Nahshi, Hayuta, Shmulik, Malki, Oded, Rami, Limor (Nina and Yefet) Wrote: Oded
Between holiday and Saturday, feel like summer is over, there is a pleasant breeze and good air. Only Gaza is still closed and we are here to mention. “We” is Gadir, Jaber, Bella, Malki, Uzi, Oded, Mark, Shmulik and Nahshi. Oded and Uzi spoke about experiences of transporting patients to and from Gaza as part of “The Road to Recovery.” We talked about the escape of the prisoners from Gilboa Prison and the riots it ignited. We went back in history to the Middle East before the political partition and were updated on the situation of the Bedouin in the unrecognized villages. Gadir read posts that influenced her this week and we heard about a meeting from yesterday in which an Israeli woman (Ruby Damlin) and a Palestinian (Bassam Aramin) from the Bereaved Families Forum spoke about the ability to forgive and the exciting personal path each went through. Coffee, snacks, best wishes and that’s it – hope next week there will be more autumn and more peace. Happy New Year! Wrote: Nahshi
Today, after two months and another 21 hours, Roni is back with us! Every week we try to be creative and send an original and seductive photo / invitation on WhatsApps and here, how simple, a message from Roni “I’m coming” and people are flowing from all over to our “Lighthouse” … Rami, who was preparing for a trip to Ein Harod for the celebration of the century (since 1921!), Rejects everything, gets on the first car he finds and arrives. Mary, who does not leave the house if the Ice Age has not arrived, completely ignores the scorching heat and arrives. Noa arrived after maybe a year, Vivian arrived by no means, for the second week in a row. Jaber, who announced at work that Roni is coming and that it is not a topic for discussion at all, collects Radir on the way back from one of the meetings she participates in on the subject of peace / coexistence / inter-religious / women’s empowerment / Wadi Atir (partial list …) and together they reach the lighthouse. Dina and Malki come from the deep south And of course come the regular Nahshi, Shmulik and I who collect Hayuta on the way and spread a rug made from the soil of the desert, on which school chairs and pine trees are embroidered and in the center of the rug embroidered a class table on which are embroidered in various flavors the best hospitality. Roni is not alone: Ovadia – her partner and husband also come with her! 14 woman and man and all thanks to the words “I am coming”! Oh well, circle … Vivian talks about Micha Goodman who argues that we should shrink the conflict and not look for a solution at the moment. It is difficult for him with the moral damage of controlling another people and yet there is currently no solution so one has to invest the energy in shrinking the conflict and reducing the friction. Shmulik says that bridges of dialogue and reconciliation between local populations should be built in every area cell. Hayuta says the combination of the words “humane occupation” has always been contrary to her perception. Today she is more willing to listen. Ronny really missed us. Even during her hospitalization, she continued to handle requests that flowed from Gaza … She is constantly involved in what is happening in Gaza and in constant contact with the people who need it. Regarding requests for donations that flow and the deliberation between donating to a single needy person or donating to an organization, she thinks that help should be given according to ability and requests … We were all happy to see that our donation helped and hundreds of schoolbags were donated and distributed to the needy. Shmulik has something more to say … he believes in connection with people and says “I am reluctant to shrink the conflict” … he counts his personal relations with Palestinians and thinks this is the way to act, the personal connection! Nahshi consulted an expert and heard from him that every week he comes to the lighthouse, the resolution of the conflict approaches at least a week … so he comes every week. Noa: Follows and posts on Facebook. There are several hundred people exposed to our posts every week … her heart is here. Dina repeatedly says that everyone should do the little he can. Was involved in a huge donation project to Gaza. But the frustration is great because for every step forward two go backwards. Every big story starts small and that’s what we do here, but do not progress and do not have to despair, we have to keep going and one day something good will happen. Ovadia: He went up with Roni to “Hill of Good Deeds” and up the road he got a little tired … Usually, on Fridays during these hours he rests, but for Roni (and for us) he’s here today. It matters what you do here, he says, you are pioneers who are on the right path. When those who oppose your opinion join you, you will know that you have done well. His contribution to relations with neighbors was when he was younger in formal and state meetings, but when the supportive state policy disappeared, he had nothing to contribute. Until the age of 15, he studied as an only Jewish student at the Al Zahar School in Cairo. The management told him that it was not possible to do a religious lesson on his own and that he would choose between Christianity and Islam lessons. He went to Muslim religious classes and learned a lot about Islam until the war in 48. When Palestinian deportees arrived in Cairo, hostility began. Thanks to his studies and life with the Muslims, he acquired an ability to understand the Islamic side. There is forgiveness and compassion there, he says. The extremists interpret in a way that suits them and people are dragged. It spoils religion. Need to have a conversation with those who are interested in listening. Vivian talks about an Israeli Palestinian monthly edited jointly by Ziad Abu Ziad and Hillel Shenkar. They held an event this week to promote the involvement of women in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. One participant said that in her opinion it is still not possible to involve Palestinian women in the process. There will be Palestinian anger over the wording of the document because there is no use of the word “occupation” and no opposition to the occupation, And even Palestinian women are not allowed to support such a document. Donate to a young girl who managed to get out of Gaza and needs money to start a new life in Canada (speaking of the dilemma between donating to an individual or to an organization that buys schoolbags for example …) Radir: Comes from a meeting where they talked about how the coronavirus changed lives. How we discovered the zoom … Radir is trying to explore what can be done at this point in time. The people in the area are interdependent. Bennett’s activities are very interesting in her opinion (meetings with King Abdullah in Jordan and with A. Sisi in Egypt). Radir constantly states on social media her grief over all the victims of the conflict and, among other things, expressed grief over the death of the soldier on the Gaza border. She was reprimanded by Jews. But Radir has Jewish companies, some of which have daughters and sons in the army … Too bad for any victim. She is against violence but what will a person who is attacked in his home do? She asks … she wants to show that even in Islam there is opposition to wars. True Islam does not sound enough on the surface. Ovadia say that many people do not understand Radir’s position and that is why relations between the peoples have deteriorated in the last 30 years. Shmulik tells of the way of Rabbi Froman of Tekoa who believed that religion should be the bridge between the peoples. Dina says she lacks the voices that oppose extremists on both sides. Lacking condemnation to extremists, there is a fear of coming out against them.
Jaber joins the views of Radir and Ovadia. We, he says, think we know everything … a lot of respect should be given to the knowledge of Ovadia that comes from study and personal experience. Jaber tells of a special friendship during his childhood with a child sprouting. Today the settlement is fenced and there is hostility among the neighboring populations. We, he says, have increased the hatred, all of us. These are the things I wrote down, of course there were many more, but whoever if you managed to get this far, probably already longing for the end of the summary … Before we parted we dipped an apple in the honey that Mary brought … Happy New Year! We were: Roni, Ovadia, Rami, Vivian, Mary, Jaber, Noa, Malki, Dina, Radir, Nahshi, Hayuta, Shmulik, Oded. Rote: Oded.
Shmulik Nahshi and I. Chairs, coffee, pine shade. Radir arrives with Jaber. We are talking about MK Said al-Harumi, who died of a heart attack this week. Radir, who knew him best from all of us, tells about him and his activities, as well as the masses who came to the funeral. Then came Vivian and Malki. Vivian was this morning at the “Black Arrow” site in front of Gaza, at a meeting of “Women Wage Peace” with Hadar Goldin’s parents who are demanding his return from Hamas in Gaza. “I had a hard time,” Vivian says of the encounter in the black arrow. Last to arrive today were Nomika and Yael. A call from Gaza to Radir’s phone: Radir asks about the contributions to the purchase of school bags. Schooling in the Gaza Strip began in mid-August but even if the schoolbags arrive now it is still fine. For those who do not have a schoolbag at the beginning of the year, they improvised something for the time being, so the schoolbags that will be donated can help. Some of the schoolbags will be donated to a girls’ school, a particularly poor school. Hamas tried to delegitimize one of the activists and it is important for him to show that he continues to act for everyone. To a question asked during the conversation he answers that there are corona vaccines in Gaza and the population cooperates and gets vaccinated (he was vaccinated for the first time 10 days ago). It is important to him that the children who receive the files and their parents know that this is a donation from Israelis. It is also important for him to know that he is still in the field and continues to take care of social issues that everyone needs. He is interested in spending some of the money donated, right now. It is important to him that the donors know that he is using the money for the purpose for which it was intended. Not that he needs permission or anything from the donors, but it is very important to him that we become a kind of partner … Many people in Gaza cooperate with Israelis in various fields. He is actually perceived as a collaborator and for that he is fighting against Hamas. He says that he receives strength from our support and it is important to him that we work together and listen to his requests. He keeps to himself and knows what is good for him. Radir’s mobile goes from one to another and everyone says something to him… in his plans to tour Israel and Egypt and return more strongly to Gaza. “We have known each other for many years,” he says, “and we will continue to work together.” Finally, Yael is sitting with us today for the first time and it requires a “proper circle” … Jaber introduces himself and then says that most of the public does not know about the unrecognized villages so he gives a brief explanation. He goes on to say that still, compared to Gaza, the condition of the unrecognized villages is much better … Radir talks about her roles in the Wadi Atir project, empowering women and various social organizations. She remembers a meeting in 1998 in Gaza. That was the last time she was there. It was a workshop with more Arabs from the region and the world. For Radir, as an Israeli Arab, it is important to be the bridge to reconciliation between the peoples. Vivian also presents her full range of activities over the years in attempts to bridge and bring the peoples together. Malki “Apologies” that she is less active than the others here… the circle keeps her from being disconnected … Gaza is a deep and black pit. The change must happen. You have to act, you can’t be complacent. Shmulik Emphasizes the determination and perseverance of having our meetings. The struggle will lead to change. He’s sure it’s going to happen. Doing his best here in our “lighthouse”, supporting one family from the village of Hizma, helping with olive harvest and other activities in the present as he did in the past and will continue in the future. Nomika thinks that Shmulik is too optimistic and that the change will not happen in his and her shift … Yael says that what our generation wanted and hoped for did not really happen … She was born in a settlement that was evacuated in 1948 from Gush Etzion. The trauma caused her great fear even just of hearing the Arabic language … While working in the Ministry of Education she became acquainted with Arab teachers and There she began her journey of acquaintance with the narratives and with the people. Met good and very interesting people. When she retired, she decided to volunteer at the bilingual school in Be’ersheba. She once read an interview with Zubin Mehta and through the interview became acquainted with “the Road to Recovery” and joined the patient transportation. Today, Yael is making efforts to learn Arabic. Gaza for her is a shocking thing. Pity for the situation of the Israeli Arabs, the feelings towards Gaza are much more difficult. Yael is quite desperate. She does not understand how we see hope here (everyone is trying to encourage her …). Nahshi recalled that at the time of signing the Oslo Accords he worked in a mango plantation of his kibutz and closed a mango sale deal to a Gazan trader with whom he and his family had good relations. So that the Oslo Accords would not be torpedoed because of some terrorist attack, the Gaza Strip was closed. The mango, meanwhile, has ripened on the trees … an agreement has been reached with the trader that Nahshi and his team will pick and deliver the fruit to him at the Erez checkpoint. While transporting the fruit containers at the checkpoint, the broadcast of the signing ceremony began. thay all stop the work, listen to the broadcast and drink coffee together … Nahshi expects that one day all this evil will end and maybe it will happen faster than expected. Meetings like ours are important so that we are ready when peace breaks out … We were this time: Jaber, Nahshi, Radir, Vivian, Malki, Shmulik, Nomika, Yael, Oded. Wrote: Oded.
The sheep congregated in groups in the shade of the few eucalyptus trees between which are sunny areas.
We are in the shade of the pines in our own circle… Hayuta, Shmulik, Nahshi and I arrived a little late (yes, we are trying to pinpoint the time 13:00…) after stopping on the way next to a fig tree laden with fruit.
Soon Rami also arrived and later Malki and Hanan. The first to retire were the sheep who in typical silence disappeared at some point in the circle and forgot to take with them the old “Ford” tractor and the water tank attached to it (in general, the idea of walking around with a sweater in this heat can confuse anyone).
In the circle in the shadow of the pines we continued to bring up topics on the agenda and teach ourselves a little more. Hayuta, as her blessed custom, read a poem she chose to bring to the circle. We also learned that Ramy really understands (also) tourism and hotels buisness and explained to us his doctrine on the subject. From Hanan we learned that the urban kibbutz in which he lives in is a one-time creation with an expiration date…
On the subject of Gaza, (for which we convened…), I brought Ronit Marzen‘s article “The Guggenheim Museum between Gaza and it’s Envelope” (Haaretz, 8/18/21): In the article, Ronit raised and justified the idea of building an art museum at the “seam” between Gaza and Israel. She says in the article that the Guggenheim Museum in the city of Bilbao, the capital of the Basque Country in Spain, has contributed greatly to calming the spirits in the conflict between the Spanish government and the Basques. Here is a quote from the article, “The time has come to look for a solution in the cultural space that allows soft power to be used where the hard military power has failed.” It seems to me that this is what we do, no? We also talked about Rami’s request to participate in donations to the bags project for students in Gaza. A project he is leading with his fellow members of the organization. The project is in progress and you can still join and contribute. That is, in moments like this when no one is traveling in the area, it is important that we’ll be strong between one and four every Friday…
We were: Shmulik, Nahshi, Hayuta, Rami, Oded, Malki, Hanan.
Today, in the circle we sat with the Nabataeans, the Byzantines, the Romans, the Arabs, the Ottomans, the English, human kingdoms, one god and multiplicity of gods. Most of them spoke from Rami’s throat, some were represented by Shmulik and sometimes Rami’s Byzantines argued with those of Shmulik.
I completed the cycle by listening, coffee rounds and hallucinatory musings on the motives that create the human urge to act. As the discerning among us have already noticed, amidst thousands of years of history and entire peoples for their equipment hosted in the circle, we were also three present humans: Shmulik, Rami and I. Like the history that was present with us in its spirit, there were with us in their spirit who’s instinctively remembered on Friday between one and four in the “lighthouse”. Three hours passed like lightning and shook the intellect like thunder, even in the middle of summer… the summary can be long and tedious and to be honest, mostly invented… because I did not record as summary customs during the “circle”. Therefore, I will be content with what has been written so far.
So Today, Friday, Shmulik, Rami and I were here.
Another thing: Shmulik, Hayuta, Nahshi and I met last Sunday, August 8, at the “Lighthouse”, with about 80 youths from the KKL-JNF patrol circles. Guys aged 17-18 from around the country and with them their slightly older instructors. We divided them into two circles with Shmulik leading the conversation in one circle and I in the other. In the middle of both, Nahshi serves rounds of coffee.
Anyone who has recently listened to the way Shmulik and I express ourselves on the JNF issue in the context of the role it played (and still plays) in the Israeli-Zionist conflict with the Palestinians, could have feared the virgin consciousness of young people who had to sit on bare ground and listen to JNF oppressors like us. Well, remove fear from your heart.
We told about the “lighthouse”, about the history of the area, about Gaza, about the English and the Turks, about farmers and soldiers, about one engineer who smelled sulfur, about Rami and Rami and the one and only Roni… We toured inside the factory building, outside for the letters RAF and on the tennis court.
We were asked about our feelings as residents of the area at the sight of the burned fields, our opinion on resolving the difficult situation in Gaza and our opinion about the future in the context of the conflict. An hour and a half in which, I at least, “poured” the information I had accumulated, especially in the three and a half years of “Lighthouse”! (Well, also some knowledge of a pensioner born in the country and the region).
Even after the instructors repeatedly asked to gather the youth back on the buses, small groups continued to gather around us to ask something, say something, know more, gather more insight, clarification and also say thank you. It was Sunday and we were Hayuta, Shmulik, Nahshi and I.