Encounter 230 – 5.8.2022

After we dispersed, on the way home on the blocked roads, the familiar message was received about the IDF attacking Gaza. And once again we are in a painful and bloody cycle, in the end we will return to the point from which we started.
So how did we start anyway?
The roads to the sulfur plant are blocked due to threats of gunfire, so we positioned ourselves at the entrance to Be’eri.
Instead of the pine trees, we found a strawberry tree, with the same Gazan wind and a view of the strip from a slightly different angle.
We exchanged experiences on three days of movement restrictions, said goodbye to the citizen Ofek before he enlists in the army and wished him meaningful service in peacetime. So we wished.
Hayuta brought Erez Biton’s book “Seams” and read two poems. There could not be a more accurate choice for a conversation about blindness and wisdom, humanity and cleverness.
Mehran came with his son and we also talked about the situation of the Gazan workers who have already entered and those who are waiting for approval, about the Gazan economy and the employees’ contribution to renewing the personal relationship between the residents of our area.
We tried to talk to our friend from Gaza, without success. Later we received a greeting from him through Gadir.
And so, even though we sat with a qween (Malki) and King (Malik) – we reached the dispersion and the familiar announcement – the continuation of which we can all already sadly imagine.
This time we were: Hayuta, Shmulik, Mark, Ofek, Malki, Mahran, Malik and Nahshi.
Wrote: Nahshi

Encounter 229 – 31.7.2022

The first hour of the circle held today at the Gaza Awareness Lighthouse, near the abandoned sulfur plant in the Be’eri Reserve, I spent this hour in vipasana – silence and introspection.
After an hour Ofek arrived, finally someone to communicate with. As I looked inward and kept silent I discovered that when I am alone I am right in everything I say.
As mentioned, Ofek has arrived. He was in Poland and Germany with two friends. During part of the trip, they visited the extermination camps under the guidance of a Polish, Hebrew-speaking guide. During the trip, Ofek received a message that his enlistment in the army had been brought forward and therefore he would join its ranks in 10 days (from today). He asked me if I would accept him into the circle if he will came in the army uniform.
In contrast to the first hour of silence, this second hour passed in an almost continuous lecture that Ofek had to listen to. He was content with only a small question here and there intended to fuel my lecture. It turns out that I am not only right when I am alone and silent, also when I speak alone and not alone.
Around three o’clock Ofir also arrived (full disclosure, she is my daughter). We talked a bit about Ofek’s upcoming recruitment, Gaza was in the background, it’s there all the time. We came up with a hypothetical thought that Ofek, in his position in the army, would end up in Gaza and meet one of them.
At a quarter past three Maharan called and checked if it was still “worth” coming. He arrived about twenty minutes later. Maharan as Maharan. We stayed until twenty past four.
By the way, in addition to silences and lectures, I also made the coffee and drank it
So this time we were: Ofek, Ofir, Maharan, Oded.
Written by: Oded

Encounter 228 – 22.7.2022

Summer, fewer participants, more sabra fruits for each participant.
We also wanted to bring figs. not yet ripe. A matter of two weeks and the figs will also be hosted in the circle.
In the meantime there are three of us: Shmulik, Moshe and me.
Shmulik says Jaber has been gone for a long time, just stating a fact.
We talk about the affairs of the day, what was written in the newspaper, said on the radio, shared on the networks, seen on television, read in a book.
Jaber is coming.
Ronnie and Vivian too.
Jaber heving difficulties with the course of tour guides in which he participates. Bedouin-Arab-Israeli, you have to memorize and study in a course of guidance that was designed by Zionist Jews/Israelis. He doubts whether he will pass the certification tests.
Vivian places the emergence of a new party at the center of the discussion. At this point the party exists only on WhatsApp. Its initiatives are being tested for scope and feasibility. Roni says she immediately left the noisy WhatsApp group and moved to the quiet group. Moshe and Jaber are (still) not connected and Shmulik is making coffee and he doesn’t have “this device” either. Vivian and I are in the louder group.
I claim that in my opinion such a political party had to arise. There are many civil society groups with similar ideas and they should be united into political power.
Vivian is afraid that this will harm the existing parties and that the left will once again split into pieces.
Shmulik and Moshe say that even on the right there are quarrels.
Shmulik also says that dealing only with the issue of Arab-Jews will not promote a political group.
I also added that I read somewhere that when there are violent conflicts on an ethnic basis, everyone comes together on their ethnic side even if they think the arguments of the opposing ethnic side are right .
Shmulik dismisses “nonsense” and says he supports universal justice.
This is how the discussion continues, sometimes we listen, sometimes we divide and sometimes we unwittingly divide into smaller discussion groups (the large group that contains all of us is 6). This is what a gathering of well-wishers looks like.
Meanwhile, Rami is resting at home and sees in the WhatsApp picture of the invitation that there are sabra fruits on the table. This is his favorite fruit, he texts.
We spent the end of the meeting together with a box of sabra fruits at his house in Be’eri. There for the first time, in today’s circle, the name “Gaza” came up when Rami said “Hello, what is Gaza to you”?
We laughed, we sat, we drank cold water (to remove the coffee’s bitterness) and Rami gave a detailed account of his illness, its rise and fall.
This time we were: Roni, Vivian, Jaber, Moshe, Shmulik, Oded, Rami.
Written by: Oded

Encounter 227 – 15.7.2022

we are back! That is, we reconnected between the head (the “lighthouse”) and the body (the sulfur plant in the Be’eri Reserve). Last week the body went out of its way and lay down on pillows and rugs, in Nuweiba – Sinai, or rather, “Musa Camp” on the Red Sea coast. The return on spending in Sinai came in the form of Gal and Hedi. We’ll get to them soon, it’s just said that the connection was made when Gal and her family also spent time at “Musa Camp”.
Hedi teaches theater at a high school in Hamburg, Germany. a school whose vast majority of its students are Muslims. It came as part of a joint drama project with the theater department at Sha’ar Hanegev High School. Hedi’s parents came from Tunisia and he was born in Germany. He speaks Arabic, English and German. In the community around him live mostly Germans of Arab descent. He loves the collaboration with Gal and Lahav (the founder of the project in Sha’ar Hanegev). Hedi’s mother asked him how it was that from all over the world, he chose to cooperate with Israelis? The corona halted the project a bit. For him, Gaza is the legitimacy that every person deserves for freedom, a reasonable life and fair opportunities.
Gal is a drama and dance teacher at Sha’ar Hanegev High School and leads the relationship with Hedi and his school. Her partner here in Israel, Lahav, has in the past collaborated between high school students in the Sha’ar Hanegev and high school students in Gaza through Rami (whom Gal met with us at Nuweiba Beach).
Gaza for her is a big question. When she was young, she used to walk by the fence with a friend and look out over the “beyond the fence.” She says that when there are war “rounds”, the kibbutzniks migrate to “refuge kibbutzim” far from the fence and the students from Sderot stay at home in the shelters. It is they, who are experiencing the bombings, thinking of those in Gaza who have no protection.
I (Oded), this time I brought an insight I learned in Hillel Cohen’s book “The Year Zero 1929”. After the events of 1929 and about 250 dead on both sides, the British, the rulers of the land, 29 “rioters” were sentenced to death by hanging. 26 Arabs and 3 Jews. In the time leading up to the execution of the sentence, voices (uncoordinated!) Began to rise on both sides calling on the British to pardon the convicts. At the end of the process, “only” 3 Arabs were hanged and the rest were sentenced to prison.
Hayuta appreciates Gal and Hedi’s joint activities. Came mainly to encourage the members of the circle. Tells about A.B. Yehoshua – the first Israeli writer to bring up the conflict in Israeli literature and also proposed a solution. She feels it is difficult for her to act but is encouraged by his books. Presents and tells about his book “In front of the forests”.
Now it’s Moshe’s turn to speak and he says this: I can speak Hebrew and Gal will translate my words into English so that Hedi can understand, but since I also speak Yiddish, I can speak Yiddish because it is similar to German, you decide. Needless to say, for the first time in the history of the lighthouse, a Gaza consciousness was heard in Yiddish. Since there was no one to translate for me, Moshe sent me a summary of his remarks:
“We chose to sit here, almost on the border, because the history of this place is a symbol of coexistence. If it was possible a century ago, then maybe it is possible even today” in Yiddish it sounds even better.
Nahshi have friends in Gaza. He is in touch with them even these days. Nahshi comes every Friday to preserve the memory and hope that the situation can and should change. That’s the little thing he can do. Those who sit with us, surely get something from the circle and that is a good reason to keep coming.
Shmulik says that for him Gaza is a hope that one day there will be a change. The fence will fall and we will live in cooperation with our neighbors.
Malki loves to come here to meet. Here think positive and give hope. But her thoughts, when she is with herself, are gloomy about Gaza. There is some hope here.
Bella says that if we already speak Yiddish, she also has something to say in this language. She tell’s about the chronicle of Bella’s life (born 1938!). She love to get here. Dreaming that the day will come when we can drink coffee with the neighbors. Yesterday she moved close to the fence and thought that here it was happening, they were literally within touching and talking range.
Rami opens and says that space is open and contains us all. He never felt separated from his neighbors. As a child, he and his friends went to the border and there was no fence, only barbed wire. They went through it (and came back to tell). The refugees who returned to take things are remembered by him. They were called “Faday’yn”. Need to do re-vision, re-thinking and maybe go back to the old thinking of a common space. From the beginning, his idea was not just a lighthouse, such a general one, but a lighthouse for the Gaza consciousness. To strive for the existence of a continuous consciousness. Rami is convinced that a great relationship can be created here. Since he got sick, he has been getting a lot of calls from those demanding his safety and many of the callers are asking him if he will come to the lighthouse on Friday. This is proof, he says, that the lighthouse is in the minds of many people even if they do not come physically. Rami thinks that one day we will wake up in the morning and understand that this reality must change, there is no other option. For him it is existential. The current situation is an accident. He compares the condition to his medical condition. It happened and it will be fixed. And all with the help of true love given and received.
Uzi tells about the history of Kibbutz Gvulot. A kibbutz that settled without violence and without taking someone else’s land. Uzi’s birth certificate is written in English because he was born in 1947 in Palestine. He reached Gvulot in 1965. He remembers Gaza from the years before the 1967 war. He also remembers life in Gaza afterwards. Life was more normal. He now feels deep sorrow and a missed opportunity for Gaza. Missing out on both sides. Comes often to the lighthouse, every few weeks. Uzi is optimistic. We have a commitment here but not only we will make the change it more depends on leadership. there’s hope.
Roni is jealous of us that we met Rami in Nuweiba. She was in Crete at the time but at heart with us. She then talks about her relationship with Fatma who participated in Zoom last week. As usual her words are always linked to Gaza through her involvement in the lives of the people there.
Then the conversation continued to roll and we mostly listened to Gal and Hedi. Both recounted the reactions that came mainly from the boys’ parents to their joint activities and mainly due to the exchange of delegations that took place between them. After all, it is not easy for parents of children from the Sha’ar Hanegev to accept their children’s contact with German Muslim boys in Germany, and for parents of Muslim boys it is difficult to get in touch with Israeli Jewish youth in Israel. What’s more, Germany, the country that is more than any other country, deals with the memory of the Holocaust and presents the Holocaust to the Jews in the school curricula. Even in schools where there are a lot of Muslims. An interesting confrontation worth hearing firsthand.
We were this time: Rami, Roni, Hedi, Gal, Uzi, Oded, Moshe, Nahshi, Shmulik, Malki, Bella, Hayuta.
Wrote: Oded

Encounter 226 – 8.7.2022

Nuweiba – where we sat and wept when we remembered Zion (and Zionism).
There Rami sat with us, so we made a circle. For the first time, the “lighthouse” came out of the normal comfort zone and moved to a more comfortable area. Not only did we sit and cry, we were also served cups of coffee and watermelon slices. Like in a lighthouse but here for a change, Shmulik’s hand was not over (coffee) and the mission was successfully performed by Omar, a particularly kind Egyptian who was born in Giza and came to work at Musa Camp, which is the name of the beach where we stayed.
Rami arrived in Sinai before us and was hosted at another beach. He came to meet us here when we arrived, on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday joined us. The meeting was of course particularly exciting.
Rami spoke first in a “circle” held this time in Zoom.
For Rami this is the first time he has been physically present at the Lighthouse with us. He says the situation is very bad there in Gaza and there are many suicides. No employment, no livelihood and no hope. The meeting here is part of an attempt to create connections between people who are willing to help. Rami says it’s hard to act alone and needs a team. He sees the “lighthouse” as such a group. Without personal interests. We need to work together for the great cause. So maybe we’re here to make plans for the future, maybe we’ll meet again in a broader context. It may even be here in Nuweiba. We will invite people from Gaza, the West Bank, Egypt and Israel. The meeting here with Shmulik, Nachshon and Oded gives him a lot of hope and strength.
Rami talked about Gaza and we talked about Rami. Beyond the usual things each of the three of us says and repeats every week, we mostly emphasized our excitement from meeting him.
After us, Ariel from Ramat Gan spoke. Ariel came to the meeting today thanks to his acquaintance with Rami and he also met a few months ago with Rami in Sinai. When asked what Gaza is for him, Ariel replied that Gaza for him is almost exclusively Rami. He greatly appreciates Rami’s work and teachings. Ariel is a musician and filmmaker. He says that Rami’s activities with the young people in Gaza deserve a documentary he plans to make.
Moshe says that he too is excited to see us, his friends from the kibbutz and the “lighthouse” meet face to face with Rami. This, he says, emphasizes the doctrine of Rami Haruvi, which eliminates fences between people. Maybe we will win our generation and maybe only the generation of our grandchildren, that there will be no fence and the connection will be direct.
Limor says that as a child who grew up near Ashkelon, she had contact with Gaza. She too has a dream of seeing Gaza open to the world. She works in Sderot with people who have experienced trauma. In her work she feels sympathy for the suffering of her patients but she also does not forget that for 20 years Gaza is closed and the mind suffers. There is a sense that people are discouraged from dealing with a force stronger than themselves. The meeting with Rami adds hope. And yet when Limor thought it was necessary to invite more people to zoom in, she went through her contacts and realized that 99% of them would not connect. But she wants to end on a positive note and says that despite everything, it is possible, a change can be made.
Fatma, originally from Shuja’iya in Gaza. Her house was destroyed in 2014 by Israeli bombings. Fatma moved to the West Bank and recently married and had a son. She speaks to us in Arabic and her husband sitting next to her translates into English. Fatma does not have a West Bank resident certificate. She has difficulty moving from city to city because of the military checkpoints seeking a certificate. Her father, who lives in Gaza, recently left a hospital, an elderly and sick man, and she can not visit him because they will not let her return home. Muhammad, her husband, says they can not spend the holidays because of the checkpoints. To visit the Strip and so did their baby son .If you visit the Strip, it could leave the baby without his mother. Fatma also had to stop her undergraduate studies (criminology, if I understood correctly) because as a result of the marriage she moved to a different city from the one where she studied and… checkpoints. Saying that it is our mission to enable the mobility of the family as a family, Muhammad adds that this is a broad phenomenon and not unique only to Fatma.
Anna was born in Israel and grew up in Canada. Currently in Bat Yam. Came to zoom through Rami. It’s a little difficult for her to answer about Gaza, naturally it’s a complex matter. It’s great to see such a conversation as we’re having it right now, she says. This seems perfectly normal. Ariel’s initiative for a documentary about Rami’s group seems to her to be a great idea that can also help raise funds.
Malki happy to be a part of this special meeting today. She says everything has already been said and she has nothing to renew. Our capabilities to operate, are quite limited. We try to persevere and hope. To play, listen and converse, it is still possible.
After a round of talking by all, we continued the conversation and Rami emphasized his commitment to continue to act and link joint initiatives on a variety of topics as he has done in the past. There is more power to joint initiatives that come from the people who experience the suffering. The content of the initiatives will be determined by those who initiate them, he sees his role mainly as a connecting person. Nahshi cited as an example the meeting between Rami and Gal, a drama teacher at Sha’ar Hanegev High School, who is also with us here at Sinai. She told Rami that her teaching partner was part of a project of virtual youth meetings between them and Gaza youth, and Rami pulled out the cellphone and showed her videos from the project. She arrived after the project was stopped (Covid) and did not know Rami at the time, and here they meet here in Nuweiba!
At the end we wished a happy holiday to the Muslims among us for whom the day begins Eid al-Adha. Eid Said!
Here is a link to the recording of the meeting
Attended:
In Nuweiba Egypt – Shmulik, Rami, Nahshi, Oded.
In Israel – Ariel, Limor, Anna, Moshe, Malki.
In Palestine – Fatma and Muhammad
Wrote: Oded

Encounter 225 – 1.7.2022

This week’s summary is very similar to last week’s. The differences are subtle.
Four participants this week compared to five last week. The conversation with Rami was longer and more communicative (technically).
There was no watermelon and bread on the table. The rest was similar to the same.
We talked about events that made headlines this week, a little about the history of the conflict and lamented about the “ignorance screen” behind which most of the residents of the area choose to hide. The resemblance to last week (and those before it) was of course also in the great interest that arose from the words of the presences.
Next week, true to what is currently emerging, the orchestra is on vacation, for the first time in 224 weeks:
The tenors in Sinai (duet with the bass from Gaza), the conductor in Crete, the viola in Scotland, the guitarist in Poland (or Germany), the composer is a new Grandfather. The rest of the partnership for harmony in the shade of the pines, in the “lighthouse” on the Sulfur Factory site, are invited to improvise as much as they please.
We will try to organize a concert from Sinai. As usual on Friday between one and four. We’ll try.
We were this time: Roni, Shmulik, Moshe, Oded.
Wrote: Oded

Encounter 224 – 24.6.2022

We talked to Rami. He attended a human rights conference with 160 delegates from Africa, Asia, Europe and also Palestinians. Rami wants to organize a similar and more focused conference on the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also wants, in preparation for the opening of the upcoming school year, to provide shoes for children, in the format of the distribution of schoolbags from last year. That means fundraising of course.
I “dug” again on the book “Year Zero 1929” by Hillel Cohen. I finished reading it and I recommend it to everyone.
Last week, I sent a link to Hillel Cohen Zoom lecture to those who asked (available here on YouTube). Lecture initiated by “Sipur-Hikaya“.
Roni spoke about Hamas’ observation post, which overlooks her home. The Hamas members hung an inscription on it, “Yamit First, then the Netiv-Ha’asara, then the whole country.” A discussion has developed about the weight we give to certain statements, who said them, how important the speaker is and to whom they are intended.
All of this of course does not stop Roni from continuing with good deeds and a blessed relationship with the needy, and there are many.
Ofek said that in the upcoming elections he will vote for the first time in his life. He hesitates and hears nothing from politicians about issues related to complex life in our space. Ofek plans to travel soon with two friends to Germany and Poland – to tour the extermination / concentration camps. They did not travel as part of school and that interests them. I asked him if he had packed a flag to wrap himself in and he said yes. I asked him to send a picture.
We were this time: Roni, Ofek, Oded, Shmulik and Nahshi.
Wrote: Oded

Encounter 223 – 17.6.2022

223 meetings. Over 4 years of “lighthouse” every Friday and still in my immediate family there are those who ask me in amazement, “are you sitting this week too?”. what to say? There are gaps to cross.
Shmulik, Nahshi, Moshe and I collect Hayuta.
Ronny arrives and Ofek too.
Last week, Ofek preferred the Pride Parade over the “Lighthouse”, can you imagine?
Later Malki and Bella will arrive. Bella celebrated her 84th birthday this week! With energies of a 20-year-old.
Then Hanan also arrived, carrying strawberry jam seasoned with black pepper! Goes well with the homemade bread that Nahshi bake every week for our reunion.
Shortly after three o’clock, Maharan and his youngest son (out of four), ten-year-old Malek, arrived.
Random hikers were not interested in the sulfur plant this week, except for a family who passed by us and the man who was driving the vehicle refused on behalf of everyone to stop for coffee.
The coffee, by the way, continues to be brewed by Shmulik who resolutely dispossessed Nahshi and inherited his chair in front of the gas(a).
As usual in a situation where “everyone knows everyone”, all that is left is to try to find hot topics from the last week (longing for Rami who always finds an idea to discuss. Also this week, Rami is in the north with his first grandson. Again, congratulations to Rami, Naomi And the family).
At Roni’s initiative, we tried a new telephone connection with Gaza. For moments it came up, we smiled and waved hello but we really had a hard time having a conversation due to the technical limitations.
I recently found a new “guru”, Hillel Cohen, and I am digging for everyone the latest insights I have gleaned from his fascinating book about the Year of 1929.
Roni occasionally tries to respond to attacks (mostly from me but not only) on “Zionism” and claims that with all her understanding of the Palestinian plight, (and there is no one who has do like Roni to worry and address these plight), she still lacks a step or even a clear statement For their part, about the day the conflict will end.
Hanan read and recounts that part of the Gaza coast has been cleansed of pollutants and is worthy of bathing!
Moshe listens and occasionally illuminates in a precise spot a certain element from the general text.
Shmulik made Coffee and tea.
Hayuta in her book of poems, she looks for a song that deserves to be heard collectively. Not found this time.
Nahshi occasionally retires for a cigarette, taking pictures and being cynical.
Ofek answers questions about his impending military service.
Malki comes because here despair is more comfortable.
Bella is optimistic.
Roni took care to bring this time also a fly repellent and whoever is exposed, spreads.
Everything is run in Shanti until Maharan comes. Maharan’s lecture this time focuses on the historical connection between the al-Huzail tribe and the State of Israel and why it is emotionally difficult for them to be fighters against the plunder of their land by the state, having already given up tens of thousands of dunams since the establishment of the state.
Mahran’s speech brings us to four o’clock.
Survived to tell: Shmulik, Nahshi, Moshe, Hayuta, Hanan, Roni, Malki, Bella, Maharan, Malek, Ofek, Oded.
Wrote: Oded.

Encounter 222 – 10.6.2022

We had previously been to a meeting of “Road to Recovery” volunteers at Kibbutz Alumim. From there, Avi continued with us, so that even 3 hours of “circle” will not be enough to tell about all the activities for acquaintance, rapprochement, completion, education and reconciliation in which he is involved.
Roni told about the continuation of our friends work in Gaza and we almost managed to talk to one of the leaders. We will try again soon.
Rami called and excitedly announced that his first grandchild had been born! We got excited and congratulated.
Before leaving early for another happy event, Oded recounted an experience from one of the last shuttles as part of “Road to Recovery“, when he gathered patients from the Erez checkpoint and was surprised to see several families going out together in festive “Western” attire. He was surprised by the fact that such a natural sight is astonishing in our hallucinatory reality.
Jaber expanded on women’s clothing and cover drivers in the Strip and said that in recent years there has been some relief in enforcing the religious dress code, especially in the residential neighborhoods of major cities.
Dina, who has repeatedly said that everyone should do what they can to promote the good, said that she has returned from volunteering with Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and that she is soon going on a similar project in Poland.
We were this time: Roni, Oded, Shmulik, Avi, Dina, Malki, Jaber and Nahshi.
Wrote: Nahshi

Encounter 221 – 3.6.2022

I do not have a brilliant introduction, so I’ll go straight to the spokespersons
A Chinese couple studying in Israel are sitting with us. We will get to them later, but it requires carving English words.
I jumble in spoiled English, explain about us and answer the research question – what is Gaza for me. I also answer: neighbors, suffering, desire to act, etc. – all the things I usually say and have become an unwelcome routine.
After Ofek speaks Eglish and briefly vigorously: Gaza for ofek is a place where people live. He can sit down to eat a watermelon (we brought a first watermelon of the season…) and feel free. He wants it for them too. So simple, so true.
Moshe says that the events that are happening here, parades of various kinds (also in universities) are legal and legitimate actions, including the hoisting of the Palestinian flag. Demonstrating against him is pretty stupid. Moshe saw the demonstration that took place at Ben-Gurion University. The “students” who demonstrated against the Palestinians first flag were for the most part young children wearing kippahs who came from outside. Feels unpleasant towards the Israeli-Palestinian students. The purpose was to cause discomfort to the Palestinians. The overall picture is difficult and complicated and it is difficult to separate the components of the complex. This should also provoke thought about Gaza.
Bella passed the age of 80 and saw many things in her life, Good and bad. Gaza is like a POW camp where the people cannot change their lives. Maybe we’re actually captives too, she muses.
For Malki, Gaza is a black pit and despair. Malki, like the rest of us, wants a common space. A normal life for everyone. There they have no life like ours. They have no light at the end of the tunnel and it is discouraging and has no solutions. Came here to be encouraged. The situation is neither good nor improving. It’s not just Gaza. As Moshe said, it is big and complicated.
Nahshi was born in the neighborhood of Gaza and lives next door to this day. There are also opportunities in Gaza, he says, that with good relations can benefit everyone. Beach, market shopping and commercial life. Now instead we have hostility and missiles. Nahshi prefer to see that there is a horizon. The situation must be better, he says. Our life here is a fact and we need to be prepared for the change that will come. He is sure that change will come, in a pleasant or painful way. The substitute is a war scenario. Came here because of the coffee and friends. Know that in Gaza they know about us and appreciate it.
For Shmulik, human rights in Israel and abroad should exist and he works for this. It is important for him to come and listen to the opinions of others. Hoping for better times and committing to making the most of it
David comes from China. He is a student, here in Israel. An archeology, history and Bible student. In China the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is what is presented in the media. Because of his stay here he is more interested and also took a tour along the border with a guide who was a civilian security guard. Did not know and did not plan to reach the circle. After hearing us he think that we are doing an important educational action. They had lectures on how Gaza has deteriorated. People in Gaza are like all the other people in the world. Hamas makes them live badly. There must be an opportunity for change. There is a physical barrier but the internet allows Contact: See profile of a young woman in Gaza who does not talk about war but about love and a good life.
Yanan is a student at the Hebrew University. I have known Yanan for about 5 years because she volunteered in our Kibutz. I told her a long time ago about the “lighthouse” and today, on her way to celebrate “Shavuot” with us, she decided to stop in our circle. Yanan says that she has’nt experienced missels alarm with all the accompanying effects that result from it. what is interesting to her is the fact that after Whatever we absorb from Hamas, there are still people who hope for normalcy with them. Her point of view is more liberal and open.
Bella asks what is happening that the country is constantly in decline ?
Rami says that the country is not going down – but going in a different direction: in the direction that it is going, it is in great advanced – national, nationalist, a large majority driven by faith. Admittedly, the struggle for the Land of Israel has not been decided but “they” are very advanced. Rami also adds that Oded thinks we are a silent majority, but he, Rami, thinks we are a stupid minority.
We were this time: Rami, Bella, Malki, David, Yanan, Ofek, Nahshi, Shmulik, Oded, Moshe.
Wrote: Oded.