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#EUDialogues: Mediterranean hybridization

Since Frans Timmermans – First Vice President of the European Commission – came to Syracuse (September 1, #EUDialogues the Greek Theatre), we took courage, starting to setting positive actions for inter-religious dialogue between philosophical and non-confessional organizations.

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The memory of Shimon Peres, President of Israel (shown here in the center of the picture with, to his right, the PLO leader Yasser Arafat and to his left Yitzhak Rabin, together in the act of receiving the prize Nobel Peace Prize in 1995 in the Oslo Accords reason), this is another help to revive the thought that a different balance in the Middle East is possible. Unfortunately, today the harrowing truths are the conflicts that tear Syria and threatening the peace in Libya, Algeria and Tunisia. Notwithstanding, there is no other way to take action that can be sustained and convergent, if not that of dialogue which, even more than politics, should be on the level of culture and values.

samaritansWith this understanding, we have recently organized – together with the Knights of Damon and Pithyas, INFORUM Association – a workshop on the intermediary role of the Samaritans – October 25 in Catania and 26 in Syracuse – with Beyamim Sedaka, president of the Community of the Samaritans, which offered an interesting perspective on another way of understanding Judaism than the dominant rabbinic tradition. The Samaritans in fact express a historically founded distinct position that, although now seems smaller compared to the hegemony of rabbinic Judaism, is manifested very relevant for its great capacity for tolerance, openness, modernity in tradition. It is not to be forgotten that the Samaritans (ie that part of the people of Israel who, after the destruction of Solomon’s Temple, identified their capital in Samaria), they living today partly in the State of Israel (in particular, in the city of Cholon, south Tel Aviv) and partly in the so-called West Bank (Mount Garizim). This special condition of “people of the two sides” confers to them a special status in the Israel ID. That is, beyond the wall of Jerusalem, something which constitutes one of those  hybridized realities  contributing to dialogue and mutual understanding.

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This premise has created, as a natural continuation of this laboratory for dialogue, the new round of the November 3, specially focused on the size of the hybridized cultures leverages trying to probe a multi-faceted, varied Mediterranean identity. Starring Suzana Glavas and Michele Gazich, the debate will start from a connecting section between Sicily with Croatia through these “Mediterranean networks” – right through secret ties that Israel Samaritan always in dialogue with the Arabs and with the Greeks – for business, for culture, knowledge and tradition – carries  that make poetry, art, music and allow us to grasp, with the modern sense and future prospects, the sense of continuity and of belonging, far beyond the economic conveniences of power too often to the detriment of concrete persons.

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Shimon Peres and the Mediterranean dream

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Shimon Peres, in the middle. At his right: Yasser Arafat. At his left: Ytzhak Rabin. The pic shows them while receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in reason of the Oslo Accords

The news about the death of Shimon Peres involve not just the memory of an eminent personality, but something more, which is intimately related with the Mediteranean destiny.

Thinking of Shimon Peres, the mind goes to the memory of an important season, at the end of XX century, when it was legitimate to hope for a general pacification of the Mediterranean.

Very young but yet very present, politically active since the early time of the founding of the modern state of Israel, Peres has been the custodian of the continuity of governments which leaded the Israeli policy. When it seemed to start a season lesser marked by security problems, when it really seemed that the Mediterranean could become  a “free trade area” (as it was said by the documents of that time, implying, if not institutional union like Europe, at least a trade integration area), at that time Peres had the lucidity to accommodate and support the choices of his colleague (and rival) Yitzhak Rabin.

The “Oslo Accords” of 1993 between Israel and the Palestinians, with the mediation of the United States, had enabled him to imagine a new dimension of balance and integration of the Mediterranean countries. Rabin had been the herald of this policy, with the indefatigable Peres support.

The death of Shimon Peres marks today the moment within the collective consciousness closes the eyes to a waking dream that has not become true, and yet it remains the polar star to follow for those who, secularly and rationalist, believes in a fairer world. Even more than so, for the few spiritualists who see the transcendental reason of Israel and understand its spiritual role.

For these reasons, with the memory of Peres, we deem it is important to recall the Rabin’s last speech Nov. 4, 1995 in Tel-Aviv. These are the words: “Permit me to say that I am deeply moved. I wish to thank each and every one of you, who have come here today to take a stand against violence and for peace. This government, which I am privileged to head , together with my friend Shimon Peres, decided to give peace a chance. That will solve most of Israel’s problems. I was a military man for 27 years. I fought so long as there was no chance for peace. I believe that there is now a chance for peace, a great chance. We must take advantage of it for the sake of those standing here, and for those who are not here-and they are many. I have always believed that the majority of the people want peace and are ready to take risks for peace. In coming here today, you demonstrate, together with many others who did not come, that the people truly desire peace and oppose violence. Violence erodes the basis of Israeli democracy. It must be condemned and isolated. This is not the way of the State of Israel. “

It is hard to say, but Yitzhak Rabin was not murdered by a Palestinian terrorist, or by some terrorist Islamic organizations: Yitzhak Rabin was killed with three shots fired gun by Yigal Amir, an Israeli extremist of  extreme right, with the shadow of the complicity of the secret services that, of course, it has never been ascertained.

Shimon Peres continued his brilliant career, coming to be elected President of Israel, June 13, 2007, holding the office until  July 24, 2014.

Today, on the day of his departure, friends and opponents greet him with equal respect. Opponents, not enemies. Shimon Peres was a man too intelligent to have enemies. We hope that our greeting may reach our Readers with the meaning of the hope that in these dark days for the Middle East, the North Star may shine with the light of the everlasting idea of Israel as “Light to the Nations”, bringing the torch of the civilization lighthouse to extend rights for the whole world.

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