Photograph above, taken in Cochin, Kerala, India: A mosque, synagogue and Hindu temple next to each other.
“But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. And if it is cast out there, then no act, no pact, no treaty, no organization can hope to preserve it…So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people.” John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
DeadSeaNet in Progress:
ON THE EDGE OF LONG STANDING CONFLICT AND IN THE EYE OF THE EVER POWERFUL STORM
In partnership with the Physics and Geophysics and Planetary Science Departments of Tel Aviv University and leaders from different religious and ethnic backgrounds from around the world, ICfC is helping to contribute to the effectiveness of a trans-state project in the natural disaster and conflict prone Middle East. For over a decade, the ICfC has trained leaders to foster cooperation and community development in areas around the world torn asunder, where identity and interest based conflicts, pained memories and the lost opportunities from these intractable conflicts lead to more violence, displacement and instability. Beginning August, 2012, the ICfC will conceptualize and organize the ongoing workshops and trainings for the scientists and environmentalists, the educators and youth leaders, the policy planners and officials involved in the work of this new network.
Our partnership is bringing together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli scientists and environmentalists. These scientists are sharing their ideas and research orientations and joining in the use of the most advanced technologies to foster cooperation and understanding to assure sustainable development for the unique Dead Sea Ecosystem, its inhabitants and beyond. Our new platform is called DeadSeaNet.
DeadSeaNet will quickly be recognized as a good example of “21st Century Statecraft,” notes Professor Gilles Hillel Wust-Bloch, founder of DeadSeaNet and Professor of Seismology of Tel Aviv University. “This will be launched in a region of the world that is better known for its tribalism and intractable conflict, our supporters note with no small measure of optimism. We are proud to be joined in this challenging endeavor by the International Center for Conciliation, with its experience, its humanistic and culturally sensitive approaches.”
We and our partner organizations hope to build on the platform of scientific research, education, and policy analysis “Cultures of Peace and Productivity.” We will train leaders of different ages and from different backgrounds. In our cross-border work and in extending our partnerships to universities, corporations and governments, we will develop, procure and distribute the technologies, trainings and experiences that foster professional and civic cooperation. Ultimately, we will strengthen practices and policies that save lives.
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