In connection with Jerusalem
Rob Schrama in Jerusalem 2015-2018
Photo: Dida Mulder
We should be aware of our own responsibility for the world. Doesn't it become time to intervene ourselves? It is now the moment in the world history, that humanity can transcend its conscience as citizen to a higher level. We must realize that we ourselves have the strength to interfere, to stop the violence in the world. A new kind of Renaissance; an era of Peace and Enlightenment lies ahead. You yourself can reach that, by bringing peace in areas where war dominates.
To bring closer the step to peace on earth, the realization of peace between Israel and the Palestinian people will be the most important event for solving the conflicts in the entire Middle East. So I would like to share with you what I did and do in Jerusalem as a peacemaker and what my intentions are for the coming future.
I choose to follow the Path for Peace and I especially walk this path in Jerusalem, where I, coming from the Netherlands, help to initiate all kind of special events which contribute to the peace process. Many men and women are already walking the same direction; by choosing to live in love, instead of in hatred. We are all One, united in Love, and we could even win elections too! Let us start in Israel and in Palestine!
The shift will start in Jerusalem. That is the city where we have to focus on. And we need all the help from citizens from all over the world to join us. I call upon everyone to come to Jerusalem, come with many and bring warmth and energy to this city. Utilize your holidays to supply a contribution to this mission for peace.
1. Jerusalem Hug
Since 2007, a group of peacemakers from Jerusalem and from abroad initiate every year the Jerusalem Hug. This year the Jerusalem Hug has been hold for the eight time, on June 23th. Many hundreds of people embraced the Old City of Jerusalem. Israelis and Palestinians as well as peace lovers from all over the world walked hand in hand around the city walls, sharing their wish for peace and their love for Jerusalem.
What connects the Palestinians with the Israelis in Jerusalem is their common love for the Old City, being a sanctuary for both Jews and Muslims. With the Jerusalem Hug we create an experience of peace, giving a taste of what it means to live together in love, unity and harmony.
In 2015 we will organize the Jerusalem Hug again. We do not have planned the date for it, yet, but the Jerusalem Hug will take place somewhere during the period of the end of May and the beginning of June. We, the organization team of the Jerusalem Hug, are calling up the world for a pilgrimage to the Holy City, to participate in the Jerusalem Hug 2015.
All people in the world are invited to travel to Jerusalem to help to get the city transformed into a City of Peace. Everyone could be part of this extraordinary change and participate in what is going to happen. Let us embrace the Old City of Jerusalem, and their Palestinian and Israeli inhabitants as many times as necessary, till all walls in the hearts of the people will be opened for love, forgiving and respect for all people who are living in the Holy Land. Jerusalem is the most perfect place for bringing together a critical mass of peace loving participants to achieve this shift.
More information? www.jerusalemhug.org
2. Pa-il; The Federation Palestine-Israel
The Pa-il” movement (pa-il means “action” in Hebrew and Arabic) has a complete new perception for the future: not a One State, not a Two State Solution, but a combination of both: a Three States for Two Peoples in One Land Solution. What does it mean? The three states are two states in one, two non-territorial nation-states federated in one supranational federation, which is sovereign on the Land, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
The federal state should be supranational to prevent that the two federated national states will be forced to become one nation. The national states should be non-territorial to allow every citizen to live wherever he wants, and to vote yet for his own national parliament.
The Right of Return of Palestinian refugees and the Israeli Law of Return will be respected in the same way. Jerusalem will have a special status as capital of the Federation.
Many peace workers from Israel, Palestine and from western countries embrace the ideas of Pa-il, including myself. People from outside Israel and Palestine can also join this movement, and propagate their ideas and goals abroad.
Preparing a shift in Jerusalem does also mean that Pa-il should participate as the Federation Party in the coming elections in Palestine planned for 2015, (parliamentary elections) and Israel in 2017 (parliamentary elections) and in 2018 (municipal elections). The emergence of young people in the last election was always very low, both in Palestine and Israel. The young generation do not share the same ideals anymore where their parents and grandparents believed in. They will be definitively open for a change now! They eager to get more hopeful perspectives for a better life and coexistence with their neighbors and want to get rid of the existing political parties who were not able to find solutions for decades.
More information: www.pa-il.org
3. Professor at the Al Quds University
In cooperation with the Pa-il movement, we could initiate special events for peace and reconciliation for Palestinians, Israelis and international visitors, where everyone will get the experience of living in peace and oneness, like we demonstrate already with the Jerusalem Hug. We need to generate so much good-will and involvement, that the young generations of Palestine and Israel will vote away the old establishment! Pa-il should become a politic factor of importance, in both societies, in order to be able to prepare the shift in Jerusalem.
After an election victory of the Federation Party in Jerusalem, it could be quite simple to implement decentralization of governance and power. The various communities in the city, including Muslims, Christians, Orthodox and Secular Jews, Arab Israelis, Palestinians, Armenians, are living already relatively separate in their own neighborhoods and districts, which could get their own control. Jerusalem could be the first city, where as a political exceptional position, the ideas of a Federation Palestine-Israel can be carried out and developed. I would be glad to become able to go through this experiment too, contributing my experiences as an action artist.
There will only grow peace between the people of Palestine and Israel, if Jerusalem will be an open and free accessible area for Israelis as well for Palestinians. The entrance to the city is limited for inhabitants of the West Bank. Palestinians who are not inhabitants of East Jerusalem need to have permission to pass the wall that separate their territory with Jerusalem. A free accessibility to Jerusalem can only become realized when the mutual fear and suspicion between Palestinians and Israelis has been transformed into faith, hope and reconciliation. Unusual and unexpected methods might help to make that happen. For that purpose I have developed the Jerichon.
Since 2010 I am working out this idea, in Jericho, in cooperation with the authorities and inhabitants of Jericho and with the support of peace workers from Europe, participating in the annual Healing Conference, initiated by the Dutch author and healer Ton van der Kroon. The Jerichon has been welcomed by international sport federations, especially by long distance runners from Palestine and Israel.
The Jerichon is a long distance run from Jericho to Jerusalem. The distance is about the same as the traditional marathon and is modeled on the latter. However, the big difference is that the run is not meant purely for marathon runners but also for those not so well trained individuals who can cover the distance at their own rate and time. Therefore the Jerichon might be seen as a kind of pilgrimage to the Holy City.
The Jerichon will surely be a challenge for long distance runners. The course is heavy; it will be a journey of suffering and hardship, for everybody who is making this exceptional trip. That is why the Jerichon is suited for all those who wish to take the suffering of his nation upon their shoulders, thus embodying in a symbolical way the idea of lightening these burdens in Jerusalem. A journey to redemption.
Halfway the route of the Jerichon, at the spot where the path along Wadi Qelt hits the Separation Wall, a peace camp will be built up. Circus tents and performing stages will facilitate acrobats, dancers and musician to encourage the participators to continue their quest to Jerusalem. On both sides of the Separation Wall artists and constructors will start to build a bridge of pallet wood, under supervision of international representatives of the fields of sport, art, music and spirituality.
The intention of the Jerichon is to create such an atmosphere of affection, understanding and trust in the general opinion in Palestine and Israel, that there could come a specific moment in time that the participants of the Jerichon will be allowed to cross this Reconciliation Bridge, as a ‘Gateway’ to Jerusalem. This could only be possible under save circumstances, which however could be created when many peace loving participants on both sides of the wall will be present and the Jerichon will be covered by the international media.
The Jerichon will be a journey of reconciliation and forgiveness; of the letting go of suffering and taking hold of understanding. And of course, the finish should be situated on top of the Temple Mount, the ultimate location to obtain salvation for all the people and for the city of Jerusalem. Here, we could practice the same method as with the Separation Wall, and bridge the problem to get a direct access to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Instead of going through, we could cross over the locked Golden Gate, by creating a Golden Bridge to the Temple Mount.
More information: www.jerichon.org
5. Pyramid of Light
The Pyramid of Light will appear after dark above the old city of Jerusalem. From the angular points around the city wall of Jerusalem, four powerful laser beams will shoot their fluorescent green rays into the universe. They will cross each other at a height of more than 800 meters.
From far and wide the rays can be seen and will attract the observers towards it. Three of the Pyramid of Light’s laser beams represent the world religions that consider Jerusalem their holy capital; the fourth beam stands for all of the other religions in the world that regard Jerusalem as a holy spot on earth. The beams of light will connect Earth with Heaven, mortality with eternity, humanity with God.
The old city as a whole is a Temple of God; a centre for all religions and for all people in the world. That is what the Pyramid of Light symbolizes: We Are All One and Jerusalem stands open for All of Us. The laser beams create a sacred place to gather underneath. Exactly below the top of this light sculpture, at the crossing of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Armenian districts, the Rooftop Promenade is located. These rooftops will be accessible for everyone who wants to share his love and understanding for humankind with others. The inhabitants of the Old City will be asked to open the rooftop of their houses to invite visitors for a prayer together and for a cup of tea under the beams of the Pyramid of Light.
Coherent declared me to be interested to produce and sponsor a very powerful laser set of 4 lasers for the pyramid in Jerusalem. So, the Pyramid of Light could appear as a permanent feature above the Old City of Jerusalem! A few months ago, I was able to offer a picture of the Pyramid of Light to the Mayer of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat. I told him about the generous offer of Coherent to sponsor the lasers. In October this year I probably get the opportunity to continue my negotiations with the municipality of Jerusalem again.
Coherent also wants to produce and sponsor an extra powerful laser set for Pyramids of Light in all other cities in the world that will support the Pyramid of Light of Jerusalem with a laser pyramid in their own city. This with the proviso that every participating city will be responsible for travelling costs and accommodation for the artists and technicians and will provide for a small budget for this event.
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London Frankfurt Cape Town
The Pyramid of Light will be an essential completion for the transformation of Jerusalem into a City of Peace: a Grand Final of Light, to create a Holy Land for the people of Palestine and for the people of Israel. When real peace in Jerusalem will be realized, then we will be able to engineer peace in the entire world.
More information: www.pyramidoflight.org
By recognizing their rights, Sunnis and Shiites, Kurds, Armenians, Yezidis and Copts could get a chance to be independent in their own habitats and to form a federation with other nations. This could result in changes of the borders of today, in order to balance a turbulent past.
The coming year I primarily will continue to focus myself on Israel and Palestine, especially on Jerusalem, because there the chance to realize a shift into the human history will be the greatest.
The situation in Gaza, however, I do not forget. That's why I also breed on creating an event for the people in Gaza who spent so many years under the siege. They also should get a gateway to Jerusalem. Just like Jericho will get with the Jerichon. Gaza needs a strong idea, effective and attractive for both Palestinians, Israelis and internationals. Gaza needs the Gazarally.
Gaza has been a crossroads for caravans from Cairo to Jerusalem through the centuries; a route of more than 700 km. Maybe it's a good idea to organize a car rally between the two cities. A rally with old-timers, perhaps with old trucks too, in which the Allied countries liberated Europe at the end of the 2nd World War, bringing the starving people food and material. Often the chauffeurs and owners are wealthy adventurers who can afford rallies with their old-timers worldwide and who have an extensive network available that will be helpful for the reconstruction of Gaza.
The Gazarally should be a rally for charity and for reconciliation. After Gaza the Gazarally will continue their peace trip to Jerusalem. Who and What the rally drivers will take with them to Jerusalem from Gaza to be worked out. Perhaps You, reader of this article, have ideas about further development of the Gaza Rally? I would like to hear it from you! Share it with all of us. Let us realize the Gazarally!
Amsterdam, August 2014
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SCHRAMA MADE A SPECIAL ATTEMPT TO PROMOTE PEACE WHEN HE WAS IN JERUSALEM
JUST WHEN THE PALESTINE INTIFADA STARTED.
We also held discussions about the situation in Jerusalem.
Because we used a
“speaker staff,” everybody got the possibility to tell his
or her story, without being interrupted. From the beginning we attracted
a great deal of attention and many people joined our circle, Arabians,
orthodox Jews, yes, even police officers and soldiers. In this way we
were told the most horrible witness stories.
before the people would leave the mosque we started with a silence session.
And yes indeed, on the other side we heard the roaring and raging of a
flood of falling rocks and the first series gunshots.
Immediately I heard the barking out of orders and the spectators were removed from our small square the hard way. Carefully people cleared the way along our deathly quiet circle, obeying the order and the pushing of the soldiers. The most remarkable – but also by me unexpected – thing happened: the soldiers as well as their officers respected our group and left us meditating. It almost looked like they protected us just as we protected them. It felt as an unspoken form of solidarity. And while the booming of heavy artillery and the firing of gunshots was heard everywhere around us, no shot was fired by “our” group of soldiers.
twenty minutes it suddenly was deadly silent everywhere around us. There
was nothing to hear at all anymore. I opened my eyes and looked at the
amazed soldiers who looked over the parapet to the big square near the
Wailing Wall. It was abandoned. “The soldiers have withdrawn,”
told the officer in charge. “The violence is over.”
In the autumn of the year 2000 Rob Schrama was a guest at the Academy of Jerusalem, an organization of enlightened spirits from the whole world who offer solutions for an undivided, peaceful coexisting Jerusalem as capital for Palestine as well as Israel. Both illustrations show a vision of the future for this city by the founder of the Academy of Jerusalem: Dr. Jitschak Hayut-Man.
You can find more information on this website:
Dr. Jitschak Hayut-Man : www.