Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | News
I'm off on travels again and back to Israel to work with the fantastic organisation Hand in Hand. I wrote a feature on Hand in Hand a year or so ago for Readers Digest in the UK. The organisation were pleased with the images that I took to accompany my piece for the magazine. So much so that they've kindly asked me to come and document their 5 schools in Israel for their communication purposes. Here's some background to the organisation: Hand Schools were founded in 1998 by Amin Khalay and Lee Gordon, two educators, one Arabic and one Jewish. Observing that the two communities of Arabs and Jews in Israel live segregated and polarize the society, they set out to counter this with the creation of a shared bilingual learning experience for Jewish and Arab children to foster a spirit of national co-existence. Hand in Hand Schools have two teachers in each class conducting all lessons in Hebrew and Arabic. The schools are a 50/50 mix of cultures. Muslim, Jewish, and also Christian religious festivals and holidays are all observed and each cultural traditions and beliefs are given equal weight in the classroom. The Jerusalem campus is their flagship offering education from kindergarten through to graduation. All schools are fully recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Education and students regularly outscore their peers in Israel’s matriculation exams and attain a higher rate of college attendance. They present integrated teams within sporting events and promote adult education programs geared to learning the two community’s languages, customs and traditions. These ex-curricular activities are unique in Israel and aimed at nurturing broader public and social inclusion. Caption for Image: Wadi Ara Hand in Hand teachers Shuli Kelin and Amina Tamne get in the end of year spirit while dancing to Soul Controls song 'Choco, Choco, Cholate." A very popular number with the staff and pupils.
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“Every generation must fight the same battles again and again. There’s no final victory and there’s no final defeat”
– Tony Benn
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The AfD which is active with in the country i now live,Germany, has in recent times been pushing an adgenda of re evaluating Germany's WW2 past and the rise of Naziism from 1932 till its collapse at the end of WW2.
A speech by Björn Höcke, the AfD’s state leader in Thuringia:" “Germans are the only people in the world who plant a monument of shame in the heart of the capital." A reference to the Holocaust memorial within Berlin: He then went on to say that; (Quote direct from New York Times article) “German history is handled as rotten and made to look ridiculous” — a subtle but clear reference to guilt for the Holocaust and other Nazi war crimes — the crowd responded by chanting, “Deutschland, Deutschland.”
This laid the ground work for the coming together of Europes Far Right (I remember when these organisatins were just referred to as Fascist, maybe we should all return to calling them what they are)and its gathering with in Germany.
Some 3 thousand demonstrators gathered in Koblenz, Germany to protest against the gathering of Europes Far/Alt right political parties at a summit in the city on the 21st of Jan. The demonstrators were drawn from varied political parties and trade unions and church organisations with in Germany.
In these troubling times of the rise of fascism we should do well to remember:
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
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I was very pleased to receive and undertake this portrait assignment as Peter is a fascinating chap, from Wikipedia:
Peter Wohlleben is a German forester and author who writes on ecological themes in popular language.In his 2015 book about natural forests, Das geheime Leben der Bäume, he takes the perspective of the trees, much as Jacques Cousteau took the perspective of the inhabitants of the oceans. He uses storytelling to convey information from the scientific literature in a manner that echoes Nikko Tinbergen's writing on animals, or Carl Sagan's writing and public presentations about astronomy. Among other phenomena, this book introduces for a popular audience the "Wood-Wide Web", through which nutrition and signals are exchanged among trees.
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