Feb 14, 2009

Thinking about Peace with Popoki: Palestine

About 40 people attended this meeting. We began with thinking about peace through a reading of the peace picture book, Popoki, What Color is Peace? in Hebrew, Arabic and Japanese. For many of the participants, this was their first time to hear Arabic or Hebrew, and everyone enjoying listening to the new sounds.

We then viewed the film, ‘Rainbow,’ a documentary about Operation Rainbow, an Israeli attack on the Gaza that occurred in May 2004. The film depicted the struggle for life and survival of the Palestinians living under occupation, showing their grief and suffering. Before viewing the film there was a brief explanation of the historical and geographical situation. The film was followed by a discussion.

One question that was addressed was what we can do to create peace, and we engaged in a lively discussion. We hope that everyone who attended gained some ideas about what they can do, and will put them immediately into action.

Thanks to all who attended.

(From the Kobe YMCA)