JERUSALEM, ISRAEL. We encourage our members to inspire and carry forward the mission of Zen Peacemakers throughout the world by creating their own bearing witness events in the spirit of the Three Tenets- Not Knowing, Bearing Witness & Taking Action. This Bearing Witness Retreat is as such, a Members-led event. While it is not organized by ZPI, it is affiliated with it. The week-long retreat is facilitated by a team of Palestinian, Israeli, European and American activists and long time Zen Peacemakers members and leaders. Click here to read more about other members-led programs.
Every year the Holocaust day in Israel is commemorated with a siren, heard all across the country. 70+ years past and the nation is mourning, memorializing and reflecting. The Holocaust memorial-day is always the first event initiating the full cyclical narrative of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Exactly a week later, Israel commemorates the Memorial of the soldiers that were killed in the different wars immediately followed by the Israeli Independence day. Like in a mirror, this of course ignites the beginning of the Palestinian tragedy resembled in the Nakba day and the on-going struggle against the occupation and towards an independent state.
Following this narrative, the retreat will start with attending the joint Israeli-Palestinian “Alternative Memorial Ceremony” acknowledging the suffering from both sides and will continue with bearing witness to complexity in which Life and Death, Joy and Suffering, Hope and Fear, Compassion and Aggression, Independence and Victimhood, Religions and Walls – all blend together.
While bearing witness to this complexity, we can derive our hope for a better future based on the co-existence of these two peoples during previous centuries, and acknowledging the closeness of their religions, cultures and languages.
About The Retreat:
The retreat is part of the Bearing Witness retreat movement around the world, where people come together across differences in the mind of Not Knowing, to Bear Witness and let compassionate action arise.
The retreat is an affiliate of ZPI and based on a plunge taken by the international leadership team of the Southern European Circle in April 2018.
Dates: April 27th- May 2nd, 2020
Location: The retreat will be based in the Jerusalem area with plunges taken to bear witness to different voices and sites in the holy land.
Leading circle: Israeli, Palestinian, internationals…including Iris Dotan Katz, Tani Katz, Barbara Wegmueller, Roland Wegmueller, Sami Awad, Rami Efal.
More detailed information to be following soon – To express your basic interest please write to [email protected]
Iris Dotan Katz is an Israeli clinical psychologist, a Buddhist practitioner, a peace activist and organizer working in Palestine, Israel and Sri Lanka, often with her social innovator partner Tani Katz. She has participated in the Zen Peacemakers Bearing Witness Retreats in Rwanda, Black Hills and repeatedly at Auschwitz. Iris is one of the co-organizers of the 2017 Bosnia Bearing Witness Retreat.