Israel celebrates Independence Day with style of peace

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The Emirates News Agency publishes information gadgets in a number of languages. And as of some days in the past, Hebrew is one in all them. For Israelis, it’s a unprecedented supply of knowledge to familiarize themselves with their new pals within the Middle East. This, along with the official Twitter account of the Emirati Embassy in Tel Aviv, allows Israelis to be taught firsthand and in Hebrew what their Emirati pals are eager about, how their society capabilities and what their hopes are for the longer term.

And this works each methods. Head of the Israeli mission in Abu Dhabi Eitan Na’eh makes certain to ceaselessly put up messages in Arabic. Clearly, each side need to get via messages of peace between societies, not simply between governments.

This need for peace between peoples and societies was concretely manifested April 4, when Morocco’s Ambassador to Israel Abderrahim Beyyoudh participated on the Mimouna celebrations within the southern city of Yeruham. Beyyoudh arrived to the occasion — celebrated by Jews of Moroccan origin — dressed within the conventional Moroccan apparel. He then addressed the general public in native Moroccan-Arabic. “Do you understand me?” he requested the members, who nodded vigorously in approval. Some of them have been born in Morocco, others had heard since childhood their dad and mom and grandparents speak within the language of their homeland.

Yeruham’s Mayor Tal Ohana posted on Facebook after the occasion, “Sharing with you the adieu words [of Beyyoudh], the beginning of a wonderful friendship, of a very special person, thanking you all for the warm welcome you offered him.”

In one other signal of rapprochement between civil societies, Bahrain and the Emirates held this yr, for the primary time, ceremonies marking Holocaust Memorial Day. The small Jewish group in Manama held a ceremony in a synagogue just lately renovated on the initiative of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. A comparable ceremony happened in Dubai.

Another occasion was that of the Israel-Is association for bringing younger Israelis to the world, which held final week a four-day convention in Dubai, inviting influencers from each international locations to fulfill and join. “Yesterday we launched Israel-Is influencers conference in Dubai, with dozens of social network influencers from Israel and the Emirates. These participants have together some 15 million followers from both countries! This is an enormous achievement with an impact which is hard even to explain — 15 million people who see and hear that true friendship could be built out of this peace. The influencers help transmitting the importance of peace for the two peoples, creating a better image of unity,” the group posted on Facebook April 6.

Connecting societies goes to totally different locations. On March 15, the Israeli Shalva music band, comprised of musicians with particular wants, carried out with musicians from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Together, they sang and performed Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” in a message of unity and peace. The occasion celebrated 31 years for the institution of Shalva, with Emirati ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba as visitor of honor.

“The UAE shares Shalva’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people with disabilities. In the UAE, those with intellectual disabilities or special needs are referred to as people of determination, in recognition of their achievements across different fields. The collaboration to create the special rendition of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ demonstrates how we must all continue to work together — regardless of nationality, religion or culture — to promote positive social change and foster more inclusive societies,” stated Otaiba, one of many architects of the 2020 Abraham Accords.

Several Israeli singers have already carried out within the Emirates and in Bahrain, however there are additionally quite a few collaborations with artists from each side. Shortly after the signing of the Abraham Accords final yr, Israeli singer Elkana Marziano and Emirati artist Walid Aljasim produced “Ahlan Bik” (“Hello You”), celebrating normalization. The clip that accompanied the music was shot individually in Dubai and Tel Aviv. Success was quick, with the clip getting greater than one million views.

Last February, Marziano — of Moroccan origin and talking Arabic fluently — collaborated with Moroccan singer Sanaa Mohamed, recording the duet “Junmar.” Still, reactions within the Arab world to the duet mirrored the fragility of those new normalization treaties and the rising peace between societies. After releasing the duet, Mohamed obtained loss of life threats and was pressured to enter hiding.