PUSH peace conference

Trip Start Nov 13, 2006
Trip End Oct 21, 2008

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Dialogue was the order of the day. Talks by various architects, archeologists, and municipality officers were followed by debates such as the conflict between development and preservation. What they were trying to achieve I wasnt always clear, but watching Jews and Arabs put aside their differences to debate a shared passion was heartwarming. The most interesting talk was by a charismatic performance by a Cambridge professor - Simon Goldhill - who's book; 'Jerusalem, city of longing' will be published soon.

Lunch was a buffet. Behind me in line was a Palestinian girl wearing a headscarf. She asked me to put food on her plate and then at the next station she put food on my plate. Despite most of her head and body being covered, and despite not speaking English, she radiated a beauty in her manner. 

After the conference we all went to Te'enim, a vegetarian restaurant behind the king David which put on a delicious buffet , followed by about 4 different cakes - I tried them all. somewone started showing archeology slides on his laptop and off they went again ...all 3 peoples huddled round totally absorbed in the material. I couldnt take any more archeology talk so I mentioned to Yossi, an archeology student that I wanted to find an internet cafe. He immediately invited me to use his own computer in he and his fioncee's flat. Thats what I like about Israel, the openness and friendliness.
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