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APEIROGON - RAMI AND BASSAM VISITING AUSTRALIA

Sunday May 21 is an event not to be missed. If you read Apeirogon by Colum McCann, you can imagine not leaving the presentation of these two peace-builders unchanged.

Uri Wendt, OAM, Publisher & Founder of Sydney based Plus61J Media writes;


When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is easy to give up hope. It’s nearly three decades since the Oslo Peace Accords, and a pathway to peace feels more distant than ever before. Occupation has become the status quo. Both the Israeli and Palestinian side are convinced they do not have a partner to peace. Battles lines are drawn and no ground is ceded. The differences appear insurmountable.

But then, you hear about the story of Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin, and in the words of Rami, a crack appears in the wall and ‘a little light comes in’.

Rami’s daughter, Smadar, was killed in 1997 at the hands of a Palestinian suicide bomber. In 2007, Bassam’s daughter, Abir, was shot dead by an Israeli Border Police Officer. The girls were 14 and 10 years respectively. These two fathers have been given every reason to give up. To dehumanise the other, to seek revenge, and to retreat to old world hatreds.

Instead, what they have done, and what they continue to do every day, is commit to forgiveness, reconciliation and ultimately, peace. In the process they’ve forged a profound friendship and a commitment to co-existence.

It is inspirational, in part, because it is so rare. That’s why Plus61J Media is proud to be bringing Rami and Bassam to Australia this May.

If you’re in Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne, make sure not to miss one of several public events held in those cities from 16-30 May.


To purchase tickets for Sydney event click the link


If you can’t make it, follow Rami and Bassam as they make their way across the country, talking with media, politicians, opinion leaders and others about the importance of reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.



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