Vredesconferentie in Berlijn

Rob Schrama bereidt een internationale Vredesconferentie voor in Berlijn, met als titel: "Een Nieuwe Toekomst voor Palestina en Israël" Het eerste concept hiervoor is momenteel enkel nog in het Engels geschreven.  Rob Schrama hoopt in oktober dit concept persoonlijk te overhandigen aan de burgemeester van Berlijn, Michael Müller, als hij op bezoek is in Jeruzalem bij zijn ambtsgenoot Nir Barkat.

         A New Future for Palestine and Israel                        

Peace Conference Berlin, 5-8 May 2016

Alternatives for a Two-States-Solution

In the recent decades all attempts to realize real peace between Israelis and Palestinians have been stranded. In 1947, given the United Nations, the British mandate of Palestine should be divided into a Jewish and an Arab state. The result of this decision ended, after many wars, 68 years later in a greater Israel and the absence of an Arab state in Palestine. And there is still no light at the end of the tunnel. Is there still any perspective for a Two-States-Solution after all these years?


There are however conceivable alternatives for a Two-States-Solution. The possibility could be explored of a federation or confederation in the Holy Land with two  independent states: Israel and Palestine.  The concept of the federation is a lasting union of different to some extent independent states into a constitutional whole.


The great advantage of such a model is that no rigid boundaries have to be drawn in order to achieve the population from each other and also disputed capitals do not need to be shared.  There are dozens of federations and confederations around the world and no two are alike. Belgium is a federation in which Walloons and Flemings have their own parliament and their own government with far-reaching powers of their own. Germany is a federal republic. A looser version is also possible: Switzerland defines itself as a confederation of cantons.


Many young people of both Israel and Palestine welcome these new visions. They yearn for a more hopeful perspective and for a better understanding  with their neighbors and do not longer trust the solutions of the older generation anymore. They especially see the corruption and narrowness of the current leaders, the hopelessness and futility of the Occupation, the high cost of living and the lack of future prospects.



Berlin as host for Peace Conference

Many young people from Palestine and Israel do not want to remain there anymore. They eager to get more hopeful perspectives for a better life and find a new home in Berlin. The city is an attractive, multicultural cosmopolitan and cheap regarding accommodation and living costs. The Palestinian and Israeli community in Berlin meet each other and discover that they are able to live and work together in peace. This makes the city of Berlin the most appropriate place to hold a conference to find out how peace could be realized in the Middle East.


When Palestinians and Israelis in Berlin are able to open their hearts to one another and consider their fellow residents as equals, this could also be possible to make it happen throughout the Holy Land! Palestinians and Israelis: two peoples, two nations, living side by side in one country without borders; with Jerusalem as their capital.


The Palestinian-Israeli community in Berlin will be the host for the four-day Peace Conference "A New Future for Palestine and Israel". She will demonstrate their peaceful existence in Berlin, as inspiration for the conference attendees and for their compatriots in Palestine and Israel. The Conference will be held in the Departure Hall of Tempelhof.


But also given the history of Berlin, there is no better city imaginable for a conference about solutions for this debilitating conflict. The city suffered under a complete destruction and under a separation wall. Berlin struggled out of its past and has become one of the most tolerant cities in the world where life is pleasant and relaxed. The inhabitants of Berlin will be welcome to attend the conference "A New Future for Palestine and Israel", to bring in what they experienced from their own history that could help to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


Berlin has a rich university tradition, also in relation to the Middle East and to conflict resolution. Therefore, the active participation of Berlin's academic  community to the conference will be required and be greeted. The outcomes of the conference should get a concrete result in a New Roadmap for Peace, inspiring politicians and peace activists all over the world. Berlin as a center of German and European politics will have to ensure that the results of the conference will get a follow-up. The City of Berlin itself could also play an important role by supporting the participation of Berlin initiatives in Palestine and Israel that could play an important role in a breakthrough to resolve the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. 


Conference Themes

The central theme of the four-day conference is which form of society and state structure would be the most optimal for Palestinians and Israelis to guarantee a peaceful future and which steps need to be taken to achieve this. The meetings are mainly plenary, so that all participants will be informed about everything and will be able to exchange views about the subjects. In this way everybody in the conference can contribute to develop a roadmap how a real change could be achieved for the Palestinian-Israeli societies.


1. Political Perspectives:

Representatives from Palestine, Israel and other countries with refreshing new ideas for the future of the Middle East will be invited to the conference to explain these initiatives. They can give an alternative and a breakthrough for the stalled negotiations of a Two-States Solution. There are solutions available that providence more perspective and hope for an effective and viable future for Palestinians and Israelis:


 - Pa-Il: Federation  

“Pa-Il” means "action" in Hebrew and Arabic, in addition to the abbreviation of the two states. The Pa-il movement has a complete new perception for the future: not a One State, not a Two State Solution, but a combination of both: a Three States for Two Peoples in One Land Solution. The three states are two states in one, two non-territorial nation-states federated in one supranational federation, which is sovereign on the Land, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The federal government and parliament will be composed on a 50/50 basis: there will be no demographic problem anymore! The Right of Return of Palestinian refugees and the Israeli Law of Return will be respected in the same way. Jerusalem will have a special status as capital of the Federation.

- Twelve Tribes Confederation    

Noting that the Israeli-Palestinian duality would be unstable in whichever arrangement, this plan proposes  a 12-part Confederation of communities (tribes) -some Jewish, some Arab, Druze, foreign workers, and some of outside people- the Jewish Diaspora, the Palestinian Diaspora and Christians who identify with Israel. Each community would have administrative and judicial, and in the middle: a joint parliament. Jerusalem would acquire a special supreme status.

- An improved Two States Solution

Perhaps we need to get more creative interpretations of the two-state model for a secure Israel and a secure Palestine. Doing so we would first have to return to  UN Resolution 181 from 1947, that was accepted by the PLO in 1998. It was not only talked about an independent Jewish and Arab state, but also the fact that the two states should be united in one economic community, with an international UN administration for Jerusalem.

- A New Society for Men and Women

A structural change in the political order in the Middle East can only be achieved if the role of women is improved in all these civilizations. The Middle East is a dominant male oriented society, where violence, hatred and power are the leading part. Feminine energy, like love, tenderness and care should take their place. This is only possible through an empowerment of women!

- The status of Jerusalem

The sting of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians stems from a very small territory the size of one square kilometer: the Old City of Jerusalem. Her status has to be solved in such a way, that Palestinians as well as Israelis can agree upon. If there is any chance to reconcile Palestinians and Israelis, it will be in Jerusalem. What connects the Palestinians with the Israelis in Jerusalem is their common love for the Old City, being a sanctuary for Jews, Christians and Muslims. This makes the city of Jerusalem the most important location to develop a peace process between Palestinians and Israelis. We need to  bring together a critical mass of peace loving participants to achieve to transform  Jerusalem into a City of Peace.


2. Peace Initiatives in Palestine/Israel:

During the Conference presentations will be given to Peace initiatives that contribute to rapprochement and improvement of the mutual relations of Palestinians and Israelis. We will emphasize initiatives that involve concrete encounters, resulting  in understanding, consolation, dialogue, trust and acceptance of each other in equality. These initiatives   create solidarity and awareness and are a practical approach to bring positive solutions to  the long-running conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.            


Political solutions for a new hope for the future of Palestine and Israel that are discussed in this conference would never have come into existence without all the initiatives on   grassroots level, where Palestinians and Israelis met each other to  exchange and elaborate views for a common future in harmony and equality. These encounters, which often have a strong cultural impact and perception, have to be continued, encouraging the young  generation of Palestinians and Israelis to get confidence in a common future in peace.


Changing the actual situation in Palestine and Israel is not a matter of the head only, is not just a process of the mind. It starts in the hearts of the peoples that have to be opened for fellow human beings. Art and spirituality will be essential to facilitate this process of emotional rapprochement and reconciliation. They help to pave the way of love, acceptance and trust in fellow human beings. The main Peace initiatives in Israel and Palestine will be presented during the conference: "Singing Circles", "Peace Bus", "Interface Encounters", "Palestinians-Settlers Dialogs" and the "Jerusalem Hug".


The presentations of these projects will not only be a transmission of information, but also an experience of the activities itself. Musicians, singers, dancers and healers  will demonstrate how they work during these peace initiatives. The presentation and perception of these initiatives will enhance the atmosphere of the participants of the conference, creating a positive, lively and hopeful event, which will be continued in Palestine and Israel itself during the coming years.


3. Roadmap to a New Future for Palestine and Israel:

It is important that the outcomes of the Conference "A New Future for Palestine and Israel" will be brought in practice. We need to continue what has been discussed and agreed at the conference in Berlin and bring these results into the reality into the society of Palestine and Israel. A solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will be better found,  when people from both sides will choose for a common path to peace. Solutions will be better approved and accepted when they are developed and implemented in a spirit of mutual trust and understanding. The importance of the Palestinians and Israelis who want to choose for a joint approach to stop the conflict, must be stimulated and strengthened.


On September 21st 2016, on the International Day of Peace, a Grand Peace Festival will be held in Tantur, between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. This cultural and informative event will be a follow-up to the peace conference in Berlin, but now with native Palestinians and Israelis and with visitors from all over the world. There will be space for encounter, dialogue and communal picnics. There will be gatherings and there will be a market with information about the new peace solutions that provide an alternative and an improvement to the current Two- State-Solution.


An extensive program of concerts and performances, with artists from Palestine and Israel and from other conflict zones, will provide a common experience and perception of joy. Cultural groups from Berlin are welcome to contribute to the implementation of the program. Ceremonies will be given and rituals will be done, which emphasize the oneness of the human-beings; people who wish to live a safe future for their children together in peace.


When the people in the Holy Land will demonstrate that they want to live in peace with each other, then it will surely affect other communities in the Middle East. All misery and chaos, caused  by the rising Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East, will disappear when the problems between Palestinians and Israelis have been solved.


Pyramid of Light above Berlin

7-8 May 2016

At the eve of the German Memorial Day, on Saturday May 7th, from sunset till sunrise, 4 lasers will shoot their green fluorescent light into the universe and thus form a pyramid above the field of Tempelhof. The laser beams create a sacred place to gather underneath, where people will come together to share their love and understanding for humankind with each other.


All communities of Berlin will demonstrate their peace and oneness, by doing rituals together, holding hands, meditation and drumming. The Pyramid of Light will show that today, Berlin is a tolerant society where people from many countries and cultures can live together peacefully and side by side. This is meant as an example for all areas where people are fighting each other.


The participants of “A New Future for Palestine and Israel" are invited to join the inhabitants of Berlin under the Pyramid of Light, as the joint Final Ceremony of their conference.


The laser factory Coherent is interested to sponsor the lasers for the Pyramid of Light.


Amsterdam, September 1st 2015


Rob Schrama

Jerusalem Hug Foundation