Promotion de l’interculturel – Knesset – Jérusalem – 22 mars 2017

362ème rencontre 

Mercredi 22 mars 2017

IVA [en partenariat avec CIEUX] – Knesset, 9195000, Jérusalem, Israël

Le 22 mars, l’IVA nous a proposé un séminaire à Jerusalem pour en découvrir un peu plus sur le système politique Israélien. Les 70 volontaires français et allemands à travers le pays s’y sont donc retrouvés pour un échange au Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et une visite de la Knesset, le parlement israélien.

Au Ministère des Affaires Étrangères, nous avons assisté à trois conférences. La première intervenante a discuté avec nous du journalisme Israélien et de sa présence à travers le monde. Le second a évoqué la nouvelle influence des réseaux sociaux sur l’évolution de l’information. Le rôle du MAF est aussi de montrer ce que les journalistes, trop souvent exclusivement concentrés sur le conflit, ne montrent pas : la richesse de l’histoire, la culture, des loisirs… Enfin, la troisième intervenante a développé sur le sujet de l’innovation et du progrès, sujet significatif de l’entrepreunariat israélien.

A la Knesset, nous avons eu un échange très enrichissant avec Amir Ohana, membre du parti leader, le Likud. Nous avons notamment parlé du fonctionnement du parlement israélien et de la question palestinienne. Nous avons ensuite eu l’opportunité de visiter le bâtiment de la Knesset, de se faire expliquer la première constitution israelienne, d’admirer les tapisseries conçues et offertes par Chagall et d’assister à une séance parlementaire mouvementée.

Bien sûr il en faudrait plus pour appréhender la question de la politique israélienne dans sa globalité mais cette première immersion a été incroyablement enrichissante, tant du point de vue humain que culturel.”

Laure-Anne et Margot, Volontaires en Service Civique à Tamra (Israël).

 

The third mid-year seminar of the International Department of the Israeli Volunteers Association took place in Jerusalem and dealt with governmental institutions in Israel. The seminar’s goal was to achieve a wider understanding of the state`s internal and foreign policy through the direct meeting with decision makers in the governmental institutions. Therefore, the seminar included:

1) A visit to the Israeli Foreign Ministry,

2) to The Knesset- the Israeli parliament,

3) a reflection and feedback session.

1) The Foreign Ministry

The volunteers received a unique opportunity to meet and to discuss openly with the department heads from different fields of occupation. The first spokesperson was Ms. Michal Maayn, the head of the foreign press department. She presented Israel`s and the ministry`s relationship with the foreign press in terms of diplomatic actions. The next discussion involved Mr. B.J Weinstein, the head of the social media department. Mr. Weinstein specified the ministry`s aim to bridge a certain gap between Israel and social media users throughout the world. One focus was held on shaping and re-shaping certain public opinions and the limitations and advantages of the social media these days. The last spokesperson was Ms. Anat Carmel, presenting the ministry`s use of local initiatives to reach out internationally and to contribute to the global community with unique inventions developed in Israel.

These meetings and discussions enabled the volunteers to become more familiar with the different approaches and actions Israel is taking in its diplomacy policy. In an open conversation, each participant received the chance to ask questions, e.g. about the diplomatic challenges Israel is facing to contribute to a better public opinion of Israel.

2) The Knesset

The seminar continued in visiting the Knesset- the Israeli parliament. There, the volunteers met a parliament member from the ruling party- MK Amir Ohana. MK Ohana spent years in the Israeli

parliament, MK Ohana himself is popular for having established the LGBTQ group in the conservative party. The meeting enabled the volunteers to witness a parliamentarian at work who presented the ruling party and basically, the Prime Minister’s politics. In a following discussion MK Ohana was asked by the volunteers to elaborate on the government`s agenda towards currents matters in the Israeli discourse. A particular focus was directed by the volunteers towards the issues of settlements and
the Westbank in general.

The next part of the seminar was a guided tour inside the Knesset. The tour provided a better understanding of political processes in Israel as a follow up to the discussion with MK Ohana previously. Moreover, the Israeli political map was portrayed throughout the tour by ending in a final visit of a parliament session where the participants could observe actual political work.

3) Reflection and Conclusion

The seminar ended in a short feedback and reflection round where the main content of the day was summarized and the volunteers received the opportunity to share their impression.

Generally, the seminar provided knowledge about Israel’s political systems, and a close perspective of how internal and external actions are being processed. Moreover, it exposed the participants to different narratives and specific opinions about Israel and current events. To ensure a deeper reflection after all information have been processed, an additional reflective workshop will be prepared and held by the volunteer’s coordinator in their small groups.

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