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Australians embrace message of hope and reconciliation

Sharon Berger
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Australians embrace message of hope and reconciliation

Published: 28 May 2023

Last updated: 5 March 2024

Call to end the Occupation resonates with audiences

After a sold out screening of The Narrow Bridge at the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick you could hear a pin drop while Rami and Bassam spoke with film director Esther Takac and moderator Julie Szego about choosing to talk rather than continue the endless cycles of violence.

In the evening they also spoke to students from the University of Melbourne AUJS as well as a brunch for The Jewish Independent supporters and writers. Bassam shared his story of becoming a peace activist and the need to resolve conflict through non-violent means.

“Our blood is exactly the same colour, our pain is exactly the same. Our tears are just as bitter. If we who have paid the highest price, we who have every reason on earth to want to kill each other, if we can call each other brother, anyone can. Everyone should.” - Rami Elhanan

About the author

Sharon Berger

Sharon Berger is the Events & Partnerships Manager at TJI. Sharon is a former journalist for The Jerusalem Post, Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Australian Jewish News.

The Jewish Independent acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and strive to honour their rich history of storytelling in our work and mission.

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