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Wheeler Centre audience inspired by message of friendship and hope

Sharon Berger
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Wheeler Centre audience inspired by message of friendship and hope

Published: 29 May 2023

Last updated: 5 March 2024

Rami and Bassam spoke with Sally Warhaft at a sold-out Wheeler Centre event

Writer and broadcaster Sally Warhaft was in conversation with Rami and Bassam at the Wheeler Centre last night. She deftly explored how their daughter’s tragic deaths have inspired them to work relentlessly towards a legacy of peace and change in what seems like a never-ending conflict.

It was yet another busy day for both of them. Besides the Wheeler Centre event they met with Dr Monique Ryan MP in the morning, did an ABC radio interview with Josh Szeps which you can hear here.

They also spoke to high school students at Mt Scopus. Bassam shared with the students one of the profound messages which is at the core of what they have been saying throughout their stay in Australia. “What Israelis want is security after 3000 years of victimhood. What Palestinians want is freedom. Israel will never be secure until there is freedom for the Palestinians. There will be no freedom for the Palestinians until there is security for Israelis.”

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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