A Letter from Jerusalem

Dear Friends, Three days ago, just before sunrise, I have landed back in Israel after almost a month in Europe. What a big difference between here and there! But under the surface – it is the same. Same people, same hearts, same hurts, same fears, same longing, same hope.

It is getting clearer and clearer to me that “The War” is a big, well acted, very convincing drama. Behind the scenes something real is happening and does not get our attention. What is going on? For the first time since I found myself involved in the Israeli-Palestinian love affair, I hear a clear and true voice from many if not all my Palestinian partners, saying:
“We are ready to drop the past, let go of all that happened to us, leave our suffering and pain behind, and look forward to the future with an open heart.”

This message is coming from different people of various backgrounds, living in the West Bank and in Gaza, in refugee camps and in Israel. It came so fresh and so subtle that it took me time to decipher it. I could feel that something changed, but only now I manage to understand it. And this also explains “The War”. Pulling people’s attention and energy away from the real thing. Taking many lives and many more minds.

I am asking you, people of all nations, who are closely following the events in the Middle East, with deep care and compassion, to send your loving energy to the positive change that is taking place right here and now. In your hearts, look through the drama and hear through the loud noises. Look for the small signs of hope and listen to the subtle sounds of change. A shift in consciousness is under way in Palestine and Israel! My contribution to delivering this new energy is to create, together with close friends from Israel, Palestine and the rest of the world, a meeting place on the borderline of Palestine and Israel. In an evacuated village between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, we are working with the grandchildren of the original residents. Together we are going to use the old stones to rebuild the houses, open a social-cultural cafe and replant the old terraces with new organic seeds. We begin with a one week camp in August, 2006, where families and volunteers from all nations will stay together, learn, share, work, play music, dance and make theater for the pleasure of locals from both Israel and Palestine. I invite you to be part of this new creation.

You can come and join us, give us physical support, send us your loving thoughts and pray for us. For more details about taking part, reply to: give@allnationscafe.org You are welcome to check our website for updates, it is listed at the end of this email.

In deep faith,
Dhyan Or
All Nations Café, http://www.allnationscafe.org

Jerusalem