Monday, September 21, 2009

International Day of Peace

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International Day of Peace is marked every year on September 21.
I saw it on several American blogs today, otherwise I would not have known.
More about it at IDP Vigil and at Wiki.

This dove of peace

sits atop a eucalyptus tree that was a hundred years old when a storm blew it over.
The Peace Tree was designed and sculpted by 25 Jewish and Arab teenagers.
It stands tall at the center of the 37-acre campus of Givat Haviva.
Located in a kibbutz by the same name, Givat Haviva, founded in 1949, is Israel's oldest and largest organization working for peace, pluralism, tolerance, democracy, and justice. Givat Haviva's Jewish-Arab Center for Peace in Israel won the 2001 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education for its "exceptional efforts in the areas of peace education, promotion of peace and non-violence" and work done for the resolution of conflicts through dialogue.

Artist Amir Baumfeld explains the Peace Tree's symbols:
The dove of peace -- always finds its home
Dolphin -- happiness, playfulness, intelligence
The sun shining on the dove's chicks
Hands that emerge from the roots and reach towards the golden-heart flower [perach lev hazahav] located in the center of the sun.
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Let us all give a hand to support peace!
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This is my contribution to That's My World Tuesday, in hopes that my world in and around Israel will one day be a peaceful world.
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22 comments:

JOE TODD said...

An excellent contribution. It is good to be reminded there are people truly working for peace.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Dina: What an unusual work of art, thanks for sharing for MWT.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous, beautiful work of art and a great reminder to all of us to work for peace. Perfect post for World Peace Day!!

Thanks, Dina!

Sylvia

Dirkjogt said...

Very nice Peace Tree with a lot of symbolic meaning.

SandyCarlson said...

That's a wonderful sculpture. May we all enjoy the peace.

Leif Hagen said...

Peace be with you! I didn't know it was Peace Day today until I looked at your blog!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Sounds good to me. Here in the US it seems that peace is regarded suspiciously by some.

susieofarabia said...

What a nice post, Dina - I love that the tree was made by both Arabs and Jews collaborating together. I wish you peace in your world... we all need to give peace a chance.

eileeninmd said...

It is a beautiful piece of artwork. Thanks for the reminder of Int'l Day of Peace. Lovely photos and thanks for sharing.

Pietro said...

Significant work of art, very interesting; the dove of that tree reminds me of the Picasso's Peace Dove, which has become a universal Peace symbol. Like you, I really hope that the world in and around Israel will be very soon a peaceful world.

Dina said...

Hello Dina, how interesting the post about the pomegranates. Thanks for sharing.

Regina, DailyLiving said...

May peace reign! a belated Jewish New Year.

magiceye said...

power to peace!

Vaggelis said...

very unique monument. anyway we have to think about international year (at least) of Peace

spacedlaw said...

I hope that Israel and all its neighbour countries will finally find peace.

Robin said...

A beautiful post about a beautiful place. I didn't realize it was World Peace Day either. Next year! (and maybe by then we'll even be closer to it - a girl can dream, can't she?)

Hilda said...

Amen to that!
It's a wonderful sculpture and the organization's work is commendable. I pray they will be successful.

Turquoise Diaries said...

It is a beautiful monument.. Very meaningful in these hard times..

Mediterranean kiwi said...

and may we all be at peace soon dina

B SQUARED said...

We can only wish for peace everywhere. A wonderful dream.

Green said...

Peace Dina. Thanks for this.

Did you notice that in the tile shown in the third photo, it is written "Peace" in English and also in Arabic; "سلام". Nice art work.

For the first time when you tought me hello or peace in Hebrew is "Shalom", I was thinking how similar it is to "Salam" in Arabic and Farsi. Later I learned its complete form is "Shalom Aleichem". Exactly the same as in Arabic which says "Salam Aleikom." Both of them means peace be upon you. Isn't amazing? :)

Kay said...

Shalom, Dina. I wish, I wish there would be peace on Earth.