Withdrawal to Peace?

Recherchereise nach Israel und Palästina im Oktober 2005


Crossing Qalandya Checkpoint from Jerusalem to Ramallah

Zum 10. Mal hat journalists.network eine Recherchereise nach Israel und in die Palästinensergebiete angeboten. Vom 1. bis 8. Oktober 2005 haben wir in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Gaza und Tel Aviv recherchiert.


Saturday, October 1 – Jerusalem
14:55 Arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport
17:00 Check-in at YMCA Three Arches Jerusalem
19:30 Meeting at the Tower of Three Arches
Introduction to the Progamme by Michael Anthony, Karin Wenger, Alexandra Werdes
20:00 Revival Dinner at the Cinematheque Jerusalem with Israeli journalists


Westbank Settlements: Interview with Pinhas Walerstein

Sunday, October 2 – Jerusalem
09:00 Yad Vashem – Visit to the New Exhibition Grounds
Explanations by Dana Porath, Website Content Manager
Followed by Discussion with Educational Staff
European Department of International School for Holocaust Studies
12:00 Lunch in Yad Vashem Cafeteria
13:30 From Jerusalem Suburbs to Illegal Outposts – Tour to Westbank settlements
Pinhas Walerstein, Head of Benyamin Regional Council
16:30 Shopping Hour in the Old City
20:00 Meet the Press I – Dinner with German Correspondents: Annette Großbongardt (Spiegel), Carsten Kühntopp (ARD Radio), André Marty (Swiss TV)
Followed by Good Night Cocktail in the American Colony Hotel Lounge

Monday, October 3 – Jerusalem and Surroundings
09:00 Politics of Stone – Tour through the Old City of Jerusalem
Tim Moore, British Center for Archeology
11:30 The Correlation between Economic Wealth and Political Stability
Nigel Roberts, World Bank Country Director
13:00 Tour around the Building Sites of the “Separation Fence”
Judeh Jamal and Terry Boullata, Palestinian Agricultural Development Association (P.A.R.C.)
18:15 Shana Tova – New Year’s Celebration in the Synagogue
Participation in the Reform Service of Hebrew Union College
19:30 Rosh Hashana Seder
New Year’s Dinner with Explanations of the Jewish Traditions
Followed by New Year’s Party at „Laila“


Facts on the Ground: Tour to Construction Sites of the Wall

Tuesday, October 4 – Ramallah
10:00 The Political Landscape of Palestine
Aref Hijjawi, Head of Media Department Birzeit University
11:30 The two faces of Hamas
Hisham Ahmed, Political Scientist and Expert on Hamas
13:00 Lunch in the Cafeteria of Birzeit University
14:00 Youth without Future?
Talk with Hamas Students
15:00 Non-violent Resistance and Civil Society
Abed al-Jawad Saleh, Opposition-leader
16:15 Economical Development in the Westbank
Simon Boas, Palestine Economical Policy Research Institute
17:30 Visit of Arafat’s Grave in the Muqata
18:30 Check-in Grand Park Hotel
20:00 Ramadan Feast Breaking
Followed by Nightlife Ramallah

Wednesday, October 5 – Jerusalem alt. Gaza
Individual Research
Optional Programme in Gaza:
10:00 How to Integrate Militant Factions into Political Process
Imad Fallouji, Member of Parliament and Former Hamas-Activist
12:30 Intellectual Life and Civil Society
Lunch with Sami and Salah Abdel Shafi
14:00 Tour to Former Settlements and Khan Yunis Refugee Camp
18:00 Transfer to Tel Aviv and Check-in Yamit Park Plaza Hotel
Followed by Welcome Drink on the Beach


Gaza after Disengagement: School Girl in Khan Yunis Refugee Town

Thursday, October 6 – Tel Aviv
7:45 Where to put the Gaza-Settlers?
Isaac Herzog, Labour Party Member and Minister of Housing and Infrastructure
9:15 Peace Process Reloaded?
Jossi Beilin, Yachad Party Member and Architect of Oslo/Geneva Initiatives
13:00 Lunch with Guest at Stefan Braun’s
Tal Muscal, Spoksperson of Lufthansa Israel
14:00 Meet the Press II: Discussion with Haaretz journalists on
-Current Israeli debates with Grig Davidovitz, Deputy News Chief
-security situation after Gaza Withdrawal, Amos Harel, Military Correspondent
16:00 Army waves: Visit to Israel’s “most popular” radio station Galei Zahal
Explanations by Yonat Drom-Levitch, Senior Editor
17:15 How to Deal with the Aftermath of Suicidal Bombings
Visit to Trauma Department of Tel Aviv Municipality
18:30 Survivors not Victims: How to Start a New Life
Kinneret Bozani, Survivor of Suicidal Bombing in a Coffee Shop
19:45 Israel, what is next?
Questions to Avi Primor, Fmr. Israeli Ambassador to Germany
Followed by Dinner with Israeli journalists


Arabic Tea and Apple Tobacco: Resting in the Old City of Jerusalem

Friday, October 7 – Tel Aviv
10:00 Yaffo: History of a Melting Pot
Guided tour by Architect Prof. Sharon Rotbard
11:30 Does Coexistence Work?
Visit to “YAFA”, an Israeli-Arab Cultural Cafe
15:00 How to Keep the People Safe
Gideon Ezra, Likud Party Member and Minister of Interior Security
16:00 Free Time – at last!
Recommendation: Friday Art Market “Nachalat Binyamin”, or the Beach
20:00 Meet the Israeli Familiy!
Sharon May’s Mum invites for a Shabbes Eve BBQ
23:00 Last Night of the Programme
Party Time Tel Aviv with Israeli Journalists

Saturday, October 8 – Tel Aviv
14:00 Departure to Ben Gurion Airport
16:40 Flight departs

Die Reise wurde organisiert von Michael Anthony (Allianz), Karin Wenger (NZZ) und Alexandra Werdes (freie Journalistin). sie stand unter der Schirmherrschaft von Botschafter Avi Primor.