Wednesday Video: Conservatory of Music – Laboratory of Peace

Today’s video is a presentation of one of my favorite coexistance and dialogue projects in Jerusalem: the Magnificat Institute of Jerusalem, a music conservatory where young Christians, Muslims and Jews study, play and perform together under the guidance of Christian, Muslim and Jewish teachers. The pupils have the possibility of earning a European Union-recognized diploma, as well. The Institute also participates in and hosts a number of international music competitions.

This video is a “medley” of promotional videos that introduce the Institute and some of its programs. I hope you enjoy it.

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5 thoughts on “Wednesday Video: Conservatory of Music – Laboratory of Peace

  1. First of all, Christians, Jews and Arabs study together in practically all of the institutions and music schools in Israel routinely, without fanfare and with a higher mix of diversity. So this is nothing special. Most of the students are Palestinians with a very small percentage of Israelis. In fact, most of the Israelis are not even Jews but Russian immigrants. Israeli Jews would not be enthusiastic to send their children to the Old City of Jerusalem where there have been incidents. But all honor to the clever businessmen over there, hundreds of thousand of Euro have been raised to renovate Church property on the tenuous premise of “peace through music” which is one big joke.

    • I am very glad you commented, cabbagejuice. Dialogue is not only exchanging self-congratulatory comments with people who agree with us, but also (primarily?) engaging with people who strongly disagree.

      I am very sorry that you think that intercultural projects like this one are a big joke. That’s not been my experience; I’m sorry it’s been yours.

  2. My experience is actually having been there, so I know what I am talking about. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Potemkin Village”? Have you ever been in one while all kinds of nasties go on behind the scenes and what is exhibited to the public are smiles, sweetness and light? It’s nice that the clever businessmen were able to exploit public opinion to the extent of raising more than one million euro to renovate their property on the false premise of dialogue. Sorry, but there is only monologue, incessant self-praise, but no peace is being made – in fact, the opposite.
    At times, their contradictions come back to haunt them like not admitting Jews into their piano competition. When this was pointed out (by me) that this was strange in a place that financed itself as being a a place of dialogue, they recently added “unless they study in a Palestinian school”, meaning the possible one or two Israeli students who might study there could apply. Even the local music students outside the school shun their competition since only a little clique of their own pupils win year after year.
    On a scale of 1 to 10, what they are doing for music would garner a -20. For peace probably, -100 and I sincerely mean what I am saying.
    If you want more information you can check out an article originally written in December 2007 and later translated into Italian and put online, hopefully to disinform some people:
    http://cabbagejuice.wordpress.com/2007/12/01/bridge-of-dreams-to-musical-utopia/
    You will find a translation of two articles from the prestigious Corriere della Sera of 1997 when Padre Pierucci, the founder and prime mover of the peace school was taken to task for having written in the Terra Santa Magazine that he edited, that “unhappy are the people who put a machinegun in front of a woman – they are destined to disappear”.
    http://cabbagejuice.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/come-spendere-i-soldi-degli-altri/
    Sorry, but this is the true face of snarky anti-Semites who have the nerve to harbor and even publish such sentiments but get peace prizes, money and publicity for doing absolutely nothing. I have had the thankless task of whistle-blower but someone had to do it, even to save the name of some righteous, non-lying Christians.

    • Sorry you feel way.

      I don’t need the translations, but thanks for the links. I’ve been there, too. Frequently. I have plentiful, firsthand knowledge of the Magnificat and its founders.

      I respect your opinion and wish you could respect mine. In the mean time, we’ll just have to accept that we strenuously disagree with one another. Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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