Political dimension of reconciliation

Gemeinsam Hass, Rassismus und Antisemitismus entgegentreten

November 9, the anniversary of the November pogroms of 1938, is a reminder to confront new hatred, racism or anti-Semitism. The Israeli-Palestinian-German European Wasatia Graduate School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, whose founding is being celebrated on this Memorial Day at the Catholic Academy in Berlin, carries this mission within. House of One project ambassador Professor Ralf Wüstenberg is one of the initiators of the graduate school.

Israeli, Palestinian and German students study side by side. The idea of the European Wasatia Graduate School for Peace and Conflict Resolution is to initiate a process of reconciliation across borders through this close university cooperation. Intercultural and interreligious exchange are the ideas that carry the graduate school.

Wasatia is Arabic and means reconciliation. In the future, the young female scholars will act as peace ambassadors, building bridges between historical analysis, theoretical conflict resolution strategies - and, of course, between people.

Professor Wüstenberg, who heads the Department of Dialogue of Religions, Systematic and Historical Theology at Flensburg University and is a project ambassador for the House of One, founded the understanding project together with scholar Zeina Barakat. "We invite the world - with all its difficulties, when we think of the Middle East conflict, for example, but also with all its potential," says Wüstenberg. "The political reconciliation issues we encounter in this context are at the same time always closely related to interfaith issues."

The twelve students in the first cohort come from Germany, Palestine, Israel, Northern Ireland, Albania and Zimbabwe. They are Muslim, Christian, Jewish or secular and have studied theology, literature or law.

The Graduate School is diverse in its students - and equally diverse in its connections: to the Wasatia Education School in Jerusalem, to interfaith dialogue programs at the University of Cambridge, to Israeli, Palestinian, and European conflict research centers, and to the civil society-oriented Maecenata Foundation. Internally, the Graduate School collaborates with the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies.

Similar to the House of One or the Catholic Academy in Berlin with its project "Remembered Future", the aim of the Graduation School is to provide space for and support long-term reconciliation work. Berliners are invited to the opening ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Wasatia Graduate School together with the PhD students from Palestine, Israel, Ireland and Germany on this November 9, 2021.


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