Skip to comments.Not to Forget, but to Forgive (Christian in Israel)
Posted on 06/17/2005 6:46:21 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
In Israel, Father Emile Shoufani is probably best known for having organized an extraordinary four-day Arab-Jewish pilgrimage to Auschwitz in 2003. Abroad, where he is known as "Le Cure' de Nazareth" (The Parish Priest of Nazareth)... Shoufani is director of one of the most prestigious schools in the country, St. Joseph's Seminary and High School in Nazareth.
Muslim and Druse pupils make up 40% of the student body; the rest are Christians.
"This is a Catholic school, but not in the sense of the Jewish religious schools," he explains. "It's a place for students of all backgrounds to be together."
There are even children of families who are identified with the Islamic movement attending the school.
One of Shoufani's goals has been to instill in the students an awareness and knowledge of their separate identities, but also with a full commitment to their integration in the State of Israel.
"We need Arab intellectuals, not just people with diplomas. We need Arab intellectuals who are part of the Israeli academic life - this is a key to integration."
Another of Shoufani's revolutionary educational achievements is the development of the Education for Peace program to encourage dialogue and coexistence between Jews and Arabs. The pioneer project, now in its 18th year, twins 10th-12th graders from St. Joseph's with their counterparts in The Hebrew University High School in Jerusalem. It is a serious exchange program, involving both students and teachers, who not only meet, but sleep at each others' homes.
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"Even though she had lost her husband and son, my grandmother always said she didn't want to live forever in the cycle of hatred," recalls Shoufani. "She said 'I cannot live for revenge,' and she taught her sons 'not to forget, but to forgive.'"
See also a related story: Blood Brothers
**"Even though she had lost her husband and son, my grandmother always said she didn't want to live forever in the cycle of hatred," recalls Shoufani. "She said 'I cannot live for revenge,' and she taught her sons 'not to forget, but to forgive.'"
This is one wise woman!
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