Talks4peace Preparations

Jewish and Palestinian delegations

1. Is there an Israeli-Palestinian “peace process”?
What were the attempts for peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians and why did they fail?
What are your personal ideas about how to achieve a peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians?
Please outline your personal “road to peace”.

2. The Shoah and its impact on the Israeli-Palestinian relationships

Austrian and Hungarian delegations

A peace project called “European Union”
- How was the European Union created and what led to the formulation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights?
- What are the basic premises on which the European Union is founded?
- What do you personally think of the charter? Do you personally agree with it/a part of it? Please specify.
- How are these rights put into action in your country? Are you personally satisfied with the way your country realizes the charter?
- What would you suggest/change in the way your country realizes the charter of fundamental rights?
- What can be done in your country to improve the situation of minorities – particularly the Roma? What can your country do in order to dissolve prejudices and to allow better integration of foreigners/minorities into your society?
- Freedom of expression and freedom of press in your country
- Political parties in your country. Can political parties be a threat to democracy, freedom and equality in your country?
- What can the European Union do to safeguard democracy in Hungary?
- The situation of Jews in Austria and in Hungary before and during WW2, the Shoah (Holocaust)
- Europe divided by the Iron Curtain; fall of the Iron Curtain

Each delegation is requested to bring posters reflecting the issues mentioned above. Pupils will not be asked to lecture about these topics, but should be prepared to answer questions or explain their posters – and their personal thoughts – on request.

Suggestion for reading (all groups)
• I shall not hate - Izzeldin Abuelaish
• We just want to live here - Amal Rifa’i and Odelia Ainbinder with Sylke Tempel
• The Diary of Anne Frank

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what to prepare

peacecamp 2014 in Lackenhof/Austria, July 3rd – 13th, 2014
What to send * What to prepare * What to bring

WHAT TO SEND (till march 28th)

• All participants (pupils AND adults): Send a photo and a few lines about yourselves – who you are, your motivation, wishes and expectations from the peacecamp and what you intend to contribute to peacecamp. Please add if you play an instrument or what particular hobbies, talents and interests you have.
This information will appear in the blog under
• “4 questions”: Send us your completely filled questionnaire (see attachment).
• Filled participation sheet with signature of your parents and your own signature
• Photocopy of a valid passport of each person (Adults and pupils – applies to groups from Israel only)

WHAT TO PREPARE for peacecamp

Individual preparation (each pupil)
• “my family, my roots”: Bring a documentation of the history of your own family with pictures, documents (copies!), stories, your family tree, etc.

Group preparation (each group)
• Culture Evening: Each group is asked to prepare an evening which conveys the characteristics of its own culture. You can use your own music, some of your favourite snacks, etc. to arrange an evening that can show what is important in your own group and culture. Note: No cooking for culture evenings!
• “talks for peace”: Each delegation is requested to prepare information and personal thoughts/opinions about the following topics: see document “talks4peace”. Please prepare posters with the main issues of your topics.

WHAT TO BRING to peacecamp: see document “What to bring”


After the peacecamp each participant (adults and pupils) will be asked to fill and send us two more questionnaires and an essay – instructions will be given at a later date.

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- inexpensive WHITE T-SHIRT, 100% cotton, washed, with your name written in it

- FAMILY-ALBUM with photos, documents and texts about your family and origins , - a few personal photos and/or a few minutes video showing actual scenes in your own environment/home/school/life space, with yourself on it and/or some of your family members/friends/teachers/neighbours

- your chapter talks4peace on a poster

- your group's preparation for "Culture evening"

- small amounts of SPICES of your favourite food

- any music instrument you play and can bring – guitar, flute, drum, accordion, castanets, etc. , ,, ,

- your photo-/video camera

- your favourite MUSIC – maybe some music of your own culture/country

- underwear
- plastic slippers

- long legs/sleeves pyjamas

- jeans
- trackies

- shorts

- light short-sleeve t-shirts
- long-sleeve shirt
- 1 warm sweater
- 1 pair of good waterproof shoes/sneakers

- rain cover or waterproof jacket

- head-cover


- sun-protection
- mosquito-repellent
- toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc
- if you are a girl: sanitary napkins/tampax or the like
- some pocket-money to spend, just in case
- your favourite SNACKS and nibbles, just in case
- if it exists in your country: ALPHABET SOUP OR pasta "letters"


Please do also bring:
- one extra outfit that can get wet/dirty
- anything you have that can make noise/sounds (anything, even "crazy"things, old toys, or anything you canuse to makes noises and sounds) like

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