ARTICLES

A Flower in the Desert

Despite what is said, positive news from Israel/Palestine is like a ray of light breaking through the darkness. By Andrea Gagliarducci A small flower can spring up even in the desert, and one has definitely sprung up in hills of the Northern Galilee. This is the so-called “middle ground,” an area emcompassing Israel, Lebanon and Syria where, in the space of a few kilometres there are kibbutzim, moshavim, Arab Christian villages, Muslims, Circassians and Druse. And it is here that

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She teaches peace to mortal enemies

  “I used to be angry at everyone — Jews, Muslims, and Arabs. After I joined the theater, my feelings changed. I took off the mask.”  Elyan Saman, a Christian, from Pequiyn in the Upper Galilee (now 21 years old).     The outbreak of the second Intifada in 2000 had a profound effect on Dr. Edna Calo Livne from Kibbutz Sasa in northern Israel. No longer was she able to stand on the sidelines as the drama played itself out on

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She teaches peace to mortal enemies

In war-weary Israel, a teacher is helping Jewish, Christian and Muslim teens become emissaries of hope—and rekindling Mariane Pearl’s optimism about the Middle East. One-woman catalyst for peace: Angelica Edna Calo Livne While researching this column for Glamour, I read these words penned by a woman in northern Israel. “What if there were more than one truth?” she wrote in her book, A Yes, a Beginning, a Hope. “What if we embraced our many truths and found our common ground?”

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The great equalizer

‘Putting the children on stage together…creates a safe forum where they can interact and break down the barriers between them.’ – Edna Calo Livne   TAKING OFF their masks. The Arcobaleno-Rainbow Theater performs ‘Beresheet’. The outbreak of the second Intifada in 2000 had a profound effect on Dr. Edna Calo Livne. An Italian immigrant who married a veteran kibbutznik from Kibbutz Sasa in northern Israel, Calo Livne couldn’t simply stand on the sidelines as the drama played itself out on

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“The Theater of Miracles”

BETHANY (West Bank) – The little kibbutz theater and the hospice in Bethany are separated by many miles of highway, by Lake Tiberiade and the Jordan Valley. And by snipers, and Sharon’s wall, and Arafat’s duplicity. And by the checkpoints clogging the West Bank. And by the hate of the second Intifada. And in the end, by History with a capital “H”. Angelica and Samar have spanned it all in an embrace that began two years ago and has yet

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INTERNATIONAL PRIZE OF THE CARTAGO ACADEMY

To Dr. Edna Angelica Calo Livne and Mr. Yehuda Calo Livne:   The International Cartago Academy is honored to announce that the Academic Senate, after a penetrating study of your professional work, “Educating for Peace through the Arts”, the establishment, development and management of the foundation “Beresheet LaShalom”, which operates in northern Israel beside the border with Lebanon, initiating multi-cultural educational projects among teen-agers and young people from differing communities and of different religions, has decided to grant you  

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Teaching our children to dream

A vibrant, and attractive Israeli woman born in Rome is capturing the hearts and souls of Italians. Her name is Edna Angelica Calo Livne and since the day in 1975 when she explained her imminent aliya to a packed auditorium of Roman Jewry, she has been living in Kibbutz Sasa. Angelica and her husband Yehuda devote their lives to reaching out to children – children of kibbutzim; Israeli child victims of terrorism (bringing them periodically on vacations to Italy through

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