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Ireland - "Basam" play reading and workshop with CFP member
29/11/2011 11:00-20:00

Play reading and workshop


The play Basam is about one man's journey from violence to non-violence and explores the broader moral themes of forgiveness and hope during the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The play demonstrates parallels with issues of conflict resolution in Ireland. At the core of the story, the play asks of its audience: 'What motivates people to say no to violence and choose the road to peace?'


Basam is a one man show based on the true story of Basam Aramin, a Palestinian peace activist whose daughter, Abir, was killed by a border soldier on 16 January 2007.


From the age of fifteen, Basam spent seven years in an Israeli prison for attacking Israeli soldiers during the first Palestinian uprising in 1987. In 2005, Basam co-founded the Israeli-Palestine peace movement, Combatants for Peace (CFP). CFP is a group of ex-Israeli soldiers and former Palestinian prisoners who have joined together to end the Israeli-Palestine conflict through dialogue and community action.


Two years after founding CFP, Basam Aramin's daughter Abir died as a result of a shot to the head from a rubber bullet. In spite of his personal tragedy Basam continued his peace work.


Basam was written in 2008 by Idan Meir, a former Israeli soldier. Idan spent five years in the military and saw a dozen members of his unit, including his best friend, killed in fighting in southern Lebanon in the late 1990s.


"The pain was one of the things that moved me to search for different ways of dealing with 'the enemy'. When I met Basam I wanted to bring his story to a place where people could hear and see what is going on and show them that the pain of 'the other' is just the same as our pain."


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