Laisse moi t'aimer....Haifa
Chacun a sa facon, photos, textes, peintures....
Introduction a Haifa
La structure unique du temple
Bahai, le silo de Dagan, les
grues du port, papa se
faufilant dans les rues
tortueuses...Haifa etait in
labyrinthe magique plein de
surprises

Les couchers de soleil de Haifa
J'ai entendu dire que l'on voit
les plus beaux couchers de
soleil a Haifa. En parcourant
ma collection de photos, je me
suis rendu compte que c'etait
vrai!
aquarelle de Daniele Goldberg
Voici vos messages: Certains  sont ecrits en anglais! J'ai peur de ne pas faire honneur au texte en
le traduisant.
Sami Michael
Irene Lancaster came to Haifa in August
From: Irene Lancaster
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 12:41 AM

I come from Manchester in the north-west of England. It is a very
friendly place with the largest and most vastly-growing Orthodox Jewish
population per head of population in Europe.
On the other hand, many Jews are also feeling very concerned here, both
by the growing Islamofascism and the forces of secularism which have
combined to cause an atmosphere of contempt for the Jewish community.
Last January, my husband, said that he did not want to die in
Manchester. He thought that we should look for somewhere to live in
Israel. We had spent a Sabbatical in Jerusalem, which he had enjoyed,
but I had found hard: the heat, breast-feeding my baby and helping the
other daughter with her schoolwork in Ivrit.
This Sabbatical, however, taught me Hebrew and how to cope and although
in the next 25 years or so, I taught Hebrew and Jewish Studies in
England and wrote a book about the great bible commentator, ibn Ezra,
who moved from Spain, through Italy and France to England in the Middle
Ages, where he was killed in one of the first European pogroms in 1164,
I really thought that Israel was 'home'.
For the past three or four years I have been taking on the British
establishment which, on the whole, is very unsympathetic to Israel, and
often also unsympathetic to Jews per se. I have tried to engage with  the
BBC, the Church of England (the established church) the university
unions, who wish to boycott Israel, and others.
The 'ordinary' people in England are still great: but they don't seem  to
have the will or the tools with which to withstand the impending debacle,
that I find inevitable.
In December, my husband and I visited Netanya and Haifa. I knew I
wanted  to live on the sea, but don't like the heat: the more northern the
better, I thought. Netanya was wonderful and our great friends from
Manchester, who had themselves made Aliyah the year before, looked
after  us. But then, complete strangers from the Anglo community in Ahuza,
on  Mt Carmel in Haifa, offered to put us up. They organised an estate
agent  and a lawyer and introduced us to members of the Anglo community.
In the end, another couple, living nearby, found us an even better
apartment than the one we thought we would buy, and this is on Rehov
Einstein, opposite a little park and the Reali School, one of the best
in Israel.
We are two-thirds of the way through paying for this apartment and have
also opened a bank account. My husband was recently appointed the
world's first Professor of Transpersonal Psychology and therefore we
are  making 'split' Aliyah. I am coming first, and he will visit when he
can, as I don't think Transpersonal Psychology exists in Israel yet.
We are certainly not wealthy and I will have to be very careful with
outgoings when I arrive.
But I visited four or five professors at Haifa University in December
and they were all most welcoming, and some are the absolute experts in
their fields and internationally renowned. Plus, they had a copy of my
book on ibn Ezra in their university library, which was a sure sign.
Haifa is beautiful and magical. It is laid-back and has a good mix of
different nationalities and religions and, even more important, all the
different Jewish denominations seem to get on with each other.
Friends of mine who write for the London Times and work for the BBC
respectively suggested I start an aliyah blog. And then the Jewish
Agency shaliach in Manchester found out for me that Yoline works in the
Haifa Town Hall, helping olim from France and has also started a French
blog with Dory, which I have offered to translate, if they need it.
And both of them have been absolutely wonderful and I know they will
help me when I arrive, because the official organisations don't seem to
know much about Haifa at all. So I would say to all prospective olim or
those who just don't feel safe in France any more, try it out: come to
Haifa and look around. As the registrar to the Manchester Bet Din (one
of the strictest in the world) told me last week: Haifa is both the
most  secular city in Israel, but it also has the greatest kedushah.
My blog is at
http://irenelancaster.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/05/new_beginnings.html
and don't hesitate to contact me. You could even put a posting on my
blog, if you wish.
I am making Aliyah on August 6th and my goods leave for Israel soon, on
June 12th.

Dr. Irene Lancaster FRSA
Trustee: Foundation for Reconciliation in the Middle East
Centre for Jewish Studies
University of Manchester UK
Ma ville adoree. ֲ«Nous, les Arabes de Haifa, sommes dans la meme situation que les Juifs :
enfermes dans nos maisonsֲ», dit Salah Abassi, ecrivain, editeur de livres en arabe. Ici, Juifs et
Arabes se comprennent. Ce n'est pas comme a Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem ou Acre, meme les guerres de
1967 ou de 1973 n'ont rien change a nos relations. Je ne quitterai pas ma ville adoree.
Publie dans Liberation le 17 juillet 2006
A Jordanian student includes an Israeli city in her dissertation and is
pleasantly surprised
Everyone I contacted or met with in Haifa was genuinely welcoming and
extremely helpful. The graduate student who shares my research interests
received me - a complete stranger - in her home, helped me to settle down in
Acre, and supported me throughout my stay with contacts, interviews, and so
much more.
The professors at the Technion met with me, provided official and technical
support for my research, linked me with professors and students with similar
research interests all over the country, and invited me to present my work
in their department. The professors at Haifa University were no less
welcoming or generous with their time, advice, and offer of support.
It was simply overwhelming. From the gentleman at the train station that
first night, to Arab and Jewish cab and sherut - communal taxi - drivers, to
students at the Technion and Haifa Universities, everyone was simply nice.
I PARTICULARLY enjoyed a trip from Haifa University down to the city, where
the gregarious voice and contagious laughter of the Arab sherut driver,
combined with the mix of Arab, Druse and Jewish students (probably more, but
that was all my inexperienced eye could detect) bewildered me. All smiled
and helped, offered advice on the best transportation back to Acre. Some
even went out of their way - despite my objections - to take me literally by
hand to the train station.
Similarly, and after a trip to the Technion, a student, also unaffected by
my answer to his question about where I was from, went off the bus with me
and walked me to my next stop. While waiting for one of my meetings at a
small local caf in downtown Haifa, I observed how Arab owners interacted
with their wide mix of clients. Everyone smiled, acted cordially and
respectfully to each other; something - unfortunately - I thought other
cities lacked.
Looking back, I realize that Haifa was the only place where people sincerely
smiled, where the air was not thick with tension, and where there existed a
wonderful mix of all backgrounds, religious and ethnic. Not only was there
diversity - Israel is generally diverse - it was how people enjoyed the mix
that distinguished Haifa.
One might speculate more about what makes Haifa so special, and propose
theories that range from geographical compositions to demographic ones. What
is important is that, like many other visitors, I will always cherish my
Haifa memories.
The writer, a Jordanian architect-planner, is doing her doctoral work at the
Department of Urban and Regional Planning the University of Michigan.
Lettre publiee dans le Jerusalem Post 27 Juin 2006
page d'accueil
Israel, modele de liberte et de tolerance
Reda MANSOUR, Atlanta Journal, 5 fevrier 2007

Reda Mansour est Consul general dג€™Israel pour les Etats-Unis du sud-est.

Mon grand-pere, qui a vecu jusquג€™a plus de 100 ans, avait lג€™habitude de dire : ֲ
« Jג€™en ai vu beaucoup, mais aucun comme les Juifs. ֲ»
Notre petite ville druze est restee de fait la meme pendant des siecles sous statut ottoman puis, plus
tard, britannique. Quand Israel fut etabli en 1948, un developpement rapide sג€™en est suivi, et,
pour la premiere fois, nos maisons ont eu lג€™electricite et lג€™eau courante et tous les enfants
ont beneficie dג€™une education gratuite et de qualite.
Meme avec toute cette modernite et ce luxe relatif, les plus grandes louanges de mon grand-pere vis-
a-vis dג€™Israel allaient vers la maniere dont le jeune Etat traitait ses citoyens les moins
chanceux. Pour la premiere fois de sa vie, mon grand-pere, un ouvrier retraite, a recu une pension
et a eu acces a une assistance medicale de qualite. Il disait quג€™une societe se jugeait dג
€™apres sa facon de traiter les personnes agees, les malades et les chomeurs, et il ajoutait quג
€™Israel sג€™etait montre fort et bienveillant. Assurement, disait-il encore, une telle nation
triomphera.
Cג€™est lג€™histoire non racontee dג€™Israel, une nation qui mesure sa force non par sa
richesse ou ses prouesses militaires, mais par la vitalite de sa societe civile et la diversite de son
systeme democratique. Dans un pays ou lג€™orchestre symphonique, le theatre et lג€™universite
ont ete fondes avant les institutions politiques de lג€™Etat, il y a maintenant plus de 40.000
associations civiles independantes. Elles renforcent notre systeme educatif, protege notre
environnement et ֵ“uvrent pour la paix et la justice dans notre region.
Israel est une societe dג€™immigres avec une population diverse : 1,3 millions de ses
citoyens sont arabes et appartiennent a divers groupes religieux et ethniques. Certains, en realite,
souffrent de la pauvrete et du manque dג€™investissement egal dans leurs communautes de la
part du gouvernement ; mais les Arabes israeliens ont neanmoins un niveau de vie plus haut quג
€™aucun de leurs freres vivant dans la region. Ils sont des citoyens a part entiere qui peuvent voter
et se faire elire dans les postes publics. Ils ont droit a la liberte de culte, de se rassembler et de
parler librement sans risque dג€™intimidation ou dג€™oppression. Depuis lג€™etablissement
de notre jeune pays, les Arabes les plus libres du Moyen-Orient resident dans lג€™Etat juif dג
€™Israel.
Avec tous les defis auxquels il fait face, Israel demeure la seule democratie du Moyen-Orient. Cela
seul ne fait pas du systeme politique israelien un systeme parfait, mais cג€™est la
recherche infinie dג€™une plus grande egalite qui distingue Israel de ses voisins. Dans ma ville
natale, jג€™ai vu lג€™accomplissement du reve israelien: de jeunes professionnels de toutes
confessions ont reussi avec succes des carrieres en droit, en medecine, en affaires et en diplomatie.
Nous venons tous de familles de classes moyennes qui ont eu acces a lג€™ecole publique et aux
universites dג€™Etat leur permettant de creer un avenir meilleur pour leurs enfants. Aucun dג
€™entre nous nג€™aurait eu cette opportunite ailleurs que dans la societe libre et ouverte dans
laquelle nous vivons.
Aujourdג€™hui, notre liberte est menacee par lג€™odieuse ideologie de haine deversee par le
Hamas, le Hezbollah et les autres organisations du meme acabit. Avec lג€™aide de leurs soutiens
a Teheran et a Damas, ces extremistes font pleuvoir des roquettes sur les villages israeliens et
envoient des bombes humaines dans nos bus et sur nos marches. Leurs partisans epousent un
narratif mensonger et eternellement victimaire, tentant de justifier chaque acte de brutalite et
blamant Israel pour chacune de leurs epreuves. Cette rhetorique creuse ne change pas le fait que
leurs obus ne connaissent ni lג€™age ni lג€™appartenance ethnique. Et la violence qui
en resulte affecte chaque Israelien, quels que soient son groupe ou sa religion.

La defense contre cet assaut requiert une action militaire, mais la solution aux
problemes complexes qui nous ont menes la ou nous sommes, reside dans le lien fort qui sג€™est
developpe entre Arabes et Juifs en Israel. Si nous coexistons pacifiquement a Haifa et Asifiya,
pourquoi ne le ferions nous pas a Gaza, Beyrouth ou le reste de la region ?

Il y a peu, jג€™ai assiste a une ceremonie au Capitole de lג€™Etat de Georgie
pour commemorer la vie et lג€™ֵ“uvre de Martin Luther King Jr. Comme Anouar el-Saddate et
Itzhak Rabin, il a donne sa vie pour defendre le reve de la coexistence. Grace a ce que mon grand-
pere a vu, mes enfants peuvent vivre ce reve comme citoyens dג€™Israel. Aujourdג€™hui, nous
regardons nos frontieres en nous demandant quand nos voisins choisiront le reve de la paix plutot
que le cauchemar de la guerre.

Article original (anglais) :
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/stories/2007/02/05/0205edisrael.html
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