Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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And if I met a terrorist?
by Sumaya Abdel Qader

And if I met a terrorist?

Fundamentalism and terrorism

How to dissuade a terrorist

Which arguments could we use in a cultural battle against Islamist terrorists? How to deprive them of their influence on the gray area of the Muslim world, the one that, though condemning them, then justifies them, saying they might nurture an aspiration toward justice as well? By Gabriele Nissim

If confronted with a jihadist, I would tell him about my pain

My friend Gabriele Nissim, seizing the occasion of the reprint of Yasmina Khadra's book L'attentato (original L'Attentat - in English The Attack), asked me what I could do to dissuade a terrorist fascinated by the narrative of Islamist jihadism. What could I do, also ... in reference with my own family experience. By Maryan Ismail

Topical issues

Kurdish MED Nûçe TV must be turned on immediately

The appeal by the European journalists and the statement by Baykar Sivazliyan, President Emeritus of the Union of the Armenians of Italy, in support of the Kurdish TV based in Italy, shutdown by Eutelsat on demand by the Turkish authority, which after the failed coup switched off other TV and radio channels.

Turkey's model of democracy failed

In Turkey the attempt to meld democracy and Islam failed since Turks were not ready to deepen democracy and Europe gave no support to face Erdoğan's authoritarian turn. But the problem is to cut the linkage between religion and State, Turkish political analyst Cengiz Aktar, guest at Internazionale a Ferrara Festival, said.

Day in memory of the Righteous of the Humanity

The law about the Righteous as a free choice

What is the meaning of the law in honour of the Righteous of the humanity scheduled to discussion in the Parliament, which - as hon. Emanuele Fiano told us - we hope can be approved within the month of October? By Gabriele Nissim

Day of the Righteous: the memory of offense, the memory of choice

We would like to place the the memory of resistance, of choice, side by side with the memory of offense, which we want to keep safe from any attempt of denial, repression or indifference. We would like to place the Day of the Righteous side by side with Holocaust Remembrance Day. By Anna Foa

"My commitment to a law about the Righteous in Italy's Parliament"

"The memory of the Righteous calls everyone of us to his or her own commitment to democracy, fighting against racism and intolerance, countering any kind of violence and arrogance of man against the other men". We have talked about it with Emanuele Fiano, deputy and speaker of the bill at the First Committee.

"The Righteous. Normality that rebels against evil"

The draft bill for the establishment in Italy of the Day in memory of the Righteous of the Humanity was scheduled to discussion in the First Committee. We talked about it with Milena Santerini, President of the Parliamentary Alliance against hatred and racism of the Council of Europe and promoter of the bill.

For the Righteous

Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous is the acronym of Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide.

We are a Non-Profit Organization based in Milan, with international coworkers.

Since 1999 we have worked to make the people aware about the Righteous: we think that the memory of Good is a powerful educational tool and can help prevent cases of genocide and crimes against the Humanity.

This is why we create Gardens of the Righteous worldwide and use the communication means, social networks and public events to spread the message of responsibility. From the European Parliament we have obtained the establishment of the European Day of the Righteous, which we celebrate annually on 6 March.

Our activity is supported by institutions, schools, volunteers and an International Scientific Committee. Many personalities of the worlds of culture, arts and science are our 'Ambassadors'.

New Righteous in Milan

the analysis

A tree for Etty Hillesum

editorial by Nadia Neri, 26 October 2016

A few weeks ago I learned that on next 6 March, between the five trees to be planted in Milan in honour of five Righteous in history, one will be dedicated to Etty Hillesum. This choice makes me feel particularly moved: back since 1999, when I published by book Un'estrema compassione - and Hillesum was still unknown to most people - I have had a very deep human and cultural experience...

Five new trees at the Garden of Milan

The Association for the Garden of the Righteous of Milan has chosen the figures to be honoured in the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide on Monte Stella hill of Milan, on next European Day of the Righteous (6 March): Lassana Bathily, Mohamed Ben Abdesslem, Raif Badawi, Pinar Selek and Etty Hillesum.

From Timbuctu to Palmyra

The destruction of Timbuctu: a war crime

For the first time, the International Criminal Court has issued a verdict on the crime of disruption of the cultural heritage. Ahmad al-Mahdi, member of a Jihadist group tied to Al Qaed in Mali, was in facts sentenced to 9 years in jail for destroying the sanctuaries of Timbuctu during the conflict begun in 2012.

The brave librarians of Timbuctu
they saved 350,000 manuscripts from the Islamic extremists