The Righteous of dialogue, the meeting of diversities to overcome hatred is the theme chosen to celebrate in Milan European Day of the Righteous 2017. This is why on 15 March we will dedicate six new trees to Hamadi Ben Abdesslem, Raif Badawi, Lassana Bathily, Etty Hillesum and Pinar Selek.
Lassana Bathily is a young Muslim who, on 9 January 2015, during the Paris attacks, rescued the Jewish customers of Hyper Cacher as it was attacked by the ISIS terrorists. Now people stop him in the street, youths ask him what they should think of Islam, and even the highest authorities look at him with a benevolent attitude.
Lukasz Urban tried until the end to stop the assailant who seized him and hijacked his truck in Berlin. He died at age 37, leaving a wife and a 17-year old son. He is an example of Righteousness, a Righteous who became such by chance.
A hill in Israel, half way between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. A dream that has taken roots on this hill since the beginning of the Seventies. A village bearing a Jewish-Arab name: Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam. Which means “Oasis of peace”. By Giulia Ceccutti, Italy's Association Friends of NSWAS.
It matters to me a lot to underline that after the terrible attack in Nice today’s initiative, which my association Gariwo has promoted together with our Embassy, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is an act of great moral courage.
We publish the message Cristina Miedico, Director of the Archealogical Museum of Angera, dedicated to the "keeper of Palmyra" Khaled al Asaad on the occasion of the inauguration of the Garden of Tunis, on 15 July 2016,
The Gardens of the Righteous
The Gardens of the Righteous are the remembrance places dedicated to those who have opposed human rights violations of recent history, marked by the widespread use of genocidal practises.
After the Garden of the Righteous in Yad Vashem, inside the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, more gardens have been created all over the world, like in Yerevan besides the Museum of the Armenian Genocide, in Milan, Sarajevo, in Poland, in the United States.
The trees symbolize life and invite us to defend it against the heralds of death; the example of the Righteous becomes a warning for our conscience and proves that even under extreme circumstances people can choose not to remain indifferent.
This is why the Gardens of the Righteous are the educational memory of the newer generations, the protagonists of tomorrow's world, to whom they offer not only a warning, but also a workable alternative and a message of hope.