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The Couple who saved Roman Polanski recognised as Righteous Among the Nations

Two new names have been recently added to the long list of Righteous individuals honoured in Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem: Stefania and Jan Buchala. A story of courage and kindness that wouldn’t differ too much from that of other thousands of exemplary figures remembered in Jerusalem if it weren’t for the fact that the kid they saved happened to become the well-known film director Roman Polanski.

Turkey, opposition disunited, Kurdish question ignored

The pro-Kurdish left-wing HDP party protests against repression, but in public opinion there is no empathy for the Kurds and the divided opposition will never be a problem for the current authoritarian regime, says Turkish political analyst Cengiz Aktar.

The Israeli Palestinian Conflict – A Joint Problem-Solving Approach

I am proud to say that the Joint Problem-Solving approach and the win-win perspective is leading our vision and projects at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. Cooperation in medicine, education, business, entrepreneurship and the environment between Israelis and Palestinians and between Arabs and Jews within Israel is what we do every day in order to achieve peace and coexistence. But the Peres Center does not deal with the political aspects, and so we need that kind of approach to come from our politicians. Seeing the human side of the other, even during painful conflicts, is crucial in order to keep our morals as human beings.

Being Righteous in a world marked by Covid

The health crisis the whole world had to deal with places each of us in front of decisions that can change the destiny of our planet: individual destiny is actually linked, today more than ever, to that of all human beings. Since the very beginning of the pandemic, it has been clear that the virus has not only affected our health and our habits, it has also exacerbated crises and scenarios that were already dramatic and sensitive. In all this, the example of the Righteous keeps being the therapy showing us the path to be followed. But who are these exemplary individuals and what are they doing today in new scenarios stemming from the epidemic?

Humanity over Animosity

Don’t wish me Happy Birthday

Wish me to . . .

“Stay Alive”

Not forever . . .

Just long enough to see tomorrowS . . .

Rwanda, the Righteous, and Hope for Humanity

The slaughter only took 100 days. Thousands of other members of the Tutsi category were tortured and raped during the same period, and thousands watched loved ones die. As a teenager, I was wounded during this genocide and saw loved ones murdered. I survived because a man threw his body on top of me to absorb the blow...

Persecutions, torture, massacres

the violation of human rights

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, approved in Paris by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, states: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood".The day before the General Assembly itself had approved in New York the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which was defined as the intentional destruction, as a whole or in part, of"a national, ethnical, racial or religious group", with the well-known exclusion of the political groups due to the opposition of the Eastern Bloc countries, which feared being charged for persecuting their foes (the so-called enemies of the people who were condemned to forced labour in the Gulag camps).

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Life with the Syrian rebels

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Paul Rusesabagina

the hotel manager who rescued one thousand two hundred people from the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda