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Trip to Israel 2018

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From 13 to 15 May 2018, District Mayor Sören Benn, members of Berlin’s district council and Freundeskreis Pankow Ashkelon made a joint visit to Ashkelon.

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Trip to Israel 2018

  1. 1. Presentation on the joint visit of the district office, members of Berlin’s district council and Freundeskreis Pankow Ashkelon (13 – 15 May 2018) at the committee on town twinning, cultural and economic affairs * 
  2. 2. Ines Koenen Vorstandsvorsitzende des Freundeskreises Berlin-Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  3. 3. Ines Koenen – chair of Freundeskreis Berlin- Pankow Ashkelon e.V. *  * District mayor Sören Benn (The Left) * Members of the district council and citizen deputies: * Mathias Kraatz (The Greens) * Maximilian Schirmer (The Left) * Wolfram Kempe (The Left) * Stephanie Wölk (SPD) * Johannes Kraft (CDU)
  4. 4. Ines Koenen – chair of Freundeskreis Berlin- Pankow Ashkelon e.V. *  * Members of Freundeskreis Berlin-Pankow Ashkelon e.V.: * Ines Koenen (chair) * Stefanie Gronau (deputy chair) * Stefan Krause (treasurer) * Matthias Köhne (former district mayor) * Marcel Krümmel * Oskar Lederer
  5. 5. * Image und Wandel der Stadt * Staatsgründung: Zionismus, brennende Reifen und ein notfallzentrum * Kultur, Bildung und Sport * Menschen und Begegnungen * Fazit für 2019: 25 jähriges Jubiläum der Städtepartnerschaf(en) Ines Koenen Vorstandsvorsitzende des Freundeskreises Berlin-Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  6. 6. *  * Reason for visiting Israel: * Israel = threat, war and (military) self-assertion * For Palestinians: 15 May = 70th anniversary of Nakba Day: displacement and Israel’s founding Ines Koenen – chair of Freundeskreis Berlin- Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  7. 7. * Meeting of mayors: Mr Tomer Glam und Mr Sören Benn * Interest in the town twinning project * Bunker (Emergency Command Center): Strategic measures in crisis situations: planning and implementation – Dr Alan Marcus Ines Koenen – chair of Freundeskreis Berlin- Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  8. 8. Ines Koenen Vorstandsvorsitzende des Freundeskreises Berlin-Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  9. 9. *  * Modern age: modern and fast growing city * Idea of tourism: marina, apartments, proximity to Gaza (12 km) * Alternative to Tel Aviv * Costs of living and quality of life * Now: bedroom community near Tel Aviv Ines Koenen – chair of Freundeskreis Berlin- Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  10. 10. Ines Koenen Vorstandsvorsitzende des Freundeskreises Berlin-Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  11. 11. Ines Koenen – chair of Freundeskreis Berlin- Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  12. 12. *  * Culture and education * Worldwide celebrity: Ilana Shafir * Immigrant from Croatia * Home = museum and educational venue: destiny of an immigrant * Founding of the school – mosaics on the basis of Kabbalah Ines Koenen – chair of Freundeskreis Berlin- Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  13. 13. Ines Koenen Vorstandsvorsitzende des Freundeskreises Berlin-Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  14. 14. *  * Visiting Makif High School * All-day school (leading to A-levels) * Teachers and artists = together * Interested in setting up a school partnership Ines Koenen – chair of Freundeskreis Berlin- Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  15. 15. Ines Koenen Vorstandsvorsitzende des Freundeskreises Berlin-Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  16. 16. *  * Development work at the kibbutz: * Be eri: 5 km from Gaza * Vivian Silver: activist * Profit-based kibbutz: army * Printing house: tickets, chequebooks, advertising envelopes Ines Koenen – chair of Freundeskreis Berlin- Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  17. 17. Ines Koenen Vorstandsvorsitzende des Freundeskreises Berlin-Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  18. 18. *  * Yekkes: Israelis of German origin – image: they are extremely tidy, well organized and get very old * Freundeskreis: meeting Hugo Haase‘s great- great-granddaughter * Biographic work: oral history Ines Koenen – chair of Freundeskreis Berlin- Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  19. 19. * 25th anniversary in 2019 * Dual approach: municipality/town halls + civil-society level *  The association: Freundeskreis Pankow Ashkelon: sport camp with Prenzlauer Berg’s sport youth association and Alba (planning is underway) * Exhibitions Ines Koenen – chair of Freundeskreis Berlin- Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  20. 20. * 25th anniversary in 2019 * Conceivable: * Visit from Ashkelon * School partnership * Tri- or bi-national sport camp * Chronicle/photo exhibition * Exchange socio-psychiatric service * Community centres * Feasible: * Cultivating and expanding existing ties * After the elections in Ashkelon (Nov. 2018) Ines Koenen – chair of Freundeskreis Berlin- Pankow Ashkelon e.V.
  21. 21. Ines Koenen – chair of Freundeskreis Berlin- Pankow Ashkelon e.V.

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