Young Israelis & Muslims are debating cartoon press

On the initiative of the Association Acting to Learn, sixty young Israelis and Muslims spent a week together. It ended Friday, November 9 with a lively debate about signing the press at the Jean Jaurès Foundation

A drawing with holy books and war machines is not over. The day before, in a debate with about sixty young Israelis and Muslims, the caricature of the press was unanimous against her. "We lived in peace with Israelis and Palestinians for a week, why did we present this drawing that touched us?" asks a young high school student from Seine-Saint-Denis. "This drawing is an opinion, how can it be a drawing of peace?"adds his neighbor.

"A cartoonist tries not to humiliate, but to provoke debate, build bridges between the camps, but there are drawings that are calm and different.s who are annoyed, and we must take into account the feelings they evoke », says the designer Plantu, chairman of the NGO Cartooning for Peace, who organized this debate with the association Acting to learn in the buildings of the Jean-Jaurès Foundation in Paris. "If it does not undermine human dignity, a designer can draw everything, but his drawing must be understandable to be understood and lead us to think, to exchange"says François Hollande, the former president of the Republic, who acts as chairman of the foundation that France is undertaking.

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Peace dove

To bring back serenity and consensus, Plantu drew a peace dove between two dialogues of people who found one white person and the other black. "It is from their meeting and their discussion that mutual understanding and peace can be born", the designer decided. Thirty youngsters of a Jewish institution of the Alliance des Pavillons-sous-Bois and a vocational college (who does not wish to be called) of a neighboring municipality, with a majority of the students of the Islamic faith, applauded and stood up to debates between them.

At the end of this week, the atmosphere seemed to have been suspended between high school students from Seine-Saint-Denis and others from Morocco, Israel and Palestine. The day before they had visited two Cartooning for Peace cartoons, and they shared an emotional farewell evening.

"High school students danced, kissed each other, there were tears, a student told me she had advised not to go to the Jews, but she had liked them so much that it had changed her, and if this kind of initiative is widespread, we will to come! " Trust Fatima, counselor of high school education.

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"More meetings with young people from other religions"

"At the closing dinner there was a collective coherence, a general agreement, we realized that our cultures were not so different, we made contacts and we will continue to communicate via social networks"says Ruben, 17. "We had contact with the Israelis from the second day, Yanis continues, also in terminal. And we have come to share a similar view: we are poorly informed and sometimes we make false ideas that are the basis of conflict. "

"It was a happy and fruitful day for our students! Sarah Laure Attias, director of the Alliance des Pavillons-sous-Bois school group, is delighted. We selected fifteen students who could learn from this initiative and prepare them for discussion. Some now ask us to organize regular meetings with young people from other religions! "

At the origin of the project "France, Mediterranean, Brotherhood" of the association Acting to learn, focused on "Building bridges between young Jews and Muslims around French culture and the Francophonie"Isabelle Wekstein-Steg has been satisfied. Has reached his initiative "To break the ice".

Aude Carasco