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The Woman Who Built the Peace Bridge:
Ada Aharoni

Essay Included in the Anthology "The Women Who Change the World"

The conflict between Palestinians and Israelis is one of the toughest conflicts human beings have in modern times. It is so tough, that it has created a lot of misery, cynicism and apathy.

Ada Aharoni is not among the depressed and apathetic people. She devotes her life to the cause of peace. She deeply believes that we, men and women, are able to solve conflicts through bridges of culture and literature because they can bring us close together, and promote better understanding between nations. Each of her literary works is based on this belief. Ada has written 25 literary works, including historical novels and poetry books. Her poems are moving and ripe, and her novels have a strong appealing power that interest readers. Among her well-known novels, the historical novel, From the Nile to the Jordan, has its notable place in the hearts of readers around the world. This saga is a compelling and heroic story about Inbar Etty, a beautiful and talented Jewish girl. She enjoyed a peaceful life with her family in Cairo, until the stormy events following the establishment of the State of Israel.

Historically, during the most terrible time of the Arab-Israeli conflict, there were approximately 900,000 Jews fleeing from Arab lands, and there were 600,000 Palestinians who fled from Israel. The life of Jews in Cairo became hell, and Inbar's family desperately tried to escape from it. Partings, misery, fear, and other terrible things could not defeat Inbar, with her strong spirit and her hopeful heart. She set out in a passionate quest for roots, love, fulfillment, creativity, and a new home. An American reader expresses his feeling for this heroine: "The most wonderful and unusual thing about Ada's book is that in spite of the sadness and tragedy described in this story, Ada and the heroine of her story are full of hope for a future without war and violence in the Middle East. Professor Aharoni dedicates a great deal of effort to promoting the culture of peace and non-violence, and peaceful coexistence between Arabs and Jews."

All of Ada's other books too got enthusiastic critical acclaim. In the science fiction book, for young and old, Peace Flower, she leads her readers to a beautiful dream which is uncoiled in the story, about two young adults going into space to search for the peace flower in the Land of the Future, and to bring it to our Earth in our Present. The challenges and dangers during the journey constantly happen, and threaten to destroy them. However, with their intelligence, solidarity, especially their love for peace, they finally get through all their adventures in space, and succeed to return to the Earth with the Peace Flower. This book was published in English, Hebrew, and Arabic, and was adopted by schools and colleges all over the world.

Another of Ada's powerful books, which is widely mentioned in international cultural forums, is a collection of essays and stories with the title, Women: Creating a World Beyond War and Violence. Her messages emphasize that humankind should now "listen to women for a change," and that if the women of the world succeed to unite, they can powerfully throw the demonic belief that "wars and terror can solve conflicts," into the anachronistic dustbin of history where its belongs, and they will be able to gain their right to live and raise their children in peace in a world beyond war.

The poetry collections: You and I Can Change the World: Selected Poems, Shin Shalom, A Green Week, and Pomegranates are also materials for the bridge of peace. You, the readers all around the world, can enjoy her beautiful and moving poems because most of them have been translated into different languages and published in many countries. Her poems tell your heart never to stop yearning for peace and happiness.

Born among the Egyptian Jewish Community, before this community disappeared, Ada was a witness of the "Second Exodus." At sixteen, she parted from her family, who emigrated to France, after they were forced to leave Egypt, and she came to live in a kibbutz in Israel, as she wanted to be a pioneer. She overcame all obstacles, studied at the University of London, and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and she earned a doctorate in literature. She was a professor at Haifa university, and at the University of Pennsylvania in America. She is the editor of Galim Literary Magazine, and is the Founder and President of IFLAC: The International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace, and LENA: The Bridge: League of Jewish and Arab Women for Peace in the Middle East. She is an extraordinary woman who lives and writes to build The Peace Bridge in the Middle East and in the World.

(Vietnam: November 24, 2007)


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