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March 28, 2017
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Why Israel Matters

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  • (Mati Shoshani narrating) It is the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
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  • the birthplace of Jesus.
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  • From Genesis to Revelation,
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  • Israel is the centerpiece of God's story,
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  • a saga that continues to unfold in our daily news.
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  • But behind the headlines of the people
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  • caught in the crosshairs of some really complex issues,
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  • it can be hard to see clearly from the outside,
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  • so let's explore my homeland from within.
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  • (narrator) The Jewish people have long suffered
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  • persecution and political isolation.
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  • Yet, throughout history, allies have emerged,
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  • standing up for the cause of Israel.
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  • Rahab in Jericho, Cyrus the great king of Persia
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  • who paid to rebuild the temple,
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  • even Oskar Schindler of the Second World War.
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  • Here are three stories of people who have stood
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  • by the side of another in their hour of need.
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  • (Dr. Susanna Kokkonen) Many times, people ask,
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  • "Where was God when it happened?"
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  • and it's a valid question.
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  • We all wonder about that.
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  • But what we try to say is, where was man when it happened?
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  • (Dr. Kokkonen) We often think that people should have done more,
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  • and that for sure is true.
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  • But the Nazis had very specific policies.
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  • If you were hiding a Jew, your punishment
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  • was normally the same that they would mete out
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  • to the Jew you were hiding.
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  • So, in Eastern Europe, it would mean immediate death,
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  • not just that you would die, but all of your family as well,
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  • everybody would be shot on the spot.
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  • In Western Europe, normally it meant that you
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  • would be sent to a camp,
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  • along with the Jews you had been hiding.
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  • But as we know, many people perished in the camps,
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  • so that also could be a death sentence.
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  • You had to have enormous courage to be able to take that step
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  • and try to save someone else's life.
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  • Isaiah 56:5, God says to them,
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  • "I will build in my house a memorial and a name."
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  • So, one of the tasks of Yad Vashem
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  • from the beginning has been to collect
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  • the names of the Holocaust victims.
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  • We have over 4 million names recorded here at Yad Vashem,
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  • but we also collect the names
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  • of the righteous among the nations,
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  • the people who tried to save somebody's life,
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  • risking their own life.
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  • Many people have heard famous names
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  • such as Oskar Schindler or Corrie ten Boom.
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  • Both of them are recognized by Yad Vashem as righteous.
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  • Oskar Schindler operated in a very different environment.
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  • He was involved with the camps in Poland.
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  • Corrie ten Boom was living in Nazi-occupied Holland,
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  • and she was actually having a hiding place in her home.
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  • Raoul Wallenberg was in Hungary,
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  • Nazi-occupied Budapest, and he would run after
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  • the trains when they were taking the Jews to Auschwitz,
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  • and he would hand them out Swedish passports and say,
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  • "These are Swedish citizens.
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  • "They have to be able to leave this transport
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  • and come with me."
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  • At the end of the war, he went to meet with the Soviet forces
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  • that came to Budapest and was never heard of again.
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  • Aristides de Sousa Mendes was
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  • a Portuguese diplomat based in France.
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  • He actually gave visas to Jews so they could escape
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  • from France to Portugal,
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  • and then from there to, say, to the United States of America.
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  • He was severely punished by the government in Portugal
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  • because he had broken the law,
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  • and he actually died in disgrace.
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  • Princess Alice of Greece,
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  • who was hiding people in her palace.
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  • The diplomats and ambassadors, these were people who had access
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  • to visas and passports.
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  • And when you are trying to escape the Nazi regime,
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  • that's actually what you need.
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  • There were even women actually married to Nazi officers,
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  • and their husbands were sent away,
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  • and they were actually hiding Jews in their home.
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  • You can see that there is something inside the person
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  • that makes them want to help someone.
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  • (Dr. Kokkonen) Over 24.000 have been recognized.
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  • They came from all walks of life,
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  • from very different cultures, languages, social classes.
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  • There was something in them that made them willing to take
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  • the risk to save someone else, or try to save someone's life.
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  • There is no one common denominator
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  • between the people.
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  • Corrie ten Boom, she was clearly motivated
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  • by her love for the Jews because of the Bible.
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  • But people like Oskar Schindler, they saw what was happening,
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  • and at a certain point, they couldn't take it anymore,
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  • and they realized that it's inhuman,
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  • and they have to help those people.
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  • We know many stories where the people,
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  • they said, "Can you hide us?
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  • "We need a hiding place, we will die if you
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  • don't let us come in."
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  • They would say, "You can stay here just one night.
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  • "This is too risky, I have children,
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  • I cannot do this."
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  • When the morning came, where would they have gone?
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  • Something inside them compelled them to allow them to stay.
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  • They were just regular men and women,
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  • but they did something exceptional.
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  • Normally, when we think about people who are acting
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  • in a moral way, we think about them
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  • acting according to what we see as moral,
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  • and all of the society is in agreement
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  • what is good behavior, what is bad behavior.
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  • But here, they have to act
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  • against the norms of the society.
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  • So, they had to know inside them that what they were doing was
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  • right because they were acting
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  • against the moral values of their society.
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  • The Christian Friends of Yad Vashem was founded
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  • here at Yad Vashem in 2006.
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  • There were more and more Christian groups
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  • that were coming here all the time,
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  • and people here at Yad Vashem felt that we needed to have
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  • something special for them, we needed to offer them
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  • more than just a walk through the museum.
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  • We offer Christian leaders from all over the world
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  • a possibility to come here to study anti-Semitism,
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  • to study the Holocaust, and Israel today,
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  • and how these three things are related.
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  • If you look at the world right now
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  • and you try to understand
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  • where is this rising anti-Semitism coming from,
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  • it actually is rising in the very nations
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  • that fought against the Nazis in World War II,
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  • the kind of anti-Semitism that in 1945,
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  • we thought that we would never see it again.
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  • And now, it's actually very evident.
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  • When you tolerate anti-Semitism in spoken form,
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  • or in the media, or in the academy,
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  • there will come a point where it's going to be violent.
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  • So, for example, in Europe,
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  • we have seen violent attacks against the Jews.
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  • Very often we say, "Never again."
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  • This is something that we hear all the time.
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  • The Holocaust is unique, but there have been
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  • other things that have happened since then.
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  • And I think that's a strong motivator,
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  • that we want to really try to influence policy makers,
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  • people who have influence because we believe
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  • that never again is a very important goal.
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  • My hope really is that we would awaken
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  • a sense of responsibility in people,
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  • and a sense of wanting to go out and speak up
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  • for people who cannot speak for themselves.
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  • We are not calling for people to speak
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  • so much against anything, we are really asking them
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  • just to stand up for things that--for people,
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  • for the state of Israel, for the persecuted Christians.
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  • God can use anybody's life, but you have to be willing to,
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  • you have to offer yourself and say,
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  • "I want to go out, and I want to do this."
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  • Everybody has a voice.
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  • Everybody has a sphere of influence.
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  • Everybody can influence someone somewhere.
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  • It was men who perpetrated it, it was men who stood by,
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  • and it was men who rescued someone's life.
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  • Ask the question, where is man's place in the story?
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  • (narrator) In a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise and persecution
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  • is spreading, the question of involvement is no longer
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  • a rhetorical one for many.
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  • From instigator, to silent bystander,
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  • to friend and rescuer, invisible lines are being drawn.
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  • The question is asked, where is your place in the story?
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  • For many, the question comes from as close
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  • as one's own backyard or street corner,
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  • beckoning us to have eyes to see and ears to hear
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  • those who are hurting, to be a voice for the voiceless,
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  • to see value in those others have cast aside.
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  • (Lilach Tsur Ben-Moshe) When you're growing up as a girl, you're starting
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  • very early at your life to get
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  • these messages of being an object.
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  • You don't understand it right away, but when you
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  • get older and older, and you go through things in life,
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  • you understand that this is something that is implanted
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  • in you that's stopping you from something.
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  • And you want to take it out.
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  • I moved not very far
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  • from the old central bus station,
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  • just a zone of prostitution in Tel Aviv.
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  • When you go through the street,
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  • you don't see them,
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  • and the women themselves are literally transparent.
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  • Day after day, I started to see things
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  • that you normally don't see.
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  • I started to see women time after time,
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  • I started to see doors open and close,
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  • and I started to see curtains move.
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  • I started to see parts of women, a market of women,
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  • a market of human beings that are being sold and bought
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  • every day like a trade, like the trade that it is.
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  • I couldn't un-see it, and this would mark me
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  • to finally do something about it.
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  • I'm a fashion editor.
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  • Also, I wrote about lifestyle.
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  • I just turned to a friend designer,
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  • and to a school of fashion to give us a place,
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  • and I asked the women if they want to participate
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  • in a fashion course, and we just did it.
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  • It was very naive.
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  • Prostitution starts with elimination of any option.
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  • They are really just pawns.
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  • Many of them are not skilled in any way,
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  • most of them, they didn't even go
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  • through all high school.
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  • The issue that we address is their need for options.
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  • They also need the options of really believing
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  • that they can learn, that they still have something
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  • that they can give to society.
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  • There is a void because these women were swept out
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  • of the spectrum of society in their childhood,
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  • or in early stage of life.
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  • Most of them, this is the chance of society
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  • to bring them in.
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  • Women who come here, they start a course in designing
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  • and sewing, curtain-making.
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  • It's a course of one year.
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  • What they get also, it's like a vocational rehabilitation,
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  • so they get a little stipend from the social security,
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  • and they can start come here every day,
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  • learn profession, but also learn skills of life.
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  • Very fast they start to, you know, get
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  • a sense of responsibility to themselves.
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  • They start to make things for themselves.
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  • They get self-worth, self-confidence.
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  • This is something that happens very fast.
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  • After they have the initial, you know, skills,
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  • they can start and create their own things.
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  • Some make clothes, some make bags,
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  • some make other accessories, jewels.
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  • And they can start, we help them to sell it.
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  • So, very fast they start to have a small income from things
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  • that they made by themselves
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  • and things they started to create.
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  • They have the power to choose.
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  • Sometimes, it's for the first time in their life
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  • they feel that they can choose, they can do something else.
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  • They have an option.
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  • We have a graduate that have her own business,
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  • very successful business.
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  • She's not the only one who has business operations,
  • 00:14:41.240 --> 00:14:44.100
  • but she's very, very successful, and she's very known.
  • 00:14:44.110 --> 00:14:47.270
  • She's a fashion designer, she now has her own store
  • 00:14:47.280 --> 00:14:51.190
  • because she's got the chance to become what she is.
  • 00:14:51.200 --> 00:14:57.150
  • It's an amazing thing to see.
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  • When I work day after day with women who comes from there,
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  • and sometimes when they come here,
  • 00:15:06.270 --> 00:15:08.150
  • they still go every day to work there in another place,
  • 00:15:08.160 --> 00:15:12.120
  • and understanding that this is what they
  • 00:15:12.130 --> 00:15:14.130
  • are going through every day is very hard.
  • 00:15:14.140 --> 00:15:18.010
  • This is my mission to take women with me up.
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  • They're going through a sometimes unbearable journey
  • 00:15:28.260 --> 00:15:34.200
  • to become women who see themselves as part of society.
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  • We see here things every day that they struggle.
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  • The way that we work here that is very unusual,
  • 00:15:43.180 --> 00:15:46.110
  • it's not the way that most organizations
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  • work with women in prostitution.
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  • This is a piece that we're selling in boutiques,
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  • online, and many places.
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  • And it goes straight to the women,
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  • they can earn their money.
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  • They're very proud to make this product because it says
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  • something about their new choice.
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  • For them, many times, and it doesn't matter if they come here
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  • in their 20s or in their 40s, and you saw someone
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  • who was here before, she is in her 70s,
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  • it's always the same.
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  • It's like she can see herself here.
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  • And this is the most amazing thing
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  • that I'm getting the opportunity to see,
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  • when someone starts to see herself.
  • 00:16:34.080 --> 00:16:38.020
  • But for them, and they say it always in words,
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  • it's something that it's like meeting a thing
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  • that they didn't know existed,
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  • that someone can help another someone,
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  • and that someone is them.
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  • That someone thinks that they are worthy of help,
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  • that they have something special inside of them,
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  • that they are special, that they are human beings, individuals.
  • 00:17:04.030 --> 00:17:08.020
  • It's the thing that is so, you know, it seems so obvious.
  • 00:17:08.030 --> 00:17:14.030
  • I wanted to realize what is the source of this phrase.
  • 00:17:17.140 --> 00:17:20.210
  • In the Byzantine courts, there were, like, stone tables
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  • for to play, like, chess.
  • 00:17:26.020 --> 00:17:28.110
  • And turn the table, it means to, when someone really wants
  • 00:17:28.120 --> 00:17:31.100
  • to break all the rules, and they don't want
  • 00:17:31.110 --> 00:17:34.080
  • to play this game anymore, they just turn
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  • this hard, heavy table of stone.
  • 00:17:37.110 --> 00:17:41.210
  • This is what it takes to really break all the rules of the game,
  • 00:17:41.220 --> 00:17:47.080
  • the old game, and start a new one.
  • 00:17:47.090 --> 00:17:49.040
  • My hope is that there will be a world without prostitution,
  • 00:17:54.050 --> 00:17:58.290
  • without women being sold,
  • 00:17:59.000 --> 00:18:00.250
  • without women being hurt,
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  • and being humiliated, oppressed.
  • 00:18:08.080 --> 00:18:13.090
  • I think there could be this kind of world someday.
  • 00:18:13.100 --> 00:18:17.270
  • (narrator) In the book of Isaiah,
  • 00:18:20.140 --> 00:18:21.230
  • the prophet tells God's people this,
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  • "If you will feed the hungry and help those in trouble,
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  • "your light will shine out from the darkness,
  • 00:18:26.230 --> 00:18:28.260
  • "and the darkness around you will be as bright
  • 00:18:28.270 --> 00:18:31.060
  • "as the noon sun.
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  • "You will be called a repairer of the breach and a restorer
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  • of streets to dwell in."
  • 00:18:35.140 --> 00:18:37.090
  • Out of the darkness of division and unrest,
  • 00:18:37.100 --> 00:18:39.150
  • we see those who are shining
  • 00:18:39.160 --> 00:18:40.250
  • a transformative light on injustice,
  • 00:18:40.260 --> 00:18:42.280
  • serving as a voice of change through new and creative formats
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  • for those who have been silenced.
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  • (Paula Kweskin) I used to think that law was the only way
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  • to get the world to change.
  • 00:18:51.120 --> 00:18:54.160
  • But I realized that we need to make connections
  • 00:18:54.170 --> 00:18:57.170
  • between one another.
  • 00:18:57.180 --> 00:19:02.030
  • Film is a way to bring people's individual stories
  • 00:19:02.040 --> 00:19:05.100
  • to millions and millions of people all over the world.
  • 00:19:05.110 --> 00:19:08.270
  • Images are seared into our conscience.
  • 00:19:08.280 --> 00:19:11.230
  • It was a very happy set of circumstances that led me
  • 00:19:11.240 --> 00:19:15.270
  • to an amazing group of individuals
  • 00:19:15.280 --> 00:19:18.120
  • working on a project about, at this point,
  • 00:19:18.130 --> 00:19:21.180
  • women's rights during the Arab Spring.
  • 00:19:21.190 --> 00:19:26.120
  • It just spoke to me
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  • from the geopolitical perspective,
  • 00:19:28.090 --> 00:19:30.100
  • from the human rights perspective,
  • 00:19:30.110 --> 00:19:31.260
  • the legal perspective,
  • 00:19:31.270 --> 00:19:33.060
  • the fact I was living in Jerusalem at the time,
  • 00:19:33.070 --> 00:19:34.210
  • and kind of looking at the Arab Spring
  • 00:19:34.220 --> 00:19:38.020
  • from a pretty close perspective.
  • 00:19:38.030 --> 00:19:40.260
  • And I just thought, you know, "I want to be a part of this."
  • 00:19:40.270 --> 00:19:44.150
  • (Malala Yousafzai) I have the right of education, I have the right to play,
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:50.170
  • I have the right to sing, I have the right to talk,
  • 00:19:50.180 --> 00:19:52.160
  • I have the right to go to market,
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  • I have the right to speak up.
  • 00:19:54.030 --> 00:19:56.070
  • (Paula) With "Honor Diaries," we told the stories
  • 00:19:56.190 --> 00:19:58.200
  • of nine women's rights activists from honor-based societies.
  • 00:19:58.210 --> 00:20:02.280
  • We put nine women in a room, and they spoke to one another.
  • 00:20:02.290 --> 00:20:07.000
  • It was just an incredibly emotional space for them
  • 00:20:07.010 --> 00:20:10.260
  • to connect with one another.
  • 00:20:10.270 --> 00:20:14.190
  • I always felt that it was so important that we use
  • 00:20:14.200 --> 00:20:17.140
  • our voices to do more in the world.
  • 00:20:17.150 --> 00:20:20.090
  • I mean, it sounds a bit cliche,
  • 00:20:20.100 --> 00:20:21.190
  • but it really is just that simple for me.
  • 00:20:21.200 --> 00:20:26.000
  • I studied human rights law and international law,
  • 00:20:26.010 --> 00:20:28.280
  • and I always saw myself in that framework.
  • 00:20:28.290 --> 00:20:33.230
  • I was working for non-governmental organizations
  • 00:20:33.240 --> 00:20:36.130
  • that would send reports to the United Nations.
  • 00:20:36.140 --> 00:20:39.120
  • Countries get reviewed for their human rights record,
  • 00:20:39.130 --> 00:20:42.150
  • or for other issues, and so NGOs will submit documents to discuss
  • 00:20:42.160 --> 00:20:47.180
  • issues either about the country
  • 00:20:47.190 --> 00:20:49.110
  • or about other human rights issues.
  • 00:20:49.120 --> 00:20:51.190
  • There's a lot of food programs, or science programs,
  • 00:20:51.200 --> 00:20:55.100
  • aids programs of the United Nations
  • 00:20:55.110 --> 00:20:57.060
  • are excellent, but just in terms of human rights, it was
  • 00:20:57.070 --> 00:21:00.200
  • very challenging for me to feel
  • 00:21:00.210 --> 00:21:02.200
  • that meaningful work was taking place.
  • 00:21:02.210 --> 00:21:05.080
  • I can't take the Human Rights Council seriously
  • 00:21:05.090 --> 00:21:08.090
  • when they put tyrants and dictators on the council
  • 00:21:08.100 --> 00:21:13.000
  • to make the decisions.
  • 00:21:13.010 --> 00:21:14.180
  • When you have countries like Syria having a voice
  • 00:21:14.190 --> 00:21:17.290
  • at the UN Human Rights Council while they're butchering
  • 00:21:18.000 --> 00:21:20.210
  • hundreds of thousands of their civilians at home,
  • 00:21:20.220 --> 00:21:23.260
  • I just don't want to be part of that in a meaningful way.
  • 00:21:23.270 --> 00:21:28.290
  • When I was working within this framework,
  • 00:21:29.000 --> 00:21:31.010
  • I just felt like I was hitting my head
  • 00:21:31.020 --> 00:21:32.140
  • against the wall all the time.
  • 00:21:32.150 --> 00:21:34.040
  • And it just felt like I'm not getting anywhere.
  • 00:21:34.050 --> 00:21:37.180
  • Here we are in our ivory tower,
  • 00:21:37.190 --> 00:21:39.120
  • writing reports or having conferences,
  • 00:21:39.130 --> 00:21:42.180
  • but what's actually getting done?
  • 00:21:42.190 --> 00:21:46.050
  • As a result of feeling frustrated
  • 00:21:46.060 --> 00:21:47.170
  • in that world, I looked outward.
  • 00:21:47.180 --> 00:21:52.150
  • Film and media, more broadly speaking,
  • 00:21:52.160 --> 00:21:56.060
  • to me, that's the way to promote advocacy and change.
  • 00:21:56.070 --> 00:22:00.280
  • The world that we live in is so malleable, it's so flexible.
  • 00:22:00.290 --> 00:22:04.160
  • Anyone can be part of media, and expose and promote
  • 00:22:04.170 --> 00:22:09.010
  • different stories to affect change.
  • 00:22:09.020 --> 00:22:11.080
  • And that was the world that I wanted to be part of.
  • 00:22:11.090 --> 00:22:13.190
  • [speaking in foreign language]
  • 00:22:19.210 --> 00:22:25.090
  • (Paula) I don't think that Christian communities
  • 00:22:25.100 --> 00:22:26.270
  • understand what's happening to their brothers and sisters
  • 00:22:26.280 --> 00:22:29.240
  • in the Middle East.
  • 00:22:29.250 --> 00:22:31.060
  • "Faith Keepers" tells the stories
  • 00:22:31.070 --> 00:22:32.160
  • behind the headlines of the persecuted Christians
  • 00:22:32.170 --> 00:22:34.270
  • and other minorities in the Middle East.
  • 00:22:34.280 --> 00:22:36.290
  • (Frank Wolf) What is taking place in the Middle East,
  • 00:22:37.170 --> 00:22:39.180
  • particularly in Iraq, is genocide.
  • 00:22:39.190 --> 00:22:42.270
  • (Paula) What's happening to Christians and other minorities
  • 00:22:44.150 --> 00:22:47.220
  • in the Middle East has been called a genocide.
  • 00:22:47.230 --> 00:22:50.280
  • It's been called that by the European Union,
  • 00:22:50.290 --> 00:22:53.110
  • the house of Congress,
  • 00:22:53.120 --> 00:22:55.150
  • the house of Parliament in the United Kingdom.
  • 00:22:55.160 --> 00:22:58.060
  • And unfortunately, this isn't the first genocide
  • 00:22:58.070 --> 00:23:02.010
  • even that I've witnessed in my life.
  • 00:23:02.020 --> 00:23:04.100
  • After the Holocaust, we said never again.
  • 00:23:04.110 --> 00:23:07.070
  • And meanwhile, though not to the same scale,
  • 00:23:07.080 --> 00:23:10.120
  • we've seen other horrific persecutions take place.
  • 00:23:10.130 --> 00:23:14.210
  • In terms of minority rights in the Middle East,
  • 00:23:17.070 --> 00:23:20.040
  • I think that it's really important to ensure
  • 00:23:20.050 --> 00:23:23.080
  • that this value system of extremism
  • 00:23:23.090 --> 00:23:26.170
  • and extremist ideology is challenged.
  • 00:23:26.180 --> 00:23:31.040
  • Whether it's in Iraq, or Syria,
  • 00:23:31.050 --> 00:23:33.170
  • or within the Palestinian territories,
  • 00:23:33.180 --> 00:23:35.130
  • where ideas of freedom of speech,
  • 00:23:35.140 --> 00:23:37.200
  • and democracy, and protection of minorities,
  • 00:23:37.210 --> 00:23:40.020
  • those seeds are not being sown.
  • 00:23:40.030 --> 00:23:42.250
  • 00:23:42.260 --> 00:23:48.260
  • (Paula) A young woman like me, my age, or even younger
  • 00:23:50.010 --> 00:23:53.200
  • in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan or Afghanistan,
  • 00:23:53.210 --> 00:23:57.270
  • I mean, what does she think about
  • 00:23:57.280 --> 00:23:59.100
  • when she thinks about her future?
  • 00:23:59.110 --> 00:24:00.290
  • Even the idea of future doesn't even occur to her.
  • 00:24:01.000 --> 00:24:03.220
  • It never has been a choice or a gift that she can enjoy.
  • 00:24:03.230 --> 00:24:08.140
  • I have such a responsibility to speak out on their behalf.
  • 00:24:08.150 --> 00:24:11.110
  • I'm American, I live in Jerusalem.
  • 00:24:11.120 --> 00:24:13.210
  • Both places are free.
  • 00:24:13.220 --> 00:24:16.010
  • I'm able to speak out and say whatever I want,
  • 00:24:16.020 --> 00:24:18.160
  • and I think that is a huge gift.
  • 00:24:18.170 --> 00:24:21.080
  • It's a blessing, and it's something
  • 00:24:21.090 --> 00:24:22.210
  • that no one should take lightly.
  • 00:24:22.220 --> 00:24:24.210
  • And so, I don't want to squander that opportunity.
  • 00:24:24.220 --> 00:24:27.210
  • Countries with a strong rule of law
  • 00:24:31.010 --> 00:24:33.020
  • and that focus on democracy
  • 00:24:33.030 --> 00:24:34.120
  • can determine what justice is for each of their societies,
  • 00:24:34.130 --> 00:24:38.010
  • but it's certainly about having a set of norms and expectations
  • 00:24:38.020 --> 00:24:41.000
  • that protect individual rights, and making sure
  • 00:24:41.010 --> 00:24:43.170
  • that those rights aren't trampled on.
  • 00:24:43.180 --> 00:24:47.160
  • A friend is someone where you find common ground,
  • 00:24:47.170 --> 00:24:50.020
  • or you grew up together, or you have common interests.
  • 00:24:50.030 --> 00:24:52.110
  • But an ally is that I am with you,
  • 00:24:52.120 --> 00:24:55.270
  • even if I don't agree with you,
  • 00:24:55.280 --> 00:24:58.000
  • I don't understand you,
  • 00:24:58.010 --> 00:24:59.100
  • and I don't speak the same language as you,
  • 00:24:59.110 --> 00:25:01.100
  • and we don't believe the same things.
  • 00:25:01.110 --> 00:25:03.010
  • But there's something about you or the group
  • 00:25:03.020 --> 00:25:06.130
  • that I want to align myself with.
  • 00:25:06.140 --> 00:25:08.190
  • There's some commonality that we've chosen
  • 00:25:08.200 --> 00:25:10.030
  • to form our connection on.
  • 00:25:10.040 --> 00:25:14.110
  • The people who have the opportunity
  • 00:25:14.120 --> 00:25:15.260
  • to give voice to the voiceless
  • 00:25:15.270 --> 00:25:18.090
  • have a tremendous responsibility to do so.
  • 00:25:18.100 --> 00:25:22.190
  • Stories are the connection between each one of us.
  • 00:25:22.200 --> 00:25:26.030
  • So, it's one thing to read headlines in a newspaper
  • 00:25:26.040 --> 00:25:28.260
  • or to read books.
  • 00:25:28.270 --> 00:25:31.020
  • It's another thing to tell individual stories of people.
  • 00:25:31.030 --> 00:25:35.090
  • We don't always remember the facts or the dates,
  • 00:25:35.100 --> 00:25:38.020
  • but we'll always remember a story.
  • 00:25:38.030 --> 00:25:39.280
  • (narrator) In Genesis 12, God promises Abraham,
  • 00:25:45.130 --> 00:25:47.230
  • "I will make you a great nation.
  • 00:25:47.240 --> 00:25:49.030
  • "I will bless those who bless you,
  • 00:25:49.040 --> 00:25:50.140
  • "I will curse those who curse you.
  • 00:25:50.170 --> 00:25:51.250
  • And in you all the nations of the earth will be blessed."
  • 00:25:51.260 --> 00:25:56.130
  • When we look at history, the pattern is clear.
  • 00:25:56.140 --> 00:25:59.210
  • Those nations who have opposed Israel crumble and fall,
  • 00:25:59.220 --> 00:26:03.070
  • the great dynasties of Egypt, Persia, even Rome.
  • 00:26:03.080 --> 00:26:07.170
  • And what about today?
  • 00:26:07.180 --> 00:26:09.010
  • The political tide may come and go,
  • 00:26:09.020 --> 00:26:11.090
  • but Israel is a living proof that God's promises remain.
  • 00:26:11.100 --> 00:26:15.180
  • When the world turns against Israel,
  • 00:26:15.190 --> 00:26:18.000
  • where will you stand?
  • 00:26:18.010 --> 00:26:21.210
  • I leave you with a psalm penned by King David,
  • 00:26:21.220 --> 00:26:23.250
  • a blessing over the city, and indeed a prayer for Israel.
  • 00:26:23.260 --> 00:26:27.290
  • "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  • 00:26:28.000 --> 00:26:30.130
  • "May they prosper who love you.
  • 00:26:30.140 --> 00:26:32.070
  • "May peace be within your walls
  • 00:26:32.080 --> 00:26:34.020
  • "and prosperity within your palaces.
  • 00:26:34.030 --> 00:26:36.160
  • "For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will now say
  • 00:26:36.170 --> 00:26:39.020
  • "may peace be within you.
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  • "For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
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  • I will seek your good."
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