On Monday, June 23th 2014, many hundreds of people will embrace the Old City of Jerusalem. Israelis and Palestinians as well as peace activists from all over the world will walk hand in hand around the city walls. They will stand shoulder to shoulder, sharing their wish for peace and their love for Jerusalem. The Old City as a whole is a sanctuary. It ought to be a freely accessible area within an undivided Jerusalem, a city for Palestinians and Israelis and a center for the entire world.
The aim of the “Jerusalem Hug” is to promote a peaceful experience, a life of freedom, justice and joy to all people. The “Jerusalem Hug” will focus on love, respect and unity between all people. With this attitude the participants will spread out around the walls of the Old City holding hands, singing and praying for peace and respect for all humankind.
The “Jerusalem Hug” is a symbol for another way to achieve peace. Everywhere the belief in a political solution of the Middle East conflict has been gone down to point zero. There ought to be found another way and that is the way of the heart. We believe that when we find peace in ourselves and when we are able to forgive, world peace will come closer. Change begins at the basis.
The “Jerusalem Hug” gives expression to this wish for change as a concrete statement. Jerusalem stands as a symbol for peace and forgiveness in the world. Let Jerusalem be a city of connection, the heart of the world where unity and peace will be a fact. The “Jerusalem Hug” took also place in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The events were joined by more than 6000 participants; residents of Jerusalem, Palestinians and Israelis, as well as peace activists from all over the world.