November 2016

About those Muslim schools visiting the museum on the Via Dolorosa

We want to go back to the Terra Sancta Museum!” The students of the Al-Nur school of special education keep on repeating this motto, at the end of the visit to the Multimedia section of the Terra Sancta Museum. And they insist so much that the school will have to go back a second time soon, although it has not been planned.

The initiative, involving two Muslim schools in Jerusalem, is having a really great success. Also the girls from Al-Tur school are very attentive to the explanation, while they wander around the cloisters of the Convent of the Flagellation.

After all they are being introduced to their own history, a heritage which belongs to them too. But they knew nothing about it. They did not know you could come to visit a museum on the history of Jerusalem and the roots of Christianity, in the place where tradition locates the condemnation of Christ. They did not know, and they are fascinated. In the same way, they don’t want lose a minute of the movie that tells the story of the Holy City, of wars for power and of conflicts that still exist.

Do these students realize that their being there, their openness to learning, is the first step in response to these conflicts? They are actually making their first move towards building a new Jerusalem that means “Vision of Peace”, as it’s explained in the movie.

This is the purpose of the project, managed by the Mosaic Centre in cooperation with the Association pro Terra Sancta and in collaboration with the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum. With this initiative we want to educate the students to opening and confrontation to create bridges of friendship, in order to build together a future. We must thank their teachers in the first place, because they are the first to be open-minded.

And while all around conflicts and divisions increase, the students keep repeating “We want to go see the museum! We want to go see the museum!”, to discover more about themselves first, and then the others as well.

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