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Kings We Are, with Wings of Dust
Memories of the Shalom Salam Tour
by Anis Hamadeh
- August 2004 -
German Original

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Contents:

  Chapter: 0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - Appendix
Kapitel: 0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - Anhang

Introduction

Chapter 1: Leipzig and Halle
In the Gewandhaus - Duo Rubin live - Shalom Salam Infos - Round Table Dinner - At Noon in Halle - Concert Hall, Ulrich Church, Halle

Chapter 2: Vreden and Wesel
Vreden - Performance in the Stifts Church - Curfew for Feelings - Bettina Oehmen - Wesel

Chapter 3: Books and Press Meetings
Books - Meggle, Terror, Wittgenstein - Press Meetings in Berlin, Leipzig and Halle - The Press - On the Road with Michael Krebs - Paul Spiegel - What is the Cause of Terror?

Chapter 4: Düsseldorf and Bocholt
Thomas Church Düsseldorf - Before in Düsseldorf - In the Historic Town-Hall - In the Garden - On the Train to Berlin

Chapter 5: Oldenburg, RBB, Cologne
Oldenburg - Ellen Rohlf's Texts - A Short Break - Radio Meeting in Berlin - Cologne, Wallraf Richartz Museum

Chapter 6: Berlin
In the Stefan's - On Criticism of the Tour - At DaimlerChrysler's - The Finale - This was the Tour

Chapter 7: Haviva Reik Peace Prize Award
Daniel Barenboim - The Prize Award - The Crocodeel from Kiel - Ideal and Reality - Cultural Identities - Falckenstein - With Jörn at the Spreebogen

Appendix
- Essay: "What is Peace?" (2002)
- Essay: "Palestine, Israel and the Pictures" (2002)
- Essay: "Palestine, Israel and Inhibition Thresholds" (2002)
- Article: "The Textbook Project" (2003)
- Register of mentioned Books



Pagination of the Manuscript (123 pp): Kings We Are, with Wings of Dust Memories of the Shalom Salam Tour by Anis Hamadeh - August 2004 - Introduction Chapter 1: Leipzig and Halle pp 2-15 In the Gewandhaus (2-3) - Duo Rubin live (3-7) - Shalom Salam Infos (7-12) - Round Table Dinner (12-13) - At Noon in Halle (13-14) - Concert Hall, Ulrich Church, Halle (14-15) Chapter 2: Vreden and Wesel p. 16-24 Vreden (16-17) - Performance in the Stifts Church (17-19) - Curfew for Feelings (19-21) - Bettina Oehmen (21-22) - Wesel (23-24) Chapter 3: Books and Press Meetings p. 25 - 36 Books (25-26) - Meggle, Terror, Wittgenstein (26) - Press Meetings in Berlin, Leipzig and Halle (27-29) - The Press (30) - On the Road with Michael Krebs (31-32) - Paul Spiegel (32-35) - What is the Cause of Terror? (35-36) Chapter 4: Düsseldorf and Bocholt p. 37 - 46 Thomas Church Düsseldorf (37-38) - Before in Düsseldorf (38-39) - In the Historic Town-Hall (39-40) - In the Garden (40-42) - On the Train to Berlin (42-46) Chapter 5: Oldenburg, RBB, Cologne p. 47 - 61 Oldenburg (47-48) - Ellen Rohlf's Texts (48-50) - A Short Break (50-51) - Radio Meeting in Berlin (51-59) - Cologne, Wallraf Richartz Museum (59-61) Chapter 6: Berlin p. 62 - 73 In the Stefan's (62-63) - On Criticism of the Tour (64-67) - At DaimlerChrysler's (68-69) - The Finale (69-72) - This was the Tour (72-73) Chapter 7: Haviva Reik Peace Prize Award p. 74 - 94 Daniel Barenboim (74-75) - The Prize Award (75-80) - The Crocodeel from Kiel (80-82) - Ideal and Reality (82-84) - Cultural Identities (84-88) - Falckenstein (88-92) - With Jörn at the Spreebogen (92-94) Appendix p. 95 - 123




Introduction

"Kings We Are, with Wings of Dust" is my revised diary of the benefice tour "Shalom - Salam" (09 until 26 May 2004). The Jewish Israeli musical Duo Rubin had the idea to venture a concert and literary tour and I took the Palestinian and literary part. For the benefit of the bi-cultural communication center Givat Haviva we three artists appeared on stage in nine German cities, with classical music, poetry, and many encounters.

In seven chapters I let my memories pass in review and describe my impressions and perceptions. In the cooperation with the Duo Rubin there lies hope for the future. When more people think this way then there will be more constructive meetings, too. They are more urgent today than ever. I recount what happened on stage, introduce the Duo Rubin and their music, talk about the reactions on the tour, about views and the handling of the Middle East conflict, about meetings with the audience, with politicians, journalists, organizers, other artists, about Givat Haviva, about the historic places where we appeared, like the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Wallraf Richartz Museum in Cologne, the journeys and new experiences. On June 27, 2004, on the occasion of the Haviva Reik Peace Prize award to Maestro Daniel Barenboim we three appeared again, in the Sorat hotel in Berlin. With this highlight the first part of "Shalom - Salam" ended.

Embedded into the course of the diary are some literary and background texts, as well as reflections and reviews of some books which had played a role during the tour. There are three essays in the appendix: "What is Peace?", "Palestine, Israel and the Pictures" and "Palestine, Israel and Inhibition Thresholds" (all 2002), as is the article "The Schoolbook Project" (2003). These texts are available on the internet in German and English. Also in the appendix is a register of mentioned and reviewed books. The translation at hand I made myself into my pidgin English.

"Kings We Are, with Wings of Dust" is dedicated to everybody who participated in "Shalom - Salam" and contributed to a joint venture in a difficult time.

Anis Hamadeh,
Kiel, August 16, 2004


Chapter 1