Honey Path presentation, 31 8 19, Berlin

It’s a complete different story
which is evidently a pattern here during “Speed Bee Talks”,
we’re going to fly across Europe to the Middle East. To the project that is bridging
different cultures through bees. Once again, the bees play a central role
in connecting and inspiring Ziv Elyashiv and Rajai Hameed have come from
Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Where he and his partner managing an apiary that used as an educational tool
to bring together Israelis and Palestinians. He studied natural beekeeping in Amsterdam, Was an environmental educator at a farm, and now works at the
“Oasis of Peace” elementary school. He founded “Let me Bee”, which has the mission of
bridging and connecting communities through natural beekeeping. This is all about learning from the bees, and we’re here in Berlin, we had a wall, and, we’d like to build bridges, not walls. So, I’m happy to… have them here, Ziv and Rajai, are you ready? Welcome them onstage. So are you ready? Okay, you can see over there as well Thank you. All right. Good evening everyone. I’m Ziv, and this is Rajai,
who joined me after a very long flight. And we’ll be telling you about the “Honey Path” project, that we’ve set up with the assistance of
“Oasis of Peace”, a village, that is located in the center of Israel,
where Jewish and Arabs voluntarily live together and promote
mutual life as a one strong community. So.. our project combines
between politics, community and nature. It all started two years ago
when I’ve met Rajai Hameed from Beit Anan village,
located in the Palestine Authorities. We both participated in the “School for Peace” seminar. The Seminar’s objective was to bring together
Jewish and Arabs participants who have the potential to become the future politicians and leaders in their community. For a year and a half, on a monthly basis, We’ve met and had discussions… Open, equal, and inhibited discussions
about the Israel-Palestine conflict. There were massive gaps between our narratives which led to arguments and frustrations among the group. Despite the challenges, We didn’t give up on our vision for collaboration and co-existence
between the people of both nations. As the seminar ended, me and Rajai felt that we wanted to continue
the progress we’ve made, and at that time I was practicing natural beekeeping. I told Rajai about my vision
to bring together and create bridges between people and communities,
by practicing beekeeping. And that’s how we came up
with the “Honey Path” project – A multi cultural, educational apiary that will be maintained by the residents
of the Oasis of Peace village. Our initial stakeholders are the bilingual elementary school students of the village. Together with a Rafat,
a Palestinian beekeeper from Shweiqe village We’re going to teach the kids about the wonderful world of the bees and also have practical sessions in the apiary, as we aspire the kids will… work together for the benefit of the bees. The peak of this activity will be what
they like most (the kids), honey harvesting, with the consideration of the bees nutritional needs. While our educational value is to reflect the kids the harmonic and social life of the bees into the community, our community therefore, empower the creation of symmetrical relationship between Jews and Arabs from a young age And therefore create an amendment for the inequality that stands between the two nations. So, this year we’ve set up the apiary
and started with three hives. We’ve made introductory lessons to the kids and also took them to meet the bees. The kids were super excited to meet the bees,
to hold the drones and taste a little bit of honey. Since we want our project to be sustainable (financially), we’re planning to sell some of the honey we’ll harvest. An interesting fact Is that in the Palestine Authority people give more value to honey as a healthy asset, therefore they’re willing to invest and get raw, natural honey, like the kind we’re offering – free of chemical residues, white sugar and manipulations made inside the hive. Soon we’ll go through all the bureaucracy that is required in order to get a license to put more hives And there is a lot of it in Israel, and we gonna have 10 hives in our apiary and me and Rajai also
have another goal we wish to fulfill to set up another apiary on a
designated field near the Israel-Palestine border in order to convey the message that bees know no borders and hopefully to create employment opportunities for the Palestinian residents. We would like to invite you… to join us…. To join us in our activity, co-operate with us in any way that you can think of We would love to hear about any… opportunities for institutions or people who will be willing to support our activity. Come visit us in Israel! We have a lot coming up this year.. including planting some nectar abundant trees and getting as many healthy swarms from our active colonies, and setting up the new hives. I would like Rajai to say a few words. Hi, in short words, we live in Palestine… A life that look like to the life of the bees. They produce life and looking for security and safety
and seek for peace, while they are surrounded
by settlements and occupation This is our life. We must look for a true partner for life, and save the bees from disappearing. I mean that.. with our meeting (cooperation)… with Ziv we want that you…. that you all… To come and take part and see how it goes on the inside, from close by… Thank you very much!

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