Last week, fifteen Kids4Peace Youth Action Program Counselors (10th-12th grade) and staff, along with 55 campers and staff from the Parents Circle – Families Forum, met with Tamer Nafar, a Palestinian musician and activist. The Youth Action Program has hosted several Town Hall Meetings this year, giving youth and adults the opportunity to meet with and learn from Israeli and Palestinian activists.
Before Tamer Nafar arrived, the two organizations had some time to get to know each other and spend time together. Two teenagers from each organization introduced themselves, shared a personal story and introduced their organization.
We then continued by splitting into small groups for the “Round Table” activity, where the groups took turns asking and answering questions in Hebrew and Arabic about their lives, politics and personalities.
After dinner, Tamer Nafar arrived. The youth and staff enjoyed an evening of inspiration, as Tamer shared stories of genuine experiences with care and seriousness, connecting music videos and lyrics with his story, weaving us through his childhood and process of growing up into the successful Palestinian rapper and activist that he is today. We could feel the deep connection between his personal life and the music he makes, and the self-awareness of the publicity he has gained over the years and the impact he can make.
Our youth had the opportunity to get to know a unique individual that evening, a leader from the art world here; an activist that was born into the material he works with, an inspiration to us and our work in Jerusalem and around the world.
Sharing about our work at Kids4Peace, our personal stories, getting to know The Parents Circle – Families Forum organization and participants, meeting Tamer Nafar, and exploring Akko/Akka by night was a unique and exciting evening and opportunity for all.