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Vendredi 2 Mars – Journée 1 : Haifa, the Israeli discovery
Fraichement arrivés d’Europe, les élèves se sont réunis à Tel Aviv pour partager un moment de convivialité et profiter des festivités locales. La rencontre avec les partenaires du Technion s’est faite dès le lendemain durant la visite de Haïfa. Entre histoire, architecture et découverte culinaire, un étudiant italien nous raconte ses premiers pas dans Tel Aviv, puis dans la ville de l’Université du Technion qui se dresse sur la côte et les hauteurs du Mont Carmel.
Our arrival in Israel was clouded by many preconceptions and little knowledge of the local atmosphere. We got there on the 1st of March on a sunny day. What a warm welcome from such a hospital country, quite a difference from the cold and snowing Paris we had just left!
The first impact suddenly struck us, who knew that Tel Aviv was such a party city! The ESCP delegation was overwhelmed by the Pourim’s vibe so much that we even had to dress up to blend in. The Brazilian’s folks have something to learn from the Israelis.
The next morning waking up was not that easy, but definitely worth it. With the help of the CCIIF local organization and of our colleagues from the Technion, we started to get to know this lovely country. Haifa, where the Technion is located, was the first stop. A port city in northern Israel that is not only representative of the cultural blending of Israel, but also of its economic dynamicity.
Unfortunately, work before pleasure, of course. A meeting at the beautiful Technion campus was needed to start working on the two projects with A.. and Am.. Afterwards, we had the opportunity to visit the Arab market and sense its spices, but nothing could compete with the breath-taking view of the sun setting from the top of the Bahai gardens. The first day of an incredible adventure that was just beginning.
Marcello Triulzio
 
Samedi 3 Mars 2018 – Journée 2 : Jérusalem
Escapade du groupe à Jérusalem, “fondement de la paix” en hébreu, le temps d’une journée. Les élèves ont eu la chance de pouvoir visiter l’Eglise du Saint Sépulcre, la Synagogue Hourva, le Mur des Lamentations et le Dôme du Rocher.
Voici un témoignage d’un élève Hindouiste découvrant la ville trois fois saintes.
It would not be wrong to say that Jerusalem was the main reason I chose to embark on this trip to Israel with my classmates. The cradle of faiths, the holy land of the world’s largest religions, Jerusalem, is not just a cultural city but the trigger point of politics the world over.
It was fascinating for me, an outsider – one who doesn’t practice either of the three religions, to discover the evolution of faith and the way it spread globally while being centered at around the same geographical region. But the most interesting point for me was to discover the similarities with my own religion, which has had no connection to the ones cradled in Jerusalem.
Be it the Bar mitzvah which is the Upanayanam in my religion, or the rituals followed, most of them are what they are because at the end of it all they celebrate humanity – the joyous event of a birth, the many stages of life as a child, an adolescent, a family member and finally death as the end of a generation. In this complex world, there is no one solution, and for peace, collective agreement or maintenance of status quo seem to be the only viable options.
We should look beyond our differences and celebrate humanity in all its aspects because what’s life without a Purim carnival, a Christmas lunch with family, a food bazaar after Ramadan and a few colors on your cheeks on the day of the holy festival!
Nanjundeshwara Nanjappa

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