The Friday Gong in Tamera

A weekly meditation for peace in the Middle East

Every Friday at ten o’clock the peace community in Portugal Tamera, stops the daily work and thoughts for two minutes of sending prayers to Israel-Palestine in order support the peace process in the region. The ritual, which is manifested by a strong gong that can reach the hundreds of people who live in the community, began six years ago, together with a group of peace workers who committed for a weekly peace prayer, every Friday in front of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. We did the following interview with Uri Ayalon, an Israeli who lives in the moment and studies in Tamera.

What do the Israelis and Palestinians do during the “Friday Gong”?

In Israel and Palestine, Muslim people go to pray at this time in the mosque. In the last years, after the prayers a lot of peace activists from Israel and from the west bank are going to the separation wall in Palestine in order to protest against the apartheid.

And what does the community of Tamera do in this time?

We connect on a spiritual way with the Israelis and Palestinians and with the holy land and we send there pictures and concepts of peace and support.

What do we want to achieve with this ritual?

We believe that the Middle East and especially Israel-Palestine can function like an acupuncture point in the world. This means that we can support not only Israel-Palestine, but the whole world by putting new information of peace in an important point on the globe.

What should we do during those two minutes of silence?

Everyone can decide for himself, in what way you connect with the peace of the world: How to send thoughts, prayers and visions of peace to crisis areas. Me personally, I imagine my self praying in the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem-Al-Quds, and I try to see and to feel a strong light coming out of my heart slowly enlarging and widening all over the holy land.

Do you think that this ritual will make a difference in the world?

I know that for some of our friends in Israel-Palestine it is meaningful to know that a whole community is behind them and supports them. That means yes, I think we can make a change.

Interview and photos by Henri Louis Strunk