The project “Hearts of Flesh – Not Stone” is a trilateral project supported by the DFG. The partnership is between the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, the organization Wasatia which works with students from all the Palestinian Universities, and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in addition to team members at Tel Aviv University.
On the 26th of October 2015 in Jerusalem there was a meeting between a delegation from Thuringia, Germany and the members of the Israeli team of the project, to discuss the work during the first two years of the project.
In addition to the Israeli team leaders and their research students, participants from Thuringia included Mr Wolfgang Tiefensee, the Minister for Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society in Thuringia and former Federal Minister for Transport, Building and Urban Development who spoke to the group about reconciliation. In addition - Prof. Rosenthal, the president of the Friedrich Schiller University also addressed the group. Professor Martin Leiner, HOF project leader, currently holds the Chair in Systematic Theology at FSU where he is also the founding director of the Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (http://www.jcrs.uni-jena.de/). Professor Leiner was accompanied by Professor Nickolaus Knoeffler, who currently holds the Chair of Applied Ethics and is the Director of the Ethics Center (Ethikzentrum) at FSU, and Dr. Martin O’Malley, associate at the Center of Ethics in Jena and coordinator of the trilateral project.
At the end of the discussions about the project and the initial results of the research, there was a signing ceremony between Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to commit to continued cooperation between the universities. This agreement was signed by Professor Rosenthal, Professor Leiner and Professor Sagy and Professor Rifka Carmi, the President of Ben Gurion University, who was unable to attend signed the document a few days later during Professor Leiner’s visit to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.