Lassalle Institut

«Jerusalem - Open City for Learning World Peace»

'Sternstunde Philosophie' - 'The enemy as a friend'
You will find the podcast of that Swiss television broadcast here (only available in German language).

On August the 30th 2009, 'Sternstunde Philosophie' broadcast an interview titled 'The enemy as a friend'. The most important cooperation partners of Lassalle-Institut in the Jerusalem Project, Palestinian Rami Nasrallah and Israeli Shlomo Hasson, were talking to Norbert Bischofberger about Near and Middle East, the relationship between Palestinians and Israelis and the vision which they share with Lassalle-Insitut of Jerusalem as an Open City in the context of the two-state solution.


You will find the current report on the Jerusalem Project here.

The Jerusalem Project is very present in print media, too. For an interview in English language with Pia Gyger and Niklaus Brantschen lead by Swissinfo.ch, click here.



A short overview of the most important activities of the Lassalle-Institut in the past three years.

Lassalle-Institut´s Jerusalem Project is shaping up well. The following steps have recently been taken or are planned in the short-term:

  • The main focus of our last working visit in Jerusalem from January 24 to February 3, 2012, lay firstly on the housing-project and secondly on two workshops in the holy city. 
    Report on working visit to Jerusalem, January 24 - February 3, 2012
  • Many promising encounters with Palestinians, Israelis and members of the international community take place during our working visit from September 10 to 23, 2011. We are able to assure ourselves of important advances in the project 'Urban Development for East Jerusalem', which should improve the housing situation of the Palestinians in Jerusalem. Moreover, we successfully hold two new workshops: 'Partnership Between Man and Woman' and 'My Aspirations as a Jerusalemite for this Century'.
    Report on working visit to Jerusalem, September 2011
  • This time, Lassalle-Institute's working stay, from 11th to 25th of March 2011, is very intensive. Besides fruitful meetings with old acquaintances as well as the closest cooperation partners, Pia Gyger and Niklaus Brantschen develop the basics for workshops with Israelis partners. Moreover, under the impulse of the moment, Lassalle-Institute gets in contact with actors, which open new doors and opportunities.
    Report on working sessions in Berne and Jerusalem, March 2011
  • With support of Heidi Albisser, Alfred Bodenheimer and Josef Lang, Lassalle-Institute organizes a three-day working stay for Rami Nasrallah and Shlomo Hasson in Switzerland. The cooperation partners study cross-border cooperation in the tri-state-area of Basel and meet representatives of the Europainstitute of the University of Basel. In Berne, the partners promote political support. After talks with different Members of Parliament, the cooperation partners have a constructive encounter with the State Secretary of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Peter Maurer.
  • About 70 Palestinians, Israelis and representatives of the International Community attend the First International Conference 'Jerusalem: The Global Challence' from October 14th to 15th 2010. The conference is supported by FDFA and MISEREOR, among others, and helps to establish important contacts. Participants share the effort to develop solutions for Jerusalem as an Open City. The conference is a success, especially with regard to prior doubts concerning the feasibility of holding this conference in the very city of Jerusalem.
  • Further information about the conference:
    Conference Program
    Conference Report
  • At the end of August 2010, Anna Gamma takes advantage of the contacts established in New York over the course of many years in order to prepare the First International Conference 'Jerusalem: The Global Challende.'
  • In March/ April 2010, Pia Gyger and Niklaus Brantschen, heads of the Jerusalem Project, are living and working in Jerusalem for about four weeks. From now on, according to a basic decision, both of them will promote the project on site twice a year for about a month.
  • At the end of 2009, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs decides to actively support the first International Conference ,Jerusalem: The Global Challenge´. This represents a big step for the Jerusalem Project as it cannot grow without the support of the International Community.
  • In October 2009, Anna Gamma, director of Lassalle-Institut, meets decision makers of the UN, the Swiss ambassador Peter Maurer and representatives of the European Commission to informe them about the Jerusalem Project and to explore the possibilities of a cooperation.
  • In July 2009, a preparation meeting for an international Jerusalem Conference in October 2010 takes place in Bad Schoenbrunn. High-ranking representatives from politics, business and churches as well as IPCC and Futura Institute participate in this preparation meeting. At the beginning Rami Nasrallah and Shlomo Hasson get interviewed by Swiss Television 'Sternstunde Philosophie'. The broadcast is called  'The enemy as a friend'. Afterwards a lunch for journalists in Zurich represents an opportunity to get more information about 'Jerusalem- the Open City'. Subsequently, four newspapers report about the Jerusalem Project.
  • In the mid of march 2009, Lassalle-Institut, IPCC and Futura Institute meet representatives of churches, the Eropean Union, the United Nations and other Israeli and Palestinian partners in Jerusalem and Betlehem.
  • Lassalle-Institut, IPCC and FI present the Jerusalem Project to representatives of UNO and high-ranking diplomats in New York to discuss options for a possible cooperation.