Clarifying the Truth at the UNESCO Bioethics International Conference in Jerusalem
(Minghui.org) I have been practicing Falun Dafa since 2002, and since 2010, I have raised awareness of Falun Dafa and the persecution in China by giving lectures and screening relevant films to groups and organizations.
In 2018, I learned about the UNESCO World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics & Health Law that was to be held in Israel. I understood that it was time for me to take another step forward. I proposed a talk on forced organ harvesting in China and received a positive response.
I started collecting materials and preparing my presentation. It was hard work and needed to be professional, not to mention it had to be in English, which is not my native language.
Meanwhile, I was informed that David Matas was coming to Israel to speak at the same conference. I thought to myself, “Great. If Mr. Matas is coming, then I’m not needed. What do I need to do all this hard work for?” I planned to inform the organizers that I would no longer participate.
But I was aware that it was a good opportunity for me to make a breakthrough, so I decided not to withdraw my presentation. My thought was that having two people speak about what was happening in China would have a great impact.
Before the conference, the organizers asked me to send them an abstract of my lecture in English. I wrote something up and emailed it to several other practitioners for review. I received comments and corrections, which changed my whole perception of what I was going to talk about. This included new facts about the situation in China that I was not aware of, and I could find no references about. I said to myself, “You don’t have enough knowledge. There’s no way you can give a presentation at this kind of international conference.”
I again decided to abandon the idea. What did I need to put in all this effort for? I did enough truth clarification already, I thought.
Yet, the realization that I should present at that conference kept coming up. It suited the topic of forced organ harvesting, a topic I lectured about all the time, and now this conference was coming to my country!
I suddenly thought, “What about a movie?” I used movies all the time as a means of clarifying the truth. Everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words, not to mention a full movie. If my goal is to clarify the truth, then screening a film would be worth much more than giving a lecture.
I asked the organizers if I could screen the film Medical Genocide, which is 22 minutes long. Their answer was positive. Everything was coming along great! All was going according to Master’s plans.
I then received a phone call from the organizers, telling me that I had 15 minutes at most. I thought, “Okay then, I will have to stop the film in the middle.” Then, as if by chance, I learned that there was a shorter version of the film, only 13 minutes long. But when I watched it, I saw that it did not include Professor Jacob Lavee’s testimony. It was also missing a sentence that I found very important.
I asked a fellow practitioner who specialized in video editing to add the two missing parts for me. Now it was perfect! The film could do a thorough job in clarifying the truth and was only 15 minutes long. I sent the organizers a short summary in English, to publish in the conference booklet.
I then started planning the introduction to present before screening the film. I composed something in high-level English, based mainly on the film’s official description. It seemed that all was going well. But when I tried to recite the intro aloud a few days before the conference, it didn’t flow and I found some of the words difficult to pronounce. I read it aloud to an English-speaking practitioner, and she corrected some of the sentences. However, it still did not sit very well with me.
My lecture was set for the first day of the conference, so I went to Jerusalem the night before and stayed at the conference hotel to familiarize myself with the premises.
That evening, I read what I was planning to present the following day to a fellow practitioner over the phone. She corrected some of the words I mispronounced and advised me to rewrite the introduction using shorter sentences. After our conversation, I started rewriting my lecture in plain English–the English I knew and understood. I rewrote everything in shorter sentences.
I worked on it and rehearsed until almost 4:00 a.m. In the morning, I went down to the lobby with a flash drive and asked the receptionist to print my file. She said hotel rules prohibited attaching flash drives to their computers and that I should send it to her by email.
I went back up to my room, only to find that my laptop was dead. I sent forth righteous thoughts and kept my palm upright. The laptop was still dead. I called the other practitioner and told her about the interference. At least I was lucky to have saved the files the night before on that flash drive.
I calmed down. Whatever will be will be, I thought, and I had everything backed up. Then my laptop suddenly came back to life, and I emailed the file to the receptionist.
During the first morning, I attended the conference and listened to some lectures. At noon, I went back up to my room to change into more formal clothes. Then, suddenly, I felt unwell. I lay down on the bed, and a very strong pain hit me in the heart. My first thought was, “I am going to die.” My second thought, which appeared while I was still having the first, was, “If they are trying to kill me, it is a sign that I am doing something right, something that they want to prevent me from doing. I am a disciple of Master Li, and everything will go only according to Master’s plans.”
I sat down on the bed and sent forth righteous thoughts. I then went on to meditate.
I went back down to the hall and gave the presentation. I spoke slowly and clearly, and played the movie.
Afterwards, several people approached me and said, “After all those long talks, finally there was something interesting!” When someone came up to me and asked more questions, I clarified the truth more thoroughly to him.
The first day was over. In addition to giving the lecture, I was also given permission to place truth-clarification leaflets in several spots, which many people took. I also handed out about 50-60 leaflets on the first day alone.
I wrote this experience-sharing article as soon as the conference was over and sent it to the email list of Israeli practitioners. I would like to encourage fellow practitioners in other countries that it is possible to attend a prestigious international conference and screen a truth-clarification film there. You don’t necessarily have to prepare a lecture or a presentation. In addition, you can set up a stall with leaflets and lotus flowers. There is also the option of placing a roll-up banner, which is in my opinion the best option, as long as we use accurate messages and include an eye-catching image.
Thank you, revered Master! And thank you, fellow practitioners, for supporting me with righteous thoughts and practical advice.
Category: Clarifying the Truth