Israeli and Palestinian Identities in Dialogue: The School for Peace Approach

Overview

Israeli Palestinians make up about 20 percent of Israeli citizens and, for the most part, live separate lives from their Jewish neighbors—lives fraught with political, social, and economic divisions. Attempts to initiate interactions between Palestinians and Jews outside official frameworks have often dissolved under political and economic pressures.

One lasting effort began when the School for Peace was established in 1976 in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, a joint model village ...

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Overview

Israeli Palestinians make up about 20 percent of Israeli citizens and, for the most part, live separate lives from their Jewish neighbors—lives fraught with political, social, and economic divisions. Attempts to initiate interactions between Palestinians and Jews outside official frameworks have often dissolved under political and economic pressures.

One lasting effort began when the School for Peace was established in 1976 in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, a joint model village set up in 1972 by a group of Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. Since its inception, the School for Peace has conducted hundreds of encounter activities to help create a more authentic and egalitarian dialogue between the Palestinian minority and Jewish majority. 

This volume is the product of the insight and experiences of both Arabs and Jews at the School for Peace over the last two decades. Essays address topics such as strategies for working with young people, development of effective learning environments for conflict resolution, and language as a bridge and as an obstacle. It is the first book to provide a model for dialogue between Palestinians and Jews that has been used successfully in other ethnic and national conflicts, and should be required reading for everyone interested in Jewish-Palestinian relations.

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Editorial Reviews

director, Preventive Diplomacy Program, Center for Strategic and International S - Joseph V. Montville

This book contains very important insights into Israeli Arab attitudes towards citizenship in Israel. . . . The two groups need to negotiate a new social and political contract and this book offers critical guidance in this urgent process.
author of Nonviolence and Peace Building in Islam: Theory and Practice - Mohammed Abu-Nimer

This volume provides a significant contribution to the field of peace studies and conflict resolution. It captures the unique work of Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam on identity dialogue and power relations. . . . highly recommended reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813533490
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 204

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction : thoughts about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict 1
1 Intergroup conflict and its reduction : a social-psychological perspective 13
2 Jewish-Palestinian relations in Israel : the planned encounter as a microcosm 31
3 Awareness, identity, and reality : the school for peace approach 47
4 Liberate the oppressed and their oppressors : encounters between university students 59
5 Reconstructing identity through the encounter with the other : the facilitators' training course 79
6 The courage to face a complex reality : encounters for youth 97
7 Language as a bridge and an obstacle 119
8 Cofacilitation : a symmetrical dialogue in an asymmetrical reality 141
9 "Home group" : the uninational framework 159
10 Identity processes in intergroup encounters 179
Epilogue : toward a humane and equal relationship 185
References 191
Notes on the contributors 197
Index 199
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