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

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Rabah Halabi
Rutgers University Press, 2004 - History - 204 pages
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"The work of these authors--at once scholarly and practical/political--is not only rigorous, but very moving. At a moment when the conflicts between Palestinians and Israelis seem insurmountable, they demonstrate otherwise and so offer us hope." -Joan W. Scott, professor of social science, Institute for Advanced Study "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." -Joseph V. Montville, director, Preventive Diplomacy Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies "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." -Mohammed Abu-Nimer, author of Nonviolence and Peace Building in Islam: Theory and Practice Attempts to initiate interactions between Palestinians and Jews outside official frameworks have often dissolved under political and economic pressures. One lasting effort to help create a more authentic and egalitarian dialogue between the two groups 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. 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. Rabah Halabi is the head of the School for Peace Research Center at Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam in Israel, and a lecturer in the education department at the Hebrew University.

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The Planned Encounter
The School
Encounters for Youth
Language as a Bridge and an Obstacle
A Symmetrical Dialogue in
The Uninational Framework
Identity Processes in Intergroup Encounters
Toward a Humane and Equal Relationship
Notes on the Contributors

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Rabah Halabi is the head of the School for Peace Research center at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam in Israel, and a lecturer in the education department at the Hebrew University.

Deb Reich is an author, editor, and translator who lives and works in Israel.

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