The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Below are links to some of the peace-building and dialogue efforts that are addressing the Israeli/Palestinian conflict ? both face-to-face and online, and links to some background information about the conflict.
Photo taken by Len Traubman on the 2003 Day of Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue.
A summary of the history of the region from 2000 BC to the present.
A time line of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict from 1914 to 2001.
The Foundation for Middle East Peace offers articles and more comprehensive information on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Peace-Building and Dialogue Efforts
People in the Middle East and around the world are working to facilitate peace in the region. Here are just a few of the groups that are doing inspiring face-to-face and online work to bring peace to the middle east ? and build understanding between Jews and Palestinians.
Compassionate Listening Project
The Compassionate Listening Project brings together people from both sides of the conflict. By meeting and talking with the people they perceive as their enemies, participants begin to break down stereotypes and reconcile with each other.
Givat Haviva is a leading organization in Israel successfully bridging Israelis, Palestinians, and people from other Arab states. Updated constantly, this site promotes dialogue among people and nations and can be read in three languages: Hebrew, Arabic and English.
A snapshot from a meeting of Jewish-Palestinian dialogue leaders held by the Traubmans in conjunction with NCDD's 2002 conference.
The Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group of San Mateo
Len and Libby Traubman have been organizing Jewish-Palestinian dialogue in the San Francisco Bay area for over a decade as part of a larger public peace process. Their website features a 'how to' page on initiating Jewish-Palestinian dialogue groups, as well as many great articles and links. The Traubmans have spawned a number of similar, yet diverse groups in the Bay area, and their ideas and methods are spreading into new cities and onto campuses.
Seeds of Peace
The Seeds of Peace International Camp for Conflict Resolution brings Israeli and Palestinian youth together at a summer camp in Maine and teaches conflict resolution, dialogue and peaceful coexistence. Seeds of Peace has also set up the Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem.
Peace Child Israel
Founded in 1988, Peace Child Israel promotes coexistence and dialogue between Arab and Jewish youth and their parents through high school drama presentations presented by Jewish and Arab High School students. The exuberant zest of these young people for peace is documented in photos, letters and song. Using theater and the arts as a tool for dialogue, Peace Child Israel?s objectives include education towards democratic values in civic society, tolerance and mutual respect. Arab and Jewish 9th and 10th graders participate in a year-long program which includes field trips and working with counterparts from around the country, and results in original plays in Arabic and Hebrew performed for family, friends and the public at-large.
The Place for Peace Portal
The Place for Peace Portal is a project of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (www.ipcri.org). Visitors to The Place for Peace Portal share their views freely about the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process. All users are welcome to sign up and participate in the polls, post articles, links and comment on material contributed by others. This is an interactive site where views cross all boundaries.
Jewish/Palestinian Peace Camps
"There is something magic about "enemies" coming together in a safe place in nature, to discover the humanity of the "other" and transform the nature f their relationships forever. The decade-old pioneering efforts of "Seeds of eace" in Maine, and "Building Bridges for Peace" in Colorado, are the premier summer camp youth experiences that usually come to mind right away. Few realize that now their are eight camp experiences that bring Palestinians and Jews together in North America." - Len & Libby Traubman
Peace Camp Canada
in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Peace It Together
in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Middle East Peace Camp for Children
in Seattle, Washington, USA
Building Bridges for Peace
in Colorado, USA
Face to Face - Faith to Faith
in New York, USA
Creativity for Peace
in New Mexico, USA
Oseh Shalom ~ Sanea al-Salam Palestinian-Jewish Family Peacemakers Camp
at Camp Tawonga near Yosemite Valley, California, USA
Seeds of Peace
in Maine, USA