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Last modified: February 23, 2011, 5:39 PM
The Dialogue Project brings together adult Palestinians, Jews/Israelis and Supportive Others (Christian, Muslim, secularist, humanist, etc.) for intense dialogue and intimate conversation. Each month, citizens and newly arrived immigrants come together in a neutral, safe environment to learn about the Palestinian-Israeli and Middle East conflicts from each other's perspective. We learn to hear each other's stories and break down the walls of silence that have grown between neighbors and communities.
Cross class and cross cultural, the dialogue circles attract clergy, taxi drivers, teachers, restaurant owners, lawyers and shopkeepers. As the Palestinian-Israeli conflict escalates and tensions rise among Anglo-American and Arab-American citizens post-September 11th, our facilitated, directed dialogues offer an opportunity for these neighbors to gather and hear "the Other's" history, narrative, fear and anger.
Through the dialogue process, participants work through the dehumanization of "the Stranger." Over time we seek to build constructive `relationships among the individuals and groups whose conflicting positions involve fundamentally different worldviews. We discover values we share and explore values that separate us. Participants develop an open, civil society vocabulary. Ultimately, dialoguers may act as bridges to our families here and in our home countries -- Israel and Palestine and other parts of the Middle East