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Open Dialogue

Open Dialogue

These groups and organisations aim to open dialogue between groups to build peaceful relations, promote understanding, and ultimately acceptance and tolerance.

By Aujs / August 09, 2015

Peace Factory

Peace Factory is a non-political organisation promoting peace in the Middle East by making connections between people, opening new lines communication, allowing people get to know each other, and re-humanising people from “the other side”. Iranians, Palestinians, Israelis, Egyptians, Syrians, Lebanese, Turkish, Jordanians, and more.

"We believe that only creative people can make changes. And in the Middle East, we need a change. We need to push for new ways to make peace, we need to use new tools, we need to make it viral."

“Once you see your enemy as a human being similar to yourself, being expressing his love and understand he doesn’t hate you as years of propaganda succeed to make you believe, you can never go back to blind hate, then you can start to know each other and you will be ready for peace.” – Ronny Edry

Website: http://thepeacefactory.org/

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The Roots Project

The Roots project is a local Palestinian-Israel initiative for understanding, non-violence and transformation. It brings together Israelis and Palestinians who, despite living next to each other, are separated by fear - not just fear of each other, but fear even of the price of peace. Without building trust, the suspicions between these groups will continue to suffocate the political peace agreements. 

"The promise of peace means different things to our people - but the path to peace is common, and must be walked together."

In order to bring the two people's together, the project's outreach program includes monthly meetings between Israeli and Palestinian families, a women's group, work with school children, engaging local leaders, a summer camp, language learning, and cultural exchanges. In order to accommodate this wide variety of activities, a centrally-located site in the Gush Etzion area of the West Bank is used as a convenient meeting area.

Website: http://www.friendsofroots.net/about-roots.html

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The Parents Circle - Families Forum

The Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Palestinian Israeli organisation of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. Joint activities have shown that the reconciliation between individuals and nations is possible and it is this insight that they are trying to pass on to both sides of the conflict.

Moreover, the PCFF has concluded that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable peace. The organization thus utilises all resources available in education, public meetings and the media, to spread these ideas.

"It won't stop until we talk."

The PCFF was established in 1995 by Mr Yitzhak Frankental and several bereaved Israeli families. In 1998 the first meetings were held with a group of Palestinians families from Gaza who identified with the call to prevent further bereavement through dialogue, tolerance, peace and reconciliation. The connection with the group in Gaza was cut off as a result of the second Intifada.

From 2000 the PCFF expanded to include Palestinian families from both the West Bank and East Jerusalem. These new members have substantially influenced the activities of the PCFF and shaped the character and functioning of the organization

The Parents Circle - Families Forum is managed jointly by the professional staff, Israelis and Palestinians working in two offices: the Palestinian Office is Beit Jala and the Israeli Office is in Ramat Ef'al, Tel Aviv.

Abraham’s Tent

A Facebook group that promotes dialogue between Jews and Muslims where they can come together to share their common striving to be ethical, people of G-d, living with mutual respect and appreciation of their commonalities and differences.

The group's name is based on the ancient Jewish tradition that Abraham had a tent that was open on all four sides to welcome guests. He taught them about the One true G-d in an environment of openness, hospitality and warmth. Abraham's Tent thus continues the work of creating a place where observant Muslims and Jews can come together to share their common striving to be ethical, G-d conscious servants of G-d, living with mutual respect and appreciation of our commonalities and our differences.

The Facebook group removes any talk of the conflict, and sticks purely to cultural and religious discussions, opening each other's eyes to the other's religion and customs.

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