Israeli and Palestinian Identities in Dialogue

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.