Our seminar for Israeli-Arabs on 5-6th November was attended by 20 leading figures from the spheres of politics, media, local government and civil society. We held intensive sessions led by various experts on the principles of the Geneva Accord, reconciliation processes, the complexity of identity, how to shape public discourse and the psychological barriers to reaching an agreement. Israeli-Arabs are uniquely placed to contribute to a sustainable resolution to the conflict, and we intend to mobilize more to become active advocates of the two-state solution.
Speakers including GI leader and Brigadier General, Israela Oron (on the viability two-state solution); former MK Zouheir Bahloul and media expert (on the role of Israeli-Arabs); Professor Hillel Cohen (on the issue of Jerusalem), Professor Tamar Sagi (on psychological barriers) and Wadi Adwada (the role of the media in conflict). The seminar also included an on-the-ground tour of East Jerusalem to explore the identity-based complexities and religious sensitivities to both peoples.
The activity was held in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.