Source: (2001) In Reconciliation, Justice, and Coexistence: Theory & Practice, ed. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, pp. 235-254. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.

Coexistence projects, as described by Abu-Numer, consist of efforts to educate participants to achieve peaceful coexistence between majority and minority groups. While the purpose is laudable, Abu-Nimer maintains that the projects have limitations and shortcomings. In this chapter then, he surveys certain types of coexistence initiatives carried out in Israel by Arabs and Jews. Limitations of the goals, processes, structures, and content of such projects are identified. This leads to discussion of the implications of these limitations on the concepts of peace, coexistence, justice, and reconciliation between Arabs and Jews in Israel. In view of all of this, Abu-Nimer suggests ways to adapt such initiatives.