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“An Experiment in Peace: Reconciliation-Aimed Workshops of Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian Youth”

Maoz, Ifat
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) Journal of Peace Research. 37(6):721-736.

The goal of the present study is to examine workshops of Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian youth conducted
in the post-Oslo era with the aim of promoting reconciliation and peacebuilding between the sides. The
workshops were organized by an Israeli–Palestinian organization, in the framework of a peace education
project. In these workshops, youth from pairs of Israeli and Palestinian high schools met for two days to
discuss social, cultural and political topics. Each workshop included approximately 20 youths from each
side that were led jointly by a Jewish-Israeli and a Palestinian group facilitator. The study examines four
facets of these dialogue events, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods: (1) structure of
activities and practices of transformative dialogue used in the encounter events; (2) attitudes and mutual
stereotypes held by youth from both sides prior to the beginning of the workshops; (3) mutual perceptions
and attitudes expressed by participants during the encounter; (4) effects of participation in the workshops on stereotypes held by the Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian youth (pre–post comparisons).

“Author’s Abstract”


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