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“Structure and Process in Reconciliation-Transformation Workshops: Encounters Between Israeli and Palestinian Youth”

Bargal, David
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) Small Group Research. 35(5):596-616.

This article presents a detailed blueprint for conducting reconciliation-transformation
workshops among Jewish and Palestinian youth. The workshops are based on interventions
that deal with intragroup and intergroup dynamics. Conflict management workshops, which
at one time utilized small group interventions to create a bridge between two conflicting parties,
are no longer effective. The recent escalation of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians
has resulted in a vicious cycle of deaths and casualties on both sides. Thus, in the
attempt to generate a dialogue between the two groups, reconciliation-transformation measures
should be used as a means of reducing the cognitive distortions, anger, hostility, fear,
grief, victimization, and humiliation that have developed. The workshop structure and process proposed in the article reflect the ideal design based on interdisciplinary knowledge and experience gained from efforts to build peace in other conflictual contexts such as those of South Africa and South America. (author’s abstract)


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