Israel-Palestine Peace Group


Israel-Palestine Peace Group

A place for serious and respectful discussion of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with a focus on concrete ways to make a positive difference

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Light Guidance on Civil and Progressive Discourse for the IPPG

From the discussion, "Reminder about Site Guidelines, Please Engage in Civil Discussion", Craig Zelizer, under whose aegis this site runs, suggested lifting what at the the moment are conclusions on it to this front-page kind of space.

I (James) said:

We have pretty good body of talk from this group, from its start to today, so I will tack on here some practical guidance to help keep the daggers sheathed.

1. Address the issue, not the person.

a. In this category, I think we're going to be able to short list recurring themes, from "Holocaust denial" to denial of the potential or presence of accommodating personalities--we have a lot of lurkers here (about 80 members)--to have done with them, just as one retires trite and tired tropes.

2. Agendas. Reconsider one's own. In the ME Conflict, peace is not about "winning" or "prevailing"--in the modern way, it may turn out more about reflecting and redesigning, albeit with regional and global resonance.

3. From Landmark's mantras, remember: "Get off it" and "You don't know what you don't know"; also "Try not to put the past in front of you." Universally, we have our dark spaces (repair) and unconsidered dark spaces (find them), obsessions (modify), and grievances (let go a little): go through the baggage, lighten the load, and count on occassional moments of great insight.

4. Power is not necessarily Good and Good is not necessarily Power. Speak well and do good first and foremost.

Oliver said:

Thanks, Jim.

I think we both agree that moderation must be a bit more active from now on and that your first point ("address the issue, not the person") is the most important guideline of all.

Other points:
Be friendly. Be respectful. Be tolerant. Be open-minded. Don't judge people by what they say or how they say it. Try to engage, not to preach.

And always remember: 'Our' topic is one of the 'hottest' topics in international conflict studies. Everyone here can make a change by distancing oneself from the hardliners in the respective political and religious camps.

And Craig said:

Thanks. Maybe you can post this on the main page of the group.

I say: done.

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Comment by Michelle Lee Rosenthal, LMSW on November 11, 2011 at 4:43pm

To All PCDN Groups: Please check out some of my blogs, contests and scholarship:


Thanks for your time and efforts at building Peace on Earth.


Michelle Rosenthal, LMSW


Comment by Michelle Lee Rosenthal, LMSW on October 30, 2011 at 10:07am

Hello everybody,

Would you please see my new blog post about Israeli–Palestinian/Palestinian-Israeli Games for Peace

and then please let me know what you think?  How can we get this idea implemented so we can build lasting friendships between the Israelis and the Palestinians and between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Thanks, Michelle Rosenthal


Comment by Michelle Lee Rosenthal, LMSW on October 30, 2011 at 9:19am

Hello, everybody.  I just joined this group.  I hope we all can make a difference in the Israel- Palestine Peace Process!  Michelle

Comment by Narda Azaria Dalgleish on November 1, 2010 at 9:01am
Ronit :)
Comment by Narda Azaria Dalgleish on November 1, 2010 at 8:24am
Ronit Avni,>,
Comment by Narda Azaria Dalgleish on November 1, 2010 at 8:21am
They used to have special educational screening for Encounter Point.

"How can I use Encounter Point in my classroom?

If you are an educator in Canada, the US, Australia or the UK, please ask your school’s library to purchase the full length DVD through our distributor at the institutional price of $350, or the 52-minute version for $195.00. Then you may screen Encounter Point at no additional cost as long as it is shown in an educational, non-commercial framework. You may download our classroom guide online at, which includes discussion topics and activity suggestions, online resources, a glossary of key terms, and action steps. Please notify us at info @ justvision dot org so we can track the use of our materials."

Budrus -

"How do I organize a screening?

We are not yet scheduling theatrical, semi-theatrical or community screenings of Budrus, but expect to do so later in 2010 and early 2011. You are welcome to check the schedule of Budrus festival screenings and contact us if you would like to help bring people to the theaters to attend these festivals. Please sign up for our email list to stay informed about opportunities to schedule your own events."

I'm sure my daughter could help when it'll come to letting people know and selling tickets ...

Why not email Ronit herself and say there is a large body of students interested ...

Ronit Avni

My daughter's name is Hannah, doing first year Astrophysics - St Saltvators.

good luck
Comment by Narda Azaria Dalgleish on November 1, 2010 at 7:29am
Come to think of it, as the screening in Edinburgh already happened a month ago, your other possible option is to organize an educational screening in St Andrews, perhaps my daughter could help with promo ...
Comment by Narda Azaria Dalgleish on November 1, 2010 at 7:12am
Oh, thank you, William,

I didn't know about their survey - what a fabulously promising results!

The documentary Budrus has been released not too long ago and shown primarily in film festivals and special one off screening in big cities worldwide. You can check here if it shows near you ...

Ronit Avni who is the Producer/Director has also started JustVision with tens of profile/interviews with peace builders from both sides, many from the PCFF.

But may I suggest you look up Sami Awad, a truly remarkable visionary/leader from Bethlehem.

Kind regards

Comment by Narda Azaria Dalgleish on October 30, 2010 at 8:56am
Have a look, William,

What I find remarkable about this multi-award documentary, (made by Israeli film makers) apart from the extraordinary example of the unification of the whole village in the West Bank - Hamas, Fatah, men, women and children, with the support of Israeli and international peace activists, to protest peacefully against the wall and succeed, this film is now used in many other villages in the west bank as well as in Israel and worldwide as a platform for discussion and education. There are increasingly growing Palestinian communities who are 'converting' to non violence resistance with the support of Israelis.

This is their second documentary - the first, Encounter Point, also a multi award winner, features Israelis who lost their loved ones to terror, reaching out and befriending bereaved Palestinians - The Parents Circle - their message is, if we, of all people can make peace, all of us can make peace. Machsom Watch started by Israeli mothers going in rota to checkpoints and the Israeli courts to protect, film, report and support the Palestinians. Combatants for Peace features Israeli combatants joining Palestinian combatants who quit the army, meet up and travel together to homes to tell their stories ... and much more.

Hundreds of Israelis have been going to Palestinian villages over the past decade to help them with their olive picking as well as protect them from the settlers, as they are doing right now this weekend ...

There is a vast scaled project run by the Peres Centre for Peace, where hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian school children meet up for various activities such as sports, drama plays, arts ... they also initiated a prestigious photography competitions and exhibitions which you can see online ... A state of the art hospital for Palestinians ... etc etc etc

there are hundreds if not thousands of Israeli and Palestinian groups and NGO's working towards progressing and learning peaceful relations in order to advance peace. They are severely under-documented because they are not deemed news worthy. We tend to speak about news as being the sole "reality of the situation". To me, what all these people are doing on the ground tirelessly, is what is real, hence it is the true potential reality in the situation ...

May I suggest you go to and research many of these groups and NGO's under Groups. There are many local people there such as Eyal Raviv and Neri Baron who could help you with specific questions.

All the best

Comment by Dan Moody on October 28, 2010 at 1:03pm
In light of the fact that my time is extremely limited I would suggest to
in developing a positive connection with These men are committed and have won the deepest respect from me and from
Global Peace Partners, Inc. Blessings

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