I've noticed that you sent me a private message a few days ago but I can't access it - I'm getting a page with "Our apologies – this page was not found" Maybe it has something to do also with your messages being deleted from the group? This whole issue is very weird! Anyway, hope you will return to write there or in other places if the discussions continue!
hi, sorry about the late response... I can generally say that there are three levels of dialoge and possible influence on attitudes and beliefs in peace education and encounteres - the interpersonal, intercultural and intergroup-political. My impression so far is that on the interpersonal level the effects are quite amazing - both Jews and Arabs get along well and find many common interests and topics to discuss. The Jews are generally surprised to see how educated and modern their Arab counterparts are, and the Arabs are in a way "happy" to see that Jewish teenagers are not as "European" and "arrogant" as they often assume. On the intercultural level ther positive effects come with discussion on culture in the sense of folklore, but when it comes to values and norms there are someone negative impressions (the dissagreements are mostly between Jewish girls and Arab boys on issues of woman's status). Contemporary Jewish-Arab encoutner programs, mostly from political reasons, try to focus as much as possible on the intergroup-level of the conflict - to discuss about Jewish-Arab relations in Israe and the national Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Here I'm often dissapointed to see how little Jewish high school students know about their own "historical-national narrative", so that in this discussions the Arabs, who are much more dominant, are usually confronted with silence or general Zionist slogans. But in any case, in both sides the effects are negative - the Jews are amazed to see that Arab citizens of Israel, as you mentioned, are actually Palestinians and anti-Zionists, which makes them believe less that peace is possible, and the Arabs are empowered by the dialogue (sometimes this is actually a declared goal of the conducting institutes) and think that they should be even more extreme in their anti-Israeli attitudes. So eventually, these encounters don't contribute much to the resolution of the conflict or to improve relations on the macro level, but I think that it is still important to have them (the disillusionment is also important...).
I am very happy to learn about the T.E.A.M. and I also agree with your post in the Israel-Palestinian peace group. We are perhaps in a rather "hostile" environment here, but it's very important to be here and try to balance things...
Yes, thank you very much. It is quite a compliment since your resume is very impressive as well. I am going to Israel this summer to study law and hope to learn as much as I can to help with conflict resolution. Nice to meet you.
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