9 episodes

Like many campuses in the U.S., Brown University has been beset by a polarized discourse about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This discourse reflects the way that the U.S. media portrays the conflict — as an unending battle between two peoples who have been and most likely will continue to be implacable enemies for a long time.

The reality of Palestinian-Israeli relations, however, is more complicated than the way it is often portrayed. Indeed, there are numerous attempts by Israelis and Palestinians to overcome the barriers between their peoples. The purpose of this conference was to bring together Palestinians and Israelis who are active in organizations that seek to foster the efforts of these two peoples to cooperate on projects of mutual benefit that foster better understanding between them and thereby contribute to a possible resolution of this long-standing conflict.

The work of these organizations is not well known either in Israel/Palestine or in the world as a whole, and it is hoped that this conference was successful in informing the public about what they are attempting to do. A conference devoted to exploring their work allowed those who attended to better appreciate the work of Palestinians and Israelis that defies the more prevalent atmosphere of conflict. It also provided the presenters with an opportunity to reflect among themselves on their work in a location far removed from the Middle East.

The participants made, in a series of panels, presentations about their work, including reflections on what has motivated them to do what they do, what their major goals are, and the challenges they have faced in attempting to bridge the gap between these two peoples.

Israelis and Palestinians: Working Together for a Better Future Brown University

    • Society & Culture

Like many campuses in the U.S., Brown University has been beset by a polarized discourse about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This discourse reflects the way that the U.S. media portrays the conflict — as an unending battle between two peoples who have been and most likely will continue to be implacable enemies for a long time.

The reality of Palestinian-Israeli relations, however, is more complicated than the way it is often portrayed. Indeed, there are numerous attempts by Israelis and Palestinians to overcome the barriers between their peoples. The purpose of this conference was to bring together Palestinians and Israelis who are active in organizations that seek to foster the efforts of these two peoples to cooperate on projects of mutual benefit that foster better understanding between them and thereby contribute to a possible resolution of this long-standing conflict.

The work of these organizations is not well known either in Israel/Palestine or in the world as a whole, and it is hoped that this conference was successful in informing the public about what they are attempting to do. A conference devoted to exploring their work allowed those who attended to better appreciate the work of Palestinians and Israelis that defies the more prevalent atmosphere of conflict. It also provided the presenters with an opportunity to reflect among themselves on their work in a location far removed from the Middle East.

The participants made, in a series of panels, presentations about their work, including reflections on what has motivated them to do what they do, what their major goals are, and the challenges they have faced in attempting to bridge the gap between these two peoples.

    • video
    Greetings

    Greetings

    With:
    Professor Matthew Gutmann, Vice President for International Affairs
    Professor David C. Jacobson, Program in Judaic Studies

    Held at Brown University on March 13-14, 2011

    • 12 min
    • video
    Panel 1: Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI)

    Panel 1: Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI)

    With:
    Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora, Co-Directors
    Moderator: Professor Herbert C. Kelman, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

    Held at Brown University on March 13-14, 2011

    • 58 min
    • video
    Panel 2: Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civil Equality in Israel

    Panel 2: Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civil Equality in Israel

    With:
    Ali Haider, Co-Director
    Carl Perkal, Head of Resource Development and External Relations
    Moderator: Professor Sasson Sofer, Hebrew University

    Held at Brown University on March 13-14, 2011

    • 1 hr 4 min
    • video
    Panel 3: Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR)

    Panel 3: Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR)

    With:
    Khalil Shikaki, Director
    Moderator: Professor Melani Cammett, Department of Political Science

    Held at Brown University on March 13-14, 2011

    • 59 min
    • video
    Panel 4: Israeli and Palestinian Women Working Together

    Panel 4: Israeli and Palestinian Women Working Together

    With:
    Professor Galia Golan, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC)
    Moderator: Professor Marilyn Rueschemeyer, Watson Institute for International Studies

    Held at Brown University on March 13-14, 2011

    • 55 min
    • video
    Panel 5: All for Peace Radio

    Panel 5: All for Peace Radio

    With:
    Maysa Baransi-Siniora, Co-Director
    Mossi Raz, Business Manager
    Moderator: Professor David C. Jacobson, Program in Judaic Studies

    Held at Brown University on March 13-14, 2011

    • 49 min

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