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Antrim - Event Notice
Tuesday September 02 2008
09:00 AM

Call for participants for the Causeway Project

category antrim | anti-war / imperialism | event notice author Thursday August 07, 2008 17:24author by Grace Walsh - Voluntary Service Internationalauthor email grace at vsi dot ieauthor address 30 Mountjoy Squareauthor phone +353-1-8551011 Report this post to the editors

Exploring the Israel / Palestine conflict in the NI context

The Causeway project will bring together 4 groups of young people from the ROI, NI and Israel. The latter group are representative of both the Israeli Jewish community and the Palestinian community in Israel. All the young people involved are working, volunteering or active in peace building organisations connected to the conflict in Israel and the Occupied Territories. The participants have considerable experience in the various strands of this peace building work – peace organisations, NGOs, cross-community work, youth work, human advocacy work, dialogue work, etc… Those participants from the ROI and Northern Ireland, have a good working knowledge of the conflict in Israel / Palestine as well as practical experience in these various fields.

The origin of the project lies in the ever-increasing need for those in the peace-building sector in Israel to evaluate their practices, learn from the practical examples of Northern Ireland, and to connect with others working in the same field. There is a feeling among those working for peace in Israel, that motivation, vision and clarity of purpose are lacking as the obstacles and political direction in Israel become increasingly difficult to tackle, and the activist / peace building communities lack focus, energy and support. The project hopes to address the need within this community of peace builders for learning, sharing of ideas and practices, reflection on past experiences and a need for long-term planning. Prior to this, many actions of the peace builders in Israel have been carried out on a reactionary basis in response to Israeli government actions, or specific events. There is a need for long-term strategic planning if a peaceful reconciliation and management of the conflict is to come about.

Project Aims and Objectives:

The project has three key objectives;

• To give the participants the opportunity to learn and reproduce the practical methodologies and models that are in use by practitioners of peace building in post-conflict Northern Ireland.

• To give participants the opportunity to reflect and evaluate their own experiences of peace building and to share these experiences with their counterparts from Israel, NI and the ROI.

• To build the basis of a community / network of peace builders who will gather, learn and evaluate together on a yearly basis and through this project outline clear and practical actions which can be taken.
The general aims of the project are;

• To share learning and practical examples about the Northern Irish peace process.
• To bring together experienced practitioners in peace building from Israel, NI and the ROI.
• To organise follow-up activities after the project.
• To create a space for dialogue, evaluation and reflection on the issue of peace in Israel / Palestine.
• To connect organisations / individuals / networks of people who are working towards cultivating peace in Israel / Palestine.
• To create a space for creativity and new ideas in this field.

Programme Outline:

The programme has very clear learning outcomes and objectives which will be facilitated by a number of professional a reputable facilitators working in the field of peace building in NI.

The programme will include three stages;

Learning and growing: The group will spend some time exploring their expectations of the project; facilitators will bring the group through group building exercises, while also exploring the challenges that face the group; The group will participate in workshops run by professional practitioners working in the field of peace building and learn about the methodologies and practices used by these people; The group will learn about the Northern Irish conflict through multimedia testimonies and workshops, as well as a walking tour of Derry.

Reflecting and evaluating: The group will move to the second venue, Corrymeela, for some reflective time, facilitated by Colin Craig of Tides Meditation Training. With Colin they will have a chance to process the content of what they have learned in the first stage of the project.

Creating and building: Following the time given for reflection and digestion of the learning elements, the group will begin to harvest ideas for their future work. This part of the programme will be facilitated using either a combination of Art of Hosting methodologies, or Dialogue for Peaceful Change, or both.

Related Link: http://www.vsi.ie
author by Ciaránpublication date Wed Aug 13, 2008 13:07author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The Israelis don't recognise Palestinians living with Israel's border as Palestinians but as "Israeli Arabs" (or "Arab Israelis"). Similar to the Orange State's rejection of all things Irish, the Israelis won't even recognise the national identity of the most oppressed section of the population of the Zionist state. You think you can build peace from this?

author by Ronpublication date Wed Aug 13, 2008 18:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

That's fine. The Palestinians don't even recognize the right of Israel to exist. Can you build peace with that?

author by Ciaránpublication date Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Ignoring the fact that most Palestinians currently accept a two-state solution, in the end the existence of the Israeli state is a barrier to peace and justice. It's a racist, expansionist settler state. The only hope for the region is a single state where Palestinian refugees are guaranteed the right of return. And there's enough land in Palestine to house them all, but of course then Zionist rule would be impossible and we just can't have that, can we? Israel is too important as a (highly-subsidized) US satellite state to let a bunch of Arabs run the show.

author by Ronpublication date Thu Aug 14, 2008 22:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Surely the region without any Jews would be peaceful, ain't it? I'm very sorry, but the basics of peace-making are accepting the basic rights of the other side. Since you seem to agree that it would be much better without Israel, I understand your concernt is not peace but the only wellfare of Palestinians, so there's no difference between you and some Christian pro-Zionist from the States. Both of you are not really objective, and both of you are an obstacle to Peace.
And about majority of Palestinians, you are quite wrong. Take a look into whom was elected in Gaza, and take another look in their schoolbooks.

Buy the way, when my grandparents left Europe, all the walls were covered with graffities "Jews, go to Palestine!" Strange how too many walls are now covered with "Jews, get out of Palestine!"

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