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Jews and Arabs of Israel

Complexities, Identities, and Shared Communities


A people-centered program that steps outside the narrow lens of media reports about the Middle East and brings to light the on-the-ground reality and various facets of Jewish-Arab relations. You’ll dive into the relevant terminology, narratives, and diverse aspects of these relations—geographical, social, political, cultural, and emotional—and participate in unique tours and fascinating encounters with public figures. You’ll also have time to unpack your thoughts through group and personal reflection.

Highlights include: 

  • Tour of the Green Line, and learn about borders and security
  • Get to know a wide variety of people, stories, and perspectives 
  • Jewish-Arab cooking workshop 
  • Take part in Jewish-Arab partnership projects

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY

 
Start your journey with an introduction to the peace educational center at Givat Haviva, where you’ll explore the origins of the conflict and its main components; understand how each plays a major role in the wider picture, through firsthand experiences, including a tour of the Green Line and encounters with locals on the ground and public figures.

Armed with that foundation, you’ll explore complexities and delve into diverse communities. You’ll be challenged to reflect on the impact of social change on the Jewish and Arab communities. Finally, think outside the box and consider the possibilities for future cooperation and peace between the divided nations, as you contemplate how bridges can be built through language, encounters, and mutual interests.

The program is curated in partnership with Givat Haviva, a non-profit organization founded in 1949 as the national education center of the Kibbutz Federation in Israel. Givat Haviva promotes mutual responsibility, civic equality and cooperation between divided groups in Israel as the foundation for building a shared future and shared society – critical elements of a sustainable and thriving Israeli democracy

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 TESTIMONIALS
“Seeing the sites we talked about, walking with people, hearing the stories – good and bad – has left a mark I do not doubt will stay with me the rest of my life" -Justyna

"This trip made me think that Peace in Israel is possible, and it just might change the world." -Andy

"The most valuable moments were getting to hear directly from people who live the conflict or live with the stories of the land. -Emily It was seriously the most incredible experience and I would recommend it to anyone who is remotely interested in Israel, Identity, History, Conflict, or Politics." -Sara

"Textbooks and newspaper articles just don't do this stuff justice, and I think you did an incredible job with our group, presenting to us the fractured but beautiful mosaic of Israel and Palestine that could one day be framed in peace. The impact of intense proximity has quickly become an important theme of this trip. Seeing this and the actual topography firsthand, and hearing the fascinating story of both conflict and hope help me immensely as I develop a greater lens for the issues today. As you say, we must continue to seek peace, and with people like you (and eventually all of us) building a community of togetherness, I'm certainly hopeful for the future.” -Scott M. 

ABOUT GIVAT HAVIVA

Givat Haviva is a non-profit organization founded in 1949 as the national education center of Israel’s Kibbutz Movement. It is dedicated to promoting mutual responsibility, civic equality, and cooperation between divided groups in Israel as the foundation for building a shared future and society.

Givat Haviva engages divided communities to work together toward achieving their common goals, through a process of interaction, mutual support, and empowerment. Givat Haviva's Jewish-Arab Center for Peace, founded in 1963, is one of the oldest institutions promoting Jewish-Arab reconciliation and peace education in Israel.

Tens of thousands of Jewish and Arab participants have participated in the center's programs, which are conducted in both formal and informal educational settings throughout the education lifecycle. A leader in its field, Givat Haviva was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 2001 for its longstanding work in promoting Jewish-Arab dialogue and reconciliation.

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