Jewels of Elul
This website posts a ‘Jewel” of inspiration on each of the 29 days of Elul. Deepak Chopra to the Dalai Lama and Kirk Douglas to Matisyahu and others share their thoughts on 'Hope and Healing'.
Interfaith Forum In Pakistan
Magazine Supplement on the Fourth Anniversary of Daniel Pearl: A miraculous story of a dynamic person fond of talking to strangers.
A 26-page Urdu language magazine distributed to schools and libraries in Pakistan, introducing the concept of interfaith dialogue with Daniel's life as a role model.
Link To Supplement
Project Ijtihad is a charitable initiative to promote the spirit of Ijtihad, Islam's own tradition of critical thinking, debate and dissent. It supports a positive vision of Islam that embraces diversity of choices, expression and spirituality.
“Among the Righteous” by Robert Satloff
A most brilliant ray of hope shines from a recent book by Robert Satloff, "Among The Righteous", which reveals for the first time the heroic stories of Arabs who risked their lives to save Jews during the holocaust. By framing the Holocaust as a positive, constructive Arab story, the book counters two of the most virulent components of modern Jihadi culture: Holocaust denial and ignorance of Jewish history.(Judea Pearl, November, 2006)
Israeli-Palestinian 'peace' team competes at world karate event
In a rare example of constructive interaction, a group of Israeli Jewish, Israeli Arab and Palestinian youngsters have competed on a joint team at the World Shotokan Karate championships in Tokyo. Link to article
Budo for Peace (BFP) brings together young people from conflict areas to learn and practice traditional Japanese budo (martial arts) in order to learn its values and apply them toward breaking down fear and building trust between peoples. Through martial arts training and understanding of traditional Japanese budo values – including respect, harmony and self-control – the youth enrolled in our program are taught to convert both internal and external conflict into harmonious behavior. www.budoforpeace.org
Creative Peace Network
Based in Vancouver, Canada, the Creative Peace Network Society is a diverse group committed to promoting peace and understanding among people impacted by social and political conflicts.
We are a non-partisan, non-profit, Canadian charitable organization committed to fostering a culture of collaboration and justice through creativity and dialogue. In this context, we engage communities in new possibilities for change; provide forums for dialogue; and act as a catalyst for creative initiatives.
MidEastWeb was started by people active in Middle East dialogue and peace education efforts. Our goal is to weave a world-wide web of Arabs, Jews and others who want to build a new Middle East based on coexistence and neighborly relations. Our members and staff include distinguished educators, engineers, Web designers and other professionals experienced in dialogue, peace education projects and in promoting dialogue and coexistence using the Internet.
Hand in Hand – Bilingual Elementary Schools
View articles and video:
The Gesher al HaWadi -- Bridge over the Wadi --
opened on September 1, 2004 and is one of three
“Hand in Hand” schools working to change the dynamic
between Arab and Jewish neighbors. Hand in Hand,
the centre for Jewish-Arab education was established
in 1997 with the goal of initiating and fostering
egalitarian, bilingual, multi-cultural education
for Jewish and Arab children. In each school there
are two principles, one Arab and one Jewish, in
each class a Jewish and Arab teacher, fifty percent
Arab and fifty percent Jewish children.
for Common Ground
- School breaks down Israeli barriers
Portraits of Israeli and Palestinian civilians working for peace
Just Vision has online the first 16 of 180 portraits
of civilians engaged in grassroots efforts to
advance peace in the Middle East. This is part
of a larger effort to highlight courageous Israelis
and Palestinians whose peace-related efforts receive
too little media attention. Just Vision’s website
also includes an interactive timeline of the history
of the conflict through the lens of individuals
committed to ending it and will include teachers'
guides, ways to get involved, audio, video and
text in Arabic and Hebrew.
and Arab Writers to Meet in Groundbreaking Literary
For registration and interviews, please contact:
In a first of its kind gathering, Israeli, Palestinian
and Arab writers from around the world will meet
together at the Sheikh Hussein Bridge on Tuesday,
February 15, 2005. An international crossing point
between Israel and Jordan, the bridge serves as
a powerful symbol of hope, a link to understanding
and a passageway over conflict. A brainchild of
international publishers and cultural institutions
that work with authors from the Middle East, the
one-day encounter is expected to provide a unique
platform for the sharing of views and experiences,
an opportunity for voices from both sides of the
bridge to be heard. Through panels, readings and
discussions, relevant literary issues covering
a range of topics from translation to distribution
will also be discussed.
Mindset: 972- 2 – 5617258 / Elise Shazar: 972 –
Full story: "Mindset
All for Peace - Palestinian-Israeli Radio Aims to Unite
The mission is equality and peaceful coexistence
For Peace radio, the only jointly run Israeli-Palestinian
radio in the Middle East. The station started
broadcasting music and talk radio over the Internet
in April and says it gets up to 10,000 hits a
day. In late 2004 a radio transmitter was put
in place to send its signal out over FM radio.
The station is a joint project of the Jewish-Arab
Centre for Peace at Givat Haviva and the Palestinian
organization Biladi, which publishes The Jerusalem
Times. The studio is in East Jerusalem, the transmitter
in Ramallah. Half the staff is Israeli, half Palestinian.
Some broadcasts are in Hebrew, others in Arabic.
AP Reports “In a region where the other side's
perspective is often drowned out by inflammatory
words, All for Peace wants to teach listeners
to disagree respectfully.”
Arabs For Israel at Carnegie Mellon University
A group of Arabs and Muslims have started
a website www.arabsforisrael.com
to support the State of Israel and the Jewish
religion and still treasure Arab and Islamic culture.
This effort is founded in the understanding that
Israel is a legitimate state that is not a threat
but an asset in the Middle East and that diversity
"should not be a virtue only in the USA, but should
be encouraged around the world." This group
supports "a diverse Middle East with protection
for human rights, respect and equality under the
law to all minorities including Jews and Christians"
and prides itself on not being anti-Islam, anti-Arab,
confrontational or hateful.
lawyer speaks to Jewish Group in Pittsburgh
Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief, the Iraqi lawyer who
risked his life to save former prisoner of war
Jessica Lynch, spoke at a fund-raiser for the
Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh.
Full Story: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04071/284129.stm
Forum for Literature and Culture
of Peace Petition to Free Bangladeshi Journalist
Sallah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, editor
of the weekly Blitz, was arrested at
Zia International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh
in November 2003 for trying to travel to a writer's
conference in Israel. He has since been
charged with sedition and is still in jail.
The International Forum for Literature and Culture
of Peace (IFLAC) has started a petition demanding
Sign the petition at
Unfortunately, he is not the only journalist
worldwide facing restriction of movement or arrest
for trying to meet with colleagues. For
more information on attacks on the press, please
see the website of the
Committee to Protect Journalists , an independent,
nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom
worldwide by defending the right of journalists
to report the news without fear of reprisal.
Muslim and Jewish groups work to improve understanding
Full story: "Jewish,
Muslim Groups Find Common Ground in Toronto"
In an effort to improve relations between Muslims
and Jews, Canada's Pakistani community has created
a journalism scholarship in memory of Daniel Pearl,
the Jewish reporter for The Wall Street Journal
who was murdered by Muslim extremists in Pakistan
Interfaith dialogues in Boston
Full story: "Abrahamic
faiths crack the door to deeper dialogue"
Yusuf Muwwakkil was invited to travel to Turkey
last fall with a group of Jews, Christians, and
Muslims. Now he calls the 10-day bus journey by
45 "pilgrims," 15 from each religion,
one of the most important experiences of his life.
(The Christian Science Monitor)
Sharing of Faith
An Interfaith Passover Seder reinforced Jewish
tradition and allowed others of the Abrahamic
faiths to rediscover their common cultural heritage.
Our Common Cultural Heritage"
An interesting Pakistani-Israeli tennis partnership
gained attention at the 2002 Wimbledon tournament.
By demonstrating that a Jew and a Muslim can play
together effectively and triumphantly, Hadad and
Qureshi have shown that common interest can triumph
over cultural barriers.
Doubles Star Defiant" (BBC)
While there is still turmoil in the Middle East,
we believe there is also hope. We have started gathering
a list of peace-making activities taking place between
Israelis and Palestinians, which we will continue
Peace and Dialog Resources
A listing of Dialog Groups and Initiatives
Experiences in Dialog
by Saida Nusseibeh
European Dialog groups