1930 - 2016
On August 23, 2016, Jack Berriault, TIPP's Founder and Executive Director, passed away. Click HERE to read more ...
The conflict between Israel and Palestine exerts a deadly impact on the Middle East and across the globe. The many attempts to resolve this schism have proved ineffective and the conflict has only intensified. The world community response has moved increasingly toward deep resignation. Something entirely new is urgently called for!
Consider these questions . . .
- What is the source of the conflict between Palestine and Israel – really?
- What is missing that, if provided, could powerfully alter the status quo?
- What is possible for Israel and Palestine – the whole world – when the conflict is over?
These are the questions that faced the founders of The Israel Palestine Project (TIPP), over a decade ago. The answers to these questions are not obvious, and may surprise you. For certain, they are not about fixing the conflict – others are working hard in this realm and for the most part unsuccessfully. The key is to transform the source of the conflict.
Facing the facts: Why "fixing" won't work
To understand why transformation, not change, is the path forward, we must first be grounded in present reality. The relentless colonizing of the West Bank by Israel and the often violent subjection of the Palestinian people is systemic and not affected by demonstrations and appeals for redress, except in minor and temporary cases. Meaningful change, including the end of the Occupation, is not possible under the aligned and relentless impacts of Israeli military administration, military and civilian courts, the Israeli army, border police and civilian police, government bureaucracies and ministries, and the majority of the Israeli media that support the Occupation and related policies. Under these conditions, answers to the questions above are found not in the realm of change but in the realm of transformation.
Transformation, not Change!
So, what is the source of the conflict? TIPP agrees with the assertions of key leaders in both Israel and Palestine that the source of the conflict lies in mutually-contradictory national histories which have developed over time, promoting ideologies that profoundly influence the actions taken by both sides. What's called for, a common story that would powerfully alter the status quo, has never been accomplished - until now!
Through an international collaboration, TIPP has now completed A Common Historical Narrative, the first-ever common historical narrative of the last 130 years in Israel and Palestine. After over a decade of intense work among authors and historians, the narrative manuscript has been accepted for publication in English, Arabic and Hebrew, and the process of publication is now underway.
Creating a New Context
A Common Historical Narrative sets the stage for TIPP’s second initiative, transformational work “on the ground” in Israel and Palestine. Here, TIPP’s focus will shift to programs (currently being designed) to be conducted throughout Palestine and Israel, in which participants will have the authentic experience of freeing themselves from the clutches of a limiting past enshrined in the separate narratives that divide both peoples. By engaging with A Common Historical Narrative in a process that profoundly listens, reveals commonality, and engenders acceptance, participants will undergo a profound shift in perspective, entering a realm within which new possibilities for the future can be created.
This “completion of the past” by Palestinian and Israeli participants will transform the conflict at its source, creating a vast opening, a new context, making possible the emergence of powerful, charismatic leaders. This process, as demonstrated by The Israel Palestine Project, will become a model pathway for the resolution of inter-generational and intransigent conflicts anywhere in the world.