The conflict between Israel and Palestine exerts a deadly impact on the Middle East and across the globe. Attempts to resolve this schism have proved ineffective and the conflict has only intensified. The world has moved increasingly toward deep resignation. Something entirely new is called for!
What is the source of the conflict between Palestine and Israel?
What's missing that if provided could powerfully alter the status quo?
What's possible for Israel and Palestine – the whole world – when the conflict ends?
Consider what could be possible by engaging in these questions without fixing the conflict. Others are working hard in this realm, for the most part unsuccessfully. One key could be to transform the source of the conflict.
Transformation, rather than change
So, what is the source of the conflict?
The Israel Palestine Project 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, one common story that would powerfully alter the status quo, has never been accomplished. Until now!
Through an international collaboration, The Israel Palestine Project 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 by The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The book will be released in English, Arabic and Hebrew, and the process of publication is now underway.
Read excerpts from A Common Historical Narrative, a labor of love by an international team
Creating a new context
A Common Historical Narrative for Israel and Palestine sets the stage for the possibility of transformational work on the ground in Israel and Palestine.
The Israel Palestine Project envisions programs that could be conducted throughout Palestine and Israel, in which participants 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 for Israel and Palestine in a process that profoundly listens, reveals commonality, and engenders acceptance, participants could undergo a profound shift in perspective, within which new possibilities can be created.
This “completion of the past” by Palestinian and Israeli participants could 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, could become a model pathway for the resolution of inter-generational and intransigent conflicts anywhere in the world.
In Memoriam: Jack Berriault, 1930 - 2016
On August 24, 2016, Jack Berriault, TIPP's Founder and Executive Director, passed away. Click here to read more on Jack.
The Israel Palestine Project's board and advisory council are engaged in publishing "A Common Historical Narrative for Israel and Palestine" with Hebrew University in Jerusalem, contributing efforts as an act of love for Jack and for our shared vision for a world that works for everyone, with no one left out.
The book is in the final stages of editing before going to design for publication in English, Hebrew and Arabic in Autumn 2019, and can be pre-ordered here. The team is currently fundraising for final print expenses, and welcomes donations. Thank you for your attention and support for this possibility.