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Terrorism: What Should We Do Now? (NIF Report)

This is a report about 2003 National Issues Forums where citizens deliberated about the issue of what to do about terrorism. The forums involved nearly 2,000 people in 40 states around the country. Analysis of what happened in those forums was conducted by Doble Research Associates, a public interest consulting firm, and is presented in this report. Find more details & order info on the NIF website. From the report… (continue)

The End of Rude: Did the Year of Civil Discourse make it easier to talk about Israel?

This article examines the results of the Year of Civil Discourse, a program dedicated to engaging nearly 1,000 people in grassroots trainings in civility at four Bay Area synagogues over the course of 2011. From the article… “The purpose was not to have people check their opinions at the door,” Porth added. “We wanted people to bring their passionately held views into the room, and give them the skills to have meaningful conversations about Israel. There was no political litmus test. The institutions all said […] (continue)

Public Thinking About Americans’ Role in the World (NIF Report)

This report, an analysis of results from the 2003-2004 National Issues Forums, presents an examination of people’s thinking as they deliberated together in public forums about Americans’ Role in the World. The analysis is based on forums held in 37 states, on moderator interviews representing forums in 22 locations, observations of six forums, videotape of four forums, and on the results of two online forums. The report is also based on the analysis of 1,486 post-forum questionnaires that were returned between April 2003 and April 2004. […] (continue)

Cartoons, Outrage and Dialogue (Feb 2006 listserv discussion)

What follows is an archive of a February 2006 conversation on the NCDD Discussion list. Lars Hasselblad Torres initiated the discussion, asking if anyone was running dialogues around the outrage over the cartoons that were published in Denmark in September 2005. (continue)

Many Religions, One Community: Lessons from Islamic Spain for Today’s World Choicework guide

We live today in an increasingly globalized society where different cultures and faiths are brought into closer contact than ever before. This situation presents both extraordinary possibilities for cross-cultural understanding and profound challenges. While greater opportunities exist for the blending and sharing of cultures, longstanding tensions across cultures and faiths remain. In some cases these tensions may be more intense precisely because the boundaries between cultures and faiths are thinner and more porous than ever before. This Public Agenda Choicework guide explores the question: What […] (continue)

Palestinian and Jewish Recipes for Peace

This unique 100-page, illustrated cookbook celebrates 12 years of sustained relationship building and community outreach by the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group of San Mateo County, California. In addition to 71 wonderful recipes, the book includes dialogue participants' narratives about childhood memories of family and food. The book provides windows into the two cultures about how food is vital to celebrations, holidays, and identity for both peoples. The book also contains guidelines for how to begin a Sustained Dialogue and ideas for events, ceremonies, and outreach to the public. (continue)

The Lie of Victory

Burston's articles pull no punches and easily evoke empassioned dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This article presents the "top 10 lies Jews and Palestinians Live By," including the lie of We Were Here First, the lie of the State They Don't Deserve, and the lie of National Socialism (they are as bad as the Nazis). Lying, according to Burston, is "a coping mechanism.... It's a defense mechanism, this lying to others. Who could blame us? Life here is hard, on both sides." (continue)

Dialogue, Conflict Resolution, and Change: Arab-Jewish Encounters in Israel

Through a critical examination of Arab and Jewish encounter programs in Israel, the book reviews conflict resolution and intergroup theories and processes which are utilized in dealing with ethnic conflicts and offers a detailed presentation of intervention models applied by various encounter programs to promote dialogue, education for peace, and democracy between Arabs and Jews in Israel. (continue)

Talking Peace

The cycle of violence in the Middle East may seem to have no end, but in San Diego Jews and Palestinians have united despite the odds. The documentary film 'Talking Peace' takes viewers inside the Jewish Palestinian Living Room Dialogue and tells a compelling story of two sides coming together through the simple act of listening. In the living room of Jim Rauch, a Jew, and his wife Doris Bittar, an Arab, the stage has been set to create an alternative to living with hatred. In their home, Jews and Palestinians share their stories and their pain governed by only one rule: to truly listen to each other. (continue)

The 10 Most Useful Lies About Terrorism

Burston's articles pull no punches and easily evoke empassioned dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This one focuses on our concept of terrorism, and describes why certain common beliefs are misnomers, including "Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims," "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter," "Terrorists are generally drawn from the disadvantaged sectors of a population, those who have suffered the worst oppression," "Profiling works," "We don't negotiate with terrorists." (continue)

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