Sulha Peace Project. An alternative conflict resolution method.
an article by Pablo Pejlatowicz
Based on an ancient community-based conflict
resolution tool, a group of Palestinians and
Israelis brought together a monthly joint
experience, designed so the participants can freely
share their feelings and opinions on essential
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Ever since 2001, Sulha Peace Project has provided a
monthly space for more than 100 teenagers, women and
men from Israel and Palestine to gather around a
tribal fire, have a meal together, dance, sing, and
share their visions of possible futures.
Humane bonding in small groups, in a region where
cultural and religious difference have originated
bloodshed and pain, shows that a culture of peace
can spring and be fostered in every community, with
the slightest effort.
As the Sulha Peace Project coordinators state in
their webpage: “in contrast to the current
atmosphere of distrust, cynicism and despair, we
stand for the possibility of cooperation, shared
responsibility, and hope.”
They also manifested that “while our societies
demonize those on the other side, we humanize
them. Through our common efforts, we create
interaction between our peoples while others
alienate. While we avoid polarizing political
declarations, we know that any political future
must address the human needs of both sides, and we
stand on the front lines of the struggle to return
decency and compassion to our shared land”.
If you want to have a first-hand experience of the
Tribal Fires held in Israel or the West Bank, you
can attend the ‘Sulha’ or the ‘Sulhita’ for youths,
and contact Nibal at 054-3257561 or write to
More information: www.sulha.com
Click here for a Spanish version of this article.
Question(s) related to this article:
Is there a renewed movement of solidarity by the new generation?,
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