Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

The IEA works to promote real coexistence and human peace in the Holy Land and the Middle East through interactive inter-religious dialogue. We believe that, rather than being the cause of the problem; religion can and should be a source of solution for conflicts in the region and beyond. We do not believe in blending all traditions into one undifferentiated group, but in providing a table where all can come and sit in safety and ease, while being fully who they are in their respective religions
Dec 31, 2012

Opening the school year 2012-13

A-Salam School and Dekel School 

Majd el-Krum and karmiel

Our joint project for A-Salam School from Majd el-Krum and Dekel School from Karmiel started its school-year activity on Thursday, October 18th, 2012. In the encounter participated the team of A-Salam School, the team of Dekel School and thirty students from each school. We were visited my Ms. Maria from the US, who participated with us, watched our activity and had a conversation with the project's team.

Content of the encounter:

Conversation on values: religion, acceptance, tolerance, peace, respect

Order of activity:

1. Acquaintance games between the students:

  • What is common between you
  • Ordering of students according to height
  • First letter of the name
  • Similar words in Hebrew and Arabic

2. Creating a "Hamsa" (palm shaped artifact) on the theme of peace: each students drew something related to the theme and activity and each student shared their creation with their partner from the other school.

Summary and feedback:

All students enjoyed the encounter, were satisfied with its activities and asked about the next encounter.

It was interesting and challenging for bringing the hearts together.

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Nov 14, 2012

Interfaith Visits Encounter group on August 29th

Breaking bread together
Breaking bread together

On Wednesday, August 29th 2012, we had a great encounter at Ein Walaje, known also as Ein Hinia.

We met at 5pm, seven Palestinians and six Israelis. Everyone was asked to bring with them refreshments and we had a wonderful dinner, which included pizza, majadara, salads, cookies, fruit and more.

We talked about Ramadan and Eid el-Fitr and about the social significance of these Holidays. We also talked about the coming Jewish Holidays – Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkoth. The conversation was free and flew also to other directions.

 Salma, a member of the group who is a tour guide, guided us through a short tour in the area where we saw the spring itself as well as abandoned houses from before 48/67 that used to belong to the Walaje village. The conversation went a bit to politics and history and it was very interesting. The next encounter will probably take place in Jerusalem.

Casual exchange
Casual exchange
Visiting together
Visiting together

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Nov 7, 2012

Two encounters in June and July

June 26th, 2012  

An experiential encounter for the 5th and 6th graders from both schools.

Some 60 students took part in this encounter in this a special company led them through activities of challenge and creativity. The teachers of art and music accompanied the children.

The encounter took place in a grove near Majd el-Krum. With the group were also parents from Majd el-Krum, who offered food and drinks to the joint group. They also took part in the activity, which strengthened the children and helped them integrate in such great way.

 

July 2nd, 2012

The summarizing encounter for our year of doing took place in a restaurant in Akko. 22 educators took part in it, together with the two principals who spoke about the activities that were realized, how to plan the activity for the next year and how to develop what we have.

Doron, an educator from Dekel School, led an activity to support the construction of a successful process.

We spoke about the difficulties and how to overcome them.

What do we aspire for?

Finally, the two principals Najeeba Sirhan and Amit Yaniv wished the teachers a pleasant vacation and the wish they return with new and massive energy for the new activity year.

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