Following the most recent Youth Encounter Workshop at the School for Peace, Jewish and Palestinian high school students are now taking part in a 10-day mission to Italy to meet with Italian high school youth.
The encounter participants will be joined by Jewish and Arab young adults from Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, a Peace dialogue facilitator and an Arab teacher from Nazareth High School. Funded by Caritis, this additional session will give the encounter participants the ability to strengthen their relationships with each other and enable them to continue modeling what is possible during the coming year. The trip also focuses on developing a deeper understanding of Arab-Jewish relations along with their Italian counterparts.
During the summer, the School for Peace also conducted an international encounter for young adults from the United States who had come to Israel to learn about Arab-Jewish relations and the roots of the conflict.
These three and four day youth encounters will continue during the upcoming school year, and often mark the first step in coming to know someone from “the other side”. Through the encounters young people learn to honor their own identity while respecting the identity of others, and open a dialogue with and an understanding for the "other" which they carry with them well beyond the encounter.
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