Thank you for your conitinued support in this important initative! We have made some great strives over the past few months and hope to start impacting Israeli and Palestinian perceptions of the path to peace.
Since the last report update, we have moved from the preparatory stage to the research phase. As of now, four working groups have started to work on their respective areas of focus, which are as follows:
Government and Common Institutions
Citizenship, Residency and Freedom of Movement
Jerusalem and the Holy Sites
Right of Return, Law of Return and Immigration
A fifth working group, focused on the issue of security, is expected to start its work in the foreseeable future. Each of the working groups is comprised of both Israelis and Palestinians. In addition to the working groups, a steering committee coordinating the whole research process was also formed.
Each working group presented research questions addressing its area of focus and provided a general outline of how it aims to answer their topic. Each group also sketched out the research method it plans to apply (e.g. interviews, comparative analysis) as well as the materials, data, reports etc., that it will study during the course of the research. The groups have also provided a short outline concerning other people they plan to cooperate with while conducting their research (e.g. experts in specific fields such as international law).
The working groups are expected to present drafts of their research in October.
So far many meetings have started, including an introductory meeting taht took place in Beit Jala, Bethlehem, on February 6th, 2014, which was attended by a majority of both Israeli and Palestinian members of the working groups. This meeting was followed up by a conference call. Additionally,another conference call between the leaders of the working groups is scheduled for March 20th. As of now, 20 people in the working groups are working on the project.
With your continued support, we look forward to furthering this important research and advocating to both Israelis and Palestinians the importance of a new alternative for a peace plan, which can answer both peoples' needs.
Thank you again for helping fund "Two States in One Space!"