"This was the most important and special experience for me in all the work I have done in the PCFF. I learned so much about the history of the other side, and it gave me an opportunity to see their humanity. I watched these Israelis, Jordanians, Palestinians and Internationals go through a transformation, at first they would not even allow us to take their pictures, but after two days almost all of them were willing to be photographed together."
Aisha Khatib, Nablus, who lost her brother in the conflict.This program also includes the establishment
Educators (2014). Photographer:Lihi Avidan
After a very successful pilot designed for our members, we decided to apply together with our academic advisors (Georgetown University, Washington, DC) for funds for the project from USAID and fortunately it was granted.
Building on the PCFF members' experience in conducting reconciliation work through the use of personal narratives, the program aims at building trust, empathy and mutual understanding between Palestinians and Israelis through the parallel narrative experience. The program provides an avenue for Israelis and Palestinians to understand the national and individual narrative of the other. The method of this project offers an opportunity for hundreds of Palestinians and Israelis to express themselves by telling their stories, demonstrating the most difficult consequences of the conflict. This dialogue is created, as a cornerstone towards reconciliation and conflict mitigation.
The following groups participated in the narrative experience during 2010:
* Arava Institute * students * grandmothers * young political leaders
The following groups participated in the narrative experience during 2011:
* One Voice * Wounded Crossing Borders *Combatants for Peace * Mental Health Professional * Educators * Film Group * Artists
The following groups participated in the narrative experience during 2012:
* Media * Social Activists
The following groups participated in the narrative experience during 2013:
* Students * Education * Medical staff
The following groups participated in the narrative experience during 2014:
* Social Cange Agents * Education * Bereaved Families
The following groups participated in the narrative experience during 2015:
*Students * Lawyers * Women *Alumni *Creating Change *Bereaved Families
The following groups participated in the narrative experience during 2016:
* Women *Educators *Meeting Especially Now *Combatants for Peace
The "Two Sides" campaign - The campaign brings the personal experience and the human side of 8 Narrative Project participants, Israelis and Palestinians. The campaign is predominantly in Hebrew and Arabic and appears on this mini-site and also on our Israeli and Palestinian Facebook page - Crack in the Wall.
Parents Circle- Families Forum (PCFF) The Israeli Palestinian Narratives Project: "History through the Human Eye" Final Evaluation Report - Executive Summary
Our grateful thanks to USAID 2010-2014, 2014-2017 and to the EU 2014-2015 for supporting the Narrative Project.
"This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication is the sole responsibility of The Parents Circle - Families Forum and can in no way
be taken to reflect the views of the European Union."
This project was made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsability of the Parents Circle - Families Forum and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.