In July, 1992 a handful of American Palestinians, Jews, and supportive "others" first gathered in a San Mateo, Calif. living room to see if we could do the "impossible" -- listen with compassion to one another, and find common ground and a way of relating over time that had escaped most previous endeavors in North America and the Middle East.
    
This July, 2002, the San Mateo Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group -- 30 women and men, Holocaust survivors and  20th generation Palestinians; in our 30s and 80s --  gathered for our 123rd meeting. 

We listened in silence as a long list of our outreach endeavors were read one at a time, reliving our ten years of dedication to one another and to the "public peace process."  That list is on the Web at:

http://traubman.igc.org/dg-prog.htm

To help us mark this moment in time, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Daniel C. Kurtzer, woke up early -- 6:30 a.m. Tel-Aviv time -- for a half-hour teleconference with us gathered in the living room of Palestinians Nahida and Adham Salem.  Photos are on the Web at:

http://www.shutterfly.com/osi.jsp?i=67b0de21b305fd5ac423

The conversation affirmed the needed, parallel partnership between government and public peace processes.  It reminded us what the Ambassador had written to us and Dialogue participants everywhere:

"The 'public peace process' that you engage in is a model for understanding and reconciliation, and provides the foundation for a long-term, lasting peace."



  Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group of San Mateo County
                  1448 Cedarwood Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403
                  Phone: 650-574-8303        Fax: 650-573-1217
     E-mail: LTRAUBMAN@igc.org        Web: http://traubman.igc.org
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