Arabs & Jews waking up in small, growing circles
Sunday, 02 October 2011
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase 'each other' doesn't make any sense."
~ Jalal al-Din Rumi
Muslim Sufi mystic (1207-1273)
Talk was of an "Arab Spring."
Today there is a larger Middle East and global awakening in this -- The Citizens' Century.
It is described in the new, surprisingly visionary July 2011 novel, RISE -- http://www.olivecommunications.net/content.asp?id=100128&langid=1
An emerging people's movement of Jews and Arabs is insisting on a sustainable future together.
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January 2011, Israeli Nurete Brenner defined the primary action of face-to-face engagement as the first, foundational step -- the entry point -- to social and thus political change.
Brenner is an extraordinary Jewish Israeli hands-on relationship builder, wife, mother, scholar.
She helps us understand how change begins in small, intimate, safe circles.
DOWNLOAD her manuscript:
THE FIELD BEYOND WRONGDOING AND RIGHTDOING:
A Study of Arab-Jewish Grassroots Dialogue Groups in the United States
By Nurete L. Brenner
October 2011, the abyss between the Arabs and Jews is described by
Unresolved global and Middle East conflicts have one common quality -- lack of human contact, abysmal communication, and thus ignorance, fear, and blame.
Even inside Israel, almost no Jews or Palestinians have ever met the "other" in any depth.
Yet something new is happening.
Peace is Catching: Dialogue in Your Community
Nurete Brenner, PhD - 02 October 2, 2011
What happens and how to begin a life of ending war, creating authentic coexistence, collaboration, sustainable community is described by Brenner.
Dialogue - when truly practiced is a powerful activity in which the very nature of consciousness is touched.
When the energy found in this new consciousness is linked directly to any change agenda, transformations never thought possible are suddenly evident.
The many Arab-Jewish dialogue groups that have sprung up throughout the United States are testament to the power of dialogue.
The personal experience of dialogue is often described using words like profound, mysterious, peak experience.
For a dialogic experience to feel complete, it must be both an ending and a beginning, it must reframe our past and precipitate a new opening, a profound connection, a shift.
Many would like to experience this new consciousness created by dialogue but are unsure how to create it.
The successful Arab-Jewish dialogue groups follow an arc of progression.
The beginning action is sitting with the enemy and listening to and telling personal stories.
At this stage, the dialogue group itself is the action and it is exciting just to be meeting.
The next stage is the development of trust and the sense of what psychologists would call safety in the group.
The intimacy and ability to share deepens.
Then come perception changes or the shift that occurs within the group and for each member as an individual.
Finally, the group begins to look outside itself, taking in the community and involving new people.
Thus there's a natural progression to the activism stage.
Traditional activism is not the ultimate goal of these groups, but community outreach -- expanding the circle of relationships -- is often the natural outgrowth of a successful group.
READ Nurete's complete instructional document:
The Magic of a Dialogue Group
June 24, 2011
In Holy Land Streets
ARABS AND JEWS AT
1,000 ROUND TABLES
FROM TENTS TO CIRCLES:
1,000 Round Tables, 10,000 Israelis Discuss Change and Social Justice
Saturday, 10 September 2011 - Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Tel Aviv - Jaffo, Israel
1000 Table World Cafe Throughout Israel
Saturday, 10 September 2011 - 21:00
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Tel Aviv - Jaffo, Israel
10 September 2010
In New York
CLOSING THE DISTANCE
September 2011 in New York, THE DIALOGUE PROJECT -- http://www.thedialogueproject.org -- continued in its 11th year successfully helping previously-alienated citizens to finally engage well.
A model for observant citizens in the U.S., Middle East, and globally, the New Yorkers "are about people listening to narratives they never heard about each other.
READ and appreciate how authentically and well they listen, communicate, and become closer.
Meanwhile, In Yonkers, Israelis, Palestinians Meet
The Jewish Week - New York - Tuesday, September 20, 2011
SEE VIDEO of two exemplars of THE DIALOGUE PROJECT:
Americans with stakes in Palestine bid
Two New Yorkers with direct ties to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
CNN -- September 24, 2011 -- 3 min video
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These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm