VNR: Israel/Palestine: Initiating dialogue and reconciliation
The EU Partnership for Peace Programme is a specific EU initiative supporting civil society and promoting non-violence between Israeli and Palestinians. It illustrates the EU concrete involvement in the Road Map to Peace in the Middle East. Under the Euro Mediterranean Partnership, the European Union maintains a political dialogue with Israel and the Palestinian Authority through the Association Agreements. Europe is also the main trading partner of Israel and the largest donor to the Palestinians.
Jerusalem. In the first part of the report we meet Robi and Roni, representing two Israeli families who lost their children in the conflict. Together, they pay a visit to a Palestinian family, who shares the same suffering. United in grief and pain, more than 500 Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families have become members of an organisation called “The Parents Circle”. Together, they want to break the circle of violence by initiating a reconciliation process.
In the second part of the report we follow Ali Hijawi, a young Palestinian businessman. Twice a week, he takes part in the study programme „Building Business Bridges“, which brings together young Israeli and Palestinian business leaders in a common Masters programme in Haifa. Experiences are exchanged, and joint businesses are being developed.
The two projects receive EU funding under the Partnership for Peace Programme – a specific initiative supporting civil society and promoting non-violence on both sides of the conflict.
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