ICfC’s workshops between Arab and Jewish neighbors have transformed hostility into collaboration, inspired joint community programs, and instigated requests for intervention by new communities. There is a critical need to rapidly replicate these results in the current deteriorating environment in Israel. Towards this end, we developed a partnership with the nonpartisan NGO Ossim Shalom (OS), a professional organization of 1,600 Arab and Jewish social workers. The highly skilled facilitators of Ossim Shalom, trained in ICfC’s methods of Historical Conciliation, have begun to transfer their newly acquired tools for dealing with memory and history to local leadership in several mixed communities in Israel by engaging community members in months-long series of action-oriented workshops.
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