Recruiting Israeli and Palestinian participants for forgiveness survey!!

Hi there,

I am a Masters research student studying the role of forgiveness in peacebuilding.

I am looking for Israeli and Palestinian participants who have been involved in joint Israeli-Palestinian activities to take part in a short qualitative survey about their perspectives on, and experiences with,  forgiveness and peacebuilding.

For more information see the attached files. Please contact me if you have any questions :)

Spread the word!


Participant invite

Participant information sheet

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Comment by Roberta Francis on February 2, 2013 at 11:50pm

Hi Irit,

Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I really hope to produce a piece of work which reflects all the awesome work for peace that is happening!
So often I feel that the field of conflict studies focuses primarily on the negative aspects of conflict. When I hear about the work of people such as yourself, I realize that academia is missing out on the positive and successful examples of tolerance, coexistence and peace. I really do believe that the world needs to hear about these efforts and be encouraged to get behind and support local initiatives such as Combatant for Peace and Parents Circle.

I have attached a participant information sheet to the original blog post. Have a read, and if it is something you feel you would like to be part of, I'll send you a consent form and questions. I would really appreciate you putting the word out to your colleagues. If written English is an issue, please note that I am currently having all the information and questions translated into Hebrew and Arabic - hopefully they will be available in the next week.

Feel free to contact me at for further information, questions, or just general conversation :)

Thank you for doing what you do - your message of courage extends far wider than you might imagine! Even here at the bottom of the world in little New Zealand are we inspired by what you do!

Comment by Irit Hakim-Keller on February 2, 2013 at 2:03pm

Hi Roberta,

I echo Tim's. I love to know that Parents Circle is your inspiration. They deserve any honor and support. They are doing great!

I am a member of Combatant for Peace - a bi national movement  which was started by  both Palestinians and Israelis, who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence and decided to put down  guns, and to fight for peace. Now the movement is opened to every Israeli or Palestinian, who wants to help with creating a basis for dialogue, to educate towards reconciliation and non-violent struggle, and to act for ending the Occupation.

I  might want to participate your survey.

I shall  fwd your call to my friends in CFP. Perhaps some Palestinians wish to participate too.

much success with your project! 

Comment by Roberta Francis on February 1, 2013 at 6:54am
Thank you for the suggestion! Excellent idea :)
Comment by Tim Upham on February 1, 2013 at 6:33am

Look up "Peacemakers," and you will find Yitzhak Frankenthal.

Comment by Roberta Francis on February 1, 2013 at 6:29am

Hi Tim,

Thanks so much for your encouraging comment :)
I have been trying to get hold of both those organizations as well as others, but have not had much success unfortunately! In fact, Parents Circle (bereaved families) is what inspired my thesis.
Anyway, I'll keep trying for a response, but in the mean time, I am putting the word out, hoping that someone might have a personal contact.

Thanks again :)

Comment by Tim Upham on February 1, 2013 at 5:27am

The place for you to go is Combatants for Peace, and Bereaved Families.  Bereaved Families was founded by Yitzhak Frankenthal, who is on here with  Both Combatants for Peace and Bereaved Families have Israelis and Palestinians, who had relatives that we killed by the other sides.  They have put their anger and bitterness aside, and say we cannot live this way anymore.  So they have deep personal feelings on why peace needs to be obtained.


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