People participate in sites like mepeace are a self selected group who are able (and choose to) communicate in English, even if that is not their native language.

There must be many others out there who would we can encourage to participate but they unable to because they don't feel comfortable communicating in English.

We have been struggling with this issue, because the mission of the site is precisely to get people talking who normally wouldn't participate in such efforts, so language may be an important concern for the success of the site.

What does everyone think? do you have friends who do not participate because of language barriers?

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This is a no brainer, Tomer.

Of course language is a barrier to peacemaking! A huge barrier.
Peacemaking absolutely requires good communication....

And yes, some mepeace members I know probably would post more if their English were stronger.

Being multilingual makes one a much more efficient communicator.
I agree to that Yiqal .....
Seems like we agree about a lot, Ben!
We talked that we should ecourage to write in mother tongue so any one who want to express him/her self in Arabic can do that, and some times other translate for the "other language".

in Face to face meeting we ask people to speak their mother tongue and ask other to translate even when the person know English because we express ourselves better in our mother tongue.

we have some people who brought some links to places to learn Hebrew and Arabic.
one day Ben will have to thank the Zionists to help him to get better English ;)
hehehehehe ......... :o) Neri .. well maybe not only that ...... and thnx Basil its help that thear is som people like you encureg people like me by take the comment I right seruose ( b-jadeyeh ) as well as the other (+Zionists) respund to my notes even thow its some time funny to read ..... :o)
First, google translate has a translation tool so that is an option.
Second, I don't think the issue is just language. I think there are deep cultural differences between the Arab world and the Jewish world. We use words to mean very different things. for example, we both say we want peace. But peace means something different to each side and we then get into arguments because we haven't talked about definitions and understanding. I think there should be key words linked to wiki definitions giving a general Israeli and a general Palestinian perspective for each concept. That may help. I would be happy to help on this.,



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