My Master's Program at Ben Gurion University

This week I started my masters studied at Ben Gurion University. I will study Conflict Management and Resolution this coming year and next, all the while committed to our community's growth.
As I watch our community of peacemakers grow, I am reinforced in the belief that Midde East peace is possible. And yet we have to bring it.

This summer I made the commitment to dedicate myself over the next two years and acquire knowledge for peacemaking. I wanted to meet the other, to know Palestinians, to eat with them and share their customs. I want to speak Arabic.

I made my commitment to my friend Marc Gopin, riding with him to Washington DC from NYC on my recent fundraising trip. And then I met Scott, a protege of Marc who joined us at our first international conference: Making Things Possible in Amman. Scott suggested I explore graduate study programs in Israel. And that is how I discovered the Conflict Management and Resolution program at Ben Gurion.

David Ben Gurion (pictured above), after whom the university is named, sought knowledge and know how at every turn. Sagacious, driven and brave, Ben Gurion founded the modern state of Israel. I want to see the founding of a Palestinian state in the interest of Israel, peace and security.

The Master's program I have started this week is inter-disciplinary. I like the teaching staff and enjoy my new friends at school. Of course, I organized a contact list of emails for us. I am committed to growing our community and our possibilities for peace as I study.

Thank you for your support.

Eyal Raviv
Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Comment by Miranda Jones on December 3, 2008 at 6:48pm
Hey Eyal!
We don't know each other but I came across your page--I'm seriously considering doing my masters degree at Ben Gurion U in their MEST program and I also like the sound of yours, how does your program work exactly?

It sounds great!

Comment by Corey Gil-Shuster on November 27, 2008 at 5:57pm
Hey Stewart,

Just FYI- I posted something quite similar to your emotional needs based on my professor Vern Neufeld Redekop's book “From Violence to Blessing”.

I am reading your blog but can you send me the full thesis? It will be helpful with my thesis topic (Israeli Jewish identity and othering of Palestinians).
Comment by Stewart Mills on November 27, 2008 at 3:12am
Hi Eyal,

Great to hear you are studying Conflict Resolution at Ben Gurion University. For what it it is worth. Here is a link to my MA in Peace and Conflict Studies. The title was 'Empathising with the Enemy: Transformation of the Palestinian Israeli Conflict by overcoming social and psychological obstacles'.

The bottom line of the thesis is conflict resolution requires attainment of four emotional needs - esteem, meaning, identity, fun; and four rational needs - control, security, justice and learning. If Israelis and Palestinians wish to achieve peace they need to ensure both communities can satisfy these 8 basic needs. Often we hear the rhetoric from the Palestinian community that there is no peace without justice and from the Jewish-Israeli community there is no peace without security.

My thesis argues that peace is more than security and justice and attainment of peace requires satisfaction of all 8 fundamental human needs. Happy to send you a copy if you are interested.
Comment by Scott Cooper on November 22, 2008 at 4:47am
Hey Eyal!

Thanks for the kind words :-) Keep us updated!


Comment by Corey Gil-Shuster on November 21, 2008 at 5:03pm
I am in a similar MA program. If you need any help finding resources (articles, books, etc.) let me know.
Comment by Stephanie Chase on November 20, 2008 at 8:48pm
Kol Ha Koved Eyal!
This sounds perfect for you!
I wish you best of luck, and I know that you are going to make a difference! :)


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