Our mission is to transform the source of the historically-developed relationship of the Israeli and Palestinian people. We see the Common Historical Narrative, which honors and dignifies both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples, as a powerful tool for this transformation.
The Israel Palestine Project is committed to producing a quantum leap toward establishing new common ground in the ongoing dialogue to create a common future. Although “side by side” Israeli and Palestinian narratives exist as historical documents, a common historical narrative has never before been successfully written and distributed.
Why I want peace:
The reality of violence and discord emanating from the relationship of the Israeli and Palestinian peoples stands in the way of normalcy for both. The consequent and constant irritation of the unresolved condition of “Occupier” and “Occupied”, the unremitting attempts at a military solution, and the repeated failures of political attempts to resolve the dividing issues, produce a demoralizing impact on the Israeli people and desperation and despair among the Palestinian people.
The establishment of a relationship of new possibilities between the two peoples will release an enormous amount of energy and creativity, and will bring present the possibility of the end of the ongoing violence. The actions and results, fueled by new possibilities in this relationship, will be reflected throughout the Middle East, altering and transforming relationships across this region and throughout the world.
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The Israel Palestine Project has created a Common Historical Narrative, intended to honor and be acceptable to the majority of the people of Israel and Palestine. The 37 chapters have been reviewed, edited, and accepted by well-credentialed historians from both Israel and Palestine.
This narrative is the work of many team members over almost eight years, with sometimes stormy sessions, and with great personal courage by some. It has provided an extraordinary braiding of the two opposite and contradictory narratives into one.