Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories, Judea and Samaria often live in geographical proximity – yet in separate universes with no real human contact. They know next to nothing about the other and view each other with suspicion and fear.
In the Gush Etzion-Bethlehem-Hebron area, Roots is changing that reality. Roots is a unique collaboration of local Palestinians and Israelis building a grassroots model for coexistence.
Roots works primarily among those who have traditionally been marginalized by, threatened by, and opposed to peace and compromise: religious settlers, religious Muslims, and veterans of the Palestinian armed resistance and the Israeli prison system.
Through this program:
– Each side discovers the humanity of the other, overcoming suspicion and building trust.
– Joint initiatives ease tensions and improve life on the ground.
– Perspectives are transformed, creating the foundation from which peace can sprout.
Sponsors: Temple Beth-El • Jewish Community Federation of Richmond • Second Presbyterian Church • First Baptist Church • The Innerwork Center • Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom • Kehillah • First Mennonite Church • Congregation Or Ami