Sha'ar LaAdam-Bab L'ilInsan was established in 2002. Since then, we have been part of many projects and activities both here in the forest, and in the wider community. Here are some of our past projects that we are proud to share.
The Common Path: Two States. One Homeland
The Common Path – Al-Tarik Al-Moushtarik is an initiative involving the foundation of thinking and acting teams of Jewish and Arab civilians coming from various cultural and social backgrounds, who together form a common culture between Jewish and Arab people, whilst guarding the interests of both sides.
This initiative was founded in autumn 2011 from a sense of urge in the development of the relationship between the Arab and Jewish people – the Palestinians and the Israelis – and from an understanding of the profound importance of creating parallel and simultaneous peace processes both on local and on regional levels, which involve full Arab-Jewish collaboration. The war we witnessed in summer 2014 brought along bad spirits of hatred and fear to which we had not been exposed yet until then, and it made clearer the insight that swift immediate action is required.
The role of the teams is to act for the common Jewish-Arab vision out of a deep and wide knowledge of the common problems in the area, which must be treated and solved, in three different areas:
3. The Political sphere and the local government
Each team in its own area shall study and research the Jewish and the Palestinian questions and try to create a common path in each area. The Common Path shall first act in the Galilee area as an experimental pilot program, with the aim of widening our scope and establishing similar thinking and action models all over Israel.
We are acting in the area of education because we believe that the basis for a common path lies in education, and that an education for a common path must be an integral part of teachers' training programs.
We create an infrastructure of private individuals, organizations and communities who are willing to become dedicated to the Common Path vision, because only by acting together shall we have the strength to influence and create change arising from civilians and reaching the establishment.
We act in collaboration with the local councils in order to change the expressions of segregation reaching from the establishment and in order to manage to let the essence of the Common Path seep in from above downwards.
The aims of the Common Path are:
Coping with violence and its offshoots – incitement, racialism and hatred
Encourage dialogue and discussion, mutual recognition, new solutions
Communally develop political and governmental solutions which make it possible to overcome the conflict, and encourage a process which includes local points of view, and creates a bridge for collective identities.
Power Point of the Common Path Program
The Galilean Parliament
A Public Parliament for a Common Jewish-Arab Galilee
We established a public Galilean parliament appealing to the mayors and heads of regional councils in the area, as well as to social activists interested in participating and creating initiatives, activities and shared dialogue amongst Jewish and Arab people.
The Galilean parliament is based on values of peace, partnership and mutual respect, and deals with essential issues between Arabs and Jews which prevent the Galilee from being a common shared space provides for all its residents. The parliament occupies itself with finding advanced creative solutions, both practical and sustainable, which can offer an answer to the existing conflict.
We strive to create a common vision of a joint Galilean society common to both Arabs and Jews – one based on egalitarian justice with regard to division of resources and to human respect.
The mayors and heads of regional councils in the area, the social activists and other professionals, work together toward creating a deep change in the Galilee, a change that will promote the region and transform it into a common region shared by all its citizens. They will do this through dealing with the central daily issues of land, accommodation, education, health and economic development.
We hope that together we shall manage to create trust between Arabs and Jews through building non-violent strategies for action, promoting tolerance and empowering the weakened populations in our region.
The Galilean Parliament model will be the first of its kind in Israel, offering a model of civil peace-making, and it will be possible to apply it in other areas in Israel and in Palestine.
For further details, support of the civil peace process and joining, you are welcome to contact the project coordinator via email email@example.com.