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 the 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 accountably 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, and on the other hand, the alternative of dialogue and discussion, mutual recognition, new solutions, helps to create political and governmental solutions which make it possible to overcome the conflict, and encourages a process which makes an individual point of view possible and creates a bridge for the collective identities.