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GS101 Dialogue in the Second Intifada: Between Despair and Hope Week 12 What is Dialogue? -Dialogue is a very dangerous business -When that bridge has been built between the two sides, a powerful connection has been made - one that separates participants in a dialogue from non-participants -Dialogue with the enemy has its price too. One of the obstacles facing dialogue participants is the accusation that they are giving up the fight against injustice and escaping the harsh reality of the conflict -Dialogue is not a substitute for social action -Protesting against and resisting oppression are still necessary for social and political change to occur -Dialogue means we sit and talk with each other, especially those with whom we may think we have the greatest differences -Talking includes debating -There are 7 principles of dialogue: 1. Create a safe space 2. Agree that the purpose if learning 3. Use appropriate communication skills 4. Bring to the surface what is hidden 5. Focus on the relationship 6. Remain committed to the process during difficult period  7. Be willing to be changed by the situation -These are the ideal guiding principles for dialogue The al-Aqsa Intifada -Israelis claim that: There are no Palestinians to talk to about peace The Palestinians have no peace movement The Palestinian opposition supports the suicide bombing The Palestinian peace groups are refusing to talk to us so why bother? -A parallel set of statements is voiced by Palestinians Prerequisites for Dialogue -For dialogue participants to sustain their engagement and maintain an ongoing relationship during times of violence, they must be able to “imagine the other” –their pain, aspirations, history, and political and personal context -For dialogue to be effective, the participants need to take internal responsibility for forming the image of the other in their own community -Keeping peace work, and particularly dialogue, moving during a deadlock, crisis or violent clash between parties requires a certain degree of devotion to protecting the right of the “other” to exist Hopelessness and Helplessness -Hopelessness and helplessness are two feelings often cited by Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers. Such feelings were expressed in the media and were reflected clearly after the assassination of Israeli prime minister -Such a sense of hopelessness became greater under the constant internal and external security threat that faced every Palestinian who took the risk of meeting Israelis -Helplessness and hopelessness are also evinced by Palestinians who refused to engage in dialogue or joint activities because they believed that the Israeli peace camp had been marginalized even before the al-Aqsa GS101 Dialogue in the Second Intifada: Between Despair and Hope
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