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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Culture of Peace for Israel-Palestine negotiations

Founded in Jerusalem (1998), the Israel/Palestina Center for Research and Information is a joint institution of Israelis and Palestinians dedicated to developing practical solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The letter below is self-explanatory.

Dear Friends

It has been decided that the Israeli and Palestinian negotiations now include a team looking at issues of creating a “culture of peace”. The establishment of this team is largely due to efforts made by IPCRI to get issues of culture of peace on the official agenda as part of the lessons learned from the failures of the past.

There needs to be a considerable amount of thinking now on what issues should be dealt with in the negotiating framework. We would like to invite you to share your ideas with us on what the agenda of the negotiations on culture of peace should entail.

It is important to think in terms of “what should the Israeli and Palestinian governments do to support the creation and the development of a culture of peace”. We do not want to include issues that should not be under the control of governments, but only those that fall within what the governments should and could do.

Some of the issues that we hope to present to the negotiators are:

· Israeli and Palestinian governmental support for the creation of an international fund for Palestinian-Israeli peace (modeled on the Fund for Ireland)

· The creation of Ministries of Peace on both sides as the governmental coordinating bodies (at the cabinet table) responsible for the implementation of the non-military aspects of the future agreements.

· Evaluation and reform of Palestinian and Israeli text books so that each side will learn about each other and each other’s languages.

· The creation of an effective and sensitive mechanism for confronting incitement to hatred.

· Support for public media (TV and radio) for programming for a culture of peace.

We would like to hear your ideas – we will use those ideas to put together a document for the two teams.

Gershon Baskin - Co-CEO, IPCRI
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
P.O. Box 9321, Jerusalem 91092
Tel: +972-2-676-9460
Fax: +972-2-676-8011
Cellphone: +972-(0)52-238-1715

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