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Nonviolent Conflict Transformation in a Shared Holy Land

Due to illness we have had to cancel this event. We are extremely sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

This event will include a discussion of what Happens When Israeli Settlers and Local Palestinians meet? Register for our event to hear Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Poor Away from Roots-Judur-Shorashim sharing their thoughts and experience.

Roots/Shorashim/Judur is a grassroots initiative for understanding, nonviolence and transformation based in the occupied West Bank – is a unique network of local Palestinians and Israelis who have come to see each other as partners for change. Based on mutual recognition of each people’s national identity and connection to the Land, and without advancing any particular form of political settlement, they are challenging the assumptions each community holds about each other, building trust and seeking a new discourse around the conflict in their respective societies.

Roots/Shorashim/Judur runs the only joint Israeli-Palestinian community centre in the West Bank. This aims to be a safe, holy space which hosts social, religious, and educational activities, bringing together hundreds of Palestinians and Israelis on the basis that there are two truths, two stories, and the only way forward is to cherish both.

  • Speakers: Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Noor Awad, Roots-Judur-Shorashim 
  • Chaired by Dr George R. Wilkes, Director, Project on Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace

Hosted by the Project on Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace and by Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh

Hanan and Noor will present their experience of peacebuilding, and will reflect on the value of framing their work in religious terms, in relation to human rights, and as a consequence of the strong attachment of their two peoples to living in the same land.

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger lives in Israel and is one of the founders of Roots/Shorashim/Judur, The Palestinian Israeli Grassroots Initiative for Understanding, Nonviolence and Transformation.

Noor Awad, the Palestinian English-language Roots spokesperson, resides in Bethlehem, where – when he is not working with Roots – he guides English-speakers on geopolitical tours of the region.