What is Sulha?
For the past 18 years, the Sulha Peace project has brought Palestinians and Israelis together for people-to-people, heart-to-heart contact. In the pervasive atmosphere of fear and bitter conflict between our peoples, we at Sulha consistently humanize the dialogue and struggle against demonization of the other side. We meet in both Israel and in Palestine, where men and women of all ages and backgrounds engage in exploring the very different realities of our lives, bringing forth the common humanity that binds us all. We know that cooperation will be key to any future resolution of the conflict, and we consistently act to lay the human foundation for that cooperation. We welcome you to our website and invite you to connect with us and to join us in our efforts.
The purpose of the Sulha is to end conflict and hostility among people so that they may conduct their relationships in peace and amity.
Islamic Law (Sharia)
Every month or two, we hold gatherings in which 60-
125 Palestinians and Israelis meet to reach beyond
arguments and political posturing to the essential
humanity longing to be heard. At the heart of the
gatherings are listening circles, where we create a
quality of awareness and sensitivity to the other that is quite unique in both our societies. We also pray and sing together, we enjoy a meal and quiet informal time.
Prior to the gatherings, we apply to a sometimes uncooperative military to obtain entry permits for West Bank Palestinians so that we can be together. Sometimes we meet in the territories, to make Sulha accessible to those Palestinians who cannot leave. As we depart from the gatherings, we are profoundly empowered, carrying with us renewed inspiration, hope, anddetermination to continue working to bring the conflict to an end.
An additional program we sponsor is called Sulhita, a gathering of 40-80 youths who come to discuss the issues that concern them. Young Israelis, pre-
army service, and their Palestinian peers explore how they feel about the fact that they may soon find themselves facing each other in confrontations at roadblocks. The youths hike in the Judean desert, prepare meals together, sing, drum, dance, and talk deep into the nights, sharing their visions of possible
futures. They attain a sense of commonality that lasts well beyond Sulhita, and many of them become volunteers at adult Sulha events.