An education programme that provides humanising encounters, diverse narratives and empowerment for British youth to reduce polarisation and hatred in discourse about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in our society, particularly but not exclusively among Muslims, Jews and Christians.
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1183651)
“I have far greater understanding of the conflict and development of views on it”
“I liked having the stories and viewpoints of people actually involved in the conflict in some way, without it being filtered by the media or politicians”
“Good critical thinking. Better awareness of conflicts in the world and conflict resolution. It was brilliant and students engaged and were engaged by the information.”
“Raised awareness of the conflict and hopefully inspired the students to work for conflict resolution within their own community. Also given them ideas of what careers they may want to go into that involve some sort of social action.”
In the past decade and the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, hate crime towards Muslims and Jews has increased. Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Britain’s two main political parties have also hit the headlines recently and the polarisation has become entrenched. Increases in Antisemitism here in Britain have been shown to correlate with escalations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For example, according to the Community Security Trust, in July 2014 there was a 400% rise in Antisemitism.
The SNS Pathway of Understanding is a journey within a safe space for young people to travel from a position of prejudice, racism and hatred for Jews and/or Muslims due to their views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to an understanding of other perspectives and an awakening of empathy for their peers from other backgrounds through the provision of humanising peer-to-peer work between Israelis, Palestinians and British youth, and exposure to diverse narratives and critical-thinking skills.
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