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To work toward mutual understanding amongst Israelis and Palestinians, based on a dual-narrative model in which people of each nationality are exposed to their opposing narrative

 

About us

Sipur-Hikaya was founded in 2017 by entrepreneurs, academics, and teachers who took part in writing the book "Side by Side: Parallel Histories of Israel-Palestine". The name of our non-profit organization consists of the hebrew word for story, “Sipur,” and “Hikaya,” which means story in Arabic. Two stories = two narratives.

We believe that the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will come from a long process which requires the people of both nationalities, Israeli and Palestinian, to truly believe in peace as a moral obligation and push their political leaders to reach historical agreements.

 

Our Uniqueness

Some peace organizations focus on encouraging politicians to sign a peace treaty as fast as possible. Other focus on ending the occupation. Other organizations focus on encouraging co-existence within Israel.


We, at Sipur-Hikaya, focus on promoting peace building through education, with an emphasis on teaching about the concept of the dual narrative.


We aim to raise awareness to the content of "Side by Side: Parallel Histories of Israel-Palestine" through lectures in various locations, social media platforms as well as speaking with opinion leaders, in order to encourage communities, on both sides of the conflict, to take part in social change and pave the way to peaceful co-existence.

The essence of the conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on for more than 100 years, and many people are sure it will never end.

 

We believe that amongst both Israelis and Palestinians, there is a lack of understanding as to how the conflict even started. Most of the people involved in the conflict only know ”their” narrative and know barely anything about the narrative of the other side, because of the lack of exposure as well as a mere lack of interest. Amongst the Israelis, especially the younger generation, many people believe that this land was practically barren at the time that the Zionist movement started.

 

Amongst those who are familiar with the Palestinian narrative, many believe that there is nobody to talk with on the Palestinian side about peace, and thus there is no hope in solving the conflict. Amongst the Palestinians, most people know nothing about Zionist history, see Zionists as invaders and colonizers, and demand their leaders fight for the implementation of the right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees.

 

Our goal is that within a few years we will manage to expose many communities to the dual-narrative concept, so that they will reach an understanding of the narrative of the other side of the conflict as well as comprehend how complex the conflict really is. When that happens, we believe that more communities will be encouraging their leaders to push for a peace agreement.

 
 

Founders

Eyal Naveh – President

The use of history in intercultural and international relations can either amplify and perpetuate the hostility between cultures and nations, or pave the way for reconciliation between them. In order to begin the reconciliation process between two nations, there must be mutual recognition. The prerequisite for such recognition is mutual acquaintance. This, precisely, is the goal of the dual-narrative approach.

Sefi Donner - Chairman

As an entrepreneur, I have employed Arab employees, sold products to Arab customers in Israel as well as in neighboring countries.
I was truly moved by these social encounters.
I began thinking that there is no way we cannot make peace with our neighbors, the Palestinians.
When I discovered the book "Side by Side", I was immediately convinced that I found the path to success!
I founded Sipur-Hikaya with the strong belief that “even if there is a small chance, it’s worth a try!”

Shai Meizleman - Board Member

50 years old.

Co-wrote The Green Book

I joined Sipur-Hikaya, driven by the belief that education based on dialogue, listening, and learning from the other side is one the most important tools in the long journey towards a peaceful future in the region we live in.

Naomi Vered – Auditor

"I joined the dual-narrative project because of interest, faith in the importance of the process and hope for its implementation, and I was privileged to teach in its' spirit."

Rachel Zuk

I work as a history teacher in a high school in South Tel Aviv. I took part in the creation of The Green Book, and have been using it in my teaching. I have taught my students about the Palestinian historical narrative, and I believe that I have succeeded in granting them the ability to understand and accept it, as well as granting them life values. My goal, as part of Sipur-Hikaya, is to continue this educational work while reaching a broader audience.

Dror Eytan

I joined Sipur-Hikaya, because I feel that it provides a platform that allows me to bring forth my values and act on the moral conclusions that I have reached in the past years, as a Jewish Israeli who lives in this small region, which I love so much.

 

I believe that if we do not find a way to live peacefully with the Palestinian people (those who are Israeli citizens as well as those who are not), then the Zionist dream, which brought my family here from America and Poland, is in great danger.

Unfortunately, many Jewish Israelis think that it would display weakness or confusion, if they were to take some time to listen and try understanding how the conflict looks from a perspective that isn’t theirs. My position in Sipur-Hikaya gives me the opportunity to work towards co-existence amongst Jews and Palestinians, from the river to the sea, while really touching on the core of the conflict: the opposing historical narratives.

Noga Eini Elhadef

I am a psychologist, living in Zichron Ya’akov with my husband and two wonderful children.

Since 2005, I have been researching and encouraging dialogue between Jews and Arabs. In my M.A thesis, guided by Prof. Dan Bar-On (may he rest in peace), I researched the struggles that Jewish and Palestinian youth encounter when learning the Israeli and Palestinian narratives regarding the historical events of 1948. I have also worked as a sociologist in the Israeli air force. Today, I specialize in educational psychology.

 

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