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
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.
has been involved in education since he stood his ground and made a living, in cruiser circles, as a history teacher, as a school principal and more, currently director of the field of administrative reserves at the “Avnei Rosha” Institute. I joined the writing of the book and the association out of optimism of the one involved in education and belief in our abilities to change the world and country in which we live. The struggle between the national movements and the two peoples living here may have been doomed, but its duration and heavy prices are not so. I believe in the power of stories and narratives to be not only divisive factors but also sibling factors that contribute to recovery and reconciliation
Married and father of 4 children from Umm al-Fahm from a displaced family from the village of Alljon (Kibbutz Megiddo and Kibbutz Midrakh Oz exist on the village lands) A graduate of Economics and Statistics at the Hebrew University and studying for a Master's degree in Economics at Tel Aviv University, I served as a branch manager at Bank Hapoalim and the director of the business unit at the Arab-Jewish Center for Economic Development For ten years I have been a socio-political activist for more than 50% to 50%. I was elected chairman of the opposition in the Umm al-Fahm municipality from 2009 to 2013. And one of the founders of "Neighbors of Peace" in the Wadi Ara area and active in most existing peace movements and chairman of the Environmental Association in Wadi Ara and the region and one of the founders of the Right Narrative Group in Umm al-Fahm. I heard from Sefi about the book Sipur Hikaya I was very connected to the idea that was integrated into my vision of playing the Palestinian narrative to Jewish society in Israel in order to reach peace and that there must be a lasting Palestinian Jewish vision process to ensure a normal life for all Jews and all Palestinians
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."
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.
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.
Tamar (Tami) Stein
A member of Kibbutz Lohamei Haghetaot. Daughter of two Holocaust survivor parents, who instilled in me a belief in humanistic, anti-racist and anti-nationalist Zionism. Retired social worker. When I retired, I was looking for a place where I could be involved in action that promotes reconciliation and closeness between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Along with learning the Arabic language, I joined the "Story of Hikaya" organization. And maybe I will get to see the repeal of the Nationality Law and the end of the occupation ....
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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Volunteering options with us
Our organization needs volunteers in a variety of fields. Come help us make an impact!
Volunteering options are many, including
Dissemination of messages - WhatsApp group that receives a message every time a post comes out and distributes it further.
Assistance in organizing meetings / initiating meetings.
Relationships with the Media.
Relationships with the Media.
Language help - mainly English and Arabic
Digital activity management
Accounting / legal advice
Familiarity with local authorities and the Ministry of Education.
Interested in an introductory meeting with the organization or with the bi-narrative model that seeks to promote reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians? Contact us. We would love to meet you in person / meet at Zoom.
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