Strategy type (tool, event, training course, etc.)
Project (interviews and then presentations)

Scope of the practice (local, national, international level)

When did it start/end?
September 2018 - September 2020 (2 rounds)

Organization and person of reference
Steven Aiello, Debate for Peace

City and country
Tel Aviv, Israel

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1. Describe your project briefly
The topic of refugees has been considered extremely polarizing, one of the issues left for future discussions at Oslo, and virtually taboo. We turned that on its head by using the topic to foster solidarity and deepen friendship. Jewish and Arab students were paired up and then asked to learn one another’s stories view interviews with family members, and then to share their partner’s story with different audiences. The second year we added classes and workshops on journalism, storytelling, empathy and related topics. To the best of knowledge we are the only ones to experiment with having Israelis and Palestinians share one another’s stories of being refugees.​

2. What is the aim of the project? 

To demonstrate that through an empathetic, respectful approach, a topic like Refugees need not be divisive, and can in fact build solidarity and deepen friendships between young Jewish and Palestinian citizens in Israel. These leaders can then inspire and impact others.

3. Who was involved in designing process?
Steven and Adel (both Changemakers Exchange alumni)

4. If you could change something, what would you change?
Turning the presentations into a written output as well

5. How do the project impact on civil society? 
 Through speaking presentations in Israel and the Netherlands (and via Zoom the second year)


6. How do you evaluate the project’s impact?
The ability of the students to deliver powerful presentations, as well as their friendships after the program (most did not know each other before the program began). The students also kept journals the second year.

7. Is there anything else would you like to share with us? 
An article from www.diplomaci.co.il (this link) and two videos from Youtube (Video 1 e Video 2