Guidebook for Deliberation about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
We are happy to announce that we have published the first edition of our Guidebook for Deliberation about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The Guidebook will enable Jews across the United States to systematically explore the choices they face as they consider how to respond to the conflict.
What is the Guidebook?
The Guidebook lays out four alternative responses to the question, "How can Jews in the United States respond ethically and effectively to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?" Each chapter recommends a different set of actions and describes some of the hopes, values, principles, and interpretations of history and current events behind that approach. In addition, each chapter describes some of the trade-offs and risks that proponents of that approach are willing to accept, and outlines some "choices within the choice" — areas of debate or controversy within these approaches. The four responses reflect a wide range of ideas and concerns that are discussed within Jewish communities, across the political spectrum.
How Will the Guidebook Be Used?
JDG and other organizations and individuals across the country will use the Guidebook to conduct deliberation programs—structured conversations that give people a systematic way to explore the choices they face when considering how to respond to this controversial issue. Participants will:
These programs will be facilitated in a way that creates a supportive, non-adversarial environment and fosters respect and mutual understanding. Some deliberation programs will be one-time events; others will involve multiple meetings over a period of weeks. In addition, we expect that many people will study the guide on their own and discuss it informally, without participating in structured programs.
Next Steps for the Project
In the coming months, we plan to publish additional materials for use in deliberation. They include:
How to Get Involved
There are several ways to participate in this effort:
“The Guidebook for Deliberation draws attention to nuances, acknowledges personal value struggles, and enables participants to explore the complexities of the conflict without feeling judged for their own perspectives. It is a tremendous tool for promoting constructive conversation and learning.”