Guidebook for Deliberation about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
We are pleased to offer our new Guidebook for Deliberation about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The Guidebook enables Jews across the United States to systematically explore the choices they face as they consider how to respond to the conflict.
There are two ways to access the Guidebook:
What Is the Guidebook?
The Guidebook lays out four divergent 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, fears, values, 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 areas of debate or controversy within that approach. The four approaches reflect a wide range of ideas and concerns that are discussed within Jewish communities, across the political spectrum.
How Is the Guidebook Used?
JDG and other organizations and individuals across the US are using the Guidebook to conduct "deliberation programs"—structured conversations that give people a systematic way to explore the choices they face. Participants in these programs:
These programs are facilitated in a way that creates a supportive, non-adversarial environment and fosters respect and mutual understanding. Some deliberation programs are one-time events; others involve multiple meetings over a period of weeks.
In addition, many people are reading the Guidebook on their own and discussing it informally.
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.”