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Israeli - Palestinian Public Negotiating Congress

January, 2014

Making History

Israeli - Palestinian Public Negotiating Congress in Ramallah & Jerusalem

January 9-10, 2014

The Israeli and Palestinian leaderships apparently do not have a working strategy to cope with their conflict. So, the time has come for the two peoples to take matters into their own hands!

On January 9-10, 2014 an Israeli delegation, a Palestinian delegation and an audience will engage in grassroots negotiations

and hold talks on solutions to the conflict. The Congress will have a historic first being held in Ramallah and Jerusalem. Obviously, members of both delegation would have no official authorization and any agreement reached would not be binding. What they would have in abundance is the willingness to talk and tackle all aspects of the conflict - even the most difficult, sensitive and painful - and strive to the best of their ability to reach an acceptable solution. In this way, they could serve as an example and an impetus to the leaderships and the official negotiators.

Each delegation will include 15 people from all walks of life: ex-Israeli generals and senior officers, Palestinian commanders, Israeli settlers, Palestinian ex-prisoners, academics, business people, and many others.

The congress is co-chaired by Dr. Sapir Handelman – an Israeli who received the Peter Becker Award in Peace & Conflict Studies; and Mr. Ibrahim Enbawi – a prominent Palestinian leader in East Jerusalem.

The chairpersons will have five sessions to lead the public assembly to reach peace agreements.

This historical event is an important step towards the establishment of a major Israeli-Palestinian Public Negotiating Congress with political power.

The congress is designed to involve the people in the peacemaking efforts and motivate the leaderships to conclude agreements.

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
City Inn Hotel, Ramallah

09:30 Opening Session
10:00-12:00 First Session
13:00-15:00 Second Session
16:00-18:00 Third Session

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Ambassador Hotel, East Jerusalem

10:00-12:00 Fouth Session
13:00-15:00 Fifth Session

The Minds of Peace Organization has successfully led 23 small-scale Israeli-Palestinian public negotiating congresses around the US and Canada, in the Middle-East, and lately in open public places in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem.


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