Jerusalem Belfast Forum

Jerusalem and Belfast are both affected by an inflammatory conflict with ethno-national, religious, and territorial dimensions. This conflict has affected local residents’ daily lives and impacted the political sphere at the national level. However, while the future of Jerusalem is uncertain, Belfast reached a settlement almost two decades ago, that, although didn’t solve the conflict, has transformed the situation to one of stability and dignity.

This program aims to deliver lessons from other cases of divided cities, with a special focus on the Belfast experience, to local activists in Jerusalem.   Though it does not carry the ambition of conflict resolution, this initiative could equip activists from both sides with the knowledge and tools needed to reach a consensus. 

The program aims not only to benefit the participants but also the population of Jerusalem at large. Indeed, as all participants are politically active Jerusalemites, with equal numbers from the East and the West, it is expected that this experience will engender a local inter-community partnership that will enhance mutual respect, encourage social diversity and dialogue, and inspire creative, cooperative approaches to addressing the problems in the city.

This group will meet for four meetings throughout March-May, 2017, followed by a four-day trip to Belfast between May 13thand 16th, 2017. This trip will expose the participants to the city of Belfast and to local lessons on conflict transformation. After the trip, there will be concluding activities aimed at analyzing similarities and differences between the two cases and identifying takeaways that may be useful in the Jerusalem context, while creating a network of activists between Jerusalem and Belfast.

Application

Eligibility
We are looking for socially active residents of Jerusalem, which demonstrated their commitment to improving the reality around them and are curious to learn from other experiences. As the program will be conducted mostly in English, the applicants should have proficient communication skills in this language.

Deadline for submission: February 28th, 2017

If you want to apply, please fill-in this form and we will contact you within 2 weeks.  

 

Regional Committees

 

Negotiations have become futile in the national scale. However, regional interactions between various communities are taking place on a regular basis across the country. As a result, a regional system of interests is created and offers a breakthrough in reaching a common understanding. IPCRI aims in creating regional track 2 committee which will negotiate the future of local sub-regions through incorporating various stakeholders. In this way, a mediation process can be created gradually and eventually confront the major issues through local agreements.

 

We aim to engage local communities in a participatory process that will expose the current interlinks between the various communities, while illuminating potential points of agreements for the future. This process will use the tools of participatory mapping, analysis of interaction and the establishment of regional committees in order to expose the connection between the different communities and identifying common principles for the spatial and urban development of the common landscape.

Media Literacy Initiative

 

The strengthening of Palestinian democracy must be seen as a key pillar of any national development or negotiated peace process. As the media serves as the “watchdog” of democracy and can become a tool for developing political pluralism, Palestinian media literacy must be enhanced in order to keep the media accountable. Moreover, as the social media is highly popular among the Palestinian population, the development of tolerant and open social media is essential for the democratization of the Palestinian political culture.

The IPCRI Media Literacy Initiative, in cooperation with MEMLI (The Middle East Media Literacy Initiative) and the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, will provide a Media Literacy and Civil Discourse Program for youth living in the West Bank. Digital Citizenship and 21st Century skills will be included, to teach youth how they fit into the opportunities provided in the Human Economy and reach their highest potentials. Social and Emotional Learning will be the methodology throughout the course. Through this intensive 32-hour course, students will be empowered to evaluate the mechanisms of media construction and bias, to innovate and collaborate with one another through better communication skills and to understand the benefits of accountable social media use. At the end of the course, 80 young adults across the West Bank will graduate from the program, and 16 young adults will be trained to deliver the curriculum to other groups around the country and be paid for this part time work.

As a result, a group of agents will be empowered to better scrutinise media and its impacts, to be responsible digital citizens and to practice the values of pluralism and democratic values through increased social and emotional intelligence and civil discourse and debate both on and offline.

For more information about this project, please go to http://www.memli.org/.

Julie Gray, the Director of the Media Literacy Program, lived and worked in Hollywood for ten years, where she was a top story analyst and story editor for novels and film scripts.  A Huffington Post writer, Julie has been published as an essayist and short fiction writer in numerous publications. In 2012, Julie relocated to Tel Aviv, Israel where she directed the Tel Aviv Writer's Salon and later leveraged her considerable story analysis and teaching skills to work with a number of high tech and startup businesses to perfect presentations, and communication skills. In 2015, Julie founded MEMLI (The Middle East Media Literacy Initiative), a program to teach media literacy, civil discourse and emotional intelligence skills to youth. Through this program, youth in MENA will acquire the necessary skills to promote empathy, pluralism, democratic values and self-empowerment skills for a better future.

Trade Facilitation

 

Trade Facilitation

Over the last two decades, the Palestinian trade is restricted by arrangements dictated by the Paris Protocol. The decision about the “Customs Union” for example, made the Palestinian National Authority a confined market, in which Israeli imports accounted for 70-75% of all Palestinian Imports and 85-90% of its exports over the most of the 2000’s. Furthermore, different constraints on Palestinian exports to non-Israeli markets made Palestinian producers less competitive and had drastic effect on the economic development of the Palestinian territories.

As the Palestine is an infant economy, it can generate sustainable long term growth mainly through developing its export. Thus, accordingly, Palestinian traders must be adequately prepared to deal with regional exporting and importing procedures. However, Palestinian traders rely on Israeli systems and facilities, which operate in a foreign language and offer a limited access to relevant Israeli authorities. As a result, Palestinian authorities, and the local private sector, lack the regular updates regarding new changes in the supply chain, in the fluctuations of tariffs or in new regulations imposed by Israel.

This program offers to provide a facilitated process for the Palestinian supply chain (Import/Export) through capability building program for Palestinian businesses. IPCRI will focus a significant reduction of local trade costs, delivery of significant knowledge upon the supply chain and the creation of transboundary partnerships.

 

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