As part of its objective to stimulate dialogue within and between different groups and communities involved at different levels in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, IPCRI is currently organizing an innovative project to connect and empower international relations students at Israeli and Palestinian Universities.
The Model European Union (MEU) aims at gathering the future leaders of conflict resolution in Israel and Palestine in a program that reflects “Unity in Diversity”. Indeed, we believe that the EU’s values of dialogue, integration, and diversity through cooperation and freedom of movement are essential if we hope to reach a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This innovative reconceptualization of model United Nations simulations will target young activists studying in Israel and Palestine, be they Israeli, Palestinian, or international students. Together, they will be trained in order to simulate a conference of the Council of the EU during which they will debate on collectively chosen topics.
Israel and Palestine already comprise great diversity. Indeed, students from all over the world participate in academic programs related to conflict resolution in Israeli and Palestinian Universities. However, even though they are taught about conflict resolution, these young scholars study disjointedly. Such a situation tends to impede future opportunities for dialogue and constitutes a shortfall of these programs.
MEU is meant to complement such academic courses and ameliorate their limitations through the implementation of an educational program designed to foster mutual empowerment. Though territorial separation and stigmas present a challenge to this project, IPCRI’s long-established experience shows that persistent efforts can overcome such barriers.
As underlined, the lacking element in conflict resolution programs is unity. That is why IPCRI seeks to provide the future resolution facilitators with a structure for dialogue and cooperation in order to replicate the EU’s Unity in Diversity. This way, participants will be able to imagine and embody a regional organization for broad cooperation and integration in the Middle East.
Thanks to a solid training program, participants will be provided with practical skills that will stimulate their ability to reach multilateral solutions to national issues. This extracurricular experience based on mutual empowerment will result in new connections and innovative ideas for the future of conflict transformation.