Friendship Across Borders

Friendship Across Borders

By bringing Germans, Israelis and Palestinian civil and activist leaders to engage in understanding and healing the “Trauma Triangle” we bring attention to how historic inherited narratives of trauma not only shape identity but define how we relate to other identities.  
With the help of interactive and creative approaches, which pay particular attention to personal awareness and group-specific dynamics, the participants became aware of the narrative, psychological, and political patterns that disrupt and prevent interpersonal and communal empathy. The program takes a deep look into the inherited and personal experienced trauma and how it affects peace making efforts and vision.
 

This program sets a discourse for activists to understand personal and collective identity and narrative formation and triggering unsettling emotions by witnessing personal stories of the other. This results in empathy and therefore space for deconstruction of narratives.

There are seven meetings that take place independently by each identity group, the seven meetings bring to participant to a deeper knowledge on understanding identity, conflict narrative, tolerance, communication, active listening and experience how trauma shapes conversations in one’s community.  These meetings are followed by joint meetings with the aim of deepening the work of understanding and healing trauma.

This program has been a part of our continuous learning and development of ourselves as an organization that is seeking to understanding the effects of personal and collective trauma, power structures / dynamics and their impact on peace and peace making.