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. It is expected that this experience will engender a local inter-community partnerships that will inspire creative, cooperative approaches to addressing the problems of the city.

In this program, the core group will meet for four meetings through late March-May, 2017, followed by a four-day trip to Belfast between May 12th - 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 and identifying takeaways that may be useful in the Jerusalem context, while creating a network of activists between Jerusalem and Belfast.

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

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