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PON 2011No.090 | by U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
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PON 2011No.090

After an extremely successful pilot program last year, Public Diplomacy Tel Aviv supported bringing together another 180 Jewish and Arab 16-year old students from 3 Arab schools and 3 Jewish schools to learn how to communicate and negotiate with one another. The workshops included mixed groups of Amal Network students from Tel Aviv, Taibe, Nahariya, Daburiya, Beersheva and Hura. The six workshops were coordinated with the Amal Network and Dr. Shula Gilad, Senior Fellow from the Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School and facilitated by local trainers. The workshops were conducted in English and were specifically tailored for the Arab and Jewish high school students. The content steered away from political issues and focused on generic negotiation techniques and communication skills which can be applied to practical real life situations. Friendships were made between Arabs and Jews, and it was a rare opportunity for students who almost never come into contact with one another, to visit each other’s schools’, explore elements of commonality, and practice their English. The students received certificates of participation from the Harvard Negotiation Project and the Amal Network.

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Taken on December 4, 2011