Intercultural/Interfaith Partnerships

“I should much rather see reasonable agreement with the Arabs on the basis of living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish state.” ~ Albert Einstein

At the invitation of Palestine solidarity groups, churches, mosques, synagogues, community centers, student organizations and U.S. elected representatives, Common Ground hosts Palestinians and Jewish Israelis to discuss the conditions of Palestinian life under Israeli siege in Gaza, occupation in the West Bank and discrimination against non-Jews in ’48 Israel, the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for BDSthe unanimous Palestinian rejection of Israel’s 2014/2020 demand to be recognized as an ethno-religious “Jewish state” and protest of Israel’s 2018 Nation State Law, the Palestinian Right to Education Campaign, Palestinian-Israeli nonviolent “co-resistance” to Israeli colonization, occupation and apartheid, Palestinian-Jewish advocacy to create one secular democratic state or federation in Palestine/Israel with equal rights for all and protection of minority rights, American advocacy for Palestinian equal rights, and all concerns regarding justice, trauma, resilience, recovery and a strategy for lasting peace and security for all in Palestine/Israel.

Events include in-person or internet conferencing presentations by Palestinian and Jewish Israeli activists, artists, journalists or scholars, poets, musicians, American imams, rabbis or pastors, documentary films, concerts, photography or art exhibits, etc., with Q & A.

Common Ground Exec. Dir. ******** and Jewish-American activist Rich Siegel, Washington D.C., 2016

"*******’s family comes from Isdud, Palestine, which has since become Ashdod, Israel. ******* has never been there. He has never been to Jerusalem. He is not permitted into any part of Israel or the occupied territories except for his native Gaza. ******’s family fled Isdud in 1948... intending to return. That never happened. They ended up in Gaza, like so many other victims of the Nakba. ******* was born and raised there.... Unlike Jerusalem and Ashdod, ******* is allowed to visit Washington, DC."

-- Rich Siegel's Blog, 2017

"When I visited Jerusalem this past October... ******* (asked) would I write his name on a piece of paper and take photos with it?... He explained: “It will be like my soul is in Jerusalem.”... Taking photos with my friend’s name changed my experience of Jerusalem.... (H)aving spent time with ******* in different parts of the US, the fact that I was in a place that he cherishes but is not permitted to visit, suddenly became very painful.... It has been a painful but very gratifying process to see beyond Zionist narrative and Jewish tribal loyalty, to appreciate the reality of my Palestinian brothers and sisters who experienced Zionist conquest from the other side."

-- Rich Siegel's Blog, 2017