In the spirit of coexistence during the holy month of Ramadan, join us for a special “Behind the Headlines” online discussion this week, available on Thursday only to The Times of Israel Community (join here).
In 2019, ToI Editor David Horovitz conducted a fascinating joint interview with Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi and Palestinian scholar Prof. Mohammed Dajani after the publication of Klein Halevi’s book, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.”
In a rare moment of bi-national solidarity, the two neighbors — one a former Jewish Defense League activist now working for Israeli-Palestinian coexistence; the other a former Fatah member whose academic career was destroyed after he took students to Auschwitz in 2014 — agreed to disagree, and vowed to work together as Dajani developed a doctoral program training journalists and religious leaders in reconciliation and interfaith dialogue.
Almost two years and an international pandemic later, where do the two neighbors stand now? And what can they tell us that may offer a truly viable model for resolving the broader conflict?
Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and a non-resident fellow of the Trends think tank in Abu Dhabi. He co-directs the Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI), which teaches emerging young Muslim American leaders about Judaism, Jewish identity and Israel.
Dajani is a Palestinian scholar born in Jerusalem, where he currently lives. He holds two doctorate degrees and formerly taught at al-Quds University. He is the founding director of the Wasatia Academic Institute and presently cooperates with the European University in Flensburg, Germany, at the European Wasatia Graduate School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, an interdisciplinary doctorate program on reconciliation, moderation, conflict resolution, interfaith dialogue, and ethics.
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