Dossier: Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue

Young Palestinians and Israelis at the KfGD dialogue event in Bonn (photo: KfGD)

Israeli–Palestinian dialogue in Germany

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It is possible to work together

While bombs are being dropped and rockets fired back home, a group of young Israelis and Palestinians has come to Germany to talk to each other and to listen to the other side of the story. By Wolfgang DickMore

Judith Katzir (photo: private)

Interview with the Jewish author Judith Katzir

Friendship across the divide

Judith Katzir is one of the most interesting young authors in Israel. Her books deal mostly with strong women who undertake journeys into their own past. Her new novel, "Tzila", is based on letters belonging to her great-grandmother and describes her journey to Gaza, where her Jewish family once lived. Igal Avidan spoke to the authorMore

Israeli soldiers near Hebron. Photo: picture alliance/AP

Israel's crisis politics

On hope and despair in the Middle East

The Middle East powder keg is threatening to explode. Anyone who still believes in peace must have hope – yet hope is precisely what is lacking. The Israeli writer David Grossman makes this appeal to his countrymenMore

Photo of a Nemashim theatre production entitled "Remembering the return to Haifa" (photo: Flickr.com)

Book review: Uri Shani's "Nemashim" theatre project

Creating a level playing field

In his book, the Israeli theatre director and drama teacher Uri Shani describes the ups and downs of an Arab–Hebrew community theatre project known as "Nemashim". Julie Schwannecke read the book and spoke with the authorMore

Film scene from “Bethlehem” (photo: real fiction film distribution)

Israeli cinema: "Bethlehem"

Beloved enemy

The friendship between an Israeli intelligence officer and his Palestinian informant makes for an explosive subject. Film director Yuval Adler takes up the theme in his gripping thriller "Bethlehem". Annabelle Steffes watched the filmMore

Mohammed Helmy

First Arab Honoured by Israel for Rescuing Jewish Family from the Nazis

Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial institute for the first time granted an award to an Egyptian for rescuing a Jewish family during World War II in Berlin. Igal Avidan spoke to Irena Steinfeldt, director of the Department for the Righteous Among the Nations in Yad VashemMore

Assaf Gavron (photo: © Philippe Matsas, Agence Opale)

Assaf Gavron's Novel "The Hilltop"

Message of Political Reconciliation

While the peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians have stalled once again, the Israeli bestselling author Assaf Gavron has just published a novel which takes as its theme the construction of an illegal settlement outpost in the middle of the West Bank. A review by Volker KaminskiMore

Uri Avnery (photo: DW/Tania Krämer)

Interview with Uri Avnery

"Pessimism Means Nothing to Me"

Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery is celebrating his 90th birthday. In this interview with Tania Krämer, he offers his perspective on the recent Middle East peace talks and the many questions arising from the Syrian conflictMore

US President Barack Obama shaking hands with young Israelis (photo: Reuters)

Obama's Visit to the Middle East

Winning Peace through Hearts and Minds

Following his recent visit to the Middle East, US President Barack Obama was heavily criticised for his praise of Israel and his clear commitment to the country's security. Alon Ben-Meir argues that Obama has to win the trust of Israelis before progress can be made in the peace process. He also says that both sides have to live up to their responsibilities, make painful concessions and change their public narratives in order to reach a viable solutionMore

Al-Kasaba trainee actors in rehearsal (photo: Schauspiel-Akademie)

Drama School in the West Bank

Theatre of Hope

Students at the West Bank's first and only drama school talk about their struggle to establish a theatre in the West Bank and their desire to change society for the better through theatre. Ulrike Schleicher spoke to three of themMore

Amos Oz, author and peace activist (photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Interview with Amos Oz

''I Love Israel Even in Times When I Don't Like It''

The great Israeli writer Amos Oz on his early years in a kibbutz, the influence of the settlers movement on Israeli politics, and the prospects for the peace process. An interview by Inge GüntherMore

Historic photography of the ruins of Al-Madrasa Al-Afdhaliya in East Jerusalem's former Moroccan (or Mughrabi) Quarter (photo: American Colony/Library of Congress)

Islamic Archaeology in Israel

A Sea-change in Attitudes

A group of Israeli historians and archaeologists is calling for a radical rethink in the way the region's past is viewed. They want a stronger focus on Palestine's Islamic eras, which have in the past been neglected in favour of its Jewish history. By Joseph CroitoruMore

Supporters of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wait for the results of the legislative elections in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 (photo: Oded Balilty/AP/dapd)

Israel after the Election

Caught in the Honey Trap

Many analysts have interpreted the outcome of Israel's elections as a rebuff for the country's right-wing politics. But, says Gideon Levy in his commentary, paradoxically, an extreme right-wing Israeli government might have been preferable to a moderate one, as it would have served as a wake-up call for the world to finally achieve peaceMore

Israelis visit Wadi Qelt during the 2011 Jewish Passover holiday (photo: Oded Balilty/AP/dapd)

Nature Spot Used by Israelis and Palestinians

Where Peaceful Waters Flow

Only a few minutes' drive from both Jerusalem and Ramallah lies Ein Prat (Wadi Qelt), a beautiful picnic site that is frequented by both Israelis and Palestinians. According to Ruth Eglash, this site of natural beauty has the potential to become an oasis for peace in a troubled regionMore

Uri Avnery (photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Interview with the Israeli Peace Activist Uri Avnery

''Israel Needs Peace, Not Settlements''

Despite growing international criticism, Israel is pressing ahead with the construction of new settlements in and around Jerusalem. In this interview with Diana Hodali, peace activist Uri Avnery says that the current Israeli government does not actually want a two-state solution, regardless of what it saysMore

Palestinians and Israelis from Combatants for Peace take part in a rally in support of the people of the Gaza Strip and against Israeli air strikes on 17 November 2012 (photo: MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)

Combatants for Peace

Marching for A Ceasefire

In late November, the seemingly impossible became reality. While the world watched Palestinians and Israelis trading fire and hatred by every possible means, there was a rare moment of co-operation between Israelis and Palestinians who share a mutual desire to put an end to the violence. By Yonathan ListikMore

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