Every month or two, we hold gatherings in which 60- 125 Palestinians and Israelis meet to reach beyond arguments and political posturing to the essential humanity longing to be heard. At the heart of the gatherings are listening circles, where we create a quality of awareness and sensitivity to the other that is quite unique in both our societies. We also pray and sing together, we enjoy a meal and quiet informal time.
Prior to the gatherings, we apply to a sometimes uncooperative military to obtain entry permits for West Bank Palestinians so that we can be together. Sometimes we meet in the territories, to make Sulha accessible to those Palestinians who cannot leave. As we depart from the gatherings, we are profoundly empowered, carrying with us renewed inspiration, hope, and determination to continue working to bring the conflict to an end.
In contrast to the current atmosphere of distrust, cynicism and despair, we stand for the possibility of cooperation, shared responsibility, and hope. We at Sulha avoid polarizing political declarations. We know that any political future must address the human needs of both sides, and we stand on the front lines of the struggle to return decency and compassion to our shared land.