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The Lebanese and Palestinian Youth Dialogue on Conflict Resolution. June 28 th 2005 Press Conference. The Idea. Lebanon is characterized by its diverse people. Multi-Factional (Politically, Religiously, Economically). Palestinians became part of these factions in 1948.

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the lebanese and palestinian youth dialogue on conflict resolution

The Lebanese and Palestinian Youth Dialogue on Conflict Resolution

June 28th 2005

Press Conference

the idea
The Idea
  • Lebanon is characterized by its diverse people.
    • Multi-Factional (Politically, Religiously, Economically).
    • Palestinians became part of these factions in 1948.
  • “Any community with a diversity of members and interests will not be without conflict” 1
    • Conflict = tension amongst factions due to valid instances of injustice and misunderstanding
  • Use of dialogue to promote a just co-existence

1 Michael Amaladoss, S.J. Dialogue as Conflict Resolution

why lebanese and palestinian
Why Lebanese and Palestinian?
  • The Palestinian cause serves as a divisive factor between existing factions.
  • As a first step Lebanese and Palestinian issues must be addressed.
  • As a second step, must address Lebanese factional issues.
  • If Lebanese and Palestinian issue is resolved and understood, this will contribute largely to facilitating resolution and reconciliation among Lebanese factions.
    • Issues revolving around the Lebanese War concern both Palestinian and Lebanese factions.
why dialogue
Why Dialogue
  • Dialogue is a creative way of solving conflicts without allowing the eruption of violence.
  • Dialogue gives way to the confrontation and advocacy of issues/needs
    • Issues gain legitimacy this way
    • Forces recognition of the interdependence of issues, thus making negotiation and resolution possible.
  • Dialogue creates a platform for remedying misconceptions and misunderstanding.
what are the issues
What are the issues?
  • Three main points of injustice or misunderstanding between Lebanese and Palestinians:
    • The aspiration of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon to attain human and civil rights.
    • The role of Palestinians in the Lebanese war.
    • The role of Lebanon in supporting the Palestinian cause and protecting Palestinians in Lebanon.
why the youth
Why the youth?
  • Today’s youth took no active role in the Lebanese War (violent eruption of conflict)
    • Thus they are more susceptible to reconciliation and resolving issues through dialogue
  • They are the future
    • Understanding now will lead to stronger bonds later, consequently reaching social and political harmony in the future
who are our youth
Who are our youth?
  • Mostly University students
    • Participating universities  BAU, USJ, LAU, NDU, AUB, BCU
  • 40 participants divided into 2 groups (20 in each group)
    • Some from political backgrounds
    • Some with no political affiliations
    • 35% Palestinian
    • 25% Lebanese who advocate the Palestinian cause
    • 40% Lebanese
what is the project
What is the project?
  • The project provides a framework for inter-communal dialogue that integrates all factions in Lebanon
  • Through 4 main activities it intends to breakdown existing barriers between Palestinians and Lebanese by building strong and lasting ties
  • The activities will create a platform for dialogue, promote better cultural understanding, create human and civil rights awareness and build a volunteer network
  • This project has a human rights angle
    • Use the human rights approach to come to better understanding of the conflict and as a launching point for future activism
activity 1 dialogue event
Activity 1: Dialogue Event
  • Develops the basis for the whole project
  • 2-Day activity that provides the opportunity for constructive dialogue
  • Through dialogue and the guidance of a professional facilitator participants will acquire:
    • Knowledge of how to deal with conflict
    • Communication skills
    • Dialogue skills
    • Awareness of the others’ needs and fears
activity 2 cross community cultural exchange visits
Activity 2: Cross-Community Cultural Exchange Visits
  • Helps break through the conceptual barriers each side has of one another and reach the human element
  • Locations will be decided by the participants
    • Each Group
  • Achieves greater understanding between Lebanese and Palestinians
activity 3 human rights workshop
Activity 3: Human Rights Workshop
  • Create an overall rights awareness and their application for achieving reconciliation
  • Gives participants the knowledge needed to build their own assessment of the situation
    • Gives them baseline information against which they can compare what they’ve actually seen in their visits (Activity 2)
  • Provides them with the skills for advocating their issues and building their volunteer networks.
  • Allows them to create their own advocacy guidelines for future human and civil rights efforts in Lebanon
activity 4 volunteer network
Activity 4: Volunteer Network
  • Compliments the other activities to channel the ambition of young people into grassroots initiatives that focus on the overall objective of national reconciliation
  • Project coordinators will play an advisory and supportive role
    • Initiate meetings
    • Provide venue for meetings
    • Follow up on progress of volunteer network initiatives
your role
Your Role
  • Your role as the media is to convey to the your audience:
    • The issues brought up by the youth
    • Their progress in resolving these issues
    • The effect of the activities on the participants
  • Provide documentation of the project to ensure frequent evaluation and feedback throughout the process