Mohammed Abu-Nimer and Sami Adwan —
Two Narratives, Reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian Present (part 2)

As Israel prepares for a critical election and Hamas forms a Palestinian cabinet, we explore the difficulty of reaching resolution in a land that its inhabitants, on both sides of the conflict, consider holy. Our guests in this two-part series, Israeli and Palestinian, identify deeply with the story and suffering of their own people. They are also individuals who from across tumultuous recent history have reached out to the other side. They find themselves embittered at the failure of the Oslo peace process, reeling from recent events, and uncertain about the future. We explore their unresolved questions and despair, and probe the deep longing for peace that remains within each of them and how they are imagining a future within new political realities.

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is associate professor at the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC and executive director of the Salaam Institute for Peace & Justice.

is an associate professor in the faculty of Education at Bethlehem University.

Selected Audio

A Palestinian Bishop in the Holy Land

Listen to Krista's conversation with Riah Abu El-Assal, the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, who is a Palestinian Arab and an Israeli citizen. He describes his various experiences serving as a Christian priest in the Holy Land.

Selected Readings

A Call for Inclusion

by Saliba Sarsa
Born and raised in Jerusalem, professor of Political Science Saliba Sarsar writes about the need for a more inclusive set of voices in the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue.

What Went Wrong

by Sami Adwan
The Palestinian and Israeli conflict has entered a new phase and restarted again after a short period of the so called Peace Era.

Peace is Made with Our Enemies not Friends

by Mohammed Abu-Nimer
Frantic responses appeared in the media, including those from concerned politicians, regarding the recent victory of Hamas in the recent Palestinian elections.

Suffering That Gets Us Nowhere

by Sami Adwan
We stayed up in our home watching television news until 2:30 a.m. to find out what was happening down the street in Bethlehem, because after Friday's Israeli army assault on Ramallah we were afraid to go outside and see for ourselves.

Learning Each Other's Historical Narrative: Palestinians and Israelis

This textbook for 9th- and 10th-grade students from Israel and Palestine is a project of the Project Research Institute in the Middle East.

SoundSeen (our multimedia stories)

Checkpoints + Barriers

For a Palestinian perspective on the separation barrier, listen to Sami Adwan's thoughts on living in a walled-off land accompanied by images of the Palestinian people encountering it in their daily lives. For an Israeli perspectivei> on the security barrier, listen to the program with Yossi Klein Halevi.

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A graffiti titled "Balloon Debate" by British graffiti artist Banksy is seen on Israel's controversial security barrier in Ramallah in the West Bank.

Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images

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Is part 2 of this series available? I have only found part one labeled twice. Thank you for all the great work you do!

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Thank you for pointing out the error, I've just restored the audio to part 2.