PNE Participants visiting Yad Vashem

Next month, our 40th PNE group begins.

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PNE Participants visiting Yad Vashem

Next month, our 40th PNE group begins.

Don't let it be our last one.

Donate today

Participants in a bi-national workshop

PNE Participants visiting Yad Vashem

Women's cohort of PNE participants visiting Jaffa

Next month, our 40th PNE group begins.

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Participants visiting the Arab village of Lifta

Next month, our 40th PNE group begins.

Don't let it be our last one.

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Participants visiting the Arab village of Lifta

Participants visiting the Arab village of Lifta

PNE Participants visiting Yad Vashem

Next month, our 40th PNE group begins.

Don't let it be our last one.

Donate today

Participants visiting the Arab village of Lifta

The Parallel Narrative Experience

The Parallel Narrative Experience

The Parents Circle has been operating its flagship Parallel Narrative Experience (PNE) program for nearly 10 years. In that time, 40 cohorts have participated, impacting nearly 1,200 Israeli and Palestinian participants.

The PNE module is made up of unilateral and bilateral workshops and dialogue activities between Israelis and Palestinians. Over the course of 3 months, they learn about personal, national, and historical narratives of the other. The program supports both sides in moving beyond exclusive truths, building trust, generating empathy and humanizing the other.

One aspect of learning about the national narratives of Israelis and Palestinians consists of visits to locations of historical importance. Cohorts of PNE participants together visit Lifta, a Palestinian village completely destroyed in 1948 during the “Nakba” (“catastrophe”). They also visit Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center together in Jerusalem.

Funding for the PNE was abruptly terminated by USAID after nearly 10 years of partnership, as a result of the Trump Administration’s decision to stop its support for cross border activities.

We urge you: please step in where the U.S. government has stepped out. Please make a gift today!

Impact Data

The evaluation of a recent PNE program shows that the project– funded by USAID’s Cultivating a Culture of Non-Violence project– had a significant impact on the participants in the group’s:

  • Change in perceptions: 73% had a better understanding of the “others” that helped in changing their attitude positively.
  • Understanding of the narrative of the other: 98% had an increase in their understanding of the other's narrative, and 95% acknowledge that the other has an alternative narrative to the conflict.
  • Increased empathy and trust: 88% had increased empathy toward the "other" following their participation and 76% had greater trust in the other side.
  • Readiness to act: 97% were interested in acting to end the conflict and 96% had a willingness to work together with the other side on common issues following the program.
  • Ripple effect: 88% shared their experiences with other circles.
“I did not think this would happen – that I would put my hands in yours, that I would meet women with pure hearts. I promise to become more active and continue this way and bring other women to join us.”
Palestinian participant
Parallel Narrative Experience
“I hope that we will remember this lesson even when difficult things happen – that we are all human beings.”
Israeli participant
Parallel Narrative Experience

Support The Parallel Narrative Experience

The Parallel Narrative Experience is under serious threat. The Trump Administration’s cuts put this transformative peace program at risk.

But you can make a difference today.

$ 0
The cost of one PNE module for
30 Israelis and Palestinians
“I did not think this would happen – that I would put my hands in yours, that I would meet women with pure hearts. I promise to become more active and continue this way and bring other women to join us.”
Palestinian participant
Parallel Narrative Experience
“I hope that we will remember this lesson even when difficult things happen – that we are all human beings.”
Israeli participant
Parallel Narrative Experience

Next month, our 40th PNE group begins.
Don’t let it be the last one.

$ 0
The cost of one PNE module for
30 Israelis and Palestinians

Next month, our 40th PNE group begins.
Don’t let it be the last one.

Our 40th Parallel Narrative Experience begins this month.
Don't let it be our last.
Donate today.
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