“I have met Jewish students in the past but have never spoken with them about these issues. I felt I was allowed to speak my own truth, and to learn to listen differently. Young people have to be the leaders in changing the relationship between Jews and Arabs.”
Hiba, from Sachnin:
As a part of its Model United Nations program, the Walworth Barbour American International School (WBAIS) offers a Conflict Resolution Program to provide a unique opportunity for students throughout Israel to receive training in conflict resolution skills in a neutral, highly professional setting.
Each year, professional conflict mediators conduct an intensive 45-hour training program for 20-25 students in grades 10-12, ideally representing a broad range of backgrounds (Israeli, Arab, and international) who might otherwise never have the opportunity to come together and share their perspectives.
Unlike the more traditional Model United Nations experience, students in the Conflict Resolution Program do not pretend to be diplomats who represent a country addressing pre-determined issues. Rather, they represent themselves. The issues discussed are the issues that the students decide are the most important to them and their lives in Israel.
The purpose of the program is not to lead the students into taking any particular position or adopting any particular perspectives; instead, they are taught skills for listening and communication and techniques to better understand their own beliefs and positions, as well as those of others.
“I came to the meeting to voice my own opinions, hoping to gain understanding from my Arab peers, but I left with an understanding of my own that the other side has its own narrative that I also have to listen to.”
Yair, from Petach Tikva:
Born in Jerusalem, and currently residing in Tel Aviv, Dror is married with two children. He has a BA (Hons) in Behavioral Sciences and Archeology from Ben Gurion University and a Master’s degree in Management, Conflict Resolution and Negotiation at Bar Ilan University. For many years, Dror has been working in the area of mediation within the business and social sphere, teaching courses in mediation, and providing professional organization leaders with the tools to manage conflicts, negotiations and promote cooperation. Highly experienced in guiding Arab-Jewish groups in Israel and Europe and in developing programs in the field. Dror has also led major conflict management initiatives and consensus building in the field of sports in Israel.
In the course of the Conflict Resolution Program, Dror Rubin will take the students on a tour of Lod, a city that embraces within it many disparate populations that practice coexistence daily. Students will meet with community leaders and learn more about conflict resolution from them.
Fees and Session Dates
Conflict Resolution Program Fees
Delegates will be charged a Participation Fee of 500 NIS.
The fee includes participation in all sessions, a hot kosher meal on all session dates, and entrance to the TIMEMUN conference.
One of our goals to make sure that the fees never prevent any individual or school from participating — as part of the registration process, schools may apply for financial aid.
For payment and invoicing, please contact:
Tel: +972-9-8901000, extension 448.
Please note that checks must be made out to WBAIS.
When mailing payment, please use the address listed below.
Walworth Barbour American International School
P.O. Box 484, 65 Hashomron Street, Even Yehuda 40500 – Israel
The Conflict Resolution Program will take place this year on:
October 27, 2019 (Sunday 9:00-15:00)
November 15, 2019 (Friday 9:00 – 13:30)
December 8, 2019 (Sunday 9:00-15:00)
January 17, 2020 (Sunday 9:00-15:00)
February 2, 2020 (Sunday 9:00-15:00)and during the TIMEMUN conference (February 16-18) a final intensive activity that will bring the insights and lessons of the program to a conclusion.