The Palestine-Israel Journal was co-founded in 1994 by Ziad Abu-Zayyad and Victor Cygielman, two prominent Palestinian and Israeli journalists, during the first phases of the Oslo peace process to encourage dialogue between civil society on both sides and broaden the base of support for the peace process.
It is the only independent, non-profit quarterly publication co-published and produced by Israelis and Palestinians, as an explicit joint venture promoting dialogue and the quest for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. The publication serves as a unique venture that testifies to the fact that it is possible to work together in a spirit of mutual respect, cooperation and recognition, even on the most conflicting issues. Each issue is devoted to a central theme on the common Israeli-Palestinian agenda.
The Palestine-Israel Journal aims:
- to promote rapprochement and better understanding between the two peoples;
- to provide a platform for Palestinians and Israelis - academics, public figures, journalists and other experts to take part in the on-going debate;
- to raise awareness, inform and clarify to a wider public within both communities about the issues at the crux of the conflict and how they impact on the lives of both peoples, from the perspective of each side;
- to foster, in a climate of constructive criticism and mutual respect, active dialogue and exchanges within and between the two civil societies.