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Conflict Resolution, Civility and Dialogue

I approach this theme in my work both as a practitioner and as a writer/researcher. I have been involved in interfaith dialogue (Jewish-Muslim dialogue in particular) and for a number of years I ran confidential ‘dinner and dialogue’ evenings for UK Jewish leaders to discuss their differences over Israel. Conflict is also a major theme in my writing and research on the Jewish community and in politics more generally. I advocate civility and dialogue as a way of managing conflict but I understand these practices differently to some others do: For me, to be civil is not to be ‘nice’ and ‘polite’, it is a way of thinking strategically to frame one’s words in a more careful manner with the ultimate aim of being more effective. As such, the civility and dialogue I advocate does not aspire to replace hate with love.

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