What is a Shared Society?
A shared society is a society with social cohesion, where its members feel safe, settled and at home. It is a society that respects the dignity and human rights of all its members, and is tolerant and respectful of the differences among them. A shared society is built and maintained by a strong political leadership that takes into account the social, political and economic structures that shape the shared life.
What do we want to achieve?
In times of increased conflict either within Israeli or within Palestinian society, the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) believes in the importance of identity-building alongside with strengthening common interests such as social and political issues, as well as economic development. By creating a platform of shared interests, bridges of communication are built that enable a more constructive way to manage intra-societal conflicts.
How do we achieve our goal?
The HSF encourages projects and policies that create equal opportunities for people, based on shared values, responsibilities and aspirations. This is done with the belief that through cultural exchange and cooperation, hatred and harm to human dignity are reduced, and mutual understanding and inter-community relations are increased.
In cooperation with local partner organizations, we organize and support workshops and projects, conferences and publications that promote a shared society both in Israel and in the Palestinian Territories.