Human Dignity & Compassion

Empathy is not Exclusive: Enabling Ambassadors

How can we care about the Israeli captives while also displaying compassion towards innocent Palestinians in Gaza? Is caring about one at the expense of the other?

Many of us find ourselves in situations where supporting Israel’s right to defend herself and return the hostages is perceived to be at the expense of caring for the dignity of Palestinians. This binary puts many humanitarian issues at the heart of the issue. Are we really advocating to care for the Israeli people by ensuring that innocent Gazans suffer? This session models how this exact conundrum plays out using Polarities Thinking, demonstrating that empathy is not exclusive and that caring for ourselves doesn’t have to be at the expense of caring for others.

Dedicate this activity in honor of

Tal Shoham 38
Tal was kidnapped from Kibbutz Be’eri while visiting his wife’s family.
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