Europe and many parts of the world are experiencing tension, fear and unrest caused by the surfacing and eruption of new and old threats: financial uncertainty and crisis, religious and ethnic intolerance, waves of legal and illegal immigration, and minorities that claim autonomy and political recognition. This unrest has increasingly given rise to hatred, violence and attacks against those perceived as “others”. We believe that such attacks stem largely from feeling that one’s own identity and cultural safety are threatened.
This conference explores the sources for such feelings and what contributes to their violent expression in action. The approach is based on the application of Group Relations methodology, which aims to explore and understand social processes through the experience of conference participants, assisted by an experienced international staff. It is a continuation of PCCA’s work with Germans and Israelis, as well as with Palestinians and Others.
Shmuel Erlich, Conference Director