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Between the 27th – 29th of March, Forward Thinking held meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah with a number of Israel and Palestinian figures. Meetings were with a diverse range of individuals, including political figures, academics, representatives of the business community and members of civil society, allowing us to gain a comprehensive overview of the current situation in the region. This included an in-depth briefing by Dr Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Director of Passia, on recent developments in Jerusalem and their potential implications.

Meetings also provided an opportunity to discuss the work of Forward Thinking and future activities in both the Irish Peace Process Programme (where we bring key individuals from Israel and Palestine to Ireland to reflect on the Irish experience of conflict and peace building) and the EUPD.