The Forum for Discussion of Israel and Palestine (FODIP) is a registered UK charity.
Its remit is to host and facilitate sensitively inter faith dialogue on the Israeli Palestinian conflict, within and between Jews, Christians, Muslims and others in the UK, and to promote co-operation through dialogue.
- To enable Jews, Christians, Muslims – and those of other faiths and none – to talk positively and sensitively together about Israel/Palestine.
- To create and maintain safe spaces for difficult conversations.
- To promote mutual trust as the foundation for building good relations.
- To provide opportunities to share and to listen to different perspectives.
- To welcome challenging discourse.
Promoting understanding, empathy and respect between individuals and communities, valuing our common humanity.
- Independent of any one faith or religious body.
- Embedded in the UK conversation.
- No one shared political position on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
- Transparency in meeting our goals and values, especially in relation to funding.
FODIP works through:
- Hosting events for speakers and organisations from the region.
- Academic working groups.
- Using established networks and providing a consultancy on related issues.
- Issuing regular bulletins and up-dates.
- Advice and Information.
- Learn how to facilitate conversations locally through our ‘Hear to Hear’ method.
- FODIP acts as a link and a resource for local and national organisations and for religious institutions.
Director: Current Vacancy
Founder and Programme Director: Jane Clements
Jane Clements is an Anglican Christian and the Founder of (FODIP). Prior to that, she was Director of Programmes at the Council of Christians and Jews. She has a first degree in theology (with a specialism in Islam), an MA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies and a PhD in Holocaust Education, all from the University of London. With a background and training in Religious Education, Jane has many years of experience in inter faith relations and reconciliation work. Between 2004 and 2008, she also worked intensively with Israeli and Palestinian students from the Olive Tree programme at City University. She has been taking study groups to Israel and the West Bank for many years. Jane was recently presented with the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Lord Harries of Pentregarth, former Bishop of Oxford, has written extensively on the ‘Abrahamic faiths’ as well as on Christian theology dealing with matters including ethics, secularism and war and peace. Former Dean of Kings College, London, Professor Harries was Chair of the Council of Christians and Jews and founded the Oxford Jewish Christian Muslim dialogue group.
Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield is Head of the Movement for Reform Judaism and a President of the Council of Christians and Jews. A pioneer of serious inter faith dialogue in Britain, he has spoken and written extensively on the process and his collaborative publications include Dialogue with a Difference (1992) and He Kissed Him and They Wept: Towards a Theology of Partnership (2001). He is currently working on a publication jointly edited with Alan Race and Ataullah Siddiqui.
Shaykh Dr Abdal Hakim Murad (Tim Winter) is Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, and is acknowledged as a leading Islamic scholar in Britain. His inter faith work includes joint editorship of Abraham’s Children (2006) with Lord Harries and Rabbi Norman Solomon.
Revd Bob Day, Rabbi Warren Elf, Dave Swindells and Ameenah Zeglam