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A Brutal Legacy that Continues, by Scott Dickman, Concord Monitor, June 2020

Like so many others, I gasped in horror watching the video of Mr. Floyd’s protracted murder by law enforcement officers sworn to protect and defend. Listening to Mr. Floyd’s plea for help - “Please, I cannot breathe” - left me unable to dissociate Mr. Floyd’s plea from the thousands of blacks lynched and memorialized at The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, located in Montgomery, Alabama. All those lynched and brutalized also could not breathe.

Listening Our Way to Peace by Yael Petritti

This chapter is drawn from: Garred, Michelle and Abu-Nimer, Mohammed, eds. 2018. Making Peace with Faith: The Challenges of Religion and Peacebuilding. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. The book can be ordered at:

Skills for Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Interview with Leah Green by Alicia Simoni of Peace X Peace

Leah Green, founder and director of the Compassionate Listening Project, was one of three international recipients of an Honorable Mention for the Peace X Peace Community Peacebuilder Award. During a recent interview with Peace X Peace, Leah described the work of the Compassionate Listening Project and how heart-to-heart connections may lay at the foundation of building peace.

Listening – the common ground amid conflict, by Janet Tu,

The Seattle Times

The Israelis and Palestinians sat in a circle in a rundown room outside Bethlehem.

They had already heard from a Palestian man who was fighting to preserve his house from being demolished by the Israeli army. They listened as a Palestinian mother described how she cried as she sewed her daughter's wedding dress, knowing she would not be allowed to leave the country to attend the wedding.

But the Palestinians were having a hard time seeing how Israelis suffered in the conflict.

Then a former Israeli soldier spoke. More Israeli soldiers die from suicide than in combat, he said. Please see our suffering in that statistic, he requested.

An Enemy is One Whose Story We Have Not Heard, by Gene Knudsen Hoffman

Fellowship Magazine, 1997

 In the spring of 1996 1 received a phone call from Leah Green, Director of Middle East Citizen Diplomacy for Earthstewards Network.  She wanted to talk with me about my writing on Compassionate Listening, a process in which people open up to new thoughts and ideas when they are carefully listened to.  Sometimes they even change their opinions as they learn to listen to themselves.  Over the years I have doggedly kept visiting the Middle East, pursuing this process.  Leah invited me to come to Israel and Palestine in November of 1996 with a group dedicated to Compassionate Listening. 

Yoga Journal’s Karma Yoga Award to Compassionate Listening Project – “Seeing Through Hostility and Fear”

Yoga Journal

Leah Green believes in the power of reconciliation. As director of the nonprofit Compassionate Listening Project, she has offered an alternative means of attaining peace in the Middle East by encouraging compassionate communication between Palestinians and Israelis.

Greenfield rabbi helps Israelis, Palestinians to hear one another

Greenfield Reporter, November 30, 2015

“One of impacts is that my heart gets bigger,” she says, “Our really profound intention to be of service, to listen and understand, to bring a salve of understanding and connection … it feels good and leaves me on a certain kind of high.”

Greenfield’s new rabbi quotes Palestinian peace activist Ali Abu Awwad, who she talked with recently, as saying, “The way to a Palestinian state goes through the heart of the Jewish people. If they see me, if they know me, if they trust me, then they want for me what I want for me”

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