The grassroots bottom-up approach is central in Musalaha’s strategy of reconciliation. Civil Society Leaders are one of the most important and effective segments of any society. Civil Society Leaders are distinct from government and business segments of society, they range from any non-government organization and institution, to any gathering of people that are not dependent on government. Civil society is essential in promoting and advocating for reconciliation, justice, democracy, and Freedom of Religion and Belief (FoRB). For these reasons, Musalaha works with and has established different groups based on personal and professional interests.
Musalaha runs a 1.5 year cross-border Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation project with an emphasis on FoRB (Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). This program starts with a 5-day desert encounter, 6 reconciliation workshops and excursions based on Musalaha’s Curriculum of Reconciliation, and FoRB trainings. At the end of the program, the civil society leaders conduct a 3-4 month outreach within the community collaborating with organizations and individuals promoting reconciliation, equality and FoRB.