The Center for Political and Development Studies (CPDS)/ Gaza/
The Center for Political and Development Studies, Gaza, Palestine, hosted on Saturday, 20 June 2014, the Virtual Dinner Project (VDP),in which young people from Palestine and Kosovo participated online. The participants discussed the situation in both countries, and how to solve the problems facing them, in their two war-torn countries. Palestinian participants asked their Kosovan counterparts about the serotype image they have in mind about them, and how they managed to achieve reconciliation in their county, in addition to addressing the problems facing them after declaring independence from Serbia.
On the other hand, Kosovan participants asked about the difficulties Palestinians face under occupation, how to solve the conflict and to secure Palestinian rights, in addition to restrictions imposed on the freedom of movement of Palestinians in and out of the Palestinian Territories.
At the end of the meeting, young people on both sides asked their counterparts to convey what they have learned about the other country to their surroundings, by asking questions to people in the street, and video-tapping it and later producing a short documentary.
Eric Maddox is an American activist who runs the Virtual Dinner Project. Maddox has previously visited the Gaza Strip. He aims, by implementing his project, at brining young people from different countries over dinner/breakfast, which reflects the local culture, especially in conflict and war-torn countries, together, in an attempt to raise awareness about the cultures of other peoples.