“In honor of World Water Day, marked on March 22, Israeli-Australian water expert Gidon Bromberg was invited to participate in the US State Department Water Security and Transboundary Cooperation panel and brief US officials on the water situation in Israel.
Bromberg is the director of EcoPeace, a regional environmental NGO that focuses on water and has offices in Tel Aviv, Bethlehem and Amman. He is a man driven by strong sense of urgency. Some think he is naive or that he cries wolf, but he believes that after four consecutive years of drought, we are nearing a regional water crisis – one that Israel can solve.” ... See MoreSee Less
In honor of World Water Day, Israeli-Australian water expert Gidon Bromberg was invited to participate in the US State Department Water Security and Transboundary Cooperation panel and brief US offici...
“I applaud the leaders and staff at גבעת חביבה ישראל جبعات حبيبه [Givat Haviva] for the hard work that went into preparing these proposals...I pray that the proposals find a receptive ear in government, and that we can start working on fulfilling a vision all Israelis should desire: a society in which upstanding citizens can live together in harmony and with equal opportunities for all.” ... See MoreSee Less
“Non-political, people-to-people programs that bring Israelis and Palestinians together and build mutual understanding and respect also contribute toward a healthier more productive environment. Supported by the Alliance for Middle East Peace, HR 1221, a bill calling for the creation of a $200 million international fund to support such people-to-people programs, was recently introduced into the House by Representatives Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) and Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.). This legislation was endorsed by the center — The Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, AJC, the ADL, and others. It may not be as sexy as a peace agreement signing on the White House lawn, but these efforts are crucial building blocks for peace.” ... See MoreSee Less
In my previous Riff, I tried to make the case for building a broad left-center Jewish coalition in support of the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security. Wh...
ALLMEP is hiring a Regional Program Officer to start in June 2017. Please submit your CV and cover letter by April 15th to Eldad Levy at email@example.com. First round interviews will held in the last week of April and finalists will be invited to interview in the first two weeks of May.
“Unfortunately, these ventures rarely get media attention, or the funding they need from multinationals to be scalable and sustainable. And yet the kinds of dynamic young Israelis and Palestinians creating startups together are ‘the only real chance for peace,’ in the view of Robert Kraft. ‘We [at Our Generation Speaks] try to pick good people, give them autonomy, and let them spawn and grow and be turned on by the power of the project. Our family is about building bridges, and we think this is one of those projects that just has unlimited potential, with everyone on both sides having a stake.’” ... See MoreSee Less
With backing from winning business leaders such as New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, groups of young Israelis and Palestinians are joining hands in Boston to create startups that may help trans...
Held yesterday, ALLMEP's 2017 Advocacy Day was a great success. Many thanks to the 30+ participants and 17 member organizations who represented our movement in 27 meetings in Congress and at the Department of State. ... See MoreSee Less
ALLMEP took part in the fantastic event "Northern Ireland’s Lessons for Israeli-Palestinian Peace" this past Monday. The United States Institute of Peace and the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, D.C. gathered together former government officials, peacebuilding practitioners and scholars to examine what worked in advancing peace in Northern Ireland—and what lessons might be applied to the difficult process of peacemaking and peacebuilding between Israelis and Palestinians. Former Senator George Mitchell, who served as an envoy in both peace processes, keynoted the event. Thank you to our friends at USIP! ... See MoreSee Less
“More than a dozen female ambassadors and chargés d’affaires heading foreign diplomatic missions in Israel, on Wednesday pledged their support to נשים עושות שלום - نساء يصنعن السلام - Women Wage Peace, a grassroots apolitical movement of Israeli and Palestinian women who are working together toward peace, reconciliation and coexistence.” ... See MoreSee Less
Gere’s rejection of “violent extremist factions on either side” is why he said he was “taken” with two groups he visited on the day of the premiere: נשים עושות שלום - نساء يصنعن السلام - Women Wage Peace, which rallies Israeli and Palestinian women together in political action; and YaLa-Young Leaders يالا-يا قادة الشباب יאללה-מנהיגים צעירים, which trains youth for leadership, harnessing social media to learn communication, peacemaking and leadership skills and promoting ongoing dialogue.
“What I liked about both these groups that I met – it wasn’t that fatalistic, depressing energy … it was visionary, hopeful, filled with joy, love and commitment. And it wasn’t about one-off events expressing frustration. It was about, ‘We’re here until it’s over. We’re going to keep doing this.’” ... See MoreSee Less
“The course in spoken Arabic, proposed by MDA medic Ziad Jaadla, began in early February and will continue once a week during the academic year. Instruction is provided by Dialogue Jerusalem, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing dialogue possibilities between Jewish and Arab residents in Jerusalem.
‘There is a great need for medical professionals who really care about the entire population of Jerusalem and want to carry out their duties faithfully and to help as much as they can,” said a spokesperson for Dialogue Jerusalem. “Expanding our knowledge of languages opens up doors to understanding new cultures and contributes to a collaborative atmosphere between the two sides.’” ... See MoreSee Less
“A little more than eight years ago, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s three daughters and his niece were killed when their home in Gaza took a direct hit from Israeli tank fire. It happened two days before a cease-fire was declared in the three-week war known in Israel as Operation Cast Lead.
On March 15, the Palestinian gynecologist, who currently resides in Canada, will finally get his day in court when his long-awaited trial against the Israeli government opens in the Be’er Sheva District Court. Abuelaish will be the first key witness to testify. He is demanding a formal apology from the state for killing his daughters and niece, and compensation.” ... See MoreSee Less
“Last Thursday, the head of the Arab Joint List faction, MK Ayman Odeh, along with fellow Joint List lawmakers Masud Ganaim and Jamal Zahalka, backed a plan developed by two coexistence NGOs that would see Arab towns establish their own local volunteering programs for local army-age youth.
The program is a joint initiative of The Abraham Fund, an Israeli non-profit working on Arab-Jewish coexistence issues, and the Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation (JEEC-NISPED), and was presented during a roundtable discussion in Kfar Qassem.” ... See MoreSee Less
“In the early evening on a backstreet in downtown Jerusalem, Arabs and Jews are milling around, preparing for battle. But this isn't a new round of Middle East violence, it's a showdown over shesh besh, the local name for backgammon.
The gathering is the latest in a series of events organized by Double Yerushalmi, a group trying to build closer ties between Arabs and Jews through cultural activities like singing, dancing and the increasingly popular shesh besh championship.” ... See MoreSee Less
“Someone who has lost their child is the ultimate authority. Out of every approach to peace in the region, I feel this approach is the most powerful,” Willa Shallit, who is on the board of American Friends of the פורום המשפחות השכולות Parents Circle Families Forum منتدى العائلات الثكلى, said. “If we try to solve the problem with the same system that created it, we’re never going to solve the issue. We have to come from outside the box.” ... See MoreSee Less
“What my father was teaching me all my life was that although an Israeli shot me, many Israelis were there to save my life. Suddenly now I understood my father when he said you have to choose forgiveness over revenge, bravery over fear and peace over war, and this is what any Holy Lander should be doing.” ... See MoreSee Less
“What these efforts toward the [International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace] realize is that one of the consequences from previous failures has been an incredulity gap that now exists between the two peoples. If this cannot be bridged, Israelis and Palestinians will continue to drift further apart, making any deal politically impossible for the parties to sign. The ‘culture of peace’ work is needed to ensure that the populations move their leaders closer together, rather than drive them further apart.” ... See MoreSee Less