ALLMEP is proud to welcome three wonderful new organization to our community, bringing us to ten new members in 2016: Peace Drums - A Galilean Steel Band Challenge Taghyeer (Change) - A Palestinian National Nonviolence Movement
The Alliance for Middle East Peace issued the following statement on the passing of the NGO Law in Israel on July 11th, 2016: ALLMEP is disappointed with the passage of the NGO law in Israel last night. The accusation that organizations applying for funding from USAID, the EU, or any foreign government are representing the interests of those foreign governments is spurious and worsens the already difficult environment in which our members work. The problem with this piece of legislation is not that it calls for transparency, but that it carries with it the accusation of being 'the other.' For our members who work day in, day out to drain the swamp of incitement, hate, and segregation, being labeled as foreign serves only to make their work more difficult.
Statement for the Record House Foreign Affairs Committee Financially Rewarding Terrorism in the West Bank July 6, 2016 Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel, The Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) thanks you for holding this important hearing. ALLMEP is a network of ninety-three peace and reconciliation groups working on coexistence and cooperative activities between Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians. Just last week, the Middle East Quartet issued a report on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The report recommends, among other things, that both sides foster a climate of tolerance, including through increasing interaction and cooperation in a variety of fields – economic, professional, educational, cultural – that strengthen the foundations for peace and countering extremism. We welcome the Quartet report and are thankful to Quartet principles for recognizing the critical work of civil society. The work of the United States in the region is essential to our collective wish for peace in the Middle East and our entire community is deeply thankful for the commitment of the United States to its longstanding goal of finding a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As we look at the strategic barriers preventing the advancement of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, sadly, we see a new generation growing up who are more skeptical and less hopeful then the generation who came before them. As we look at the most recent joint polling of Israelis and Palestinians, 56 percent of Israelis are worried or very worried on a daily basis that they will be murdered by Arabs. 79 percent of Palestinians are worried or very worried on a daily basis that they will be murdered or have their land confiscated by Jews. It gets worse. 56 percent of Palestinians believe [...]