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ALLMEP Members, Affiliates and Endorsers
 
A New Way brings together Arabs and Jews in Israel through joint activities for schoolchildren involving music, art, drama, science, and environmental studies.  By teaching the children, and as a result their teachers, parents, and communities, about each other’s cultures, A New Way reduces prejudice and stereotypes while promoting mutual respect, trust, and enrichment. (www.anewway.org.il)  
 
The Abraham Fund Initiatives serves as both a private funder of coexistence and reconciliation programs, as well as a direct provider of programs aimed at strengthening coexistence, equality, and cooperation among Israel’s Arab and Jewish citizens. (www.abrahamfund.org)  
 
The Adam Institute for Democracy & Peace creates and runs educational programs to promote tolerance and respect, teach conflict resolution skills and strengthen democratic principles in Israel and the region.  The Institute reaches out to Jews (religious and secular), Arabs, school children of all ages, teachers, new immigrants, veteran Israelis, women’s groups and community activists.  Cross-border programs include dialogue seminars for Palestinian and Israeli educators, journalists and young leaders. (www.adaminstitute.org.il)  
 
Al Khaimah-The Association for Education and Development of the Bedouin Community believes that education is the backbone of Community Development. The aim of the organization is to strengthen the education and giving the younger generation tools to lead the community to a better life, improving both decision-making and social infrastructure for Bedouin women. At the same time Alkhaimah wants to keep the elderly generation’s respect for the Bedouin tradition and culture so that the younger generation will not forget their origin and history. (http://www.alkhaimah.org)
 
Al Krama Society is a Palestinian NGO dedicated to working with children, youth and families in the community. It promotes peaceful conflict resolution, tolerance, interfaith dialogue and a strong civil society through sports and other activities.
 
All for Peace Radio (AFP) is a joint radio station run by and for Israelis and Palestinians.  With 50,000 daily listeners to its programs and music in Hebrew, Arabic, and English, AFP’s round-the-clock FM radio and Internet broadcasts create a unique platform for dialogue across the borders.  AFP strives to provide messages of peace, human rights and moderate voices, most of which are absent from public discourse and mainstream media in Israel and the PA. (www.allforpeace.org)
 
Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP)** is a global membership association of more than seventy peacebuilding organizations, 1,000 professionals, and a network of more than 15,000 people developing processes for change in the most complex, chaotic conflict environments around the world. (http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org)  
 
Al-Manarah empowers Arab persons with disabilities to set their own agenda of self-actualization, realize their full potential, and contribute within a vibrant community of capable and determined peers. Al-Manarah’s rights-based approach engenders self-awareness and personal agency among Arab persons with disabilities and their families, while engaging a wider community of non-disabled stakeholders to engender equality, inclusivity and solidarity in Israel and throughout the Arab world. (www.almanarah.org)
 
American Friends of UNRWA** (AFU) is a US-based non-profit that supports the humanitarian work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) through fundraising, education and advocacy. AFU aims to educate the general American public about the situation of Palestinian refugees and generate support for specific UNRWA programs such as Human Rights Education promotion, micro-finance loans for entrepreneurs, and gender equality initiatives. (www.friendsunrwa.org)
 
The Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation-Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (AJEEC-NISPED), an affiliate of the Negev College, focuses on promoting peace and development through a number of civil society programs. Our activities include cross-border projects with Palestinians, Jewish-Arab partnerships, economic development and community empowerment of Arab Bedouin, training and education to promote entrepreneurship, small and medium enterprises, cooperatives and people-centered enterprises.  (www.nisped.org.il)
 
The Arab-Jewish Community Center, established in 1993, fosters better understanding, tolerance, and democratic values among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim populations in Jaffa while preserving ethnic, religious and national identities. The Center provides the community with a wide variety of programs, ranging from social welfare and assistance to families in need, to educational programs, empowerment initiatives, multi-cultural events and celebrations. (http://www.iataskforce.org/afi_ajcc)
 
At the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Jewish and Arab university and graduate students cross political boundaries to conduct joint research on environmental and natural resource matters.  Living and studying together, they also explore and learn about their respective cultures, building peace and a sustainable environment. (www.arava.org)
 
The Arava Valley of Peace initiative brings together youth from Israel, Palestine, the Middle East and Europe for a course focused on the desert, bridging between societies and cultures in the Middle East. Students and teachers explore the desert and Middle East from various perspectives -- history, archeology, culture, geography, zoology, botany - and participate in environmental and sustainability projects. (www.emuwc.org/90424/Arava-Valley-of-Peace-Project)
 
Artsbridge, Inc.: Making a Difference Through Art utilizes collaborative art making and reflective dialogue to build lasting relationships between youth caught on either side of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We provide a safe environment, which cultivates creativity, voice, respectful listening and dialogue, empowering today’s youth to become leaders in the quest for peace in and between their own communities. (http://artsbridgeinstitute.org/)
 
The Association for Development of Partnership and Coexistence through Sport, Art and Culture
 
Auburn Seminary is an institute for religious leadership that faces the challenges of our fragmented, complex, and violent time. We envision religion as a catalyst and resource for a new world—one in which difference is celebrated, abundance is shared, and people are hopeful, working for a future that is better than today. (http://www.auburnseminary.org)
 
Over the last 14 years, Building Bridges has a proven record for success in developing, implementing, and replicating inter-group contact and leadership development programs from an innovative female-centered paradigm.  SCG’s programs equip diverse American, Israeli, Palestinian, Northern Irish, and South African youth with the skills and confidence to manage conflicts and become leaders in creating more just, equitable, and peaceful communities. (www.s-c-g.org)
 
 
Center for Democracy and Community Development was founded in 1997 and is a Palestinian non-profit that aims to spread the concepts of participatory democracy and concepts of a just peace amongst the Palestinian community. (http://www.cd-cd.org)
 
Center for Jewish Arab Economic Development Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development (CJAED) is a non-profit organization, established in 1988 by a group of Jewish and Arab businesspeople. The guiding principle of the Center and its activities is that Jewish-Arab economic cooperation in Israel is essential for peace, prosperity and economic stability in Israel and the region at large. CJAED acts on the premise that Israel's primary resource is its people; that Israel's strength lies in its pluralism and democracy, and that the Arab community must be integrated into the Israeli mainstream economy and society. (http://www.cjaed.org.il)
 
The Center for Religious Tolerance promotes peace and social justice through dialogue among the world's religions and through spiritually-based interfaith activities.  CRT sponsors a variety of interfaith peace building activities in the U.S., Israel, and Palestine, with a particular emphasis on the role of women of faith in building conditions for sustainable peace.  We develop and evaluate peace building models, connect local and global peacemakers, and provide financial, administrative and technical support to individuals doing grassroots peace work. (www.c-r-t.org)
 
The Centre for Humanistic Education (CHE) at the Ghetto Fighters’ House (GFM): The CHE engages high-school students and teachers from the Arab and Jewish sectors in an examination of connections between the Holocaust, personal and social morals, and implications for present Israeli society. The CHE educational process progresses from an in-depth study of the universal implications of the Holocaust to an intensive multi-cultural Jewish-Arab humanistic-democratic dialogue. Programs include Holocaust education, a moral education, citizenship education, and peace-education through intergroup dialogue. (www.gfh.org.il)
 
Circle of Health International empowers women’s health care providers in crisis settings. COHI partners with small, grassroots women’s organizations to provide technical assistance and clinical skills, and enhance organizational capacity. Its women’s health project brings together midwives from both sides of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict to share their commitment to their profession and to peace. Among other activities, they conduct shared training and advocate for their profession. (www.cohintl.org)
 
Citizen’s Accord Forum was established to build a just, equal and stable relationship among Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens. Supporting citizen activists and government leaders, CAF bridges the gaps between these communities and strives to improve the status of Israel’s Arab citizens through advocacy, education, local & community development, media and networking. (www.caf.org.il)
 
The Combatants for Peace  movement was started jointly by Palestinians and Israelis, who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence; Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army (IDF) and Palestinians as part of the violent struggle for Palestinian freedom. After brandishing weapons for so many years, and having seen one another only through weapon sights, we have decided to put down our guns, and to fight for peace. (http://cfpeace.org/?page_id=2)
 
The Compassionate Listening Project teaches conflict resolution and reconciliation skills for resolving conflict at all levels – from personal to global. The Project has ushered nearly 500 American citizens and leaders to Israel and Palestine to listen to the grievances, hopes and dreams of people on all sides of the conflict, and brings them together for trainings and events to re-humanize the other. Certification training for Israeli and Palestinian facilitators will be offered in 2006. (www.compassionatelistening.org)
 
Creativity for Peace prepares the next generation of female leaders in Palestine and Israel. Since 2003, 207 young women have participated, beginning with a three-week summer program in Santa Fe, New Mexico where dialogue and art-making are the primary means of sharing experiences of life in the conflict, developing compassion, and learning to work together towards a common goal. The program continues year-round in Israel and the West Bank with many types of gatherings and trainings. Forty young leaders receive intensive emotional and practical leadership skills. Creativity for Peace’s distinguishing characteristics include its focus on women, cross-border work, and on leading in partnership as well as the depth and longevity of participation by its alumnae. (www.creativityforpeace.com)
 
EcoPeace—Friends of the Earth Middle East is at the forefront of the environmental peacemaking movement.  As a regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists, its primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect the region's shared environmental heritage. In so doing, it seeks to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace. FoEME has offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv and is a member of Friends of the Earth International, the largest grassroots environmental organization in the world. (www.foeme.org)
 
Friends Forever promotes trust and understanding among cultures in conflict on both local and domestic levels. The mission is accomplished through original and powerful group programs. Through these trust-building processes, Friends Forever erodes the fear and mistrust that divide cultures in conflict to create enduring cross-community friendships. (http://friendsforeverusa.org)
  
Geneva Initiative** promotes negotiations for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement through an educational, public and diplomatic campaign. GI works to strengthen the voices calling for peace on each side of the conflict and presents a detailed model proving that an Israeli-Palestinian endgame agreement is possible. (www.geneva-accord.org)
 
At Givat Haviva Educational Foundation, each year over 50,000 people from Israel and abroad participate in courses, conferences, and projects addressing coexistence and reconciliation.  These programs educate Jews and Arabs about each other’s cultures, creating dialogue among students and teachers. (www.givathaviva.org)
 
Hand in Hand is a growing network of bilingual and multicultural accredited public schools for Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel, educating the next generation, from kindergarten through high school, who will create a more democratic, secure, and peaceful future. Its far-reaching impact extends to government leadership, communities, and educators across the country.  Its award-winning schools in Jerusalem, the Galilee, and Wadi Ara focus on academic excellence, and its pioneering curriculum fosters mutual understanding as well as pride in one’s heritage. (www.handinhandk12.org)
 
Through Healing Across the Divides, American medical professionals bring together and assist their Israeli and Palestinian counterparts in creating bridge-building programs that improve the health of both Israelis and Palestinians. (www.healingdivides.org)
 
Heartbeat Jerusalem uses music’s power to build trust between Israeli and Palestinian youth.  Under a Fulbright-MTVu grant, Heartbeat first convened a group of outstanding teenage musicians for a weekly musical-dialogue. By listening, playing and writing music together, the students learn about each other’s communities, histories, political views, identities, and hopes and develop tools for self-expression and social change. Heartbeat is working to include many more musicians, open a music studio in Jerusalem, and organize a series of community-wide events for Israelis and Palestinians to share music, build understanding and increase mutual trust. (www.heartbeatjerusalem.org)
 
The Holy Land Trust exists to lead in creating an environment that fosters understanding, healing, transformation, and empowerment of individuals and communities, locally and globally, to address core challenges that are preventing the achievement of a true and just peace in the Holy Land. (http://www.holylandtrust.org)
 
The Interfaith Encounter Association promotes peace in the Middle East through interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study – making religion part of the solution to conflicts in the region and beyond. (www.interfaith-encounter.org)
 
Interpeace-Israel: Base 4 Discussion aims at incorporating previously excluded, yet influential, sectors of Israeli society into a deep dialogue that confronts a wide range of opinions to address a cost benefit analysis for each possible solution to the conflict. The program is implemented by INTERPEACE, which is an independent, international peace building organization, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP thought its Program of Assistance for the Palestinian People (PAPP). (http://www.interpeace.org)
 
The International Center for Conciliation helps divided communities unfold their painful past and construct a shared future that is peaceful, productive, and prosperous. ICfC’s methodology addresses the uneasy heritage of conflict through training, mediation, and participatory community development. We have implemented change and train people in historical conciliation in Israel, Cambodia, India, Japan and Korea, Western Europe, and the United States. (www.centerforconciliation.org)
 
The International Center for Contemporary Education is an American NGO dedicated to promoting responsible citizenship and democratic values. It works in partnership with Middle East governments, ministries of education, schools and community leaders to develop youth, who respect diversity, embrace social responsibility, and who are skilled in conflict resolution, critical thinking and dialogue. ICCE programs include teacher training courses and youth programs for Palestinians and Israelis. (www.icceducation.org)   
Israel-Palestine: Regional Creative Initiative Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), founded in Jerusalem in 1988, is the only joint Israeli-Palestinian public policy think-tank in the world. Devoted to developing practical solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, IPCRI promotes dialogue at various levels between the Israeli and Palestinian civil societies, including through active information activities and joint Israeli-Palestinian forums. (www.ipcri.org)
 
The Israel-Palestinian Cooperative for Economic Expansion is a US-based, 501 (C)(3), non-profit organization incorporated in 2011 to foster co-existence through pragmatic cross-border activities between Israel and Palestinians living in the West Bank.IPCEE believes its activities can help transform existing Israeli-Palestinian attitudes of conflict and mutual distrust, into attitudes of constructive engagement, through activities that promote social and economic development. IPCEE believes that improved healthcare protects our core assets: the family and the communities in which we live. IPCEE has developed an initial model Healthcare Initiative whose aim is to increase healthcare capacity and delivery to world-class standards within the West Bank, while improving healthcare for the underserved and reducing the reliance on Israeli medical facilities. (www.ipcee.org)
 
The Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization capitalizes on the universal nature of science to promote dialogue, openness, and mutual respect.  It does so by funding high quality proposals submitted jointly by Israeli and Palestinian scientists and scholars who want to work together in the region.  Projects are generally for three years and cost about $100,000 per year.  IPSO has received more than 100 proposals over the last three years.  It has funded 10 projects to date and is now seeking the additional financial support for more than a dozen additional very worthy, peer reviewed projects. (www.ipso-jerusalem.org)  
 
The Jerusalem International YMCA offers a host of programs which bring together Arab and Jewish children and adults to learn about each other’s cultures, languages, and religions.  The YMCA fosters tolerance and understanding through youth leadership programs, pre-school, and other intellectual, physical, and social activities. JIY’s signature program is Moderate Voices for Progress, a nine-month young adult program of training in conflict transformation skills and community building. (www.ymca.net)  
 
Jerusalem Peacemakers is a group of religious leaders and grassroots peacemakers working for peace and reconciliation in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. We host monthly peace gatherings that bring together Israelis, Palestinians and internationals in our two centers in East and West Jerusalem. We facilitate the Abrahamic Reunion, a group of Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze religious leaders and women peacemakers working together to reclaim religion as a source for peace. We empower religious moderates by supporting humanitarian projects by Abrahamic Reunion members within their own faith communities. (www.jerusalempeacemakers.org)
 
KIDS4PEACE provides a safe place 10-12 year old children – Israelis, Palestinian, and Americans – Jews, Christians, and Muslim – to bridge the religious, cultural, political and physical barriers separating them and promote a culture of peace and understanding. Tolerance and respect for cultural and religious diversity begins with the very young, and extends to adults. Kids4Peace has recently held seven July peace camps in Atlanta, Vermont, and North Carolina with 128 kids from Israel, Palestine, and the U.S. Follow-on continuation programs ensure the children remain engaged. (www.kids4peaceusa.org)
 
MAARAG: The Association for Advancement of Education in a Multicultural Society (Hebrew for “Weave”) works to promote intercultural understanding by providing northern Israel’s Jewish and Arab local governments, schools, and communities with the necessary tools and skills to build a sense of shared citizenship among their diverse, often conflict-ridden communities.
 
The Masar Center’s mission is to foster understanding and cooperation between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East by designing and executing projects on the people-to-people level. Especially through its focus on youth, Masar works to create an infrastructure to support future peacemaking and peace-building in the Middle East. (www.masarcenter.org)
 
MEPEACE.org is a non-profit organization, which aims to foster a growing community of peacemakers. Its peacemakers, from 175 countries, are committed to realizing peace in the Middle East through online and on the ground efforts. Online, its web platform enables individuals and organizations to share information through photos, videos, blogs, discussions and groups. On the ground, MEPEACE creates community-building encounters, provides activist leadership training, and offers technology consulting to other organizations. Ha'aretz called MEPEACE.org the "Facebook of Peace". All are invited to join. (www.mepeace.org)
 
The Middle East Peace Dialogue Network is dedicated to the promotion of a comprehensive Regional Peace Plan based on the Geneva Accords. It supports joint Israeli/Palestinian dialogue groups, reconciliation, and tolerance activities and programs for peaceful coexistence. (http://mepdn.org)
 
Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tommorrow (MEET) is an innovative educational program in partnership with MIT, which is bringing together the next generation of Israeli and Palestinian young leaders through technology and entrepreneurship to take action towards creating positive social and political change in their communities. In collaboration with MIT, we developed a three-year student program and an ongoing alumni network that cultivate critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills applied in real-world technology and entrepreneurship ventures. (http://meet.mit.edu/)
 
Middleway (Shvil Zahav) is a grassroots Jewish/Arab organization which changes attitudes on the ground through spiritually-inspired peace activism. Its main activities are silent peace walks, sharing/dialogue circles, and humanitarian aid in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Middleway recently opened a free holistic health clinic and dialogue center in a Palestinian village. (http://www.middleway.org.il/)
 
The Near East Foundation (NEF) helps build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the Middle East and Africa through education, community organizing, and economic development. Our work is based on a conviction that, to play an active role in the development of their communities and countries, people need opportunities and tools: the knowledge to participate in civic and economic life, a voice in public decisions that affect their wellbeing, and a means of making a meaningful living. We call this approach “Knowledge, Voice, and Enterprise” - a philosophy reflected in all of NEF’s work. For nearly 100 years, the Near East Foundation has pioneered innovative solutions to social and economic development challenges impacting communities throughout the Middle East and Africa. Headquartered on the campus of our strategic partner Syracuse University, NEF is an operational non-governmental organization (NGO) with current programs in nine countries: Armenia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Palestine, Senegal, and Sudan. (www.neareast.org
 
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salamlocated in the center of Israel, is the “Oasis of Peace,” the only community where Jewish and Palestinian families, all with Israeli citizenship, have lived, worked and educated their children together for more than 25 years. The community operates the first ever bilingual, binational primary school in the region where children learn together in both Arabic and Hebrew. Over 35,000 young people and adults have studied conflict management at the community's School for Peace. (www.oasisofpeace.org)  
 
New Story Leadership Inc. (NSL) is an American based 501(c)3 charity. Founded in 2009 NSL selects young emerging Israeli and Palestinian leaders and trains them into a team ready to help build a better future for their two communities. Ten students, five from Israel and five from Palestine, come to Washington DC every summer for an intensive program of workshops, conferences, seminars, professional work exposure, cultural immersion and team training. Their learning is focused on acquiring a 21st century skill-set to become social entrepreneurs. In the course of the program, students develop Projects for Change that they intend to implement when they return home. In this way, NSL gives students a chance to apply what they learn and builds the momentum for change on the ground.(http://www.newstoryleadership.org
 
O2A Pictures, INC* is a TV/Film production company based in Los Angeles. It produces original content for television, documentary and feature films. It has offices in the USA, Nigeria and UK. At the moment, it has productions going on in the USA, Nigeria, South Africa and Israel. (http://www.oseoyamendan.com)
 
Open House is a center for Jewish-Arab peace education established in 1991 in Ramle, Israel. Open House/Ramle sponsors a Center for the Development of the Arab Child, including an affirmative action nursery school for 2- and 3-year-olds, along with a Center for Jewish-Arab Coexistence and Reconciliation, which organizes various activities for youth and adults from both communities, including an annual Summer Peace Camp. (www.friendsofopenhouse.org)  
 
Ossim Shalom Social Workers for Peace and Social Welfare is a professional nonpartisan, non-governmental organization with 1,200 members, Jewish and Arab social workers from all over Israel. As a role model Ossim Shalom has two chairperson, one Arab and one Jewish. Founded in 1991, Ossim shalom strives toward peace, increased social welfare, and social justice in Israel. Ossim shalom focuses its activities on two main directions: (1) Peace and social justice oriented activities. (2) Social change activities aiming at bridging the social gaps in Israeli society, empowering Arab communities in Israel, creating sustainable, lasting change in the social environment, based on reciprocal acknowledgment, acceptance, and mutual respect within a democratic civil society. In order to achieve these goals, Ossim Shalom has developed professional projects and models of work. (www.ossim-shalom.org.il)
 
Palestine Agency for Food and Agriculture (PAFA): The PAFA runs agricultural, cabinetry (to support the disabled in Gaza) and educational programs in Ramallah and Bethlehem, with an emphasis on rural women and the empowerment of women.
 
Palestinian Peace Society is a non-profit organization established in 1994 to enhance peace “ideology” on the grassroots level among the Palestinian people. Since that time, PPS members have participated in mutual (national, binational, and multinational) activities related to its main goal.  PPS is a member of the Palestinian Peace NGOs Forum.  Its people-to-people work includes projects on water and development issues in Beer Sheva and Tel Aviv.
 
Palestinian Youth Forum for Cooperation is a non-governmental and non- profit organization that was established in 2004 as a natural and necessary response to the urgent youth needs in the Palestinian community. PYFC frequently collaborates with ALLMEP member YIFC (Young Israel Forum for Cooperation). (www.pyfc.ps)
 
Panorama – the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy & Community Development contributes to community development and builds a pluralistic Palestinian society by promoting issues related to the relationship between the citizen and the society. Panorama runs its programs through three offices in Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Gaza and frequently works jointly with Israeli and Israeli/Palestinian NGOs. As an example, Panorama’s "Bringing Peace Together," involves ongoing joint workshops between Palestinian and Israeli intellectuals. (www.panoramacenter.org)
 
Through the Parents Circle, 250 Israeli and 250 Palestinian bereaved families that have lost loved ones in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict work together to promote dialogue, reconciliation, and mutual understanding through media campaigns, educational projects, cross-border seminars and cultural events. Its “Hello, Peace!” project provides a toll-free phone exchange which has hosted more than 530,000 phone calls between Israelis and Palestinians to create a human infrastructure for peace. (www.theparentscircle.com)
 
Peace it Together Society empowers youths to promote peace through dialogue, filmmaking and multi-media. At intensive residential programs on Canada’s West Coast, we teach creative and practical conflict-resolution skills to Israeli, Palestinian and Canadian youths as they work in teams to create short films related to the conflict. We then work with the youth in their home communities, offering more communication and film workshops, to keep them engaged in constructive and creative dialogue. We also use the films they created as educational tools in the conflict region and around the world. Our vision is to build a culture of creative leaders inspiring and educating others to work toward peace. (www.peaceittogether.ca)
 
Peace Society for Strategic Studies, established in 1986, works on spreading and enhancing the culture of peace. Our organization focuses specifically on building positive relations between Palestinians and Israelis, and in the region in general. PSSS works to create suitable conditions upon ending the conflict as well as to achieve coexistence between both Palestinians and Israelis through support. We operate on the basis of forgiveness, cooperation and open dialogue, with the attempt to reject spite and hatred. Another important goal is reconciling past conflicts and looking towards the future with love, hope, optimism and peace. 
PeacePlayers International brings together Israeli and Palestinian youth and young adults for year-round basketball programs that build positive dialogue, tolerance, and multiculturalism. The program involves both joint basketball activities and life skills sessions throughout the entire school year. (www.peaceplayersintl.org)
 
PeaceWorks Foundation/OneVoice Movement amplifies the voice of the overwhelming but heretofore silent majority of moderate Israelis and Palestinians to stand together against violence and extremism.  OneVoice promotes grassroots Public Negotiations Process. Ordinary citizens learn the art of negotiation and importance of crafting public consensus around issues at the heart of the conflict.  Through technology, electronic democracy, a cadre of experts, dignitaries, celebrities and spiritual leaders, OneVoice empowers citizens to exercise their civic responsibility and be the driving force for change within their societies. (www.OneVoiceMovement.org)
 
The Peres Center for Peace, founded by current Israeli President Shimon Peres, builds an infrastructure of peace and reconciliation by and for the people of the Middle East that promotes socio-economic development, while advancing cooperation and mutual understanding. Cross-border peacebuilding activities are implemented through the Peres Center's eight departments: Agriculture, Business & Economics, Civil Society Dialogue & Cooperation, IT Peace Projects, Medicine & Healthcare, Mediterranean 2020, Peace Education & Culture, and Sport.  (www.peres-center.org)
 
Re:GENERATION co-sponsors integrated or parallel Jewish and Arab schools using the Waldorf method of education and conflict resolution training, which guides students to be hands-on contributors to society.  In 2009, 58% of graduates from our Harduf Waldorf High School in Israel committed to an extra year of volunteer service (compared with 2% of graduates nationwide); working with Jewish and Arab homeless, drug addicted, or orphaned individuals.  Re:GENERATION also has completed the first of three phases in its Palestinian teacher training in the West Bank.  (http://regenerationedu.org/)
 
Reiki for Peace is a non-political, registered non-profit organization in Israel that, through the practice of Reiki, works to create inner peace in our participants, peace between and among us, and trust and increased peaceful communication among Israelis and Palestinians. (www.reikiforpeace.com)
 
Since 1991, Search for Common Ground has conducted a multi-track program to promote peace, cooperation, and security in the Middle East.  Recently, our emphasis has been in the field of media where Search for Common Ground has distinctive strengths. We actively support the development of independent media in the West Bank and Gaza.  We also sponsor activities among Israelis and Palestinians and promote regional cooperation. (www.sfcg.org)  
 
Seeds of Peace is an international youth organization, founded in 1993, that works to bring together youth from conflict regions to discuss coexistence and conflict resolution. The Seeds of Peace internationally recognized program model begins at the International Camp in Maine and continues through follow-up programming with international youth conferences, regional workshops, educational and professional opportunities, and an adult educator program. (www.seedsofpeace.org)
 
Service for Peace in the Community seeks to further the culture of peace through volunteer projects throughout the community.
 
Shiraa Association for Development works with grassroots actors in Bethlehem, Palestine to carry out sustainable development programs impacting women, laborers, the elderly, and youth. Our projects work to improve the society’s economic circumstances and increase awareness of political and human rights. Whether through income-generation projects, vocational training, social assistance, or peace education, our projects show that justice and democracy are fundamental to achieving social and economic security. (www.shiraa.org)
 
Shorouq Charitable Society for Women is a Palestinian non-profit organization officially established in 2002 dedicated to empowering women. Shorouq firmly believes that women’s empowerment is the key to building a just and equitable society. Working primarily with mothers in building their human, social and political capabilities, Shorouq seeks to ensure a better future for the coming generations. Shorouq is committed to peace and its activities are open to all regardless of their religious or political beliefs. (www.shorouqsociety.org)
 
Sikkuy- The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality in Israel: Sikkuy (a “chance” or “opportunity” in Hebrew) is a shared Jewish-Arab, non-partisan, non-profit NGO in Israel that develops and implements projects to advance equality between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel in government budgets, resource allocation, hiring policy, land usage, access to government services, etc. (www.sikkuy.org.il)
 
Sulha Peace Project is a grassroots organization inspired by the indigenous process of mediation (Sulha); it aims to rebuild trust, restore dignity and move beyond the political agenda. Sulha prepares people for peace on the grassroots level and complements peacemaking efforts.  Sulha includes people from different religions and ethnic backgrounds, and offers experiential programs of peacemaking, integrating listening circles, multi-cultural workshops, sacred interfaith rituals, shared meals, the arts and celebration as means for transformation in our Arab-Jewish encounters. (www.sulha.com)
 
 Together Beyond Words works to empower women, heal emotional wounds and traumas, and undermine prejudice relating to the Israeli-Palestinian and Arab-Israeli conflicts.  The organization runs workshops, training sessions, and courses for Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Druze, Arab and Israeli women educators, professionals and leaders using an innovative multi-disciplinary educational model.  The sessions touch participants on physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels all at once. (www.beyondwords.org.il)
 
The Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour** combines the talents of Palestinian and Israeli journalists and comedians, Ray Hanania and Charley Warady, veteran Second City performer Aaron Freeman, and off-Broadway performer Yisrael Campbell, IPCT's uses comedy and humor to help break through animosity specifically between Palestinians and Israelis, Arabs and Jews.  IPCT also nurtures the nascent standup comedy industry in Israel, Palestine, and the Arab world and helps peace groups understand methods and strategies to incorporate humor in their peace efforts through “Punchlines for Peace” workshops. (www.IPComedyTour.com
 
TRUST builds understanding and trust through education, dialogue, conflict management, and activities that promote non-violence, reconciliation, healing and love.  Activities are geared towards finding the common humanity that dispels fear and vengeance among people of different religions, cultures, backgrounds, and nations.  Programs include joint activities for Israeli and Palestinian Muslim, Christian, and Jewish clergy and spiritual leaders; joint political leadership training for Palestinian and Israeli women; and a Women’s Interfaith Network for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women in Jerusalem. (http://www.trust-emun.org/)
 
Tsofen High Technology centers is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the integration of Israel’s Arab Citizens into the hi-tech industry as a means of promoting economic development, reducing poverty, high value job creation in Arab urban centers and integration of Arab citizens into Israel’s civil society. (http://www.tsofen.org)
 
The Umm El Fahem Gallery was founded in 1996, on the initiative of local residents and artists who wanted to bring quality contemporary art to the city and its population and to exhibit original Arab and Palestinian art. With a lack of other art galleries in the Arab sector in Israel, the gallery has become an important social and cultural meeting place. Contemporary art exhibits, symposiums, creative workshops and seminars have drawn large audiences and have established the gallery as an important center in the local and international culture scene. (http://www.umelfahemgallery.org)
 
At the University of the Middle East Project, educators, professionals, and civil society leaders from all countries in the Middle East and North Africa study together in a range of graduate-level subjects. UME programs promote educational leadership for critical thinking, open inquiry, cross-cultural understanding and regional cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa. Students not only gain substantive knowledge in their chosen disciplines and learn about each other, developing both a collective sense of identity and a commitment to regional cooperation. (www.ume.org)  
 
Water Resources Action Project, Inc. (WRAP) is a volunteer non-profit organization that seeks to improve the public health of underserved communities in the Middle East through greater water stewardship. WRAP actively sponsors, designs, and constructs rainwater harvesting systems in schools suffering from dire water shortages, complemented by a strong environmental educational program. The environmental education program is a people-to-people initiative that seeks to connect Arab, Jewish and Christian students from several different communities in Israel, Palestine, the USA and Jordan in an internet forum focused on water harvesting and community gardens.(www.wrapdc.org)  
 
World Ventures Group is a global philanthropy that fosters entrepreneurship, small business growth, and employment generation in conflict zones, particularly in the Palestine/Israel context. Specifically, we equip high-potential individuals and firms with skills/workforce development training, funding, and revenue/employment opportunities. In an unusual twist, peers from one side of the conflict support individuals and business ventures from the other side. Thus, World Ventures Group drives economic growth, builds business collaborations, and repairs relationships damaged by conflict, strife and war.(https://worldventuresgroup.com/Home.aspx
 
Yala Youth Leaders:  YaLa is a Facebook-based movement, inspired by the young generation of the Middle East and North Africa, and the key and leading role they played in the change which spread across the region in the past two years. From the Yasmin and Tahrir revolutions, the struggles in Syria, Libya and Yemen, the struggle for social justice in Israel, the MENA youth has shown its ability to mobilize for greater freedom and equality. With 500,000+ members, YaLa aims to forge the connection between these revolutions and to empower the young people of the Middle East and North Africa to lead the region towards peaceful coexistence based on equality, security, prosperity and social openness (http://yalayl.org)
 
Young Entrepreneurs of Palestine (YEP): An association established by a small group of young economists and businesspeople in Palestine with the mission to promote the modern economic development of Palestine based on a philosophy of entrepreneurship. The association is engaging Palestine’s business community in a constructive dialogue with policy makers, providing key information on barriers to doing business as well as policy recommendations. (http://www.yep.ps/)
 
Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation promotes Israeli-Palestinian pragmatic dialogue and understanding, and fosters constructive joint projects at the young leadership level.  The organization brings together American, European, Israeli, and Palestinian activists from diverse social backgrounds and political beliefs to explore and undertake cooperative efforts to promote mutual respect, understanding, and peace. (www.yifc.org.il)
 

 

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