September 14, 2021
Join ALLMEP in observing International Peace Day on September 21
In 1981, the United Nations declared an International Day of Peace, recognizing peace activists and calling for a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to commemorate this important annual event– and the urgent priority of a cessation of violence– through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
[/image-wrapper]Join ALLMEP next week, on September 21, in observing this day and calling attention to the tireless and transformative work of our members and of peace activists around the world. The tireless work of these organizations deserves far more than a single day of recognition. This past year, after the unprecedented outbreak of violence in May, Former U.K. Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, publicly acknowledged ALLMEP and its community of peacebuilders as the “only chink of light” in an intense moment of darkness. The work of our members stands as an important defense in building resiliency, strengthening people-to-people connections, co-resisting a status quo defined by violence and racism, and imagining a different type of future for the region.
ALLMEP members, Women Wage Peace, Parents Circle Family Forum, Hands of Peace, and many others will be hosting International Peace Day events. Learn more about in-person and virtual events below.
Women Wage Peace – Join Women Wage Peace at Jaffa Gate on International Peace Day, as Israeli and Palestinian mothers unite to build a future of peace and security. WWP invites all mothers, women and men in the country and the world and everyone who cares about the future to join. Learn more here.
Parents Circle Family Forum – Join PCFF this International Peace Day for a special panel discussion to meet and honor 5 incredible peacemakers from all over the world who have suffered a tragic loss due to violence and conflict and have used the power of their pain to create a positive, meaningful change in the world.
Register here: https://parentscirclefriends.org/peaceday2021/
Hands of Peace – Learn about using what peacebuilder John Paul Lederach calls our “Moral Imagination” to envision the future we want to see. Then we’ll break into small groups to discuss how to celebrate International Day of Peace on Tuesday, September 21 by taking a specific action towards that vision.
Informative, interactive, inspiring — this is a 60-minute Zoom for people from around the world who are ready to move from vision to action.
Meet on Friday, September 24, in Kibbutz Hanaton, between 13:30 and 16:30 to discuss the issue of peace, Jews and Arabs. The event will include peace songs, booths, short speeches and an open-air debate. The event is a joint Arab-Jewish initiative and is held as a result of joint work between several peace organizations.
The Friendship League of Culture and Sports is hosting a virtual event marking International Peace Day, featuring Sarah J. Hillyer of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society at the University of Tennessee and Tamar Hay-Sagiv, Director of the Peace Education Department at the Peres Center for Peace & Innovation.
To honor the International Day of Peace, the Jerusalem Youth Chorus is excited to offer their new original song, Kama Tudeen Tudan, to help that interconnectedness get stuck in your head!