July 06, 2020

SFOPs subcommittee advances legislation to support Israeli-Palestinian people-to-people efforts

ALLMEP is delighted that the Middle East Partnership for Peace Act, formerly known as the Partnership Fund for Peace Act, has been included in the newly-released House State, Foreign Operations Appropriations bill

For over a decade, ALLMEP has advocated for a dedicated, well-resourced instrument focused on reversing the growing polarization and dehumanization of Israelis and Palestinians. Congress has now spoken clearly: strengthening Israeli and Palestinian civil society is a critical prerequisite for a peaceful and just solution to the conflict, and transcends political ideology. That is why, in addition to ALLMEP, organizations across the political spectrum– like J Street , New Israel Fund, Jewish Federations of North America, Israel Action Network, AIPAC, AJC, and Israel Policy Forum– have all supported peace and reconciliation programming. 

When successfully enacted, this new fund would provide an infusion of over $100 million to radically scale up peace and reconciliation programing in Israel and Palestine, creating the opportunity to transform civil society over the long term. 

This is the result of more than a decade of campaigning by ALLMEP, our members, and countless partners to establish an Internatinal Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, and is the first step in laying the groundwork for such an international instrument. 

ALLMEP would like to express its deep thanks and gratitude to Chairwoman Lowey, who has long championed these issues, Congressman Fortenberry, Chairman Engel, and Chairman Deutch for their work and dedication to peace and reconciliation work in Israel and Palestine. We look forward to working with the House and Senate Appropriations Committee as they move towards final passage of this critical legislation. 

Press

Ha’aretz: U.S. Congress Votes to Include Legislation for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Fund in 2021 Budget

Al-Monitor: House Democrats revive bid to fully restore Palestinian aid

Forward: House subcommittee advances $250M for dialogue, Palestinian development

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: House subcommittee advances $250M in spending for dialogue programs and Palestinian business development

Times of Israel: US House subcommittee advances $250m for Israeli-Palestinian dialogue programs

Jewish Insider: House advances legislation pushing for Israeli-Palestinian partnerships