Israel and The Occupied Palestinian Territories archive

Israel and Palestine: challenging conventional peace and conflict paradigms

Adan E. Suazo argues that conventional peace wisdom needs to be revisited and challenged to adjust to the ever-changing realities in both Israel and Palestine. Read more »

Paving the way for women’s inclusion in Palestinian and Israeli peacebuilding

Vanessa Thevathasan share the work of Creativity for Peace – a unique organisation that is giving young Israel and Palestinian women the knowledge to play an active role in building peace. Read more »

Voices of reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

As the violence continues, there are grassroots organisations in Israel and Palestine are working to build peace. One such example is Parents Circle-Families Forum. The organisation has bought together more than 600 Palestinian and Israeli families, all of whom have lost an immediate family member to the conflict, to call for peace and reconciliation. Read more »

Good water neighbours in the Middle East

Michal Milner, of EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME), shares some of the trials and tribulations of an organization working in a conflict zone – in this case promoting cooperation between Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinians by focusing on their shared environmental heritage and resources. Read more »

From the fieldChange depends on people

Ten peacebuilders in Israel and Palestine are asked: ‘What is your motivation to work towards peace?’ This is an insight into motivations of ten committed peace activists on both sides of the conflict at a specific moment in time. Read more »

CommentaryGlobal call to action to stop the violence in Israel-Palestine

Kai Brand-Jacobsen, Director of Department of Peace Operations (DPO) – PATRIR, gives immediate actions you can take to help bring about an end to fighting and create the conditions for a just peace for all the people of Israel-­Palestine Read more »

InterviewIsrael-Palestine: The Other Voice

The Other Voice is one of Israel/Palestine’s most unlikely peace groups, bringing together those living on the fault line of the conflict between Gaza and the surrounding Israeli towns. In this video, local correspondent Susanna Bennett, speaks to Erik and Roni, who are part of the core group of 20 volunteers who keep Other Voice going. Read more »

InterviewWi’am: Helping the people of Bethlehem see Stars not Bars

Conflict breeds conflict and Israel’s occupation of Palestine has consequently increased violent disputes within everyday Palestinian society. The strains of conflict create a potent mix of societal problems. High unemployment, land confiscation, checkpoints, economic deterioration, and a stagnating peace process combine to create a perilous mix of tensions. The holy town of Bethlehem has felt this growing despair. Domestic violence has increased, drug abuse is rising amongst the young and the Separation Wall has severed vital economic links with Jerusalem; unemployment is now at 23%. Wi’am is a Bethlehem based NGO that has evolved to mitigate these social problems. They mediate in community conflicts to stop them escalating by using a traditional Arabic process of reconciliation called Sulha. Read more »

From the fieldCombatants for Peace tour of the UK (July 2010)

The peacebuilding organisation Combatants for Peace will be taking part in a number of public events in the UK from July 24-30. The Combatants for Peace movement was started in 2005 by Palestinians who had been part of the violent struggle against the occupation and Israelis who had fought in the Israeli army. Read more »

InterviewLooking ahead to 2018 with OneVoice

One Voice describe themselves as “an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward a two-state solution”. Over 650,000 people, with close to equal numbers of Israelis and Palestinians, have pledged their support to their work. Read more »

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