A New Way: 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)
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies: At the Arava Institute, 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)
Citizen's Accord Forum: Citizens' 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)
EcoPeace-Friends of the Earth Middle East: At EcoPeace-FoEME, Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian environmentalists join forces to create sustainable development and peace in the region, with an emphasis on regional cooperation in environmental issues. (www.foeme.org)
Foundation for Applied Research (FAR): Dedicated to Middle East peace and Development, for over 10 years FAR has actively pursued peace, security, economic wellbeing and justice for both the Palestinians and Israelis. FAR works with and promotes Palestinian-run businesses at home and abroad and introduces economic initiatives into Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, bringing employment where it is greatly needed.
Givat Haviva Educational Foundation: Each year, over 50,000 people from Israel and abroad participate in Givat Haviva's 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)
Hamline University/Colleges for Reconciliation and Development (MECRD): MECRD's fully accredited, college-level professional programs promote peace and coexistence among the Palestinian, Israeli, Jordanian and neighboring communities in the Middle East which they serve. MECRD's courses promote both economic and social infrastructure, as well as democracy and peace. (www.mecrd.org).
Hand in Hand: Through its growing network of bilingual and multicultural accredited public schools for Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel, Hand in Hand is 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)
Healing Across the Divide: Through Healing Across the Divide, 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)
Interfaith Encounter Association: The Interfaith Encounter Association is dedicated to promoting 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)
Interns for Peace: Interns for Peace has trained 250 Jewish and Arab community peace workers, who have in turn engaged 125,000 Jews and Arabs in business, athletic, cultural, educational, women's, and community development projects. Intern graduates and activity participants become lifetime advocates of coexistence.
Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel: ICCI is an umbrella organization for institutions and individuals in Israel fostering interreligious and intercultural understanding. Through ICCI, over 70 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organizations promote peaceful relations between people in Israel and in the Middle East. (www.icci.co.il)
Ishmael & Isaac: Through Ishmael & Isaac, American Palestinians and American Jews join together to raise funds and community awareness for the benefit of both Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East who are impacted by the ongoing conflict, providing support for humanitarian projects in the region, such as university programs and medical relief projects. (www.ishmaelandisaac.org)
Israel/Palestine 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)
Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization: IPSO capitalizes upon the universal nature of science to use it as a catalyst for stimulating dialogue, openness, and mutual respect. Through science, IPSO promotes cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian scholars and scientists, collaboration in science education, and interaction between these two scientific communities. (www.ipso-jerusalem.org)
Jerusalem International YMCA: 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, a 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 which includes a three week seminar in the United States. (www.ymca.net)
Jozoor: Jozoor, which means "roots" in Arabic, provides entrepreneurship training and access to capital in rural West Bank communities. Jozoor's programs foster coexistence by integrating social development components into a basic business skills curriculum. Programs are designed to help encourage self-sufficiency and alleviate economic problems in the community, and at the same time encourage a positive outlook on the future. (www.jozoor.org)
MAARAG: The Association for Advancement of Education in a Multicultural Society: MAARAG (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.
Masar Centre: Masar'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 peacebuilding in the Middle East.
Middleway: 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. (www.middleway.org)
Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development: The Negev Institute, an affiliate of the Negev College, focuses on promoting peace and development through a number of civil society programs, including Jewish-Arab partnerships, economic development and community empowerment of Arab Bedouin, training and education to promote entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises, and the promotion of cooperatives and people-centered enterprises in civil society and development. (www.nisped.org.il)
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam: Located in the center of Israel, Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam, the "Oasis of Peace" is 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)
PeaceWorks Foundation/OneVoice Movement: OneVoice amplifies the voice of the overwhelming but heretofore silent majority of moderate Israelis and Palestinians to stand together against violence and extremism. OneVoice promotes a grassroots Public Negotiations Process, through which ordinary citizens have learned the art of negotiation and the importance of crafting a public consensus around issues at the heart of the conflict. By deploying cutting edge technology, electronic democracy, and a broad cadre of experts, dignitaries, celebrities and spiritual leaders, OneVoice is empowering citizens to exercise their civic responsibility and be the driving force for change within their societies. (www.OneVoiceMovement.org)
Open House (Friends of Open House): 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)
Opening of the Heart: Opening of the Heart creates opportunities for mutual appreciation and understanding across cultures through the arts, education and deepening communication skills. Through photo and art exhibitions, art and poetry contests, children's concerts, theatrical performances and other cultural projects, Opening of the Heart helps people explore their differences and similarities, ultimately "making the strange familiar" through cultural similarities. (www.openingoftheheart.org)
Panorama ? the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy & Community Development: Panorama 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 such as MECA and All for Peace Radio. One example project is Panorama?s "Bringing Peace Together," which involves ongoing joint workshops between Palestinian and Israeli intellectuals. (www.panoramacenter.org)
Parents Circle: 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)
Radio All for Peace (AFP): 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 strive to provide messages of peace, human rights and moderate voices, most of which are absent from pubic discourse and mainstream media in Israel and the PA. (www.allforpeace.org)
Search for Common Ground: 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)
Seeking Common Ground: With 14 years of experience, Seeking Common Ground 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)
Sulha Peace Project: Sulha 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 primarily on the grassroots level and complements governmental and diplomatic peacemaking efforts. Sulha includes people from all walks of life, 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)
The Abraham Fund Initiatives: The Abraham Fund 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: The Adam Institute 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, schoolchildren 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)
The Arab-Jewish Community Center: Established in 1993, the AJCC 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.
The Compassionate Listening Project: 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 rehumanize the other. The Pojrect also provides certification training for Israeli and Palestinian facilitators. (www.compassionatelistening.org)
The New Israel Fund (NIF): NIF strengthens Israel's democracy and promotes freedom, justice and equality for all Israel's citizens. A philanthropic partnership of Israelis, North Americans and Europeans, NIF has led the development of Israel's vibrant public interest sector, providing financial and technical support to hundreds of national and communitybased organizations. Today, NIF's focus is on fighting for civil and human rights, promoting religious tolerance and pluralism and closing economic and social gaps in Israeli society. (www.nif.org.il / www.shatil.nif.org.il)
The Palestine-Israel Journal: An independent, quarterly journal jointly-run by Palestinians and Israelis, the Palestine-Israel Journal highlights and analyzes in a free and critical way the complex issues dividing Israelis and Palestinians. Through the joint platform it creates, the Journal promotes rapprochement and better understanding between the Israeli and Palestinian people. (www.pij.org)
The Peres Center for Peace: Founded by former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, The Center seeks to build an infrastructure of peace by and for the people of the region that promotes socio-economic development, while advancing cooperation and mutual understanding. The Center initiates and sponsors cross-border projects in the arenas of agriculture, medicine and health, peace education, civil society, sports, technology, business and economics, as well as a host of people-to-people programs. It also supports research and publication of studies relating to peace issues. (www.peres-center.org)
TRUST: 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 doing community service projects together in Jerusalem.
University of the Middle East Project: At UME, 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. In an atmosphere of diversity and full equality, 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, but they also learn about each other, developing both a collective sense of identity and a commitment to regional cooperation. (www.ume.org)
Windows ? Channels for Communication (Windows for Peace): Through Windows, Jews and Palestinians from Israel and the Palestinian Authority work together to promote mutual understanding and acceptance. Windows runs media and art workshops for youth, sponsors a youth magazine in Arabic and Hebrew produced by Israeli and Palestinian children (circulation of 20,000), plans children?s drawing exhibitions, and distributes children?s videos through schools. Many of the activities for youth and adults take place in Windows centers in Tel Aviv and Tul-karem. (www.win-peace.org)
Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation: YIFC promotes Israeli-Palestinian pragmatic dialogue and understanding, and fosters constructive joint projects at the young leadership level. It 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)
Abraham's Vision: Abraham's Vision runs ground-breaking interfaith education, conflict analysis, and conflict transformation programs for North American Muslim and Jewish high school and university students. Through these programs, Abraham's Vision empowers younger generations to influence Muslim-Jewish relationships both in the U.S. and the Middle East through social change. (www.abrahamsvision.org)
FindCommonGround: FindCommonGround is an organization dedicated to bringing people together from both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to listen and to educate. Through events, presentations, and discussions, the group strives to engage the American populace in a new and deeper way to inform and involve our community and its leaders to move toward a solution in the Middle East. (www.findcommonground.org)
Geneva Initiative (GI): GI 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)
The Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour (IPCT): Combining the talents of Palestinian and Israeli journalists and comedians, Ray Hanania and Charley Warady, as well as veteran Second City performer Aaron Freeman and off-Broadway performer Yisrael Campbell, IPCT's goal is to use comedy and humor to help break through animosity specifically between Palestinians and Israelis, Arabs and Jews. IPCT also works to nurture 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. IPCT has performed internationally, including in Israel and Palestine, Canada, and the United States. (www.IPComedyTour.com)
Welcome!The Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) is an exciting new coalition of 44 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), who promote people-to-people coexistence between Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East. Through ALLMEP, Americans from diverse religious, ethnic, and political backgrounds can finally join together in support of real efforts to build lasting peace in the region.
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