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1) Talk Peace  Make Peace 2006

Summary: The Project will bring together on a continuous basis, young Palestinian and Israeli

political and community leaders, in  order to learn about each other on the personal, the cultural, the

social  and the political levels. The purpose is to develop an open dialogue and to build trust between

young leaders that will - at least some of them - join in the next future, the circles of decision makers

of the two societies.

Number of participants :

Fifteen participants from each side: all together 30 young leaders. All of them active in their

communities or in political organization they belong to. Some of them are already in position

of middle  level decision makers.

Age:  20 - 35


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2) Young Educators for Peace & Human Rights


Goals:

Purpose of the Project is to build – in cooperation with the Emeq Yizre'el Academic College, the

Levinsky College for Education, the Haifa University, a hard core of young Israeli Jewish and Arab

women teachers and students  in Teachers’ Seminar, who will use as agents of change, in spreading

the idea of human rights and democracy in Israeli schools. The process will take 4 X 16 sessions of 4

academic hours each, in which a total of 80 participants (40 Jews, 40 Arabs) will develop an inter-

cultural dialogue about  their identity, about racism, meaning of democracy and human rights – and

ways and methods to educate toward these values.

The project will focus on coping with growing racism, anti-democratic attitude and violence in the

Israeli society, on feminine way for peaceful conflict resolution, on search for common ground to

cooperate on basis of mutual respect and real equality and on methods to educate young people

toward them.


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3) Young Leaders Talk Peace - Make Peace - 2006

Goals:

The Project will develop a dialogue, between young Palestinian and Israeli Youth Organizations'

leaders, in  order to learn about each other on the personal, the cultural, the social  and the

political levels. The purpose is to develop an open relationships and to build trust between young

leaders that will - at least some of them - join in the next future, the circles of decision makers of

the two societies.
 
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4) Walk in Peace

Jewish - Arab hiking circle, in order to form a core of young youth-movements leaders, Arabs and

Jews, which will introduce the other's narrative in front of their group members and peer group. The

mutual narrative introduction will bindingly take place in the hidings which are also integral part in

the activity of most youth movements in Israel. Through the acquaintance with the other's culture,

history and attitudes, stereotypes will be diminished and a common ground will be established for

co-operation between Arab and Jewish youth groups.


"Walk in Peace" offers new attractive initiative for dialogue. Through the joint travel it offers

acquaintance which is intensive and continual, conflictive and expressive. "Walk in Peace" is unique

in combining both attitudes: the Dialogical-interpersonal and the conflictive-collective.


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5)  Beyond the Barriers; A Multi - cultural Training Program

Bringing together activists and facilitators of NGOs  who are working on Inter-Ethnic dialogue,

in countries that are in a state of continuous ethnic or national conflict, in order to exchange

experience and ideas how to cope with the situation in their countries.

They will learn about conflict resolution methods and about possible role of the youth in

creation of a peaceful multi-cultural society.

Will be hold in Summer 2006.

Participants: 30 NGO activists and facilitators from Europe and the Middle-East

                                  
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6)  Nemashim ; (Youth play peace)


The "Nemashim" Project brings together Israeli Jewish and Arab-Palestinian volunteers who

have graduated from high school and use theatre as a means to develop dialogue, mutual

respect and cooperation between two communities in Haifa: the Jewish "Newe Yoseph" and

the Arab "Halisa" low-income neighborhoods. We all are living  in the middle of a terrible,

destructive conflict and  we feel that a way out is by developing peaceful resistance to

violence, realising the ideals of equality and co-existence in a mixed group and by using

theatre to advance these ideals.

The group is made of 5 young volunteers who will live together in a shared appartment (called

"communa"), work 2 days a week for maintenance and devoting the rest of time to educational

cultural and other community activities, most of them through theatre.
                                 

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7) Young People Against Racism (an Academic Course)

Purpose of the Project is to build, in cooperation with several academic institutions a core of

young Israeli teachers and students to be as mediators in spreading the idea of human rights

and democracy in Israeli formal and informal educational systems. The project will focus on

coping with growing racism, xenophobia, anti-democratic attitudes and violence in Israeli

society. In In addition the project will develop avenues for peaceful conflict resolution, by

identifying common ground to cooperate based on mutual respect and real equality. The

project will also develop methods to educate young people toward peaceful conflict resolution.


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