Some organizations that are working for healing, peace, and shared community in Israel-Palestine

Standing Together                  Standing Together

“Standing Together is a grassroots movement mobilizing Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel in pursuit of peace, equality, and social and climate justice. Over the past few years, our movement has grown to incorporate a wide range of issues, techniques, and strategies. We operate eight regional chapters – Upper Galilee, Western Galilee, Yizrael Valley/Nazareth, Haifa, Triangle/Sharon, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Jerusalem, and the Negev; six student chapters – Ben-Gurion University, Tel Aviv University, Haifa University, Hebrew University, Sapir College, and Rupin College; and a nation-wide climate justice chapter. We organize protests across the country demanding economic equality, climate justice, and an end to the occupation. We hold workshops on grassroots power, organize get-out-the-vote campaigns, and run candidates for student union elections. Our alternative media outlet, Rosa Media, produces Hebrew and Arabic podcasts highlighting underrepresented political stories and perspectives from across Israeli society. We maintain a robust presence in Israeli social media – combatting extremist voices and advancing hope.”

Combatants for Peace               

“In 2006, Israeli and Palestinian former combatants, people who had taken an active role in the conflict, laid down their weapons and established Combatants for Peace. The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Committed to joint nonviolence since its foundation, CFP works to both transform and resolve the conflict by ending Israeli occupation and all forms of violence between the two sides and building a peaceful future for both peoples.”

A Land for All              A Land for All

“Israelis and Palestinians are now living through the darkest times in their shared history on this land. However, despite all the grief, anger and pain, we, a group of Israelis and Palestinians, remain faithful to our joint journey for our future and the future of our children. We are A Land for All, a movement of people who know that there is another way: we can live here separately and together in two independent states that share one homeland. Our vision is based on recognizing that both people belong to this homeland and the understanding that only partnership and personal and collective equality will bring a safer and better life for all.”

Hand in Hand Schools                          Hand in Hand

“Hand in Hand is building inclusion and equality between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel through a growing network of bilingual, integrated schools and communities. Launched in 1997 with 50 children, there are now over 2,000 students enrolled in six Hand in Hand schools from Jerusalem to the Galilee. Hand in Hand was established to combat one of Israel’s greatest existential threats: the growing social alienation and lack of trust between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. We believe that education is key in changing this.”

See 1/1/2024 article in the NY Times:

Parents Circle Family Forum             

A group of bereaved Israelis and Palestinians who have lost loved ones to the violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They have put out a call to “remember that the only way forward is through peaceful dialogue, diplomacy, and a commitment to finding common ground. It is a call to action for leaders, communities, and individuals alike to seek solutions that prioritize reconciliation, justice, and lasting peace.”

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