Some Palestinian/Israeli Co-operative Peace Groups

Having received a number of messages depicting all Israelis as a thoroughly bad lot (and I’m sure to receive some that say the same thing about Palestinians), I worried that I’d discover that this might in fact be the  case. Happily I found it wasn’t.

Contrary to what one is sometimes, indeed often told – that Israelis are a violent, monolithic block of Us vs. Them, and so are Palestinians – there are many organizations devoted to co-operation, that include all, and that work for fairness and peaceful solutions, without “de-legitimizing” either Israel or Palestine. Often their peaceful actions place them in danger, on the Israeli side from the government and on the Palestinian side from those who view such co-operation as collaboration. There are also Christian organizations working in this part of the world. (“What kind of Christians?” I asked suspiciously. “The OK kind.”) I learned about some of these non-exclusive, peaceful groups by asking people in Israel and the West Bank – many of them connected to one of these — and other people who have worked in this area which other ones they would recommend. Here are their recommendations:

Machsomwatch: Israeli women keeping watch: at such places as checkpoints: http://www.machsomwatch.org/en

Taayush (“Co-operation”in Arabic): Israelis & Palestinians striving together to end the Israeli occupation and to achieve full civil equality through daily non-violent direct-action. (They protest at such things as illegal building demolitions and they accompany shepherds and support agricultural land rights.)  http://www.taayush.org/

Combatants for Peace: Both Israeli and Palestinian: telling about violence:  http://cfpeace.org/

Breaking the Silence: international network of ex-soldiers: http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/index_e.asp

Al Haq: Lawyer group defending against illegal appropriations and actions: http://www.alhaq.org/

Christian Peacemaker Teams | Getting in the way.

Provides organizational support to persons committed to faith-based nonviolent alternatives where lethal conflict is a reality or is supported by public policy. http://www.cpt.org

Sheikh Jarrah: Just Jerusalem: inclusive group working for fairness and stop to divisions in Jerusalem: http://www.en.justjlm.org/

Bilin: A Palestinian village peacefully demonstrating, non-exclusive:

http://www.bilin.ffj.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=15&Itemid=34

The Friends (Quaker) School in Ramallah: http://www.palfriends.org/schoolhistory.php See also Canadian Friends Service Committee Palestine.

Jim Wallis’s “God’s Politics” Peace Blog: (I’ve met kindly Jim elsewhere): http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/13/palestinian-and-israeli-former-fighters-unite-for-peace/

The BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions), a non-violent group  to which some but not all of the organizations above belong: Global BDS movement
http://www.bdsmovement.net/

Freedom Flotillas: Ships from other countries attempting to carry reconstruction materials to Gaza: http://www.freegaza.org/

You may also be interested in these voices:

Gush Shalom and Uri Averny: Outspoken Israeli commentator:  http://www.avnery-news.co.il/english/index.html

Rabbis for Human Rights: Help with rights violaton, rabbinical perspective: http://www.rhr.org.il/index.php?language=en

Tikkun:Recommended in the US:  http://www.tikkun.org/

Eileen Fleming, Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org <http://WeAreWideAwake.org>
A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com <http://Arabisto.com>
Author of “Keep Hope Alive” and “Memoirs of a Nice Irish American ‘Girl’s’ Life in Occupied Territory”
Producer “30 Minutes with Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu”
http://www.youtube.com/user/eileenfleming

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5 responses to “Some Palestinian/Israeli Co-operative Peace Groups

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  2. edwin

    You do realize that there is a huge amount of support for the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement in you list? After your trashing of BDS, it is quite unfair to represent those groups who support BDS in a way that implies support for your position. About 10 minutes of work should be enough to give an idea of who supports BDS in your list.

    “Having received a number of messages depicting all Israelis as a thoroughly bad lot (and I’m sure to receive some that say the same thing about Palestinians),”

    It reads like Palestinians are not citizens of Israel and only Jews are citizens of Israel. While technically not true, the division of what in the “west” is called citizenship, into two categories in Israel – ethnicity and citizenship provides a certain amount of (unintentional?) truth in what you say.

  3. Having been to Israel Palestine 7 times since 2005, I KNOW there are growing numbers of internationals in solidarity with NONVIOLENT Palestinians and Israelis who have been struggling to end the military occupation and who strive for equal human rights for all people.

    As John Lennon said: “The struggle is in the mind. We must bury our own monsters and stop condemning people. We are all Christ and Hitler…I believe that as soon as people want peace in the world they can have it. The only trouble is they are not aware they can get it.”

    In solidarity “we have it in our power to begin the world again.”-Tom Paine

  4. Whether one agrees or disagrees with BDS, no one can argue very strongly against the proposition that at the very least, segregation, harassment, collective punishment and inequality are practised on a daily basis by Israeli officials against ordinary Palestinians.

    I would strongly suggest that you find the following book by Maxine Kaufman, entitled “Refusing to be Enemies”.

    Have a read of Ms. Kaufman’s excellent and well-researched work…and then share with us your views on what she and the Palestinians and Israelis she spoke with have to say.

    Personally, having been many times to Israel, The West Bank and Gaza, I find the book enlightening to say the least.

    Jim.
    p.s. The more I see of your blog, the better I like it.

  5. I’d like to thank Jim Reed for his kind recommendation of my book, whose full title is _Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation_.
    Best wishes,
    Maxine (a first-time visitor to this blog)

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