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Marking 50 years to 67: "Two states – one hope"

The Geneva initiative, together with other peace organizations, political parties and over 35,000 people, participated in a demonstration marking 50 years of the Israeli occupation and calling to reach an agreement based on the two states solution. Talia Sasson, a member of the GI steering committee spoke at the event and said: "We came here today because we believe that peace is possible. As the Geneva Initiative proved, an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians can be reached".

 

 

 

The Geneva Initiative's new political course in Ashkelon

 

After concluding several successful political courses across the country (including in Afula, Ashdod and Ramat-Gan), the Geneva Initiative ran a course in the southern city of Ashkelon throughout February and March. Next on the agenda: a tour of east Jerusalem and a workshop with graduates of a parallel Palestinian course.
The course attracted a very diverse group of highly politically active participants, including members of the local council, managers of educational and cultural centers operating in the city and party activists from very diverse ideological backgrounds. 
 
 

 

 
 

 

Key Palestinian and Israeli opinion leaders and political activists met in Nazareth for a weekend seminar

 
 
On February 10-11, the Geneva Initiative brought together 20 senior opinion leaders and political activists from Israel and Palestine for two days of lectures, discussions and joint work in the city of Nazareth. The weekend seminar focused on key issues of the conflict and solutions proposed by the Geneva Initiative, and provided participants with detailed knowledge and a toolkit for promoting the two-state solution. It also demonstrated to the participants that there remains a partner for peace on the other side. As one Israeli participant said, "getting to know the Palestinian group made me realize that people on the other side want peace just as I do".
 

Capacity Building Seminar for Young Leaders in Ramallah

In early February, a group of 45 Palestinian young leaders took part in a two-day capacity building seminar Ramallah. The seminar provided the participants with detailed knowledge of the conflict and a toolkit to promote the two-state solution.
On the first day of the seminar, the group met with Nidal Foqaha, The Palestinian Director General of the Geneva Initiative, and discussed recent political developments in Palestine, Israel and the region and their impact on the Middle East Peace Process. Foqaha also spoke about youth involvement in the political and democratic process and identified some of the tools young Palestinians like themselves can use, like campaigning and advocacy.
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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