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Joint Leadership for Peace: Israelis and Palestinian youth met in Nazareth for a weekend seminar

On May 6-7, the Geneva Initiative brought together 18 Palestinian and Israeli young political activists 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.
Our carefully selected Participants are all inspiring young activists: youth leaders, educators, party activists as well as media professionals. They are all highly motivated and politically active, and engage on a daily basis with diverse Israeli and Palestinian communities from across the political spectrum. Now that they have the necessary knowledge and tools, the group is better equipped to effectively advocate for the two-state solution within the Palestinian and Israeli political systems and discourses.


The Geneva Initiative in the South: Seminar for Young Political Activists in Yeruham

In mid-April, the Geneva Initiative held a two-day seminar in the southern city of Yeruham that provided young political activists with detailed knowledge of the conflict and a toolkit to promote the two-state solution.
The seminar brought together 25 political activists and community leaders from diverse backgrounds to learn about the core issues of the conflict, possible alternatives to solve it, narratives of their counterparts, and benefits of peace. For many of the participants, one of the seminar's highlights was meeting four young Palestinians and hearing about their every-day lives and efforts to advance the two-state solution.


Geneva Initiative Poll: Israeli Public wants Peace but is Skeptical that a Compromise is Achievable

An opinion poll conducted for the Geneva Initiative by the New Wave Research Institute in late-March, shows that 59% of the general public in Israel think that the ongoing stagnation in the peace process is bad for Israel – including 48% of Likud voters, 63% of Shas voters and 85% of Kulanu voters.
Up: seminar for senior Kulanu activists, April 2016. Down: seminar for senior Shas activists, April 2015


Young Israeli and Palestinian leaders met, talked and decided together: we choose peace

In February, the Geneva Initiative organized a joint Israeli-Palestinian seminar for young leaders from both sides, in Cyprus. The two-day EU-funded seminar focused on key issues of the conflict and solutions proposed by the Geneva Initiative.

Following the seminar, our young leaders set down to write about their experiences meeting the other side. One Palestinian participant wrote: "I believe that we, as young people, have an important role to play in creating change. Sometimes it seems that our leaders actually benefit from the conflict: but young people like us recognize the necessity of peace".

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