Joint Activities - 2018

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Leadership Course Graduation Ceremony in Ramallah

Congratulations to the outstanding graduates of our Leadership Course for Russian Speakers! 

This Saturday in Ramallah we handed out certificates of completion to the participants who have dedicated several months to learning about the conflict, the two-state solution, and opportunities for peace in our intensive leadership enrichment course. The visit to Ramallah was the last stage of many meetings and included a tour of the area, a discussion with young Palestinian leaders and meetings with senior Palestinian officials. The Palestinian leaders at the final session emphasized a message of hope and partnership to our Israeli graduates: "Our door is always open for dialogue, meeting the other side, and peace."

We look forward to seeing and supporting the change that these individuals will make in their own networks.

 

 

 
 

01 September 2019

Delegation of Palestinian and Israeli Journalists

This month four Israeli and four Palestinian media personnel set out on a joint delegation to explore how the press, on both sides of the border, covers the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Seminar participants came from a variety of communication channels including television, radio, newspapers and news agencies with a plethora of views.
 
Participants engaged in fruitful discussions that focused on the challenges of conflict coverage, different media perspectives on both sides and the important role that the media has to play in the coverage of political issues.The mission brought together prominent figures and created an avenue for future Israeli-Palestinian cooperation.
 
The delegation was made possible thanks to the Geneva Initative’s ongoing cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Foundation.
 
31 July 2019

Joint Delegation to China

We welcome back our handpicked delegation of young Palestinian and Israeli leaders after a week-long trip to China. Spanning the political spectrum from left-to-right, participants engaged in constructive dialogue framed by discussions relating to China’s vision of peace and development in the region. This was a crucial opportunity to examine the conflict from afar but collectively.

We thank the Chinese MFA and their Embassy in Tel Aviv for sponsoring this memorable trip. Through the Geneva Initiative’s ongoing cooperation with the Chinese Government, we are able to support dialogue between the two sides and actively work to promote our shared goal of achieving a two-state solution.

24 June 2019

Geneva Initiative Elections Debate

The public is cordially invited to attend a political debate on how to address the conflict. 

07 March 2019

Introducing the Two-State Coalition

In April 2018, the Geneva Initiative launched the Two State Coalition project – a program aimed at institutionalizing and consolidating the efforts of the Israeli and Palestinian peace organizations. The coalition works to encourage and support the Israeli and Palestinian peace camps by establishing a strong, inclusive and action-oriented coalition of civil society organizations acting in support of the Two-State Solution.

In the months since the project’s start, we worked to recruit organizations to the coalition, conduct initial introductory meetings and draw strategic work plans for the first year of the program. In October, representatives of the member organizations of both the Palestinian and Israeli coalitions met for an intensive two-day workshop, aimed at analyzing and understanding the current political landscape and identifying possible messages and strategies that can influence the situation.

Two-day seminar for Israeli and Palestinian coalition members. Nazareth, October 2018

We believe that civil society in both Palestine and Israel has the potential to be an invaluable force in promoting a negotiated settlement for the conflict. Dozens of Palestinian and Israeli organizations operate today in the areas of peace-building, non-violence and coexistence, working with local constituencies, leaderships and international stakeholders in an effort to promote a negotiated settlement.

Yet, despite having a shared cause and facing similar challenges, each organization acts as if it were alone in the battle for peace. As a result of being fragmented and lacking coordination, the local peace camp is far from reaching its full potential. Collaborative and consolidated efforts are more effective; the whole can be greater and stronger than the sum of its parts.

Our objective is to use the coalition as a platform to introduce peace activists and staff of peace organizations to new approaches and thinking around conflict resolution, conflict transformation and the crucial role of civil society in spearheading change. We aim to do so by providing information and analysis on the concept of reconciliation, why the two-state solution remains the only viable option and how other alternatives are unrealistic or impractical. Additionally, through these activities and generating renewed vigor amongst activists, we hope to keep the two-state solution on the agenda and in public consciousness, primarily among those who are committed to championing and promoting it.

Joint meeting of Israeli and Palestinian coalition members with the French Consul. Jerusalem, October 2018

 

04 November 2018

Young Israeli and Palestinian leaders meet for a joint tour of Rawabi

Young Israeli and Palestinian leaders and Geneva Initiative activists met for a joint tour in the Palestinian city of Rawabi in the West Bank, where they met one of the city's founders, Mr. Bashar al-Masri.

Following the tour, the group travelled to Ramallah, where they spoke to Dr. Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research Center. Dr. Shikaki presented to the participants the results of the latest Israeli and Palestinian public opinion poll, published in August, and analyzed the current political situation.

 

03 September 2018

Geneva Initiative Israeli and Palestinian Delegations Participated in the 2018 Caux Forum

 
The Geneva Initiative was delighted to send Palestinian and Israeli delegations to the international Caux Forum this year. 14 young leaders – political and social activists, youth leaders, political advisors and parliamentary staff from Israel and the West Bank took part in the conference, where they learned about peace building around the world and inspired people with their own stories.
 
 

 

09 July 2018

Young Leaders from Israel and Palestine meet for a weekend Seminar

 
In June, a group of young Palestinians and Israelis decided to take a break from the never-ending blame game and spend some time together listening to one another, hearing what experts think about the solvability of the conflict, and even learning from the experiences of people affected by other conflicts.
 
 

 

10 June 2018

Palestinian and Israeli Business Leaders Meet to Discuss Cooperation

 
“I run an Israeli company that wishes to employ Palestinian programmers from Gaza. How do we make that happen?” “There are three big Israeli companies working in Ramallah. Would your company like to be the fourth?” These are some of the questions that Israeli and Palestinian business leaders raised in a meeting that we held at the Geneva Initiative offices, with the participation of two former ministers of economy, Yossi Beilin and Samih al Abed. In the upcoming months, we will work together with them and our partners at the SHARE foundation to find answers to these and other pressing issues. 
 

 

31 May 2018

A Geneva Initiative Delegation to Sweden

 
In May, the Geneva Initiative’s Nidal Foqaha and Daphna Perry traveled to Stockholm, where they met with Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, senior Members of Parliament and various civil society groups and foundations. They also spoke at a special public event on the Two State Solution, that was attended by over 50 Swedish academics, civil society figures and political activists. 
 

 

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