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Jerusalem tour with Dr. Shaul Arieli

 

Jerusalem is often cited as one of the outstanding “intractable” issues that make the Palestinian-Israeli conflict so difficult to solve. Last Friday, 23.11, conflict expert and Geneva Initiative member Shaul Arieli led us on a tour in and around Jerusalem, explaining the various ways in which the Geneva Initiative has already offered concrete, practical solutions for the future status of this complicated city. These solutions have been formulated by Palestinian and Israeli experts (including Dr. Arieli himself) working together, determined to use the city that both sides value so highly as the key to a better future, instead of as an excuse for interminable violence.

The tour focused on the influence of security considerations, holy places, and demographics upon the role of Jerusalem in the conflict. Dr. Arieli brought a wealth of knowledge to the issues, walking participants through complex border negotiations and explaining the different cultural and historical understandings that Palestinians and Israelis have of the city that will hopefully become the capital of two states. The tour began in the rain and ended under clear skies on a lookout above the Old City. We hope the participants similarly came away with new clarity and hope.

 

Many thanks to our partner, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation, for making this tour possible.

Above: Dr. Shaul Arieli explains past, present, and future borders of Jerusalem

26 November 2018

An important and timely reminder: conflicts can be resolved

An integral part of our work is studying other conflicts around the world and deriving lessons from the ways in which they were resolved. This month we invited experts from Northern Ireland to join their Israeli and Palestinian colleagues in discussing the similarities and differences between the conflict in Northern Ireland and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in particular what lessons can be drawn and applied in a future process of reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

One common feature of both conflicts was the feeling of despair. The Irish speakers admitted that they themselves had little faith that the conflict could be resolved until the agreement was signed, an impression that persisted for some time even after the signing. The feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are inherent to a long-standing conflict, they said, but we are measured by our ability to carry on despite them. As Peter Robinson, former First Minister of Northern Ireland, reminded us in his final remarks: "All conflicts can be resolved. I came here to say to you that even what appears to be impossible, is possible. So please, do not despair!"
 
 
 


 

25 November 2018

Israeli Peace Camp comes together for a crucial and timely discussion of Gaza

It's impossible to seriously and effectively promote the two-state solution while ignoring the issue of Gaza.

In October, with our partners in the Israeli peace camp, we held a thorough and honest discussion with the Untied Nations Special Coordinator to the Middle East Peace Process, Mr. Nikolay Mladenov, and former Palestinian minister and Gaza resident, Mr. Hisham Abdel-Razak, attended by Members of Knesset, civil society activists and public-opinion shapers.

The dilemmas are far from simple, but our voice, as the Israeli peace camp, must be heard - about how to address Gaza, how to address the West Bank and mainly about the connection between both.

04 November 2018

Social Media Training for Youth in Gaza

In July, the Palestinian Peace Coalition – Geneva Initiative brought together youth from Gaza for training on “using social media in the service of community“.

12 July 2018

Hosting a Delegation from Spain and Columbia

 

On July 9th, the Israeli office of the Geneva Initiative hosted a group of government officials and law experts from Columbia and Spain, as part of their study visit to the region. GI Director Gadi Baltiansky spoke with the group about the Geneva Initiative’s peace building efforts, and highlighted the lessons that Israelis and Palestinians should learn from other conflicts, like the one in Columbia. 

 

09 July 2018

Seminar for Palestinian Youth

On June 28-29, the Palestinian Peace Coalition - Geneva Initiative held a two-day seminar in Ramallah. The seminar brought together exceptional young activists and leaders with demonstrated commitment and interest in politics, women rights, democracy, negotiations and the two-state solution, reconciliation and other topics related to youth, women and politics in Palestine. The group met with a series of experts, including leading Palestinian journalists Tal'at Alawi and Mona Hawwash.  

29 June 2018

Training: The history of the Peace Process, the core Issues of the conflict and proposed solutions

 

In June, GI director Gadi Baltiansky gave a lecture on the history of the peace process and peace promotion to a group of young professionals from across Israel. The lecture, that highlighted the role of civil society and grassroots initiatives in preparing the ground for peace and reconciliation, was part of a peacebuilding training program that is run by Peace Now. 

 

28 June 2018

Geneva Initiative Conference: Nearing the Tipping Point

 

On May 10th the Geneva Initiative held a public conference in Tel-Aviv that was attended by over a 150 people. The conference featured MK Tamar Zandberg, Chairwoman of Meretz, Elias Zananiri, Deputy Director of the Palestinian Committee for Interaction with the Israeli Society and Yossi Beilin, Chairperson of the Geneva Initiative in Israel.

 

10 May 2018

Conference: 25 years since Oslo

  On April 26, Geneva Initiative’s Chairperson Yossi Beilin and Director Gadi Baltiansky spoke at a conference in memory of Ron Pundak, one of the key architects of the Oslo peace process as well as the Geneva Accord. Baltiansky said at the conference, that focused on 25 years to Oslo process: “we need to go back to the fundamental facts. Peace is needed, urgent and possible. And the road passes through a two state solution, negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians”.
 
26 April 2018

Workshop on Lessons from Northern Ireland

  On April 13th, on the occasion of 20 years to the Good Friday Agreement, we held a workshop on lessons from Northern Ireland for a group of 20 Israeli political activists and civil society leaders. The event featured Northern Ireland expert Dr. Galit Desheh and Jonathan Eshpar from the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.
13 April 2018
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