Palestinian Local Course in Al Obeidiyyeh

The PPC ran a local course for peripheral communities in Al Obeidiyyeh from June 26-30, 2016. This course provided local leaders with knowledge of the conflict and the leadership skills to engage in effective political advocacy for the two-state solution.

Participants were 27 Palestinian local community leaders from Al Obeidiyyeh and its peripheries, including from the educational, political and business sectors. Selected on the basis of their current level of active involvement and the audiences that they can reach, all participants have considerable influence at the local and/or national levels but tend to be neglected by other peace organizations that operate primarily in larger cities.
In the first meeting, participants were welcomed by the Mayor of Alobeidiyyeh. The group then attended a series of lectures and discussions which addressed the core issues of the conflict and the benefits of reaching a peace agreement based on the two-state solution, as well as ways to promote peace within participants' own local communities. Participants discussed issues like the core issues of the conflict, potential solutions and the impact of the conflict on peripheral communities. The course's facilitators also presented some of the practical ways participants can help promote a solution to the conflict, and prepared them for the upcoming joint meeting with their Israelis counterparts.
This seminar was made possible through the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development.