Palestinian Local Political Course in Tubas

The PPC-GI ran a local course for peripheral communities in Tubas from June 19-23, 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 included 27 Palestinian local community leaders from Tubas 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.
 
Participants were welcomed to the course by the Mayor of Tubas, who expressed support for the PPC's activities in the town and encouraged the group to educate themselves about the conflict and possible ways to solve it. Participants 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. They learned about the history of the conflict and previous rounds of negotiations, 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. Through this course, participants' sense of ownership over the political process was strengthening, and they were empowered to participate in the political and social system – particularly in the context of peace promotion.
 
This seminar was made possible through the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development.