Seminar for Israeli Ethiopian and Russian-speaking Leaders and Veterans

On December 23-24, the Geneva Initiative held a two-day seminar in Ramat Gan for public opinion leaders, academics and journalists from the Russian speaking and Ethiopian Israeli communities, as well as veteran Israelis, in order to educate the group about the peace process.

The event took place at Kfar Hamaccabia in Ramat Gan. Participants included sixteen "olim" (or new immigrants) from the former Soviet Union and five from Ethiopia, as well as fifteen "vatikim" (or veteran Israelis). Among the group were journalists, political activists, spokespersons of municipalities and organizations, civil society activists, and heads of civil society organizations.

The seminar was comprised of in-depth sessions during which participants were divided into small groups to deal with different issues of the conflict. The groups explored the Geneva Initiative model and its solution to each issue.

Participants joined a concurrent GI seminar for Mayors and heads of regional councils for a tour illustrating the border solution proposed by the Geneva Accords led by Col. (Res.) Shaul Arieli. They also participated in a joint panel discussion, led by MK Daniel Ben Simon (Labor), MK Shlomo Molla (Kadima), and MK Nino Abesadze (Kadima).

Participants take part in discussion on the peace processs.


Translation was provided.

Participants in discussion at Kfar Hamaccabia in Ramat Gan.

Former PA minister Sufiyan Abu Zaida.