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In this article Melanie Robbins, Director of Development and External Communications
at Peace Now outlines the work of this important Israeli peace organisation. Melanie
was Guest of Honour at our first Ramadan Feast held in Hebron in 2013.
PEACE NOW, ISRAEL JOINS US
"Peace Now is the leading voice of the Israeli grassroots peace movement. Peace Now
works to secure the two-state solution by promoting peace and democracy through education
and empowering the Israeli public to pressure the Israeli government to reach a two-state
A key element of the organisation is the Settlement Watch project, which monitors
and exposes settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This information
serves as a platform to work on public exposure and education through various means
including public media campaigns, experiential learning opportunities, distribution
of educational materials, and more. Peace Now's educational activities include but
are not limited to lectures to youth, tours to the West Bank, and leadership trainings.
In the past, Peace Now was one of the first major organisations promoting Israeli
and Palestinian dialogue and youth connection. However, as the conflict changed and
the political context and focus of the Israeli public changed, we adapted to working
very closely with Israeli youth, who have become increasingly oppositional to a two-state
solution and a democratic state of Israel. One of our main goals in educating youth
is to provide the cultural values of peace and justice, so that they will internalise
such values and begin to build a culture of peace in Israel.
Our media work, combined with our educational activities is the foundation from which
we grow our grassroots movement. As a grassroots organisation, it is important to
Peace Now to empower our activists, with the knowledge and tools to become the decision-makers
in the movement and in society. Through lectures and tours to pre-army programme
participants, for example, Peace Now reaches out to Israeli youth soon to be directly
involved in the conflict on the ground.
As a member of the Children of Peace network - the Coalition of Peace - Peace Now
joins the family of organisations working in various stakeholder groups promoting
the crucial values of peace and justice. We appreciate all the organisations in the
network, helping to reach our end goal of peace. We are proud to be in such a network
and are eager to work closely with other organisations in shared efforts for peace."
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