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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.




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"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 solution.

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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