Razan al Najjar Nurses Bursary. 
Three Gaza students receive
our very first awards.


On Sunday, 20 January 2019, three Gaza students – Ansam Alqasas, Asma al Najjar and Sali Hanouna received the 2018 – 19 Children of Peace Razan al Najjar Nurses Bursary Award. It was a proud moment for everyone at Children of Peace.

The successful recipients were chosen by our Selection Panel – Richard Martin, President of Children of Peace, Bursary Coordinator Dalia al Najjar and Dr Richard Sloan MBE.

The Presentation was held in Gaza City by Dr Ashraf Y. Eljedi, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the Islamic University of Gaza, Khaleel Aldeqran, Head of the Palestinian Nursing Association and Sabreen Al Najjar, the mother of Razan.

Razan al Najjar Bursary presentation with recipients (centre front)

Dr Ashraf Y. Eljedi, Khaleel Aldeqran, Sabreen al Najjar

The Razan al Najjar Nurses Bursary Award document with Sabreen al Najjar and Ayah al Sisi (fundraiser for PNA).

The Razan al Najjar Nurses Bursary is an annual Children of Peace Award and will be granted in August each year in partnership with the Palestinian Nurses Association, Gaza. The Bursary is in honour of the memory of Razan al Najjar, a 21 year old Palestinian paramedic shot dead during the Right of Return protests at the Israeli-Gaza border 1 June 2018.

“Blind hatred leads only to a world of greater darkness.”

Richard Martin FRSA, President & founder of Children of Peace


In any conflict the way forward for peace is to listen and hear the narrative of each side. Closing down contact allows bitterness and bigotry to flourish.

It’s all about dialogue. Peace arrives when former enemies become friends.

Too many outsiders intervene in the Israeli Palestinian conflict bringing with them their own agendas, prejudice and resentments. This outside interference has played a not insignificant part in stalling the prospect of peace, of reconciliation and understanding.

For the people living each day through this conflict its impact takes a devastating toll in physical and mental health.

We need to listen to all sides first, before we act.


Richard Martin FRSA, President & Founder.

This time round we have…
  • the Palestine crisis.
  • Interview with Jesseca Manville plus her regular report.
  • Three new groups join us.
  • The Palestine Marathon.
  • Plus Dalia’s missive and Footnotes.

Crisis in Gaza


Alarming reports of the humanitarian crisis facing 1.8 million Gazans.


Three new affiliates

We welcome Rational Games, Hila, and Zochrot.


The Interview

Professor Sarah Brown talks to Jess Manville our Israeli correspondent.


Letter from Dalia

In the latest of her despatches, Dalia Al Najjar discusses the changing role of women across the MENA.


The Palestine Marathon

Several teams are entering to raise funds for Children of Peace.


Voices from Israel

Israeli journalist Jesseca Manville looks at the key role played by Israeli women in peace-building.


Foot Notes


Latest news from the region, including comment by a former Palestine military governor, on US aid cuts.



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Children of Peace is a non-partisan children’s charity organization dedicated to building trust, friendship and reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian children, aged 4 - 17, and their communities. Our aim is to develop a shared spirit via arts, education, health and sports programmes; so future generations might live and work peacefully side-by-side. We believe in working for peace. That's why we don’t take sides.

"The UK is committed to promoting peace and stability in the Middle East. To deliver this, it is vital that we encourage a culture of co-existence between young Israelis and Palestinians. Charities such as Children of Peace play a vital role in improving understanding between different communities and faiths, helping to ensure long-term peace. I commend your work and wish you continued success in the future."

"I am encouraged by Children of Peace in their commitment against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. This organisation is taking a step in the right direction by passing down inclusive values to the next generation. ... I commend Children of Peace for their work in this area."

"The Holy Father will remember your intentions in his prayers and he invokes upon you God's blessings of joy and peace."

Professor Hassassian said, "It gives me a great honour to support Children of Peace, an organization that works to alleviate the misery of children and which hopes to lay the foundations of reconciliation, harmony and peace by striving to create an environment for coexistence, cohabitation and conviviality between Palestinians and Israelis. I wish them all the success in their noble mission of securing peace for all."

"As your organization has recognized, children are often overlooked victims of violent conflict, and too few efforts are focused on their particular needs. Generations of Israeli and Palestinian children have grown up with peace as an elusive dream. Supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process requires grassroots reconciliation through the mobilization of non-governmental organizations such as Children of Peace. I wish Children of Peace the best success in all of its endeavors as it continues to grow."


Princess Gabriele zu Leiningen



Dame Judi Dench

Dr. Sentamu, Archbishop of York

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