Record-beating, Team Children of Peace complete the London 2016 10K Run

On July 10th 2016, 12 Children of Peace Team members, wearing their new-look team vests completed the annual Vitality British 10k London Run 2016.

The runners were Alice Braham, Jo Carpenter, Fiona Forman, Tom Kenrick, Antonia Leslie, Alyson Lowe, team captain Dominic Martin, Claire Packham, Claire Richardson, Phoebe Thompson, Catherine Usher and Hayley Ward.

We are proud of our runners’ success.

A record-beating sum has been generated.

With GiftAid, so far, in GB Pounds it’s…

£££s

This year the runners have raised a best-ever amount, thanks to the support of over 125 sponsors.

Every pound raised will truly make a difference. It will enhance our peace work amongst children and their communities in Israel and Palestine.

There’s still time to donate to this great cause: justgiving.com/fundraising/ChildrenofPeace10k2016

“It’s extraordinary how many people mistakenly believe that you can end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by directing hatred at one side or the other.”

Richard Martin

PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS

As a conflict resolution NGO, we are all too aware that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict acts as an echo chamber for various bigots and haters outside of the region. Across Europe, the Middle East and the Americas certain factions use the conflict for their own ends. This spreads a personal and twisted hatred of Jews and Muslims across campuses, the blogosphere, social media, in political and public discourse.

None of this resolves nearly seventy years of trauma, anxiety and pain for successive generations of Israelis and Palestinians. Not one jot. It simply focuses on the deep divisions between communities and replaces their narrative with that of the outsiders.

At Children of Peace we work with grass root communities in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank caught up in the conflict, through our Coalition of Peace.  It is a platform for dialogue, reconciliation and peace activism. It gives a voice to the communities and their families who yearn for peace, security and justice. And those who want to be heard above the background noise.

That’s why we are pro-Israel, pro-Palestine and pro-peace.

We have much to be proud of, and thank you for your continued support.

Please… DONATE NOW

Richard Martin, President & Founder.

NEW GROUPS JOIN OUR COALITION OF PEACE

Children of Peace is delighted to welcome four new affiliate members of our Coalition of Peace – Women Wage Peace, I Am Your Protector, the Center4Freedom and The Forgiveness Project. The Coalition is now the single, largest peace network across the Middle East (and represented in Europe, North America and Australia).

WOMEN WAGE PEACE

 

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CENTER4FREEDOM

 

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I AM YOUR PROTECTOR

 

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THE FORGIVENESS JOURNEY (Lebanon)

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Shorouq Society For Women

They are recipients of our President’s Special Grant, for empowering women in the West Bank.

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Letter from Gaza

In the latest of her despatches from Gaza, Dalia Al-Najjar tells how children cope with daily life in the Gaza Strip.

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Foot Notes

Latest news from the region including condemnation of Iran’s annual Holocaust cartoon competition.

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FOUR NEW GROUPS JOIN OUR COALITION OF PEACE

Children of Peace is delighted to welcome four new affiliate members of our Coalition of Peace – Women Wage Peace, I Am Your Protector, the Center4Freedom and The Forgiveness Project. The Coalition is now the single, largest peace network across the Middle East (and represented in Europe, North America and Australia).

WOMEN WAGE PEACE

Here Pascale Chen, coordinator of the Collaboration Committee of Women Wage Peace tells us about their crucial work for peace:

Women Wage Peace is an inclusive, non-partisan, and rapidly-growing movement of Israeli women. It advocates the implementation of a non-violent, honourable and bilaterally or regionally acceptable political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is for the sake of our children and all future generations.

Founded in 2014 just after Operation Protective Edge [the Gaza War] by a handful of women who decided that living in constant fear, without hope, was an unacceptable legacy for the next generation.

In its period of existence since the Gaza War’s final missile, Women Wage Peace has made robust progress toward its four objectives:

  • Restoring hope.
  • Boosting dramatically the number and diversity of Israelis supporting a negotiated agreement.
  • Ensuring governmental prioritisation of peace-making over conflict management.
  • Increasing the number of women involved in peace-building as mandated by UN SCR 1325.

We have forged relationships with both Palestinian women and Jewish settlers in the West Bank. We are very aware of the importance to reach young people and one of our aim is to raise awareness among Israeli teenagers and young women. We started these field activities in November 2015. In less than five months, we have succeeded to organize dozens of gatherings in all of the universities in the country, and in some leading colleges and high-schools.

As hope grows, so does courage and creativity: we’ve delivered our message, in person, to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ chief of staff.

Last summer’s Listening Tent, the focus of our shared 50-day fast outside Netanyahu’s residence, is now a travelling tent to which parents are encouraged to bring children for a variety of programmed activities. In late autumn 2016, a March of Hope to the Dead Sea will bring generations together to demand a new and better reality.

womenwagepeace.org.il/category/english/

I AM YOUR PROTECTOR

I Am Your Protector is a New York-based organisation that reaches out across religion, race, gender, and beliefs and amplifies a constructive and unifying message of togetherness and mutual support. It highlights the positive acts carried out by individuals and communities in daily life, often unrecognised in a world obsessed by conflict and division. Driving force behind this great initiative, Dani Laurence tells us more:

Hatred becomes legitimate and acceptable when a group is depicted as monolithic and when this group is perceived as representing a threat.

IAYP is apolitical and areligious. We expose stories of individuals, regardless of their group affiliation, who stand up for each other. In the case of posters of protectors and those protected across conflict zones, we take no political stand. Rather, we expose the stories that are rarely or never exposed, to counter the perception that these kinds of stories aren’t possible or don’t exist.

We focus on events that shows that no group, no community is monolithic, even in times and places of conflict, war and genocide people have stood up for each other across conflict lines. They have not let a narrative, even if believed by the majority, make them hate the other because they were ‘the other’.

I Am Your Protector is a community of people who speak up and stand up for each other across religion, race, gender and beliefs, in particular across lines of divide and conflict. I Am Your Protector supports the principles of Children of Peace and are delighted to join the coalition.

www.iamyourprotector.org

CENTER4FREEDOM

The Center for Freedom and Justice works with Palestinian rural communities because they are often under-represented and under-served by non-profit organisations and the Palestinian Authority. Based at Beit Ummar in the West Bank, the Center is aware that farming communities are often the most affected by the conflict and the least supported. Muna Ammar, General Director of the Center outlines why this work is of such importance:

The Center for Freedom and Justice addresses the lack of community development and organizing programs in rural Palestinian communities.

Through a combination of educational and development programs, the Center seeks to build the collective and strategic power of these communities, and improve the lives of rural West Bank residents.

C4F offers a wide range of opportunities for participants to develop their communication, advocacy and strategic nonviolence skills, as well as several microeconomic initiatives which empower local residents to overcome the many obstacles they face.

The Center also works to restore devastated agricultural land through tree planting and land rehabilitation initiative.

Through its wide range of empowering, community oriented programs, the Center has built strong ties of support and solidarity among rural West Bank residents. It has laid the groundwork for a new way of organizing in Palestine – one that transforms society from the bottom up.

The Center also hosts international visitors and volunteers looking for a deeper understanding of the condition of Palestinian communities like Beit Ummar. These opportunities offer insight into a more hopeful side to Palestinian communities, where the struggle for human and political rights is mirrored with positive community development.

www.center4freedom.org

THE FORGIVENESS JOURNEY (Lebanon)

The International Forgiveness Institute Lebanon is a grass-roots organisation providing peacebuilding education to youth and young people in Lebanon. Here Joshua Eaves from the Institute tells us more about their vital work:

International Forgiveness Institute (IFI) Lebanon stands with Children of Peace in paving the way for a future generation of peacemakers, breaking down barriers of hostility and renewing communities through forgiveness education.

Socio‐religious communities are a primary source of identity in Lebanon and the critical point of much conflict. Established in early 2015, IFI Lebanon seeks to breakdown dehumanising perceptions brought about by sectarian divisions. It’s building peace mechanisms between Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian youth.

The psychological studies of forgiveness education have indicated how it can dramatically change the path of psychotherapy by reducing anger, anxiety, depression and trauma. This in turn helps participants to acknowledge such emotions in a way that yields peaceful conflict resolution.

Evaluation of IFI projects has shown participants develop a greater understanding of how to view people respectfully, valuing each other’s common humanity rather than defining them by their religious, cultural or ethnic background. This ultimately builds better social stability through a greater tolerance of diversity at an interpersonal and intergroup level.

Forgiveness is a first step towards reconciling opposing communities, restoring relationships and enabling a sustainable path of peaceful conflict resolution. It is a journey that shows the interconnectedness of humanity and binds it closer together with each and every step.

www.ifilebanon.org

We celebrated our tenth anniversary in 2015.

SEE OUR GOODWILL MESSAGES

“Congratulations on your first ten years.” Dame Judi Dench

“…transformed the lives of many children in the region.” Dame Helen Mirren

“Happy 10th anniversary, and keep up the amazing work.” Dr. Sentamu

“The children are our future.” Sir Patrick Stewart

“My sincerest hopes for the next ten years.” Yotam Ottolenghi

“I am proud to be a Friend of this special charity.” Julia Sawalha

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 WHAT WE DO AND MESSAGES OF SUPPORT

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 former British Prime Minister describes our work as “excellent” and he commends our achievements in the following official statement: “For peace and stability in the Middle East, it is important that the next generation of Israelis and Palestinians live and work side by side. Charities such as Children of Peace play an important role in increasing understanding and tolerance, and helping to ensure long term peace. We wish them continued success.”

“Children of Peace is engaged in a noble cause – to protect all children in Israel and Palestine, regardless of culture, faith, gender or heritage. It is a cause for peace and reconciliation that I support with all my heart. I applaud them in their work and I am honoured to become a Patron.”
“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.”

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Princess Gabriele zu Leiningen

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Dame Judi Dench

Dr. Sentamu, Archbishop of York

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