CORONAVIRUS – CHILDREN OF PEACE UPDATE

OUR CHILDREN’S PEACE PRIZE LAUNCHES 2020

Everyone at Children of Peace longs for a just and honourable peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Decades of conflict have taken a toll on communities across Israel and Palestine.

The forgotten victims of the Middle East conflict are the children. Many live in a perpetual war zone, frightened and stressed by the uncertain outcome of arbitrary violence. Children from both communities have lost loved ones, experience extreme anxiety, suffer from mental and physical health problems and have worryingly high levels of childhood disease and illness.

Contact us if you’d like to read a detailed paper jointly written by myself and Kassim Bardarni.

President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” was unveiled on 28 January 2020. We all hoped for a breakthrough to untangle the complex web that characterises the conflict. Yet it was no such thing.

Rejected by the Arab world and most Western allies, the so-called peace plan quite rightly protects Israeli security but relegates the rights of the Palestinians to that of a subject people. It imposes an asymmetrical feudal system upon the Palestinians.

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Richard Martin FRSA, President & Founder.

Our new annual award

2020 sees the launch of the Children’s Peace Prize. It will be initially awarded to UK schools to promote altruism and world peace.

It is designed to encourage humanitarian values among students aged from 7-16 years old. Focus is on conflict resolution and the promotion of friendship and reconciliation. All whilst respecting shared values of all communities in their day-to-day lives relating to issues of peace, human rights, social justice and equality.

It will concentrate on the effects of conflict on Israeli and Palestinian children. Eventually developing twinning arrangements between UK schools and schools in the region. It is proposed that the Prize will evolve into an International Children’s Peace Prize.

The Coordinator of the Children’s Peace Prize is UK educationalist, Sajida Asif.

Several British schools are already participating in the programme, including Redriff Primary City of London Academy. 

“Peace between former enemies is almost always achieved through negotiation. Only by listening to the all the grievances and hopes, can suspicion, mistrust and fear be overcome. It is never reached by ignoring or excluding one side or the other.”
Richard Martin
 
Apart from our new peace prize, this time round we have…
  • Redriff Primary City of London Academy.
  • Three new groups join us.
  • Dalia talking about what Palestinian children do in their spare time.
  • Plus Jesseca’s missive and Footnotes.

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

Richard Martin

Our new annual award

2020 sees the launch of the Children’s Peace Prize. It will be initially awarded to UK schools to promote altruism and world peace.

It is designed to encourage humanitarian values among students aged from 7-16 years old. Focus is on conflict resolution and the promotion of friendship and reconciliation. All whilst respecting shared values of all communities in their day-to-day lives relating to issues of peace, human rights, social justice and equality.

It will concentrate on the effects of conflict on Israeli and Palestinian children. Eventually developing twinning arrangements between UK schools and schools in the region. It is proposed that the Prize will evolve into an International Children’s Peace Prize.

The Coordinator of the Children’s Peace Prize is UK educationalist, Sajida Asif.

Several British schools are already participating in the programme, including Redriff Primary City of London Academy. 

Redriff Primary City of London Academy

Leading the way in helping us to launch our Children’s Peace Prize.

MORE…

New groups join our peace network

We welcome three new members of our Coalition of Peace.

MORE…

Dalia reports

In the latest of her despatches, Dalia Al-Najjar talks about children in Gaza and their free time.

MORE…

Voices from Israel

 

Israeli Jesseca Manville, as Director of Foreign Relations Geneva Initiative, tells us about the project.

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Foot Notes

Latest news from the region including Benny Gantz’s bid for Israeli leadership.

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CORONAVIRUS – THE IMPACT

The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed our world. Israelis and Palestinians are in lockdown.

As more cases emerge in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank our projects and programmes are halted.

The world is in crisis, yet uplifting stories emerge of acts of kindness. We know that Israelis and Palestinians are quietly cooperating with each other to help stop the spread of this pernicious virus – sharing resources like testing kits and respirators.

When this crisis passes, we will be ready to support our friends, colleagues and peace activists in Israel and Palestine. We’ll help the children through arts, education, healthcare and sports programmes – as we have done unceasingly since 2004.

Richard Martin FRSA, President

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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.

“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.”

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