2022 FUN DAY

… FOR PALESTINIAN CHILDREN

DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES ENJOY A FUN DAY OF HAPPINESS

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A New Affiliate

Women of the Sun. Speaking up for Palestinian women.

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Another New Affiliate

Taghyeer, a nonviolence Palestinian group.

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A New Friend

Tyler Samuels, creator of BluntBlackJew.

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Letter from Gaza

Dalia al-Najjar reflects on the hot days of summer in Gaza.

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Voices from Israel

Our Israeli correspondent Rolene Marks on Ethiopian Jewry.

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London 10K Run

Cathy Usher, our Friend, ran for Children of Peace.

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President's Viewpoint

Richard Martin, President and Founder.

The world’s focus now is on Europe, travel turmoil and post-Covid economic crises but in the background the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians continues. Possibly the most important development in the pursuit of peace is the official visit by US President Joe Biden to the MidEast. He arrived in Israel on Wednesday 13 July, meeting the new Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and President Herzog. On Thursday all signed an historic Strategic Partnership Joint Declaration which further affirmed US-Israel closeness. Biden also reiterated the US belief in a two-state solution before meeting the Palestinian leadership and his important visit to Saudi Arabia.

There are subtle but positive signs of hope as a new generation of Israelis and Palestinians look for constructive ways forward away of the rigidity of conflict culture.

Two such extraordinary Palestinian groups join our Coalition of Peace. Women of the Sun and Taghyeer represent fresh hope and change and we warmly welcome them to Children of Peace. We are also proud Tyler Samuels has become a Friend of charity – as we grow our message worldwide.

Foot Notes

Latest regional news including President Biden’s important statement.

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WHAT WE DOAND MESSAGES OF SUPPORT

Children of Peace is a non-partisan charity organization for Israeli and Palestinian children, aged 4 – 17, and their communities. Our aim is a shared spirit and well-being through arts, education, health and sports. Working for peace, building trust, friendship and reconciliation. So future generations might live peacefully side-by-side. We don’t take sides.

(Mayor’s Office, February 2009)

“As Mayor of London, I deplore conflict and all acts of violence. I support a culture of global peace and understanding, including the restoration and promotion of peace in the Middle East. I would like to commend Children of Peace for their efforts in promoting peace and understanding between the children of Israel and Palestine.”

“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.”

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

“I am encouraged by Children of Peace in their commitment against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. This organization 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 UK’s longstanding position on the Middle East Peace Process is clear and has not changed: we support a negotiated settlement leading to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state; based on 1967 borders with agreed land swaps, Jerusalem as the shared capital of both states, and a just, fair, agreed and realistic settlement for refugees.

The UK shares your commitment to helping build understanding between people on both sides of the conflict, including engaging in people-to-people work to bring together different communities. This includes promoting a more positive portrayal of one another to contribute to building the conditions needed for peace.”

Rebuilding Lives

The recent rise in violence against Israelis and Palestinians hurts children in both communities – with an increase in post-traumatic stress, morbidity, nightmares. Children of Peace carries out urgent work with our partners – protecting and supporting children. Please support our work and help the #childrenofconflict.

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