“It’s extraordinary how many people mistakenly believe you can resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by directing hatred towards one side or the other.“Richard Martin
As I write this in December 2018, Egyptian envoys are hard at work on two fronts – trying to build a long-time truce between Hamas and Israel and working towards reconciliation between Hamas in Gaza and Fatah/PLO in the West Bank. We wish them every success.
As 2018 draws to a close and 2019 beckons, we continue to work with grassroots organisations across the region to protect all the children and work towards peace and reconciliation. Our Coalition of Peace is the single largest peace network across the MENA. It gives our message an extraordinary reach.
It carries a message of hope for the next generation. It understands the futility of hate. Hatred is exhausting, nihilistic and rarely, if ever, solves conflict and disputes. Hatred dehumanises the hater and the hated. By taking away the human spirit it leaves a moral void and justifies violence, atrocities and loathing.
We believe in peace. That’s why we do not take sides.
It is time for an entirely new way forward.
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Richard Martin, President & Founder.
This time round we have…
Razan al-Najjar bursary.
Interview with Ben Gidley of Birkbeck University.
Jesseca Manville reports on life in Southern Israel.
Our new advisory board.
Plus Dalia’s missive and Footnotes.
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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 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."