OUR HOPES FOR PEACE IN 2022

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Messages of peace from contributors

“2021 was a globally challenging year with so many lives affected by conflicts around the world, injustice, and the pandemic, yet we remain hopeful and confident in our abilities as humans to unite and face the challenges collectively.

May the New Year bring more blessings, peace and justice.

Dalia al-Najjar

Children of Peace Regional Coordinator, Gaza correspondent

“2021 has been another turbulent year for many of us, but it’s always heartening to read of those who are putting their efforts into finding peaceful and constructive solutions to the challenges we face, whether in the Middle East or across the wider world.

Merry Christmas to those celebrating, and best wishes for a peaceful and happy new year in 2022.

Professor Sarah Brown

Children of Peace Trustee and joint editor

“They say that hope springs eternal. Hope fuels dreams and paves the way to peace and when all else feels lost or overwhelming. It is hope that sustains us.

My hope is that 2022 is a year of health, prosperity joy and peace for us all.”

Rolene Marks

Children of Peace Israeli correspondent

PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS

We highlight the Children of Peace Razan Al-Najjar Nurses Bursary held this November in Gaza. Three new students received our annual award to train nurses in Gaza.

We also welcome a new affiliate partner, the Jerusalem Peace Institute.

When 2020 ended few could have predicted the transformative political landscape across the Middle East and beyond. As more Arab and Muslim countries reach out to Israel in friendship, after generations of official boycotts and mistrust. Or the deadly wave of change brought by the COVID pandemic which has been an unforeseen catastrophe across the Middle East. This will take much resilience and courage to recover from.

Conflicts fester through dehumanisation. Reaching out, making contact, meeting each other can change that. That’s why our Coalition of Peace, the single, largest peace network across the MENA, is so vital.

We are proud of our non-partisan path. We believe in the pursuit of peace between Israel and Palestine. And this edition is dedicated to it.

Let’s hope 2022 makes peace a reality.

 

Richard Martin

Richard Martin FRSA, President & Founder.

RAZAN AL-NAJJAR NURSES BURSARY AWARDS GAZA 2021

Three more new students benefit this year. Existing awards are renewed.

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NEW AFFILIATE

Jerusalem Peace Institute is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization, established last July, in the USA.

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Photo credits: Backgrounds by Olenka Sergienko and Austin Guevara on Pexels

WHAT WE DOAND 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.

(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

Hot conflict may have been replaced with an uneasy truce - but the children’s suffering goes on – displacement, post traumatic stress. Please support our #RebuildingLives efforts and help the #childrenofconflict.

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