The Tragedy Continues… and as I write, two Palestinian children (12 and 13) have knifed an Israeli bus conductor in Jerusalem. The tragedy continues for children and their communities in Israel and Palestine, both locked in an unending dance of death and recrimination. Since early October, at least 79 Palestinians and 10 Israelis have been killed. More than 2,000 Palestinians have also been injured in clashes with Israeli forces, say the Red Crescent.
Hope is everything… but the surge in violence reflects hopelessness. Both sides want an end to conflict and despair. With peace negotiations dead, it is inevitable that Palestinian youth feel alienated by the existential emptiness of their plight. Fury and anger fill the streets of Ramallah, Hebron and Bethlehem. And for Israelis, the frustration is palpable too. On October 31st, 100,000 turned up in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. To mark the untimely death 20 years ago of a great man – Yitzhak Rabin – and call for peace.
Seize the moment. Spikes in violence are often followed by conflict fatigue, a time of temporal calm. Let us hope the political leaders will have the courage and vision to seize the moment.
Our own news includes… two new groups joining our Peace Coalition, and an interview with international singing star – Yasmin Levy.
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Richard Martin, President & Founder.
We're celebrating our tenth anniversary.
“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
IT’S OUR TENTH ANNIVERSARY
I am proud to be Patron of Children of Peace, who carry out remarkable work in difficult circumstances for the children of conflict. It is so important to help the next generation to find ways of overcoming suspicion and hostility, so that peaceful coexistence and simple friendship with neighbours becomes a part of everyday life.Dame Judi Dench
There is no better example for the use of the phrase… “The children are our future.” than Israel, Gaza, The West Bank and all the Occupied Territories. If the hatred, fear and persecution can be removed from the children’s lives, then with time the future of Palestinians and Israelis might be peaceful, trusting and secure.”Sir Patrick Stewart
Having grown up in Israel, I know how important it is to overcome intolerance and mistrust through friendship and daily contact. Congratulations on this momentous occasion and my sincerest hopes for the next ten years.Yotam Ottolenghi
I wholeheartedly support Children of Peace that works with both sides of the Israeli – Palestine situation. I am convinced that, if more people involved on both sides think more for the inner peace of future generations and built their strategies and idealism accordingly, peace really has a chance! I wish Children of Peace much success in their wonderful work to reach this aim.Maestro Zubin Mehta
I give thanks for the advocacy work of Children of Peace as Patron of this charity. Your mission is vital and the worldwide support you receive is testimony to the importance of the work you do in seeking peace and in building friendships. Happy 10th Anniversary and keep up the amazing work you are doing!Dr Sentamu, Archbishop of York
I am proud to have been one the original Friends of Children of Peace and to be able to congratulate you all for your work in building peace and protecting the children of conflict over the last ten years. You have transformed the lives of many children in the region.Dame Helen Mirren
There can be no more important task than to bring peace to the world of children. It is so uplifting to know that Children of Peace has transformed the lives of so many. I am proud to be a Friend of this special charity and look forward to being a part of the next ten years.Julia Sawalha
Children of Peace and its guiding force Richard Martin, are creating a fundamentally important architecture that allows future generations of Israelis and Palestinians an opportunity, if not the right, to build peaceful relations with each other. There can be no more important endeavor on Earth than to give this hope for peace and prosperity to children who have known nothing but war and destruction from birth.Mansoor & Valerie Ijaz