ISRAEL

Dr. Nurit Hirschfeld

Chapter Secretary General

Dr. Nurit Hirschfeld

Global Peace Council Member

Hon. Ran Cohen
Former Member of the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset

National Peace Council Member

Prof. Eliezer Glaubach-Gal
President, Jerusalem Peace and Security Forum

National Peace Council Member

Sheik Ali Birani
President, Jerusalem Forum for Understanding and Cooperation among Religions
Mrs. Adi Sassaki
Director, Jerusalem Peace and Security Forum

In the News: Journalists Call for Media to Foster Mideast Peace

April 16, 2007

Several journalists at a recent media symposium in Jerusalem expressed agreement that the media should actively work to influence events by seeking to calm attitudes among conflicting parties in Middle East conflicts.

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Welcome to Israel

April 2, 2007

“Your mom threw my mom out of the house,” said a Palestinian youth to a visiting American Jew. In a land where 3,000 years of history are so readily collapsed into one generation, the prospects for improved relationships often seem dismal. Our era needs women peacebuilders who can reopen the doors of locked hearts and homes to welcome the "other."

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Engaging in Dialogue

October 23, 2006

The 19th Middle East Peace Initiative featured several opportunities for first-hand learning about the current situation in Israel. In Jerusalem on October 22, 2006, Ambassadors for Peace from the United States engaged in discussions with representatives of various aspects of Israeli society.

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Americans Engage in Dialogue in Jerusalem

October 22, 2006

The October 2006 Middle East Peace Initiative trip featured several opportunities for first-hand learning about the current situation in Israel. In Jerusalem, Ambassadors for Peace from the United States engaged in discussions with representatives of various aspects of Israeli society.

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Recording "Halelu — A Cantata for Peace"

July 25, 2006

“Halelu,” a 40-minute composition for solo voices, chorus and orchestra is a collaborative effort between New York City Symphony music director David Eaton and the prominent Israeli singer/composer, David D'Or. The music was inspired by the efforts of the Middle Peace Initiative (MEPI) and consists of ten movements, several of which are based on the MEPI motto, "Peace, Shalom, Salaam Aleikum," the greetings of peace of the three Abrahamic faiths of Christanity, Judaism and Islam.

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Hebrew Version of Shi'ite Passion Play Premieres in Jerusalem

June 1, 2006

The Shi'ite Passion play, "The Martyrdom of Imam Hussein," a central component of the Iranian-Shi'ite culture, created by Dr. Eldad J. Pardo, a specialist on Iranian culture, and the poet Shelley Elkayam, premiered in Israel May 29, 2006.

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Jewish-Christian Dialogue, May 2006

May 31, 2006

The second Jewish-Christian Dialogue of the Middle East Peace Initiative took place May 17-18, 2006, in a beautiful sun-drenched space, with floor to ceiling windows in Jerusalem's Olive Tree Hotel.

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Jewish-Christian Dialogue, March 2006

March 15, 2006

A Jewish-Christian Dialogue March 13-14, 2006 called for conflict resolution that includes religious and spiritual, political and social dimensions.

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M. Kiwan: Who Is Our Brother?

January 2, 2006

Our land is the land of peace. It is the temple, the birthplace of the Messiah, the place through which the prophet Mohammed passed, the Western Wall and the home of Jethro in Tiberias. Brothers and sisters, God demands that we make peace among ourselves. Speak only that which is good. God forbids us from disparaging others just as He forbids murder and bloodshed.

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W. Sadik: Israeli Arabs as Bridges Between Jews and Palestinians

January 2, 2006

Israeli Arabs are Palestinians and they are Israelis. We understand the Israelis and the Palestinians, and I think that we have a very vital role in bridging the Israelis and the Palestinians. This is our task, and we are working on it. Unfortunately, we lack the tools—the possibility, credibility and trust from both sides.

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Peace Tour Inaugurates UPF in Israel

November 21, 2005

Jerusalem, Israel - More than 700 Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans gathered for the inauguration of the Universal Peace Federation in Israel at the Hyatt Regency ballroom on Mount Scopus. A choir, an invocation, and the blowing of a shofar preceded the reading of the Peace Message.

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B. Shalev: Reconciliation Requires Honesty and Integrity

May 11, 2005

Reconciliation is a subject we can talk easily about, but is very difficult to carry out. It demands deep personal work to be able to bring about reconciliation through words or through deeds. Total honesty and integrity is vital. No matter how beautiful the words we say or how great the deed, if it does not come from a place of integrity and honesty it is not better than no action.

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Bringing Youth Together through Football

February 1, 2005

“Football has an incredible power, which can be used to make this world a better place in which everyone can live," according to FIFA (the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the worldwide governing body football/soccer). its Fair Play Code includes the advice: "Use this powerful platform to promote peace, equality, health and education for everyone. Make the game better, take it to the world, and you will be fostering a better world.”

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Visiting Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Communities in the Holy Land

September 20, 2004

The Middle East Peace Initiative program in Sept. 2004 offered participants opportunities to visit neighborhoods in Jerusalem and surrounding villages to get a sense of the people, their challenges of daily life, and their hopes and dreams of peace.

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Crossing a Bridge of Peace in Jerusalem

September 13, 2004

The Armon Hanatsiv Promenade overlooking the hills and valleys of Jerusalem offered a spectacular setting for the Bridge of Peace ceremony that paired people of different religions, races, and cultures in a commitment of mutual understanding and ongoing relationship on September 12. The Bridge of Peace ceremony, developed by the Women's Federation for World Peace, can be a powerful vehicle for reconciliation.

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In the News: Use Religion to Advance Peace in Jerusalem

September 10, 2004

Amid a wave of Muslim militants' attacks from the United States through Spain, Russia, and Iraq to Indonesia, some 600 people from Europe, America, and the Far East convened in Jerusalem in Sept. 2004 in an attempt to find more tracks to advance peace.

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A. Ward: The Central Role of a Mother's Heart

May 31, 2004

The focus of the ongoing pilgrimages has been the coming together of the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as the basis for building peace. I reflected on what it took, or might take, for these three brothers of faith to unite.

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R. Glaubach: A Grandmother's Heart for Peace

May 18, 2004

I am an Israeli woman who has lived here all my life. I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I am also an Ambassador for Peace, which means I am dedicated to bringing peace wherever I go. It also means that even though I am terribly nervous, I found the strength to stand here on the stage to share my heart with you.

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M. Kamar: A Mother's Heart Can Heal Pain

May 18, 2004

I would like to extend our warm greetings to all of you, women, men and families, who arrived here from all over the world and from Israel; from various religions and different nationalities. I would like to thank Dr. and Mrs. Moon for their endless work for peace and for giving us the inspiration for our peace work in the Middle East.

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Spending a Day in Gaza

April 3, 2004

In light of repeated terrorist attacks in Israel and Palestine, well-intentioned relatives, friends, and State Department had cautioned interfaith peace activists against undertaking a peace mission to Israel, let alone entering Gaza. But where are peacebuilders, both men and women, needed if not in the vortex of conflict?

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