ACTIVITIES

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2020

NOVEMBER – Participation of a virtual screening of Disturbing the Peace / On Monday November 16, we participated to a virtual screening of the multiple award winning film Disturbing the Peace https://www.disturbingthepeacefilm.com/ featuring the Israeli -Palestinian civil society movement Combatants for Peace.

 The event was organised by AMAGE – Association du Monde Arabe de l’Université de Genève in partnership with Raquel Vidal Remis and Bruna Perestrelo (students of University of Geneva), Combatants for Peace and B8 Of Hope.

The message of the film and the panel that followed is universal : it is about humanisation, equal rights and transformation. As Souli Khatib and Avner Wishnitzer co-founders of CFP and protagonists of the documentary said in conclusion to the audience: it is important to disturb one’s peace and be actively part of the change we want to make for a better future – whether in Israel-Palestine or elsewhere in the world.
Engaging youth communities in universities and schools as part of our role as educators for peace.

NOVEMBER – Partnered with the Alliance for Middle East Peace on a pilot project In November, we partnered with The Alliance for Middle East Peace on a pilot project to shed life on Israeli and Palestinians peace around an inspiring project that will shed light on members of our respective organisations, some as individuals some as proper representatives (it was up to them and the organisation to decide). The project is about photo-story telling and was launched and managed by ALLMEP, co-financed by B8 of Hope and designed by two experts: Noa Urbach, social impact entrepreneur and Rom Barnea, story teller. The first phase of the project was a 2 session work  workshop held during the week of Nov. 9th. It was amazingly efficient and impressive. It gave the participants a set of skills to enable them create photo-stories (using pictures and short powerful texts). These skills will be very useful in their daily social media posts.

The second step is for the participants to create a specific story that will shed light on them as peace-builders or more generally about the current times they are living. All the stories will be posted on a website built by the 2 experts. The website will be promoted by a professional advertisement agency and will hopefully go viral. We (Allmep and B8 of Hope) will share the website broadly within our audiences to make it go even more viral. A teaser of the project will be screened at the virtual Allmep Gala mid December. In Geneva, we are hoping that we could give the project a maximum visibility through well connected people among our circles – galleries and art spaces might give us the opportunity of a physical or virtual exhibit this winter. A prestigious jury (A British-Iranian TV anchor of France 24 based in Paris,  2 Israeli and Palestinian film makers and an advertisement professional) will designate the best story. There will be a virtual award ceremony (end of January). The winner will get a concrete award (a package with a branding company which creates logos, business cards etc. + 500 dollars worth of photography material). The jury will also promote the website (meaning all the stories) through their networks. Stay tuned ! Two members of the B8 of Hope team (Mehra and Chrystelle ) were part of this week’s 2 sessions as a participants, just to experience the adventure and learn the skills but naturally, they won’t take part in the competition! They  thought this was a truly valuable experience.

OCTOBER -> DECEMBER – Organization and hosting of a youth workshop in Geneva with one of our partners / From October to December, we are collaborating with the Geneva-based initiative Philanthropic Adventures, around a workshop about peace philanthropy with a small group of high-schoolers at the B8 of Hope workspace in Geneva. The purpose of this workshop is about a journey towards peacebuilding through the lenses of B8 of Hope while learning the skills of philanthropy with the facilitator of Philanthropic Adventures, Paola Genovese. Philanthropic Adventures is an educational platform for young people to find information, inspiration and support to take action for social and environmental issues they care about. Philanthropic Adventures aims to democratise the concept of philanthropy and help young people define their engagement and bring change.

“Because giving back and giving well is an adventure full of discovery and emotions”

OCTOBER – Participation to Polyphony’s Scholar in Residence Seminar / In end of October, B8 of Hope supported Polyphony’s Scholar in Residence Seminar: a series of workshops that bring together Arab and Jewish young musicians around their shared passion for music.

OCTOBER – Collaboration with an intern in Geneva /  We welcomed our new intern Jessica Fayon, a graduate of London Regent’s University with a Major in Media and Communications. She is currently remodeling our digital presence.

AUGUST – Hosting of one of our partners in Geneva / B8 of Hope hosted Grégoire Durruz. Grégoire works in Jerusalem for the German organization Ageamundo and his work is very much linked to the one of our grantees Combatants for Peace. Being able to brainstorm with Grégoire in presence was a great opportunity to think of new ways of engaging young people in the universal message of Combatants for Peace : There is another way (than war). Meetings with students and B8 of Hope supporters took place during the 24 hour Grégoire had in Geneva and we hope that we will be able to explore the options we thought of.

JUNE – Hosting of two young peace builders On June 29th, Yara Amayra and Noa Golan came to Geneva for a 48-hour stay with us.

At the beginning of this year, they came to study abroad, Noa in Amsterdam and Yara in Dijon. Before they head back home this summer, we gave them a chance to see each other without complications. It was also an opportunity for our B8 of Hope friends and volunteers to meet with them. Many of which had seen the documentary Guerrières de la Paix (partly funded by B8 of Hope) about the Women Wage Peace movement, featuring Yara and Noa.

Day 1 was fun and busy! We started off at the B8 of Hope work space on a Zoom call organized by volunteer Milena Caye with a group of Swiss and French International students which also included two of our last summer’s interns Ilona Métais and Parker Bryan. The take-away words from this zoom were : Inspiration, Hope, Respect for the other, Open mindness, Coexistence and Appeasement.

JUNE – Recording of our first podcast episode / On the second day of their stay in Geneva, Noa and Yara participated in B8 of Hope podcast, first episode (click here to listen via Spotify, Anchor or Soundcloud), in which they spoke about their story of friendship. Thank you The Spot for hosting us! Finally, the day ended with a socially distanced get together with friends of the B8 of Hope community at David and Mehra Rimer’s house.

Noa and Yara will be the leaders and key drivers of our B8 of Hope Youth Group.

JUNE – Networking in Luxembourg / Summer started with a great visibility move from our end, by helping A Land For All – Two States One Homeland to get an interview on the English language medium RTL Today in Luxembourg. A Land for All’s  Meron Rapoport and Thabet Abu Rass had an opportunity to explain their vision of an alternative political solution in the form of 2 sovereign states, Israel and Palestine, in one homeland.

Watch the interview online

JUNE – Participation to the virtual end of year ceremony of Teachers’ Lounge / Mehra Rimer, our chairwoman participated to the virtual end of year ceremony of Teachers’ Lounge.

Watch the recording

MAY -> JUNE – Participation to the organization of Tech2Peace’s summer seminar / Tech2Peace opened the registrations for their summer seminars. Young Israelis and Palestinians responded in mass – the quantity of replies were overwhelming! B8 of Hope took part in the selection process of choosing the participants. We also provided Tech2Peace with 2 prestigious speakers from Geneva, Pierre Hazan (in May) and Abir Oreibi (in June), in the framework of T2P’s on-line alumni program.

MAY – Creation of more synergies and partnerships between movements and NG0s / Early in 2020, we partnered with a German organization called Forum ZFD, which expertise is capacity building. Their Jerusalem-based facilitators first designed a workshop on Partnership and Synergies building that was supposed to take place in the West Bank end of March: more than 30 peace-builders from different organizations were supposed to spend time together exploring collaboration opportunities. Due to Covid, we concentrated the concept in a two-hour zoom, which ended up happening early May. It was not the same as a in person immersion and retreat ! Yet, it brought very fruitful results.

MAY – Participation to a musical video clip / In early may, B8 of Hope participated in a clip and song called “Home (from home)” by the The Jerusalem Youth Chorus, with David Broza, Mira Awad, Achinoam Nini, stars from Hamilton and YouTube, legendary vocal activists, and a hundred of the JYC friends from around the world (including Mehra Rimer – representing B8 Of Hope).

“Home” is a song of solidarity and welcome sharing that feeling of togetherness. As Melanie DeMore: Vocal Activist says it : “music is a weapon of mass connection !” and B8 of Hope was very honoured to be connected to this project.

Watch the video

APRIL – Support to the virtual joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony / B8 of Hope invited its community of friends, supporters and peace-builders to participate to the virtual gathering, livestreamed from Tel Aviv and Ramallah. This annual event, co-organized by Combatants for Peace and The Parents Circle – Families Forum, has now become the largest joint Israeli and Palestinian peace event in history! B8 of Hope has been a financial support of it. Many members of the peace-building community and members of The Alliance for the Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) have been partnering with the ceremony.

This year, more than 200,000 people joined from all over the world to show that war is not inevitable and that the pain is the same on both sides.   

Watch the video recording

APRIL -> MAY – Organization of a fundraising campaign for a humanitarian intervention / Through April and May, we rolled up our sleeves and became hands-on: temporarily trading in our familiar Humanization hat for a needs-based Humanitarian one. 500 packages for a one-month supply of food were assembled and distributed in 20 West Bank communities, bringing much needed relief to 500 families made vulnerable by the pandemic’s economic consequences. Our grantee movement Taghyeer’s volunteers and activists administered this life-saving project.

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APRIL -> MAY – Funding of personal protection equipment in support of our grantees collaboration / Palestinian Patients suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer, kidney failure and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome were given supplies to protect themselves from the corona virus. Personal Protection Equipment including masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and hazard suits for 60 people were purchased and distributed by Taghyeer and Green Land Society for Health Development to patients who need this equipment for weekly medical treatment.

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APRIL -> MAY – Fostering on synergies B8 of Hope’s grantees united the efforts to help  chronically ill patients receive their medical treatments on time. Along with local partner organization Green Land Society for Health Development, Taghyeer helped these patients to access hospitals safely by supplying 40 Palestinian volunteers. From the West Bank to Israel, they ensured patients’ security in transit and at checkpoints, and obtained special medical movement permits to facilitate travel between the different Palestinian governorates. 

 

MARCH – Presentation at a private event in Geneva / Our chairwoman Mehra Rimer was invited to speak at a private event in Geneva about our work at B8 of Hope and our Israeli and Palestinian superheroes and their grassroots initiatives of humanisation, transformation and change.

It was a true honour of her to have Francois Zimeray as a co-speaker. He gave a fascinating perspective of the history and politics of Israel and Palestine to the audience. “Accuracy”, “sophistication”, “lucidity”, “nuanced” are words which describe his analysis.

For those who don’t know him, he has so many hats : lawyer, former European deputy, former French Ambassador to Denmark and France’s ambassador in charge of human rights (more than 100 missions across the world!) and last but not least : author of “J’ai vu partout le même visage” (I saw the same face everywhere I went), 
Editions Plon.

Our favorite quote by François :  ““We don’t have a partner for peace”. I have heard this excuse so many time to justify inaction ! What my journeys in a world of conflicts have thought me is that it takes effort to find one’s partner. Mandela and De Klerk had found each other. There is always someone, on the other side, to talk to about a possible reconciliation and future. If you don’t have a partner, empower one !”

FEBRUARY -> SEPTEMBER – Collaboration with a remote intern / End of February, we welcomed our new intern Destiny Spruill from the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University. The intership program remained remote due to Covid and finished in September 2020. Our intern, who obtained a master degree in conflict resolution, gained a deep knowledge of the peace community in Israel-Palestine. She interviewed and learned first hand information from the paece activists about the challenges on the ground and the transformational and positive experience in peace-activism. She carried a survey for us, measuring our impact on the organizations and movements inside our pool. The conclusions of the survey are a reality check for us and a way to improve our ways of support.

FEBRUARY – Raising Awareness in Geneva / It is now a tradition to screen Steve Apkon and Marcina Hale’s documentary Disturbing the Peace in local Geneva high schools, and spread its important message: “There is another way” than violence. This is a message that applies to any conflict. The Combatants for Peace (CFP) who are featured in this documentary used Skype to talk with the audience shortly after the screening hosted by Institut Florimont. Students were invited to ask questions to one of the protagonists and leaders of CFP. 

This B8 of Hope event was organized in partnership with Institut Florimont. We are infinitely grateful to the Geneva schools that are willing to expose their students to our work.

You can find pictures of this event here.

FEBRUARY – Hosting of  one of our partners from the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) / Coincidentally, John Lyndon, ALLMEP‘s Director, visited Geneva during this time. He kindly agreed to attend the screening, and also answered students’ questions.

FEBRUARY – Celebrating 4 years of B8 of Hope / February 2020 was a special month for B8 of Hope: it was the 4th anniversary the 8 co-founders’ first meeting. In 2016, we were a group of friends, all from different backgrounds and cultures, who decided to contribute as best we could to support the inspiring movements and organizations in the region. Four short years later, we are an important organization as well as a key player abroad and in the field.

This is a picture of our very first meeting back in 2016

JANUARY – Conference and hosting of The Parent Circle Families Forum / we were very honored to host The Parent Circle Families Forum (PCFF) in Geneva for the first time. This joint Israeli Palestinian organization consists of more than 600 bereaved families who have lost an immediate family member in the conflict. Members refuse to see each other as enemies; they work hand in hand to build connections and reach reconciliation. Their Israeli and Palestinian representatives Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin spent three days in Geneva, attending various meetings. The main event was their presentation at the International school of Geneva’s Centre des arts, a venue that frequently and generously opens its doors to B8 of Hope for this kind of event. Robi and Bassam spoke to a full room of B8 of Hope and Ecolint guests from the Jewish, Arab, local Swiss and expat communities. The Parent Circle Families Forum’s message is universal: “If I, who lost a close family member, can walk the path of peace, then surely you can too”. Click here to read the newspaper article published by Heidi.news about Bassam and Robi.

You can find pictures of this event here.

JANUARY – Networking in Geneva / One of this winter’s highlights, before we all switched to confinement mode, was a lunch in Geneva in honor of Chemi Peres, son of the late Shimon Peres and current chair of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovations. B8 of Hope’s Steering Committee was represented by Luc Fayon, David and Mehra Rimer.

2019

NOVEMBER – Conference and hosting of activists from A Land for All in Geneva/ November was busy with the visit of activists from of A Land for All – Two States, One Homeland in Geneva. The representatives of this movement presented their vision in a conference co-organised by B8 of Hope and the University of Geneva. We also organized several meetings with diplomats and key figures in Switzerland. This trip was an opportunity for A Land for All Two States One Homeland to get more visibility and receive feedback about their vision in order to explore it further.

You can find pictures of this event here.

 

OCTOBER – Networking at the international J-Street Conference in Washington D.C. / In October, Mehra Rimer attended the J-Street Conference in Washington D.C.. This was a premiere for our chairwoman and a good opportunity to be supportive of several of the representatives of the NGOs in our pool,  who participated in the panels this important forum.

You can find pictures of this event here.

 

JULY – Visits on the ground / July was a busy month for Jean-Marc Liling our officer on the ground in Jerusalem and our chair Mehra Rimer who spent a month in Israel and Palestine, participating to many workshops sponsored by B8 of Hope in Nablus, Gush Etsion, Jerusalem, Rishon Lezion and meetings all over the land from Tel-Aviv to Jericho. New potential organisations were explored.

You can find pictures of this trip here.

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JULY – Synergies workshop between activists on the ground / Mehra and Jean-Marc as well as another B8 co-founder David, organised a small event on the ground, focused on a “synergies project” to create links among the pool of activists we support.

 

JUNE – Hosting of young activists from Jerusalem Youth Chorus for their concerts in partnership with Coexistences in Lausanne / In June, another of B8 of Hope’s newest protégés The Jerusalem Youth Chorus came to Switzerland to participate to a program by the Swiss association Coexistences – which is based in Lausanne and which we sometimes partner with. The members of Coexistences are dear friends of us and we have much respect for their work. On top of their week long program with Coexistences, The Jerusalem Youth Chorus performed 2 concerts – in Lausanne and at the UN in Geneva.

 

JUNE – Collaboration with interns in Geneva / During this same month we also had our first interns : three brilliant students from the Geneva Graduate Institute, Mc Gill in Montreal and Wesleyan in Connecticut.

 

MAY – Screening of documentary “The Fied” in Geneva / Later in May, B8 of Hope partnered with the International Oriental Film Festival around the screening of « The Field », a documentary about the beginnings of Judur/Shorashim/Roots, an Israeli-Palestinian joint initiative of dialogue and bridge-building. B8 of Hope served as a liaison for the festival and hosted the director of the film Rav. Mordechai Vardi, who responded the audience’s questions after the screening. The associations J-Call and Cercle Martin Buber were also partners of the Festival for that specific screening and invited their circles to join the screening.

 

MAY – Visits on the ground / In May, our chair Mehra Rimer went to Israel for a short trip to meet the activists of The Road to Recovery. During that same trip, Mehra also attended the Combatants for Peace Alternative Memorial Ceremony. She wanted to see for herself the impact and power of this ceremony where bereaved parents share their sorrow and pay respect the their late beloved children.

You can find pictures of this trip here.

 

APRIL – Presentation to Colombia University’s students in Washington D.C. / Professor Zachary Metz, from Colombia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) invited B8 of Hope to give a presentation about our work to his students of Masters in Peace Building.

You can see the pictures of this event here.

 

APRIL – Screening of documentary “Les Guerrières de la Paix” in Geneva / Yara Amayra came back to Geneva on the occasion of a screening of a documentary called «  Guerrières de la Paix » by film director Hanna Assouline, about the Women Wage Peace movement. The screening was hosted by the association Giving Women and in partnership with B8 of Hope.

 

MARCH – Hosting of various partners & activists in Geneva / Right after the gala, B8 of Hope took the opportunity of John Lyndon (European Director of Allmep in Paris) and his regional director Huda Abuarquob’s presence in Switzerland to take them to Bern for a meeting with members of the Swiss Conseil National (parliament) and Department of Foreign Affairs. The Alliance for Middle East peace lobbies governments in order to build an international fund in favour and support of Israeli and Palestinian civil society organisations paving a path for peace. ALLMEP believes that the civil society and the work of grassroots activists can have a strong impact – from bottom up – on a sustainable peace process. We are very supportive of ALLMEP’s work and grasp opportunities to help our fellow colleagues from this important organisation.

 

MARCH – Fundraising Gala evening in Geneva / The first half of 2019 was focused on the preparation of our second fund raising gala. The gala was held on March 11th at the Intercontinental Hotel. A full room: with almost 500 guests from the Geneva Jewish and Arab communities, international expats and Swiss locals. The amazing speakers moved us to tears. They represented the voices of different initiatives we support both in Israel and Palestine: Raz Kones (Israeli peace activist), Yara Amayra (Palestinian peace activist), Huda Abuarquob (the regional director of Alliance for Middle East Peace/Allmep) and Ali Abu Awwad (Founder of Taghyeer/Change). Maz Jobrani (Iranian American actor and stand up comedian) on the other hand made us laugh to tears! The evening was a great success in terms of atmosphere and fund-raising. The message we try to pass on: let’s be pro-solution and help those who are paving a path for peace was well received by our community of supporters.

You can find pictures of this event here. and watch the recordings of the speakers’ interventions there.

 

2018

NOVEMBER – Presentation to the Innovations in Conflict Resolution and Mediation Conference in Tel Aviv / In November, Mehra Rimer is invited as a guest speaker at the University of Tel-Aviv in a conference about Innovations in Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

You can find pictures of this event here.

 

OCTOBER – Screenings of the documentary “Les Guerrières de la Paix” and panel discussion / In October, B8 of Hope organized another series of screenings at Ecole Internationale de Geneve and Ciné 17. The documentary about Women Wage Peace called “Les Guerrières de la Paix” (The Warriors for Peace) was produced and directed by young and brilliant film director Hanna Assouline. B8 of Hope participated in the funding of this inspiring documentary. The screenings were in presence of Hanna and 2 protagonists.

You can find a video and pictures of this event here.

 

Hosting of activists from Taghyeer / At the end of the summer, Ali Abu Awwad and Riyad Al-Halees came for a visit to Switzerland for networking and encounters with B8 of Hope supporters and to work and share with us the draft of the Palestinian non-violence declaration soon to be signed with a large numbers of other Palestinian organizations sharing the same values of non-violence.

 

AUGUST – Hosting of youth group from Roots for a get-together in partnership with Coexistences / In August, we participated in a beautiful project by Coexistences. Coexistences’ area of expertise is to organise stays for Israeli-Palestinian groups in Switzerland so that these groups can continue their bridge-building work away from the conflict in intensive coexistence. This summer they invited a Youth Group of Roots to Switzerland to go through one of their programs. Since we had funds aside for Roots, we covered the costs of the flights for the 16 Palestinians and Israeli teenagers. At the end of the program, the kids told B8 of Hope and Coexistences members : Before coming to Switzerland we were participants of a program, today we are friends. If each Palestinian and each Israeli had a friend from the other side, they will never look at things the same way.

You can find pictures of this event here.

 

JULY – Visits on the ground / In July, Mehra Rimer, Chair of B8 of Hope, spent a whole month on the ground checking on the projects we sponsor and exploring new possibilities and new initiatives to take under the umbrella of our organization. The highlights of the trip were a visit to the village of Jubbet Adh Dib, around the non-violence development activities such as the greening of the village, a gathering with Women Wage Peace under their tent in the Rose Garden in Jerusalem next to the Knesset, the Photography workshop at Roots with Saskia Keely and Mehra’s group of friends and supporters from Geneva who were part of the first week of the trip. More exciting meetings with the Combatants for Peace, 2 States 1 Homeland. The visit of Hand in Hand School and Inon Kalati from the Beit.

You can find pictures of this trip here and a video of the visit of the village of Jubbet Adh Dib there.

 

MAY – Hosting of activist from Taghyeer / In May, we also hosted Ali Abu Awwad for some work session around his work at Taghyeer(Change) and the improvement of structures at the Karama Center.

 

MAY – Hosting of activists from Combatants for Peace / In May, we hosted one of Combatants for Peace Israeli co-founders, Avner Wishnitzer for a short and an informal visit and encounters with our team and some of our supporters. Avner Wishnitzer told us that “ Hope is like a candle, the current situation like a hurricane, we must do everything we can to keep the flame alive”. A very inspiring visit that motivated all of us to pursue our mission of hope.

 

APRIL – Networking at the international Skoll World Forum in Oxford / In April, Mehra Rimer, Chair of B8 of Hope, participated in the Skoll World Forum  in Oxford, where she had networking opportunities with other philanthropic foundations and social entrepreneurs. This was an opportunity for the B8 of Hope chair to learn from more experienced NGOs on the ground in different countries and to make more connections with Israeli and Palestinian organizations present at the Skoll World Forum.

 

FEBRUARY – Screenings and panel discussion for students about the documentary “Disturbing the Peace” / 2018 started for B8 of Hope with more screenings of Disturbing the Peace at Ecole Moser and Institut Florimont during the month of February 2018. Each time, three of B8 of Hope Steering committee members were present to answer questions of students after the screenings. We were also given the opportunity to talk about our work as a Swiss-based association promoting grassroots initiatives of dialogue, bridge-building and non-violence in Israel and Palestine. A heartfelt thank you to Ecole Moser and to Institut Florimont for having us ! We are hoping to extend the experience to Geneva public schools.

You can find pictures of this event here.

 

2017

DECEMBER – Hosting of Ali Abu Awwad for his participation to the panel Human Rights Festival in Zurich / We ended the year by bringing Ali Abu Awwad to Switzerland again, where he came for work sessions with the B8 of Hope team. He also participated in a panel in the Zurich Human Rights Festival on December 7th.

 

NOVEMBER – Networking in Paris / In November, B8 of Hope was in Paris again in support of Women Wage Peace representatives Marie-Lyne Smadja and Amal Rihane who participated in a panel on the occasion of a  commemorative event organized by La Maison Itshak Rabin at the Marie du 20ème arrondissement. Huda Abuarquob’s and Joel Braunold ‘s (director of ALLMEP) presence in Paris in November was a nice occasion to connect and exchange notes about Allmep and B8 ‘s work.

 

OCTOBER – Networking in Morocco / End of October, Ali Abu Awwad and Huda Abuarquob (regional director of Alliance for the Middle East Peace) were invited to the  Essaouira Jewish-Arab music festival where they were heard in different panels. Thanks to our connections in Morocco, we opened a window for them among a new public in the Arab world.

 

OCTOBER – Screenings of the documentary “Disturbing the peace” and panel discussions in Geneva / We organized six screenings of the documentary which were followed by a panel with two members of Combatants for Peace (CfP), one Israeli, Chen Alon and one Palestinian, Sulaiman Khatib, as well as film director and producer Stephen Apkon and producer Marcina Hale, who answered questions and talked about their personal experience. 1000 participants (including high school students)  from Geneva and region were present at the different screenings which took place at the Ciné 17, Ecole internationale de Genève campuses of La Grande Boissière, La Chataigneraie and Nations and the Institut Le Rosey Concert Hall. The screenings and panels led to a significant fund raising for CfP activities on the ground.

You can find pictures of this event here.

 

SEPTEMBER – Networking in Geneva / Thanks to our efforts, singer Miriam Toukan and musician Idan Toledano (both involved in peace work respectively with Women Wage Peace and Combatants for Peace) were invited to perform at the Ecole Internationale de Geneve, La Grande Boissière, on the occasion of the International Peace Day. These same efforts also enabled the Cartooning for Peace Foundation, founded by French cartoonist Jean Plantu, to meet activists in Israel and Palestine with the aim of collaborating on a potential cartooning project on the ground.

 

SEPTEMBER – Presentations about Roots in Paris / In September 2017, Ali Abu Awwad and Jean-Marc Liling were back in Paris for more presentations about Roots. They were invited by Le Monde Festival to take part in a panel – the link of their full intervention is under our media section. Ali and Jean-Marc spoke also at Ecole Jeannine Manuel, The American Graduate School and Sciences-Po Paris. They also visited an under-privileged vocational school in the suburbs of Paris where they spoke to educators about antisemitism and islamophobia and their words were very impactful and the example they set through Roots, was inspiring to their audience, in the context of France’s integration issues.

 

JUNE – Synergies meeting between activists on the ground / A nice gathering was kindly hosted upon our request by Ali Abu Awwad at the Karama (Dignity) Center in Gush Etsion. The Karama Center, which is built on a land belonging to the Abu Awwad family, is becoming a hub for non-violence activities, an incubator for non-violence developments. At the gathering in June, different activists (including from Women Wage Peace) and members of other organizations (including US Friends of Roots and US Friends of Taghyeer Movement) and international and local visitors were present. This is part of B8 of Hope’s efforts to create a synergy between the initiatives and supporters abroad.

 

JUNE – Visits on the ground / B8 of Hope members went on the ground to meet with the activists and follow up on the projects which we raised funds for at our gala and also to make new connections.

Different workshops of Women Wage Peace, Roots, Taghyeer which we sponsored took place.

Inspiring meeting with members of Combatants for Peace at their headquarters in Beit Jala.

B8 of Hope met with the directors of two music institutes: the Polyphony foundation in Nazareth and Keshet Eilon in the North of Israel, in the framework of a common bridge-building project carried by both institutes. The inspiring meeting, followed by a wonderful private concert given by the students of Polyphony led to B8 of Hope’s decision to sponsor substantially the budget of the bridge-building musical program.

B8 of Hope, in collaboration with the Threshold Foundation, also introduced The Forest Trust/Earthwoms – a Swiss foundation specialized in ecological issues to the  Karama center where a “greening project” was initiated as part of the non-violence developments that the center would like to promote.

You can find pictures of this trip here.

 

MARCH – Fundraising Gala evening in Geneva / On March 23 at the prestigious Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva, in the presence of activists from Judur/Shorashim/Roots and Women Wage Peace, and 470 guests from the Geneva Arab and Jewish diasporas and others. The activists talked about the work on the ground. Shaul Judelman (co-founder and co-director of Roots) gave a moving description of why Roots ‘ work is needed. Huda Abuarquob (Allmep) gave her perspective on the work on the ground. Yael Treidel talked about the high light moments of the Women Wage Peace march in October.

The Jewish and Arab Israeli singers and musicians Yael Deckelbaum, Miriam Toukan, Adam Ben Ezra and Liron Miyuhas lend their art and voice to the service of Peace and contributed to the exceptional atmosphere of the evening.

Thanks to the immense generosity of our guests, we were able to collect enough funds to help different projects of Roots, Taghyeer, Women Wage Peace and a specific Children’s program by the Peres Center for Peace. Updates about the projects are in the first edition of our newsletter.

You can find pictures of this event here.

 

Presentations about Roots in Paris / were given by Ali Abu Awwad and Jean-Marc Lilling (Israeli lawyer and Roots activist) at the Ecole Jeannine Manuel, Science-Po Paris and Cercle Bertrand Lazare and the Mouvement juif liberal de France. A small fund raising evening was organized at a private home. The funds were partially allocated to essential construction work at the Karama center where Roots‘ activities take place.

You can find pictures of this event here.

 

Hosting of activists from Women Wage Peace for their presentation at the Graduate Institute in Geneva / Huda Abuarquob (regional director of The Alliance for the Middle East Peace / ALLMEP) and Yael Treidel (Women Wage Peace) were invited to speak about Women Wage Peace at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

 

MARCH – Hosting of an activist from Taghyeer for his participation to a panel discussion in Geneva / Ali Abu Awwad (co-founder of Roots and founder of Taghyeer) participated in a panel about Israelis and Palestinians working together to pave a path for peace at the Geneva Festival et Forum du film des droits humains and at the University of Geneva Global Studies.

 

2016

Capacity building support to Roots / We helped them put in place a better structure and administrative support so that the activists can concentrate their efforts where they are most needed, on the ground, as well as bringing greater transparency to the use of their funds.

 

SEPTEMBER – Financial support to Taghyeer-Change / B8 of Hope covered parts of the expenses of the organization’s launching event in Jericho in September 2016 that gathered more than 4000 Palestinians who rallied the movement.

 

Visit on the ground / We met with activists, including members of Women Wage Peace (a movement claiming a return to table of negotiations), and we traveled to Israel and Palestinian Authority Territories in the West Bank, to explore new initiatives.

 

Fundraising and individual meetings / in Geneva and San Francisco 

Registering of our non-profit association in Geneva

on May 20th, 2016