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JUDUR / SHORASHIM / ROOTS

The man who inspired the positive impulse among the 8 co-founders of B8 of Hope is the Palestinian peace activist Ali Abu Awwad.

 

In 2014, Ali Abu Awwad decided to base himself on a piece of land belonging to his family, situated in the middle of the Goush Etsion block of Jewish settlements on the West Bank, in order to found a center named Karama (« dignity »). He launched his first initiative Judur/Shorashim/Roots with an Israeli partner, Shaul Judelman. 

 

They created a unique network of local Palestinians and Israelis who have come to see each other as the partners who both need to make changes to end their conflict. 

 

Based on a mutual recognition of each People’s connection to the Land, they are developing understanding and solidarity despite their ideological differences. Roots is a place where local peoples can take responsibility. Their work is aimed at challenging the assumptions their communities hold about each other, building trust and creating a new discourse around the conflict in their respective societies. This is a grassroots and local model for making change — from the bottom up.

 

Since its creation in 2014, Judur/Shorashim/Roots has organised meetings between Israelis and Palestinians through holiday camps for the children of the two communities, as well as other activities such as photography workshop or languages courses and other encounters which promote discussion and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis. Due to the geographical location of the Centre, the majority of the Israelis participating in these activities are settlers – which is a first. Roots also interacts with many young Israelis during their pre-army training year. The activities of Roots have reached more than 15,000 people on the ground.

TAGHYEER / CHANGE

Ali Abu Awwad founded also a national peace movement at the heart of Palestinian civil society : Taghyeer/Change. 

 

This innovative Palestinian National Nonviolence Movement focuses on engaging Palestinian society on a way forward to achieve social change and national goals through nonviolence. The movement involves all segments of Palestinian society by strengthening and supporting communities and providing independent organizations and activists an umbrella for coordinated action.

 

​Taghyeer builds purposeful nonviolent actions on the ground in which Palestinians will find their power to become decision-makers and agents of their own liberation by transcending the limiting narrative of victimhood and the competition of suffering, develop the skill of adapting and managing anger at intolerable conditions, rather than being controlled by that anger. 

 

Active engagement in the movement requires participants to affirm Taghyeer’s code of respecting difference, dialogue and nonviolence. Taghyeer believes in creating the framework for social development and nonviolent resistance to occupation simultaneously.

​Taghyeer’s engages community leaders within Palestine to hear the priorities of their communities and together, develop ideas for purposeful nonviolent social action. By holding a series of regional leadership development workshops, Taghyeer builds expertise to implement activities in each of the communities, and throughout Palestine.

 

Activities will be based on community-prioritized needs for social development, including projects on women’s empowerment, youth leadership, education and individual rights, as well as countering the occupation. Taghyeer will also cooperate in peace building through a committee that engages Israelis, including Palestinian citizens of Israel.

 

On September 24th, 2016 more than 3,000 men, women and children from all corners of the West Bank, navigated barriers and obstacles, to gather in Jericho for the first mass action, demonstrating a commitment to nonviolent transformation.

WOMEN WAGE PEACE

Women Wage Peace is a broad-based grassroots movement founded after the Gaza War of 2014 (Operation Protective Edge) and counts among its thousands of members women from the political Right, Center, and Left, Jewish and Arab women, religious and secular women–all of them united in their demand for a political agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Today they are over 20,000 registered members. They hold dozens of parlor meetings every month; stand in crossroads all over Israel every week; they are working on a peace quilt, with “pieces of peace” arriving from all over the world; and more and more activities and workshops all over Israel, from the north to the south. 

On October 2016 they marched, 20,000 women from all across the land, in demand of a political agreement. Their message was simple: »We are walking until there is a return to the negotiation table ». These women were supported by the actions of women throughout the World : in the Middle-East, but also in Europe, the United States and Japan.

Peres Center for Peace Saving Children Program

This humanitarian project treats Palestinian infants and children in Israeli hospitals for complex medical procedures and diagnoses in cases where such services are unavailable in the Palestinian healthcare system. The Palestinian population is very young – with 50% under the age of 15 – which places high demand and great pressure on the pediatric capacities of the Palestinian healthcare system.

In partnership with the Palestinian pediatric community, since 2003 this project has facilitated the referral of Palestinian infants and children to Israeli hospitals for complex procedures and diagnoses. Over 1,000 referrals are received annually, resulting in major procedures such as cardiac surgery, bone marrow transplants, neurosurgery, cancer treatment and more. The project brings together the best in the Israeli and Palestinian civil societies, incorporating a network of over 60 Palestinian and Israeli doctors, referring, treating and monitoring the children.

Today, the Peres Center for Peace Saving Children Program has provided lifesaving treatment and medical procedures to around 12 000 children and babies in Israeli hospitals. This important project not only provides a new and healthy future for Palestinian children who are desperately in need of life saving treatment, but also creates a unique and meaningful peacebuilding experience between Palestinians and Israelis – from the doctors and medical personnel who treat the children to the parents from both sids who share in one another’s mutual worry over the illness of a child. Though this important program continue striving to achieve a future of hope, a future of peace, a future where all children are able to enjoy their lives as children should.