Who We Meet

The People and Organizations That Make
An Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegation Unique

 

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Interfaith Peace-Builders’ Delegation Program presents alternative images of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; images that reach deeper and give a more complete picture. IFPB privileges diverse voices that are not often heard in the United States. Voices of Israelis and Palestinians engaged in nonviolent resistance to an illegal occupation; images of cooperation, of healing, of caring, of hope and possibility. Images such as these help break the paralysis and inform us about the possibilities for a real peace. IFPB’s on-the-ground experience is designed to enrich participants’ understanding of the occupation. Participants on Interfaith Peace-Builders delegations return to North America energized and transformed.

Each IFPB delegation itinerary is unique; however many themes are regular features of our program. A typical delegation will feature meetings with some of the following people and organizations. Links to some organizations are provided below to learn more.  Please note: these links are informational only, and do not necessarily constitute the endorsement of Interfaith Peace-Builders.

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Nonviolent Movements

To learn that Israelis and Palestinians are resisting the occupation nonviolently goes against many of our preconceptions. We encourage people to look beyond their presuppositions about the conventional uses of nonviolence and see both new realities and new possibilities. As participants on IFPB delegations discover, by observing and listening with an open mind, nonviolent action by Israelis and Palestinians is widespread, creative, and often effective.

Women's Leadership

In many ways, women lead the peace movement in Israel/Palestine. Women organize their communities, hold together families, and lead national organizations. No examination of the prospects for peace is complete without understanding the work of women and women’s movements. Jerusalem Center for Women Isha L’Isha New Profile Women in Black The Jerusalem Center for Women Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling Palestinian Women’s Collectives

Analysis and Advocacy

There is no replacement for the analysis offered by those Israelis and Palestinians living the conflict every day. Interfaith Peace-Builders delegations meet with a wide variety of non-governmental organizations who offer direct and insightful analyses often paired with a strong call for action and advocacy. Such meetings provide delegates with analysis and access to important information for their work at home in their own communities.

Alternative Israeli Voices

Interfaith Peace-Builders seeks equity between Israeli and Palestinian voices on our delegations, distinguishing the IFPB experience from other delegation programs. IFPB spends more time in Israeli communities than other peace-focused delegation programs and more time in Palestinian communities than any Israel-focused programs. In doing so, we include the important voices of Israelis who demand peace and justice for Palestinians.

Diversity and Nuance

Israeli and Palestinian society is very diverse. Interfaith Peace-Builders makes it our priority to give delegation participants an understanding of this diversity. As a result, IFPB delegates return to their communities with a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the conflict and its multiple dimensions. Such a nuanced understanding, aids their activism and engagement with the issue. A typical IFPB delegation features programming on some of the following issues.

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