The Encounter program provides opportunities for Israelis and Palestinian to break from their narrow, militaristic narratives that feed into the cycle of fear, hatred and violence. Through three distinct activities that allow Israelis and Palestinians to encounter the “other,” learn about the other’s narrative, hear the personal transformation of someone from their “side,” participants can begin to change their own understanding of the conflict and their role in it. Using the methods of personal storytelling, embodied personal transformation and experiential learning Encounter programs inspire hope and encourages participants to engage in demanding a peace process. These are designed to bring Israelis and Palestinians out of their own stories as they see them, meet the other outside of their role as active participants in the cycle of violence and provide nonviolent alternative action. The three activities in the Encounter program, chosen by the program host and developed in cooperation with the CfP coordinator are as follows. Each activity is always followed by a galvanizing session of Q&A and open discussion to maximize personal transformation. In 2016, the Encounters program has reached over 2,800 Israelis and around 260 Palestinians. In 2017, we reached approximately 3,000 Israelis: 1,600 Israelis attended 40 parlour meetings, 400l joined educational trips, 1,000 viewed the movie; and more than 350 Palestinians joined in 24 house meetings. Again recognizing the asymmetry of the conflict and the privilege Israelis have, the Encounters program is primarily geared towards an Israeli audience, explaining the differential in participant demographics numbers. While some of … Read More
Launched in 2017, Combatants for Peace has partnered with Machsom Watch, Taayush and other human rights groups to defend the Jordan Valley against systematic violence and displacement from Israeli forces and settlers. We have accompanied shepherds on their daily work, providing protection from violence against farming communities in the area, and led advocacy with the military court system and Israeli Civil Administration. We recently issued an open letter calling for urgent international intervention to prevent a massive forcible population transfer of Palestinians. Ongoing human rights violations from the State of Israel being actively challenged by Combatants for Peace include house demolitions; the denial of water supply; restricting access to farming land and health and education services; repeated confiscation of farming machinery, residential tents, water tanks and livestock; and increasing restrictive military checkpoints.
Does the separation wall actually provide security? Why did the State of Israel invest more than 1 million dollars in one resident of the village of Wallaje? What relation is there between present day “Gush Etzion ” and and the historic “Gush Etzion”? Come see the reality of the occupation for yourself, just 20 minutes from Jerusalem. Hear how the local villagers cope with the situation and what Combatants for Peace activists do on the ground. The Jerusalem-Bethlehem group invites you to participate in one of its monthly tours to broaden your understanding of issues such as the Separation Barrier, the settlements and outposts in the area, and how all these factors affect the daily lives of the Palestinian population. At the end of the tour C an open discussion is held with Israeli and Palestinian members of CFP. The tour aims to show the reality of life in the vicinity of Route 5 on the West Bank. Route 5 is the highway heading east from TelAviv and into the West Bank, where it becomes the main access road to the settlement of Ariel,its satellite settlements and the settlements [villages?] of the rural area of Nablus. The tour’s focus is understanding how the network of settlements in this area, in combination with the policies of the military administration affect the daily lives of the Palestinians in this area in terms of development, and access to water and agricultural land. The tour will conclude with a meeting and Q&A with a Palestinian … Read More
Since November 2015, CFP has held regular Freedom Marches along Route 60 in the West Bank just south of Jerusalem, demonstrating with puppets, music, Theatre of the Oppressed and other creative expression that Israelis and Palestinians together seek an end to the occupation through nonviolence. Using creative methods of expression and more traditional nonviolent tactics of stopping traffic and marching together, we have declared our values of nonviolent resistance to the occupation to members of our CfP community, allies, and bystanders, including Israeli soldiers and settlers using the road. In 2016, we held 11 Freedom Marches, with 300-400 regular participants and two larger events, marking our 10 Year Anniversary and one full year of freedom Marches with 700-800 participants. in 2017, we held special Freedom Marches marking 50 years of occupation and International Peace Day, and had a strong turnout from both Palestinians and Israelis. This march is categorized under our strategic goals of both opposing the occupation and building a community of bi-national cooperation. The consistent nature of the marches facilitates a sense of community and of shared values, motivating activists and building our network. Special guests at the marches have included: activist Rabbi Noa Mazor (Rabbis for Human Rights), Artists Mira Awad , Tamer Nafar and Yossi Zabari; politicians Dr. Laura Warton (Jerusalem City Council, Meretz), MK Ahmed Tibi, MK Dov Henin, MK Aymen Odeh (Joint List) amongst others.
Combatants for Peace is pleased to invite you to “Learning Peace”, a series of periodic events which, as the name suggests, are intended to expand the Israeli public’s awareness of the implications of the occupation. These meetings include lectures and discussions for members of the movement and the general public. In these gatherings we host prominent individuals from the public and academic realms who have an affinity to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and discuss a broad range of issues. Our goal is to foster and promote an understanding and a critical perception of the diverse aspects of the reality of the conflict, in order to enrich and complement the bi-national activities held in the field by Combatants for Peace. After the lecture two members of Combatants for Peace, an Israeli and Palestinian, share with the audience their personal stories involving the transformation they made from taking part in the circle of violence to the non-violent struggle toward a cessation of the conflict between the two peoples. An open discussion will then be held Most of Learning Peace events are in Hebrew. We will do our best to arrange for translators, if requested prior to the event.
Launched in May 2017, Sumud: Freedom Camp is an unprecedented coalition of Palestinian, Israeli, Jewish, and international justice seekers committed to peace, justice, dignity, freedom, and equality for all. Sumud: Freedom Camp is engaged in nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience in the South Hebron Hills. The Camp is led by local families and supported by a coalition including the Popular Resistance Committees of the South Hebron Hills, Holy Land Trust, Combatants for Peace, All That’s Left: Anti-Occupation Collective, and the Center for Jewish Nonviolence. Since May, the coalition has reclaimed homes for community members who were displaced by military and settler violence, rehabilitated and beautified the area, and established a community center for nonviolent resistance events and peace education. The Camp stands for an end to the systematic displacement of Palestinians and the rights for all to live free from violence, and to actualize human rights of home, livelihoods, and safety.
In December 2015, an expropriation order was issued for 104 dunam of privately-owned Palestinian agricultural land east of Qalqilya. This land is intended to be used for the building of a bypass road to go around Nabi Alias – an extension of Road 55 connecting Karnei Shomron settlement to the Eliyahu Crossing. In order to enable the construction of the bypass road, 700 olive trees would be uprooted and the agricultural landscape would be damaged, as would the livelihood of Palestinian farmers and small business owners. The cost of the project is currently estimated at around 50,000,000 NIS. The plan was promoted under pressure from settlement leaders and Yossi Dagan, head of the Shomron Regional Council. In exchange for the removal of the protest tent Mr. Dagan set up in front of the Prime Minister’s residence, the government approved the pavement of this bypass road. Throughout the planning stages, the Palestinians’ needs were not taken into consideration, they were not consulted, and the expropriation is to be carried out without their consent. Mousa Tabib, a resident of the unrecognized village Izbat al-Tabib located nearby and one of the 30 landowners who received expropriation orders, reports: “the distance between Alfei Menashe and Tzofim is one kilometer, and within that kilometer four roads already exist: a military road going around Alfei Menashe, the old Qalqilya-Nablus road, Road 55 and the military road around Tzofim. Now they’re building another road. “This entire place is dead.” The residents are worried that the IDF might … Read More
In 2015, preparations were moving ahead for establishing a new settlement near the Palestinian village of Nahla (south of Bethlehem and east of the settlement Efrat). Establishing this settlement would bisect the West Bank and seriously damage the chance for a two-states solution (as would the plan to expand Maaleh Adumim westward to area “E1”, east of Jerusalem), and for this reason we call this plan E2. The plan is for 2,500 housing units on an area of about 1,700 dunams (i.e.170 hectares or 425 acres). For a period of over a year we were working with Peacenow.org.il and Keremnavot.org to bring awareness to the E2 plan. Establishing this settlement would bisect the West Bank and seriously damage the chance for a two-states solution (as would the plan to expand Maaleh Adumim westward to area “E1”, east of Jerusalem), and for this reason we call this plan E2. The plan is for 2,500 housing units on an area of about 1,700 dunams (i.e.170 hectares or 425 acres). In 2004 Israel declared most of E2 as “State Lands” and incorporated it into the municipal jurisdiction of the Efrat settlement. The Palestinian landowners appealed against this declaration, and the High Court of Justice (HCJ 2676/09) is expected soon to reject the appeal. At that time, Israel will be able to begin the actual process of building the settlement. In the meantime, since October 2013, Israel has allowed settlers to use part of area E2 under the guise of an “agricultural farm”, but the … Read More
The project was launched just before Memorial Day 2012, and was attended by Israeli and Palestinian members of “Combatants for Peace”. The project is designed to bring together public from the two societies, albeit virtually – people living on the two sides of the separation wall – to remind us all that both groups want to live in freedom and security. Campaign posters were distributed which included facial views of members of “Combatants for Peace” with slogans in Hebrew and Arabic delivering simple messages about the recognition of the other and a call for an end to the occupation and a formulation of an agreement. In the present reality, most of the Palestinians living in the West only encounter soldiers and settlers and Israelis never have the opportunity at all to meet Palestinians. Against the background of a complete disconnection between the two societies, together with the trends of dehumanization, Combatants for Peace strives for mutual recognition of the humanity of both sides in the conflict. Within the scope of such a fundamentally simple acknowledgment comes the need to act against the occupation and violence which affect fundamental human rights and prevent a life of security, freedom and dignity. The posters were distributed over the social networks and later printed and used in demonstrations and other events of the movement.