We are a group of Palestinians and Israelis who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence in our region: Israeli soldiers serving in the IDF and Palestinians as combatants fighting to free their country, Palestine, from the Israeli occupation. We – serving our peoples, raised weapons which we aimed at each other and saw each other only through gun sights – have established Combatants for Peace on the basis of non-violence principles.
CFP’s mission is to build the social infrastructure necessary for ending the conflict and the occupation: communities of Palestinians and Israelis working together through non-violent means to promote peace. We believe that such communities can serve as a role model for both people, demonstrating through action that there is a real alternative to the cycle of violence. We believe that disseminating such activities widely can and will affect attitudinal change at the societal level and policy change at the political level. We envision Combatants for Peace as a strong, significant, influential bi-national community – a community that exemplifies viable cooperation and coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis. It is a movement based upon nonviolent activism designed
to advance the termination of the occupation and to provide a foundation for relations between the two peoples subsequent to a peace agreement. Our Ultimate Goal is to end the occupation and the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders; two states living side by side in peace and cooperation or any other just solution agreed upon in negotiations. Combatants for Peace, founded in 2006, is a non-profit, volunteer organization of ex-combatant Israelis and Palestinians, men and women, who have laid down their weapons and rejected all means of violence. We are working together to end the occupation of Palestine, bring just peace to the land, and demonstrate that Israelis and Palestinians can work and live together.
In keeping with our values, we work towards a two state solution in the 1967 borders, or any other mutually agreed upon solution that will allow both Israelis and Palestinians to live in freedom,security, democracy and dignity in their homeland. For over a decade we have embodied and served as a model for our humanistic values of freedom, democracy, security and dignity for all. We envision Combatants for Peace as a strong, significant, influential binational community – a community that exemplifies viable cooperation: co-resistance to the occupation and violence, which forms the basis for future co-existence. Through joint nonviolence in the present, we lay the foundations for a nonviolent future.
Building an ever expanding activist community of Palestinians & Israelis based upon regional groups, embodying our Vision and serving as a model for both societies.
Motivating broad and effective binational, non-violent resistance to the occupation.
Changing attitudes on a wide scale, both directly within the Israeli and Palestinian public, and indirectly among decision makers.
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In 2006, Israeli and Palestinian former combatants, people who had taken an active role in the conflict, laid down their weapons and established Combatants for Peace. The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Committed to joint nonviolence since its foundation, CFP works to both transform and resolve the conflict by ending Israeli occupation and all forms of violence between the two sides and building a peaceful future for both peoples. co-resistance to the occupation and to violence, forms the basis for future co-existence. Through joint nonviolence in the present, we lay the foundations for a nonviolent future.
Jamiel Qassas Palestinian General Coordinator
Sulaiman Khatib External Relations Coordinator
Ahmad Al Hilo Financial Manager\Home Meetings Coordinator
Khulod Abu Reyiaa Youth Group Coordinator
Osama Elwat Groups Coordinator (Center\North)
Ghassan Bannoura Media and Communications officer
Yonatan Gher Chief Executive Officer
Laura Morris Fundraising
Yehudit Yinhar Head of German Friends of Combatants for Peace
Ben Yeger UK Representative
Tuly Flint Israeli General Coordinator
Avner Wishnitzer Co-Founder
Eszter Koranyi Finances
Noam Aronovitz Meetings Coordinator
Lee Aldar Coordinator Women Group
Our Financial reports can be found in the Israeli Guidestar site. Reports regarding donations from foreign state entities (as required by Israel NGO law) can be found here:
Awards & Recognition
Throughout the years, Combatants for Peace has been awarded a number of honors from international and Israeli organizations. These awards acknowledge the importance of the movement and its contribution to the promotion of a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fostering of a relationship of mutual respect between the parties.
Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award 2009
Search for Common Ground Award 2007
Livia Foundation Conflict Resolution Award
Anna Lindh Euro-Med Award for the Dialogue between Cultures
The IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East
Awarded to Bassam Aramin and Avner Wishnitzer, co-founders of Combatants for Peace
Friedrich Siegmund-Schultze Award for Non-Violence
Ian McEwan, an English novelist and screenwriter, and winner of the 2011 Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society, contributed the Award to Combatants for Peace
Dr. Jean Mayer Award The Tufts Global Leadership
Israeli author Jonathan Kis-Lev praised the organization in his book “My Quest For Peace”
Author Donna Perry dedicated her book “The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Movement: Combatants for Peace” to the organization