August 29, 2018

“Why do people see actions and understand words differently?”

“How do different perspectives impact a community?”

“How do we challenge our assumptions about others?”

These were some of the questions raised during the recent Kids4Peace Boston overnight camp for rising 7th and 8th graders. Kids4Peace is a grassroots youth movement operating in Jerusalem and the United States that fosters interfaith dialogue and cooperation between Jewish, Christian, and Muslim 6th through 12th graders from diverse religious, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. The program provides participants with the leadership skills and tools to resolve conflicts, build bridges, and repair divisions in their own communities.

Today, there are countless social issues that need to be addressed. It can be understandably hard for young people to confront the reality of the deep divides that exist between Jewish Israelis and Palestinians, and to feel that they can change the situation. Kids4Peace in Jerusalem provides stu...

August 22, 2018

Sometimes people ask us why we focus on grassroots initiatives. Aren’t there other ways of helping to bring about peace between Jews and Palestinians? The answer to this question is ‘yes, and.’ As in: yes, there are other ways that Jews and Palestinians are working toward a peaceful, more prosperous future. And, we focus on building from the bottom up because we’ve learned from our partners on the ground. We didn’t choose this strategy because we thought it would be effective, we made this decision based on what we heard from peacebuilders and leaders in the region.

I recently spent a week and a half in Israel meeting with many people who champion peace. I met with Mohammad Darawshe, Director of Shared Society at the Givat Haviva Institute. He is dismayed by recent trends in Israeli politics, but he is not letting that get in the way of his work. He spoke to me about bringing Arab and Jewish students together to share their narratives, and the work he does to bring Jewish teachers to Ar...

August 15, 2018

Israel is a diverse country made up of many religions, ethnicities, nationalities, and identities.  As is often the case, people are attracted to the familiar and tend to live in insular communities.  The result is that most Jewish and Arab children grow up in separate communities, rarely interact, and can fall prey to suspicion, fear and even hatred.

We know that children who grow up in diverse communities are more likely to learn the value of tolerance and accept the differences of others. Peoples’ interactions with different peers, at any age, are crucially important for learning about acceptance and valuing that quality throughout their lives. 

Recognizing this truth, the founders of Hand in Hand Schools created a series of integrated Arab-Jewish schools across Israel. Hand in Hand Schools give children the opportunity to meet and play together starting in pre-school and, in some cases, continue learning together through high school. The benefits of this approach spill over into...

August 6, 2018

Welcome to Boston Partners for Peace—a new Boston-based initiative supporting Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers and social builders. Boston is one of the best educated cities in the world, and we pride ourselves on keeping up with current events whether in Jerusalem, Washington, or right here on Beacon Hill. As concerned global citizens, we know it can sometimes be hard for us to find ways to act on our values and make a positive change. That’s why we launched Boston Partners for Peace.

We are a group of people who are concerned about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and who seek to advance a vision of mutual recognition, co-existence, and lasting peace. As we dug into the issues, we discovered there are thousands of Palestinians and Israelis working together every day in pursuit of a brighter, more peaceful future for themselves and future generations. These individuals have inspired us, and we created Boston Partners for Peace to share their incredible stories.

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