Congress Gave Biden New Tool to Advance Mideast Peace. Now He Could Actually Use It
Haaretz - June 2021
The Nita Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act provides $250 million over five years to expand Israeli-Palestinian grassroots programs. The recent fighting shows the importance of rolling it out , lawmakers and experts say
Interfaith efforts strained by Israeli-Palestinian violence
By DAVID CRARY and LUIS ANDRES HENAO, AP
May 14, 2021
The escalation of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dismaying American Muslims and Jews who’ve been working to build bridges between their communities and are now struggling to quell fear and anger in their own circles.
The greenshoots of Palestinian and Israeli
cooperation for change
Plus61J - July 2020
Ittay Flescher explores what we can learn from the first written exchnage of ideas bteween between Jewish nationalists and Arab leaders in Palestine which happened in 1899 when Yusuf Dia Pasha al-Khalidi, who was a former mayor of Jerusalem wrote to Zadok Kahn, the Chief Rabbi of France.
Lessons from Ireland: ‘Killing Didn’t Advance Change; Politics Has’
Plus61JMedia - September 2019
Ittay Flescher recounts the lessons learned by 12 Jewish, Muslim and Christian Youth from Jerusalem who visted Belfast to learn about peacemaking with Gary ason.
Killing Peace With A Thousand Cuts
Forward - October 2018
Omar, a longtime participant with Kids4Peace explains the impact of the program on his idenity.
U.S. Is Ending Final Source of Aid for Palestinian Civilians
New York Times - September 2018
Wong recognizes that the Aid from America helped to fund peace activities between Palestinians and Israeli. By ending the source of aid, there could be effects on programs such as Kids4Peace.
Leadership Goes to Capitol Hill
Haaretz - August 2016
Muslim, Christian and Jewish K4P Leadership youth spent 10 days in Washington D.C., advocating for change and promotng peace.
Back-to-School Party Celebrates Coexistence
Times of Israel - August 2016
More than 400 Arab and Jewish children and their parents joined Kids4Peace at the Jerusalem YMCA to celebrate coexistence and start a new school year.
'Stubborn Optimism in Violent Days'
United States Institute of Peace - October 2015
"A Jerusalem program for understanding feels strain and carries on."
K4P's Parent's Group Offers Eye-Opening Experiences for Adults
Forward: The Sisterhood - October 2015
K4P parent recounts a shocking story she heard at K4P during a tense period, and offers a reason for K4P: "for all of us to come to new understandings and new awareness."
Building a New Generation of Peacemakers
Huffington Post - September 2014
One of the staff, a strapping man from the West Bank said, "I learn new things every day and I like it." He leaned forward, and faced us square on. "Kids think deeply and have a lot of things to teach us." He brushed his red and black kuffiyeh over his shoulder.
Actor Natalie Portman Visits K4P in Jerusalem
Angelican News: February 2014
Natalie Portamn visits K4P, hears from the youth, and shares her support.
Yakir Englander - "Creating a More Peaceful World Through Youth and Music Programs"
US Dept of State - February 2013
Yakir Englander, a Fulbright-Yitzhak Rabin Scholar, is on a mission for peace.
"This Fulbright scholarship offers me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I intend to grasp with both hands!” Englander said. “The title 'Fulbright Scholar' opens many doors for me; it is my responsibility to reciprocate by working for honest dialogue.”
Kids4Peace Jerusalem Celebrates is 10 Year
Haaretz - 25 January 2013
More than 300 activists and kids involved in the Jerusalem Kids4Peace nonprofit met last Thursday night to mark 10 years of bringing together Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth from Israeli and Palestinian homes. "We were shocked by how many people came to this event," co-director Rebecca Sullum told Haaretz yesterday. "This was really empowering, that all these people want to continue supporting the work we are doing," the native of Allentown, Pennsylvania said. Kids4Peace founder Henry Ralph Carse, who splits his time between Vermont and Jerusalem, said at the ceremony that even though peace has not been achieved, this was still a time to celebrate. Peace, he said, "is not a product, it is a practice.”
To the silent majority: Peacebuilding is not a
Times of Israel - May 2021
Peace starts by demanding change. It starts with dedication and commitment, with humanizing the other. And it starts 20 years before it is achieved.
Author Meredith Rothbart immigrated to Jerusalem in 2008 from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Somehow in between studying in a religious Zionist feminist seminary and serving in the IDF, she participated in a leadership program for young Israelis and Palestinians which inspired her career in peacebuilding.
Meredith co-founded Amal-Tikva (meaning hope in Arabic and Hebrew), a collaborative initiative where philanthropists, field experts, and organizations come together to support civil society peacebuilding.