Combatants for Peace was recently nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
Professor Stellan Vinthagen, a qualified nominator to the Selection Committee named the group for their non-violent, bi-national activism, noting that they are the only peace organization that was formed by armed combatants in an ongoing conflict.
Professor Stellan Vinthagen cited: “Combatants for Peace is a totally unique peace organization that was formed in 2006 by former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian combatants. They strive for a just peace in Israel and Palestine through ending the occupation and creation of dialogue and collaboration between former enemies.
The organization is exceptional since it is, to my knowledge, the only peace organization created by armed fighters from both sides of an ongoing and armed conflict in world history. Other veteran organizations are created after war ended.
Combatants for Peace is a true sign of the ability of people to find common ground and stand up for humanity in the midst of hatred, oppression and violence.”