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Learning Peace Seminar

May 30, 2019
Learning Peace Seminar: “Israel, the Occupation and the Hague” in our Lecture Series “Studying Peace.”
The speakers were Adv. Sawsan Zaher, of Adalah and Adv. Michael Sfard. After the lecture a Palestinian and an Israeli activist spoke about thier personal transforamtion from participating in the circle of violence to non-violent activism, working together to end the occupation and for a peaceful future.

Israeli Activist Detained in the Jordan Valley

May 27, 2019
As a regular part of our regular work with the Jordan Valley coalition we send activists to walk with the Palestinian Shepherds in the Jordan Valley to protect them from Settler and Israeli Military violence. Today, one of our activists was arrested, blindfolded and handcuffed as part of his nonviolent activity. Read That Story Here

Lecture for American Students

May 20, 2019
An American Student group spoke to several of our activists in Tel Aviv, hearing their stories of transformation from fighters who took an active part in the cycle of violence to activists who participate in the joint nonviolent struggle against the occupation.

Leading a Tour for Israeli Tour Guides in the West Bank

May 16, 2019
Combatants activists lead a tour for Israeli tour guides in the West Bank, explaining the political situation and showing them the reality of the occupation. See Photos

Protest in Tel Aviv: Demanding a Just Peace with Gaza

May 15, 2019

One year ago, as hospitals in Gaza were overflowing with wounded protesters, the masses in Tel Aviv celebrated Netta Barzilai’s Eurovision victory. This year we will not take part in this absurd and cynical performance. We refuse to continue “business as usual”, while less than 100km away, millions of people on both sides of the fence pay the price of our apathy. On 14 May, marking one year after 64 protestors were shot dead during the Great March of Return Protests in Gaza, we took to the streets to demand an end to the siege on Gaza and a better future for all of us.

The consequences of the past year’s events are devastating: over 250 Palestinians are dead and tens of thousands wounded, the entire region is under constant threat of escalation, and residents of southern Israel are subject to frequent attacks. The pressing need for a courageous decision is clear – we must put an end to the cycle of violence. Sporadic “relief efforts” are not a solution. A life of dignity for all the people in the region is not optional – it’s a demand that cannot be ignored.

Israel’s new government must change its policy concerning Gaza. It must recognize its responsibility and obligations towards the civilian population, remove the blockade and respect the rights of the people of Gaza: freedom of movement, freedom of profession, the right to protest, the right to health and above all, the right to live in dignity.

The hackneyed claim that the Great March of Return Protests are a threat initiated by Hamas overlooks the democratic character of the demonstrations and the greater context they are taking place in: the ongoing Israeli blockade and the ensuing humanitarian crisis, within a history of over fifty years of military occupation and over seventy years of displacement and exile.

The crisis in Gaza as well as the price paid by citizens of southern Israel is neither decreed by fate nor a natural phenomenon. It is time to end the siege on Gaza. It is time to bring back the hope that a just solution can and must be reached – for all our sakes.

See Photos

Meeting with Israeli teens

May 14, 2019
Combatants for Peace activists sharing their stories with several groups of Israeli teens before they entered the army. For most of these teens, it is the first time they have ever met a Palestinian or heard the story from someone on the “other” side. Photos Here

Memorial Ceremony Tour in Israel and Palestine

April 30 – May 8, 2019
American Friends of Combatants for Peace led a delegation of Americans to visit Israel and Palestine and meet the Combatants on the ground, learn about their work, and attend the joint Memorial Ceremony in Tel Aviv. More Information

Memorial Ceremony
May 7, 2019
www.afcfp.org/Memorial

Lobbying for Permits in the Israeli Supreme Court

May 6, 2019
The Israeli government refused permits for the Palestinians wishing to attend the joint Memorial Ceremony in Tel Aviv. In response our activists took the decision to court, where it was overturned. See the video here.

Conversations with Teens

April 14, 2019
More photos of our activists speaking to Israeli youth.. the systems of segregation: segregated schools and communities, strive to keep people apart. Many (if not most) Israeli teens will have never met a Palestinian before they join the military and serve in the West Bank or at the border of Gaza… this is how the occupation systematically dehumanizes each community to the other. In order to undermine this system, and build a community based on peace and equality, we have to begin to know each other and hear each other’s stories.

Solidarity Visit to Khan Al Ahmar

April 13, 2019
Last year, a broad alliance of activists and diplomatic pressure saved the little Palestinian town of Khan Al Ahmar between Jerusalem and Jericho from being demolished by the Israeli right wing government. Sadly, after very depressing elections in Israel this week, chances increased again that the village will be eliminated soon. We are with the people of Khan Al Ahmar, and told them today: “We support you in any way we can, that you won’t lose your home!”

Meeting with Students

April 12, 2019
Photos Here

Training Weekend for USA Based Activists

April 7, 2019
This weekend we had our first official meeting of Combatants for Peace activists who are living in the USA. We had eight participants spend a weekend together: four Palestinians and four Israelis. We brought in a public speaking coach and trained ourselves in effective public speaking and personal storytelling. After this weekend we are confident that our activists will be able to speak with clarity and confidence about their experiences living under, or participating in, the occupation. They have all undergone incredible transformations from people who (years ago) were resigned to a fate of violence, and now are dedicated peace activists, working together to create change. See Photos

A Day of Activism in the Jordan Valley

April 4, 2019
A day of activism in the Jordan Valley coordinated by the Jordan valley coalition, a partnership of peace activists and organizations such as Taayush, Machsom watch, CFPeace and Dahrma-Activism. The coalition serves to protect Palestinian shepherds from the violence of settlers and soldiers, who often attack when the shepherds take their sheep out to graze. By sending Israeli activists out to walk with the shepherds, it creates a protective presence for them. Photos

Running For Freedom

April 3, 2019
Combatants for Peace activist, Ahmed, running for Freedom in the Palestine Marathon. And Tuly, running in the Tel Aviv Marathon. While Tuly, who is Israeli and Ahmed, who is Palestinian are prevented from running together by their governments – our activists are sending a very clear message: peace, freedom and equal human rights for all will only be achieved when awareness of the importance of this message infuses every aspect of society. Photos

Steering Committee Meeting

April 2, 2019
General Assembly meeting for the whole CfP movement. This is the time to openly discuss and face difficulties between the two sides, strategize difference means of resistance to the occupation, and plan for future events and activities. Open communication is the key to community building and a movement based on mutual trust and respect. There is Another Way! Photos

Theater Group Rehersal

April 1, 2019
Meeting of the Combatants for Peace Theater Group. Photos of a group training in Bethlehem. CFP uses theater both as a tool of nonviolent civil resistance to the occupation and also as a means of building community and overcoming collective trauma. There is Another Way! Photos

Meeting a German Group

March 31, 2019
Combatants for Peace activists spoke with a German group, sharing their personal stories and the work the movement is doing to end the occupation and bring peace to both peoples. Photos

Meeting with the Palestinian Authority

March 30, 2019
A meeting was held in the city of Ramallah between CFP activists and members of the Palestinian Authority. Representing CFP was a group of Palestinian and Israeli activists & leaders in the movement. During the meeting, CFP activits spoke about their joint nonviolent resistance to the occupation. Among other activities, activists spoke about CfP’s House Meetings project, in which CfP activists share their personal stories with local and international youth groups in order to support and advocate for the nonviolent struggle against the occupation and for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Photos

Meeting with Israeli teens

March 28 & 29, 2019
Combatants for Peace activists sharing their stories with several groups of Israeli teens before they entered the army. For most of these teens, it is the first time they have ever met a Palestinian or heard the story from someone on the “other” side. See Photos Here and Here

Bethlehem Tour with Israeli teens

March 27, 2019
Combatants for Peace activists met with 55 Israelis and Americans from the Hartman Pre-army program, who came to learn about the occupation and its impact on the local Palestinian community. We toured in Bethlehem, and two CfPeace activists shared their personal stories. Photos

Activists Planning Meeting in the Northern West Bank

March 14, 2019
The Northern Group of Combatants for Peace held its regular meeting in the Wad Al Rasha area in the northern West Bank and met with a number of residents and farmers affected by the Wall. During the meeting CFP activists and the land owners agreed to organize work days to help the local farmers reach their land safely and plant it with olive trees. It was also agreed to work with an Israeli lawyer to help the owners of the land fight the land confiscation practices of the local settlements. Photos

Tour of Hebron

March 13, 2019
Combatants for Peace organized a tour for Israelis to the south Hebron hills area of Yatta and the villages of Al Towani and Um Al Khier. During the tour, CfP activists explained about the continued setters attacks that Palestinian residents in that area face. Last month the military and setters bulldozed lands owned by the local community and destroyed pipelines supplying Yatta and the villages of Al Towani and Um Al Khier residents with water. CfP activists held the tour in order to educate the Israeli public about the occupation, and to express solidarity with the local community. When we, Palestinians and Israelis, stand up together – then together we can create a better world, based on justice and equality. Photos

Lectures in Jerusalem

February 23rd, 2019 & March 1, 2019
Lectures with young adult Israeli and Jewish-American Leadership in Jerusalem. Photos here and here.

Planting Trees in the West Bank with Rabbis for Human Rights

February 22, 2019
The southern group in Combatants for Peace held a joint action with US based organization “Rabbis for Human rights” and planted olive trees on lands owned by Palestinian farmers from the village of Um al-Khier in Yatta area, southern West Bank. Last month, activists from CFP and Rabbis for Human rights planted olive trees at the same location but the military came and uprooted the young olive trees the activists had planted. Today we returned and replanted the uprooted trees. Photos

First Theater Group Performance of 2019

February 19, 2019
Combatants for Peace uses theater as a form of activism. Theater of the Oppressed allows people to see and experience the world through the eyes of the “other” and helps us to open our eyes with compassion and awareness. Photos

Olive Tree Planting in the West Bank Village of Al-Rakiz

February 9, 2019
A group of Rabbinical students from the USA, who are working with Rabbis for Human Rights, partnered with Combatants for Peace in a tree planting day in the West Bank Village of Al-Rakiz. This village is in C area, and is a part of a larger area in the south Hebron hills where the local people are being pushed out by the settlers. On December 31st, the Israeli army uprooted 120 olive trees in and around the village. Our activists came out to re-plant them. Photos

Olive Tree Planting in Hebron

February 8, 2019
A number of Palestinian landowners and Combatants for Peace activists suffered effects of tear gas inhalation fired by Israeli troops at participants of a solidarity action of planting olive trees on lands owned by farmers from the town of Beit Ummar – Hebron in southern West Bank. The activity today marked ‘World Agriculture Day.’ Our action also aimed to support the steadfastness of Palestinian farmers facing settlement expansion on their land. The Israeli military intends to confiscate (without compensation) private land near the settlement of Etzion, which is owned by the Aby Ayyash family. We went to the land to plant olive trees there, in support of the family. The area is known to locals as Al-Suda. Video

 Theater Group Workshop

February 8, 2019
Learning about Theater of the Oppressed and using Theater as a form of community building, trauma healing, and nonviolent civil resistance to the occupation. Using art as a form of activism. Photos

 Meeting with Palestinian Students

February 7, 2019
A meeting between CfPeace activists and Palestinian University students. The activists shared their personal stories and spoke of the importance (and effectiveness) of nonviolent civil resistance. Photos

 Tour of Qalandia Area

February 6, 2019
Last week CfPeace activists led a tour of the Alfei Menashe-Qalkilya area, meeting local Palestinians to hear firsthand to learn about the effect of the separation wall, which often prevents the villagers from accessing their land. One local activist, who CFP helped complete and approve a master plan preventing the demolition of the local school, led us to nearby villages of Azzun, Ras A Tiya, Khirbet Ras Al Tira, and Wadi ar Rasha. Another family invited us to their home, showing us the wall that separates his village from the olive grove his family and other families in the village own. We learned about the hardship that the villagers have to go through when trying to get to their olive groves. We heard about the efforts made by other Israeli peace groups and discussed how we can join forces and coordinate our activities in order to maintain continuous pressure on the Israeli government to allow the Palestinians to reach the land they have been separated from, and cultivate it not only during the olive picking season, but also throughout the year, such that next year’s harvest will be better and more abundant. Photos

 Olive Tree Planting

January 25, 2019
Combatants of Peace South group, together with Rabbis for Human Rights activists arrived this morning with a Tu B’shvat spirit. They planted olive trees in the West Bank, as a message of reconciliation and peace. Settlers in the local community had cut down the trees of local Palestinian farmers, and our activists came out to replant them. When they destroy – we build. When they offer destruction and ruin, we offer a common future an the building of a life together. We will create hope in this place. Photos

 Children’s Day in the Jordan Valley

January 12, 2019
Video of the Children’s Day organized by the Combatants for Peace Women’s Group in the Jordan Valley. Helping children thrive, despite desperate circumstances. The women held an educational and entertainment day for the children for al Oja Bedouin community in Jericho. During the day, CFP activists taught the children about the importance of cleaning their teeth and then handed out toothpaste and toothbrushes to the children. The women also presented a theater performance and a children’s dance class, complete with face paint for the kids. At the end of the day, the CFP women group handed out gifts and toys to the children.

Lecture with American Students

January 9, 2019
CFP met a group of students from Harvard. Our activists shared their personal stories & the work they are doing to end the occupation and work for peace. When we humanize the “enemy” – and see the humanity in the “other” we will naturally treat each other with respect and dignity.

Olive Tree Planting in Hebron

January 7, 2019
CFP activists and villagers from Al Mofakara community near Hebron, planted more than 50 olive trees today that were donated by Combatants for Peace. Construction instead of Destruction. Photos

Meeting with Israeli teens

January 3, 2019
Combatants for Peace activists met with Israeli students in Jerusalem today. Representing CFP were, Moran and Adam. Members of the movement spoke about their personal stories and about the movement’s ongoing activity in joint nonviolent resistance against the Israeli occupation. The meeting ended with a discussion between the members of the movement and the audience.

Protecting Communities & Preventing Illegal Outposts

December 24, 2018
During the night settlers built a new outpost in the West Bank, on the outskirts of Batir Town, not far from Beit Jalla (Bethlehem Area), in Area C. Last Wednesday settlers came with heavy machinery and started making a road to this new outpost. Combatants Activists, Galia, Jamil and Tuli were there and took photos and called the civil administration to demand the settlers be removed. The civil administration made the settlers leave because they had no legal documents commissioning the outpost – and clearly did not own the land. In that incident the police confiscated one of our activists phones and deleted all his photos and videos of the outpost. Luckily he managed to forward it out before that (see the images below). The community in Batir have been working this land for centuries and remember paying taxes for the land to the Turkish during the Ottoman Empire. This morning the outpost was removed, but we expect this might only be “round one” and that the settlers will likely come back. On the 28th of December Combatants for Peace plans to do an action in Batir, to show solidarity with the villagers and help them to protect their land. Photos

Rebuilding Homes that were Demolished

December 12, 2018
Its getting to be winter and Palestinians in the Jordan valley are continually forced to leave their homes and their lands. Today, together with our Jordan Valley Coalition, we built a tent for a family of twelve in order to protect them for the upcoming rainy season and to show solidarity in face of the forced evictions from their lands. Photos

Building Rainwater Harvesting Systems for Communities without Running Water

December 3, 2018
Combatants for Peace built rainwater-harvesting channels in Khalat Makhoul and the Haddiya, two communities in the Jordan Valley that are denied access to running water. We built two water harvesting wells, cleaned the waterways, and built two new pathways, lined with cement in order to help these families collect and store rain water from the winter/rainy season. Photos

Solidarity Protest with Adnan Ghayith, Jerusalem Governor

Wednesday November 28th, at The Hizma Roundabout on 3:30 PM
Palestinian National organizations and collations in Jerusalem invites you join the solidarity Protest with Adnan Ghayith. Jerusalem’s Governor Adnan Ghayith was arrested by Israeli occupation forces earlier in the week without any reason; he is among nearly two dozen Palestinian leaders who were detained by the occupation since the start of this week.

Building Water Reservoirs in the West Bank

November 24, 2018
We set out to Halat Machul and Hadidiya. A month ago, before the rains began, we dug water tunnels in Halat Machul. Now it was time to plaster and reinforce them so they will hold up throughout the winter. In addition, we dug new water tunnels for the neighboring Hadida community which has undergone demolition by the army this past week. This community has remained without shelter, now that the winter is here. In addition to the humanitarian aspect, we do these actions as part of our ongoing struggle against expulsion of Palestinian population from their land, and promotion of their right to hold on to their land and profit from it and from it’s natural resources such as rain water.

Tour in Germany

November 10-25, 2018
Tour with Combatants activists throughout Germany. We talked to students, activists, human rights organizations, teachers, politicians and government officials to spread our message! We want to thank each one of you for welcoming us with such open hearts and support our way of creating an alternative reality for Israelis and Palestinans alike!

Two Day Theater Workshop

November 10 & 11, 2018
The Combatants for Peace Theater group conducted a two-day workshop for CfP members to learn how theater can be used as a nonviolent activist tool.

Building a Playground

November 10, 2018
Combatants activists will be building a playground adjacent to a school for Palestinian children in Area C, in the Jordan Valley. The Israeli military controls this region (60% of the West Bank), but offers no resources for these children. Our effort will provide them a safe place to play while at school. Please use our contact page and let us know if you would like to attend.

Run for Freedom

November 4, 2018
Just as Gandhi walked to bring an end to the occupation of India in the Great Salt March, activists all over the world are running to bring awareness and attention to the occupation of Palestine. Everyone, all over the world is welcome to run with us. You can join our cause if you are an experienced marathoner or are only able to run a few miles. Read more…

A Reason For Hope, Tour in Israel and Palestine

November 2-11, 2018

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Olive Harvest

October 26, 2018
Combatants activists will be working with a Palestinian community in the West Bank to harvest their olives. The presence of the activists not only aids the harvest, but protects the community from violence by either the military or settlers. Please use our contact page and let us know if you would like to attend.

Nablus Tour

October 26, 2018
CFPs Tel Aviv/Nablus Group invites you on a tour to the area of Nablus, to see the reality of the occupation and learn what you can do against it. We will talk about the settlements in the area and meet with our Palestinian activists to learn how it is to live a life under occupation. The bus leaves from in front of Tel Aviv Savidor Train Station (Central Station) at 9:00, we return approx. at 16:00. The tour does not go through restricted areas and security coordination is not required. Join us!

Sit-In in Khan Al Ahmar

July-October 2018
Join us in Khan al Ahmar, as activists prepare for the imminent destruction of the village and the local school by the Israeli army. The Israeli courts have given the green light to the demolition, and activists are standing by to block the bulldozers with their bodies; record, publicize and call attention to this needless destruction; and as much as possible, protect the villagers from violence. Approximately 180 families live in this village, and a similar number of children depend on the local school. The military is destroying this Bedouin community in order to make way for a new Jewish settlement (a Jewish-only, gated community). This move is not only harmful and hurtful to the local villagers and children, but it also further jeopardizes the possibility of a peaceful solution, undermines the possibility of a free Palestinian State and it destroys the viability of a two-state solution – and of course it is also completely illegal under international law!
Help us Save Khan al Ahmar and protect the people of Palestine AND Israel!

Building a Playground

October 20, 2018
The work began on a playground in Jib el Dib, a Palestinian community near Bethlehem. The movement will be building a playground for a local school – providing the children a safe place to play outside. The playground will be finished November 1oth.

Steering Committee Meeting

October 19, 2018
We are living in times where it is very easy to get frustrated. The ongoing crisis in Gaza, the ongoing threat of demolition of Khan al Ahmar and other Palestinian villages, settlement expansions, the rise of right-wing ideas in our societies. We took the time in our steering committee to reflect on our strategy and our way. Challenges are huge but we all feel that being silent is not an option. So we took new energy and continue our way of creating an alternative reality and meetings like this give us hope and motivation, that it is possible!

EU Delegation Tour

October 18, 2018
A tour for an EU delegation from different countries, hosted by three Combatants activists in the region of Diar Estia and Wadi Qana in northern West Bank. The delegation was briefed on the theft of land and water by the settlers. Members of the movement also presented their personal stories. The meeting ended by answering questions by the audience.

Olive Harvest

October 13, 2018
Combatants activists will be working with a Palestinian community in the West Bank to harvest their olives. The presence of the activists not only aids the harvest, but protects the community from violence by either the military or settlers. Please use our contact page and let us know if you would like to attend.

Talk with Human Rights Monitors

October 12, 2018
Combatants activists spoke with dozens of international volunteers who came to Israel/Palestine as part of the Ecumencial Accompaniment Programme in Israel and Palestine. The volunteers serve as human rights monitors who witness life under occupation and go home to promote change. The volunteers undergo a month-long training and it was within that framework that CFP activists spoke to them. Our activists told their personal stories, and through those stories, the current situation in Israel and Palestine and how CFP seeks to intervene in it. Following that meeting 50 members of the group visited Khan al Ahmar and talked at length with several more CfP activists who have been a part of the ongoing solidarity presence there.

Learning Peace Seminar

October 6, 2018
On the occasion of the release of the book “Emptied Lands”, Combatants for Peace invites you to a special LEARNING PEACE event in Haifa next Saturday. Prof. Sandy Kedar from the faculty of Law at Haifa University will speak about “The new National Law and Land Policy in Israel”. We discussed if the new Nation-State Law will create a change in Israel’s land policy.

Olive Harvest

October 6, 2018
Combatants activists will be working with a Palestinian community in the West Bank to harvest their olives. The presence of the activists not only aids the harvest, but protects the community from violence by either the military or settlers. Please use our contact page and let us know if you would like to attend.

Balloons & Protest Tent in Khan al Ahmar & Kfar Adumim Settlement

October 2, 2018
What a day in Khan Al Ahmar! Settlers from the nearby Kfar Adumim Settlement released their waste water to Khan Al Ahmar. In a symbolic act we filled this sewage water in bottles and brought it back to the settlers. We opened a protest tent in front of the settlement asking to immediately stop this aggression. We released hundreds of balloons from Khan al Ahmar, demanding the cancellation of the demolition. These balloons are expected to land all over Israel. We marched, Palestinians and Israelis together on the main highway to let everyone know what is going on in this village. We will not be silenced! And we wont stop until the people in Khan Al Ahmar have a guarantee that they can stay!

Letter to German Chancellor Merkel

October 1, 2018
German Chancellor Merkel is coming to Jerusalem tomorrow. We wrote her a letter on the upcoming demolition of Khan al Ahmar:

Dear Mrs. Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel,
we warmly welcome You to Jerusalem! We, Israelis and Palestinians, all former fighters in the endless wars our region has gone through, would like to address you with urgency regarding the village of Khan Al Ahmar. We call upon you to also listen to us, a vivid civil society of Israelis and Palestinians, who work for equality and justice for our both peoples on the ground.

While you are dining with Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and consult within the Israeli Knesset, you should know that at the same time, there are people living in constant fear of losing their homes. In the next days, a village for hundreds of Palestinian Bedouins and a school for more than 100 students, will be demolished and the people forcefully evicted – just half an hour from Jerusalem.
Khan al Ahmar has become a symbol of hope in the civil, non-violent resistance against Israeli settlement policies. We, members of Combatants for Peace, together with many internationals, and other Israeli and Palestinian civil society organizations, have been present in Khan Al Ahmar since weeks, around the clock, to protect the village from demolition.

It is even more than “just” demolishing the homes of dozens of families – it creates another hard fact on the ground, and the Israeli settlement policy, illegal by international law, would move a big step forward, if the demolition takes place. The occupied territories would be basically split in two parts, if the village gets demolished and the surrounding settlements get extended.
With appreciation, we have followed the statement of the European Union to immediately stop the demolition order for Khan Al Ahmar, but we are in times, where lose statements do not help anymore.

We see Germany as an influential friend of our Jewish-Israeli society, and as a friend of our Palestinian people. Therefore, we call upon you to convince the Israeli government to stop the demolition of the village of Khan al Ahmar. This is in the interest of all of us who believe in
coexistence and peace for Palestinians and Israelis alike. History has taught us, violence leads to nothing more than even more desperation, frustration and more violence.
We invite you to meet with us and listen to our personal stories. We have served in the Israeli army and we were fighters in the violent Palestinian resistance. We all understood that this endless circle of destruction does not lead to anything. We all went through a deep personal transformation which formed the basis for our movement “Combatants for Peace”. Today, it is the largest, joint Israeli-Palestinian peace movement. We work towards another reality in our region every day, where Israelis and Palestinians live side by side in peace and dignity, with equal rights for all. Clearly, the occupation is the biggest obstacle in achieving that. Please help us to make our dream come true!

In November, 19th – 23rd, representatives of Combatants for Peace will come to Berlin. We would love to get in touch with you and convince you that there is another way. A way of hope for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

With our highest esteem,
In peace from Israel and Palestine,
Combatants for Peace

Read More in Haaretz

Drawing a Smile

September 20-21, 2018
Combatants for Peace organized a recreational activity for the children of Khan al Ahmar called “Drawing a Smile on Children’s Faces”. Thursday, Combatants activists brought face paint to decorate the children’s faces, and one activist dressed up as Micky Mouse and danced with the kids. Even the adults of the community joined in – as did a film crew for Al Jazeera. On Friday morning, 21.09.2018, CFP activists and Khan Al Ahmar children painted and decorated car tires and then everyone then moved to a nearby hilltop overlooking the community, and drew “Khan Al Ahmar” in Arabic letters with stones, and painted them. Later on, the activists went to the Al-Khan Al-Ahmar school where Micky came back and put on a nice show for the children. The children were also given drawing books and crayons to play with. The activity ended just before the midday prayers Friday with activists of CFP handing out toys for the children. This activity aimed to alleviate the effects of the occupation on children and support the steadfastness of the people. The military has decided to demolish the Khan Al Ahmar School and the surrounding Bedouin community. The Bedouins were first displaced by the occupation in 1948 from their original areas in the Negev. Since the occupation began implementing the plan to deport the Al-Khan Al-Ahmar community, CFP activists, both Palestinians and Israelis, have been present to support the steadfastness of the people there.

Building a Water Reservoir

September 16, 2018
Combatants for Peace activists spent the day in the region of Tubas (in the northern West Bank) building a water reservoir for the local Palestinian community. While the settlers and army bases around the village enjoy their fresh, clean water right from the tap, the Palestinians have no access to running water and depend on collecting the rain water in the desert. Clean, safe water access is a human right.

Demanding Freedom of Movement

September 9, 2018
Combatants for Peace activists, in cooperation with a number of anti-occupation & Peace building NGOs organized a protest on Sunday in support of Palestinian farmers from the village of Kafel Haris, in front of Ariel settlement in the northern West Bank. Protesters demanded the farmers rights to reach their land near the settlement. More than two months ago, the new security chief of Ariel decided to prevent local farmers from reaching their own land, which is planted with olive trees. The activists and farmers demanded that the farmers be allowed farmers to reach their lands, especially as the olive harvest season approaches! The Olive harvest supports the livelihood of 25,000 Palestinian families from different parts of the West Bank. After more than two hours of demonstrations, the soldiers agreed to allow farmers to pass, and agreed to allow for permanent access in the future.

Protest in Qalqas, West Bank

September 7
Denying Freedom of movement is WRONG. Combatants for Peace will stand up for what is RIGHT. Dozens of activists from Combatants for Peace joined the residents of Qalqas village, in south of Hebron, in a march demanding the opening the village entrance, which the Israeli military closed for the last 14 years. Friday prayers were held near the dirt barrier erected by the occupation, and then the participants gathered at the closed entrance of the village where Israeli soldiers prevented them from reaching the nearby Road 60. The participants chanted anti-occupation slogans and demanded the opening of the street. “The closure of this street causes permanent suffering to the residents and it is a clear violation of human rights. There is no justification for the occupation to keep this street closed. So we will continue our resistance until the entrance to the village is open. “Adam Rabee, the Palestinian activities coordinator of CFP. Since 2002, the Israeli occupation has closed the main entrance leading to the village from road 60, mainly used by Israeli settlers, forcing residents to use a 30 kilometer road to reach Hebron. The closure of the entrance to the village impedes the movement of residents to and from their work, exposes school-aged children to car “accidents” by settlers and obstructs the access of health services to the village. This week, after years of court cases, the Israeli court decided to keep the road closed.

Protest in Khan Al Ahmar

September 7th, 2018
CFP members joined scores of local, international and Israeli activist in the Friday prays and a protest in Khan Al Ahmar Bedouin community. This week, the Israeli military court decided to give the green light to the army to demolish the Bedouin community in the Al Khan Al Ahmar area located between Jerusalem and Jericho in the Central West Bank. CFP have joined dozens of activists from other institutions and residents of the area since July 2018. Israeli bulldozers began to build roads in the Al Khan Al Ahmar area in preparation for the destruction and deportation of the Bedouin population. The region is home to more than 50 Bedouin families. In June, the Israeli occupation forces attacked the demonstrators, injuring more than 12 civilians, including one from CFP. The occupation also arrested three foreign solidarity activists during the protests. Since June, the occupation authorities have decided to demolish their homes and deport them to an area next to a garbage dump outside of Jerusalem that the department of health has deemed unfit for human habitation. The children’s school in Khan Al Ahmar serves nearly 200 children, all of these children will be left without a school. The Bedouins of the Al-Khan Al-Ahmar area were originally displaced from the Negev in 1948.

Solidarity Tour with Breaking the Silence

September 2nd, 2018
The tour visited the settler outpost of Mitzpe Yair in the occupied South Hebron Hills, where settlers violently attacked six human rights activists from Ta’ayush last week. The Israeli army first tried to stop the tour through a military order and later, when we arrived, detained Breaking the Silence director Avner Gvaryahu, Achiya Schatz as well as human rights attorney Michael Sfard.

50+ Backpacks & School Supplies for Bedouin Children

August 30, 2018
Marking the new school year of 2018/2019 the Jericho-Jerusalem group of Combatants for Peace handed-out more than 50 school bags full of school supplies to children at a number of Bedouin communities in the Jordan valley in the central West Bank. These children would otherwise have no access to school supplies and the CFP activist came to support their right to education, despite living through with school and home demolitions, frequent confiscation of their family’s livestock and lack of water access.

Bethlehem Tour

August 17, 2018
Combatants activists, in partnership with the Parents Circle, led a tour of the Bethlehem area to show Israelis the reality of the situation in the occupied areas. In order for healing to take place and human rights to be established, the truth of the occupation must be revealed. There is no other way.

Protest of the Nation-State Law

August 12, 2018
Combatants for Peace activists join tens of thousands of protesters in Rabin Square to protest the racist nation-state law. We demand equality for ALL people, regardless of race or religion!!! This was the largest joint protest of Jews and Arabs in the history of israel. There Is Another Way!

There have been massive demonstrations in Tel Aviv against the recently enacted a new Basic Law known as the “Nation-State” law. As Israel has no written constitution, a number of Basic Laws have been enacted over the years which are difficult to change and serve as a constitution.
The protests to the Nation-State law revolve around it prioritizing Jewish citizens, omitting even the word equality (or democracy) from the law as it lays out the official language, symbols, holidays and building preference for Jews, ignoring mention of minority citizens of the state. It does mention Arabic, which has been demoted from an official language to one of “special” status. In essence, the Nation State Law divides the citizenry, prioritizing Jewish citizens while ignoring non-Jewish minorities, most notably the 20% of Israelis who are Arabs. 

Normally CfP does not deal with domestic Israeli issues not directly linked to the occupation or the occupied territories, but since this new law so changes the very character of Israel and flaunts the essence of democracy, namely the principle of equality, the movement has felt it essential to join in the protests. The first step has been to participate as a movement in the mass demonstrations. Further, we plan to conduct at least one or two “Learning Peace” events on the topic as well.

 

Bethlehem Tour

July 28, 2018
A CFP tour of Bethlehem, showing people the reality of the human rights crisis on the ground. Only through education will we expand awareness and heal the situation.

Storytelling training/workshop

July 28, 2018
Part of the training for CFP activists on personal story telling in front of local and international audience. The course started on Friday July 27th and will end on Saturday 28th in the city of Beit Jala. During the training, participants will be trained on how to tell their personal stories and how they deliver it to the public. The first day had an intensive program of training and concluded with a screening of “Disruption the Peace” film by American director Steve Apkon, which highlights the movement work and nonviolent struggle against the occupation.

New Members Meeting

August 11-12, 2018
Two day new recruits workshop that was held at Beit Jala town southern West Bank. During the day veteran CFP members took turns in doing lectures and groups sessions to explain the objectives of CFP and its continued work in the nonviolence resistance against the occupation. At the end of the first day, new members watched the film, “Disturbing the Peace.”

Planning Meeting with the Mayor

July 27, 2018
Meeting with the mayor of Bani Naem in south Hebron to discuss a partnership and working together on starting new activities in his area with Combatants for Peace.

Meeting with International Students

July 27, 2018
Combatants activists speaking to a group of Italian youth visiting for a 15 day scout camp.

Youth Group Meeting

July 21, 2018
Today we started with the first meeting of our newly established youth group on the Palestinian side of CFP. Our activists Khouloud, Jameel and Nazih facilitated a workshop on CFP’s way of nonviolent resistance. Ahlan wa Sahlan (“welcome”) to all Newcomers!

 

House Meetings in Hebron & the Negev

July 19, 2018
Our regular house meetings, like these ones in Hebron and the Negev desert aim to provide a platform for getting to know each other, exchange our personal stories and plan our joint nonviolent resistance for peace and dignity.

A Month of Sit-Ins in Khan Al Ahmar

July, 2018
Updates from Khan al Ahmar: People in Khan Al Ahmar are still living in uncertainty. While an official court decision has postponed the demolition, the army has declared the village as a closed military zone and prepares everything for the demolition. We will stay in solidarity, day and night, until the order has been cancelled completely!

Screening on Independence Hall

July 7, 2018
Screening photographs and video footage of police/military violence against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank onto the outside wall of the Independence Hall in Tel Aviv. 

Disturbing the Peace Screening

June 24th, 1:30pm
Boston center for psychoanalysis
1581 Beacon St. Brookline, MA
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Protests against the Seize in Gaza

May 15
“We will block the road until you stop the fire in Gaza” – Solidarity protest now in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. More than 1000 people went to the streets in Jaffa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in a joint protest against the killings in Gaza and against the decades of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian people in a joint protest of Combatants for Peace and many other Peace groups, blocking one of the main streets in Tel Aviv. Arabs and Jews refuse to be enemies!

May 18
Protesters demand an end to the violence at the Gaza border! Remove the siege!

May 20
Tonight in Haifa: 500 Israelis and Palestinias clearly demand: remove the siege of Gaza! We won’t sit on the side while the Israeli government leads our two peoples into a great disaster. We won’t be silenced when you shoot and kill unarmed protesters in Gaza. The police is using force against activists! It is time to fight together for an Israeli-Palestinian peace, for safety, dignity and respect for our both nations.

May 19, 2018
Following the violent arrest of 22 peaceful demonstrators in a Gaza-Protest on Friday in Haifa, CFP activists among them, we underline the right to free speech and opinion and go back to the streets tonight! Join our struggle to end the occupation, lift the siege of Gaza and promote a reality, where Israelis and Palestinians can live peacefully side by side in coexistence! Tonight, 20:30, German Colony, Haifa.

Learning Peace Seminar

May 7, 2018
What is going on in occupied Palestine? What kind of strategy is behind the actions of the Israeli government in Area C of the West Bank? Hear the answers given in our “Learning Peace” discussions in Tel Aviv for the Israeli public. Today with a lecture from Lior Amichai from Yesh Din.

New England Tour

April 21-May 4, 2018
Speakers: Shai Eluk, Osama Elewat, Netta Hazan & Kholud Abu-Raeya

Schedule of Events

Bozeman, Montana Film Screening

April 24th, 7:00pm
The Rialto: 10 West Main Street (Doors open at 6pm)
Featuring Osama Elewat and Shai Eluk joining via skype
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Israeli-Palestinian Joint Memorial Ceremony

On April 17, 2018 we witnessed history. 8,000 people came to the joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony, marking it as one of the largest Ceremonies in all of Israel.  The Ceremony made major headlines all across the mainstream Israeli news media.

To those who say there is no partner for peace on the other side – we say loud and clear: There IS a Partner. Join next year’s Ceremony and see for yourself what courage truly looks like. If we act together, a new era of justice and peace will be upon us. As author David Grossman said in his speech at the Ceremony: “I discovered that every time I am tempted to rage and hate, I immediately feel that I am losing contact with my son. I made my decision. And I believe that those who are here tonight also made the same decision.”

For the last 13 years, the annual Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony has united thousands worldwide to mourn, hope, and raise our voices for peace. What began as a small ceremony of 50 people in 2005 is now one of the largest Memorial Day events held in all of Israel. We have a powerful message non-violence and mutual dignity, and some would prefer that this message be suppressed. It’s no secret that the right-wing Israeli government and it’s allied political groups are trying to silence organizations like ours, organizations that are taking a stand against the occupation – and a stand against hate.

In 2017, just two days before the event, permits were revoked for hundreds of grieving Palestinians planning to attend the ceremony. We were forced to hold two separate Ceremonies, one in Tel Aviv and one in Beit Jala. In 2018 Permits were again revoked at the last minute – but we went to the Supreme Court of Israel to fight the ruling and we won! Permits were granted and we held the Ceremony together!

In 2017, during and after the event violent demonstrators outside threw urine and garbage on the grieving Israeli families. This year we held meetings with last year’s protesters, introducing them to the movement and listening to their concerns. Slowly, even these people started to open their hearts and transform. The Mayor of Jerusalem tried to shut down these meetings, but again we went to the courts and we won!

In 2018 we were unable to find a venue willing to host us. One excuse after another was offered, from security concerns, to political concerns, to simply, “No!” The only option left was to hold the event outside, in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Last year the hall in Tel Aviv held 4,000 people, and the rest had to be turned away at the door.
This year, the field in Yarkon Park held 8,000 people!

We will not be silenced.
Together we can end the occupation and bring peace to both peoples.

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