One Palestinian. One Israeli. 26 Miles.
Meet our runners:
Omar Mansour is a Palestinian from Gaza. He lived, trapped in Gaza for thirteen years of his childhood & young adulthood. Omar lived through three wars in Gaza, and lost many of his friends and family there. He felt first hand the human rights crisis happening today in Gaza. Today he lives and works in Canada, and is determined to use all his skills, talents and passions towards the peaceful reconciliation of Palestine and Israel, with equal human rights for all. Read more about Omar…
Michael Feigenbaum is a former IDF soldier who realized that his military service was not protecting his country, his people or his family – but in fact, was doing the opposite. During his time in the Israeli military he was stationed in both Gaza and the West Bank. He saw first-hand how violence only creates more violence. Today, he is determined to break the cycle. He is a musician who has traveled the world, spreading the message of peace and hope to people of all faiths and backgrounds. Read more about Michael…
Read About Our Cause:
The Jordan Valley Coalition
Launched in 2017, Combatants for Peace has partnered with Machsom Watch, Taayush and other human rights groups to defend the Jordan Valley against systematic violence and displacement from Israeli forces and settlers. We have accompanied shepherds on their daily work, provided protection from violence against farming communities in the area, and led advocacy with the military court system and Military Civil Administration of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. On November 12, 2017, we issued an open letter calling for urgent international intervention to prevent a massive forcible population transfer of Palestinians.
Combatants for Peace is actively challenging the ongoing human rights violations by the State of Israel, including: house demolitions; the denial of water supply; restricting Palestinian access to farmland, health care and education; repeated confiscation of farming machinery, residential tents, water tanks and livestock; and increasingly restrictive military checkpoints.
Jordan Valley Coalition Activity:
- Shepherds escort: The coalition manages a pool of activists from the Haifa and the North, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. These activists come in small groups to help Palestinian shepherds requesting escort. During escorts any incidents with either the IDF or settlers are documented.
- Legal documentation: In the last year we backed the activity on the ground with official complaints to the different Israeli military and civil authorities. This work has two objectives: The immediate objective is to try and stop human rights violations on the administrative level within days or hours of their occurrence. The second objective is to form an archive of official documentation, through the accumulation of legal letters and the documentation of the daily, systemic behaviors and events of the Israeli military in the Jordan Valley.
- Advocacy: open letters published online and on social media, as well as lectures and tours for Israelis and Internationals to see the situation on the ground
- Other ways of supporting the communities: We have built four playgrounds, and we use our network of volunteers for specific support in order to buy medicine for livestock, interface with military, create a record of events, etc.
Thank You For Your Support.
American Friends of Combatants for Peace is a registered 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.
Join The Run!
Run in solidarity with Michael and Omar!
Join our team of solidarity runners from anywhere in the world!!
We will send you our training schedule, so you can run along with Michael and Omar.
Plus a free Combatants for Peace running t-shirt!
All are welcome, no matter if you are an experienced marathoner, who can complete the 26mi run (42.2km) or are only able to run a few miles along with Omar and Michael.
We will put your photo and bio on our website, and you can help inspire people all over the world to join us!
Minimum fundraising commitment to run in solidarity with us: $250.
Email Beth@afcfp.org to Register Today!