And, if you haven’t had a chance to make your year-end gift,
Please donate today!
Scroll down to read about the people who are aided by your generosity.
Joint Memorial Ceremonies
Together, we honor both the Israeli day of mourning and the Palestinian day of mourning. When we share in each other’s pain, we spread compassion, seeing each other as equals. Together we reached over One Million people for these iconic events.
These were the largest Israeli-Palestinian peace events in the history of the Middle East.
- On 27th April, 2020 we held the annual Israeli-Palestinian Yom Hazikaron Memorial Ceremony. Over 200,000 people streamed the Ceremony live as it was broadcast from Tel Aviv and Ramallah! Over sixty organizations co-sponsored, endorsed and publicized the event – and over One Million people watched.
- On May 14th we marked the Nakba through an online broadcast ceremony which reached over 35,000 people. This is the only Nakba Memorial, anywhere in the world, that includes Israelis as fellow mourners and participants in the event. This inaugural event began a new tradition in our movement.
In April Bibi announced an annexation plan that would devastate the Palestinian community, effectively claiming their lands without granting the people any basic rights. We wrote to 120 Knesset members, leaders of the EU and the UN Security Council reminding them of the legal consequences, under international law, of this proposed annexation. In addition, we were on the ground every day, building a massive coalition to protest this horrifying unilateral action.
We won, and for now at least, official annexation is off the table.
Standing Up To Corruption
Israel has seen massive demonstrations each week for the last nine months, the likes of which have not been imagined in over a generation. From Tel Aviv to Haifa we attend these demonstrations every week, protesting government corruption. We remind people that government corruption is the result of occupation – infecting both Israeli and Palestinian societies. To end this corruption, we must first end the occupation. These demonstrations are a historic force for positive change.
Defending Human Rights
Our activists provide protection, shelter and essential supplies for families in need.
We act as a barrier to violence and oppression. We planted dozens of olive trees, built water canals for communities without access to running water, and defended communities’ rights to their homes, land and water.
Here are three stories of families who have been personally touched:
- Ismail, a Bedouin Shepherd, cannot walk his flock without being violently attacked by local settlers in the hills around his home. Kochav and Shai, Combatants for Peace activists, visit Ismail at least once a week in order to walk with him and his sheep. Our activists provide a protective presence: settlers (and the military) behave differently when there are Israeli witnesses to document and report violence. Kochav and Shai also bring Ismail’s wife Nadia and their six children clothing, books and other necessities they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. Thanks to you, this family now has the resources and protection they need to stay on their land and maintain their traditional way of life.
- In the Palestinian village of Oja, the children had no safe place to play. Theirs is an experience of desperate poverty and regular violence. Osama, a leader in Combatants for Peace, decided to build them their first-ever community playground. When our activists arrived, the children greeted us eagerly – but when told that half of the group were Jewish Israelis, they ran away and hid in fear. We came to the village every Friday afternoon, stayed overnight and worked until late Saturday evening. One by one, the children emerged from their hiding places. This was the first time they met Israelis who weren’t carrying guns. At the end of several months, the community had its playground. And the children overcame their fear of Jews.
- On November 4th, the Palestinian shepherding community of Khirbat Humsa A-Fuka was razed to the ground by occupation forces, leaving 73 people homeless, including 41 children. It was one of the biggest demolitions in over a decade. The army destroyed agricultural buildings, solar panels, water reserves – along with shelters the community and their livestock relies on to survive. As soon as we heard the news, Combatants for Peace rented a huge truck and brought bags full of supplies: warm clothing, tents, bedding, food, generators – and even toys for the children. Most of the villagers were forced to flee the devastation, but a few of the men stayed behind to rebuild. One of these men is Yasser; Yasser is a Bedouin shepherd who lives off the land. He supports his wife, six children, and ten-year-old nephew Mohamad, with his herds. For the last few weeks, he has been sleeping outside, next to his demolished home. Together with Yasser we are rebuilding the village. Each week we rebuild another house. Hopefully in a few weeks the families of Humsa – including Yasser’s family – will be able to return to their homes.