Combatants for Peace

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Combatants for Peace (Hebrew: לוחמים לשלום‎; Arabic: مقاتلون من أجل آلسلام‎) is a NGO of Israelis and Palestinians which describes itself as an “egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization” that is commited to non-violent civil disobedience against the “Israeli occupation and all forms of violence between the two sides” in the state of Israel and the Palestinian territories.[1]

The movement was formed in 2006 by Palestinians and Israelis who had taken an active role in the cycle of violence,[2][3] and decided to work together to promote a peaceful solution through dialogue and non-violent action.[1] Originally, the activists on both sides were solely ex-combatants: the Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army and the Palestinians as participants in acts of violence or terror motivated by Palestinian nationalism.[4] Today, members of the movement include also men and women who have never taken a violent role.

The movie “Disturbing The Peace” was made in 2016 about the work Combatants For Peace is doing. The movie is being screened throughout Israel, Palestine, the United States and Europe.[5]

Mission and Goals[edit]

Combatants for Peace describes its mission to “[b]uild an ever-expanding Palestinian-Israeli joint activist community based upon CfP’s bi-national regional groups that embody our vision and serve as a model for both societies and their future. Motivate a broad and effective bi-national, non-violent activity promoting freedom and security for both peoples in their homeland. Change attitudes on a wide scale, both within the Israeli and Palestinian public, as well as with governmental decision makers”.[1]

Activities[edit]

Combatants for Peace has organized a series of meetings between veterans from both sides, most taking place in East Jerusalem in the early years, but have expanded now into seven local bi-national groups operating between Tulkarm-Tel Aviv, Nablus-Tel Aviv, Ramallah-Tel Aviv, Jerusalem-Jericho, Jerusalem-Bethlehem, Beersheva-Hebron and in the North. Additionally, Combatants for Peace now organizes two region-wide Israeli-Palestinian bi-national groups, a Theater of the Oppressed group and women's group. They also participate in humanitarian aid work, including rebuilding demolished playgrounds and houses in the West Bank.

Other activities include:

  • Holding ex-combatants' meetings, allowing each side to understand the other's narrative.
  • Holding in-house meetings and educational lectures in public forums on both sides (universities, youth groups, schools etc.).
  • Direct actions and protests against the policy of occupation and its outcomes such as road blockings, house demolitions, limitations on Palestinian farmers and confiscation of land by Israeli settlers.[6][1]
  • Organizing joint daytrips and educational tours of Israelis to the West Bank.
  • Solidarity actions such as joint olive harvests and agricultural work, to help Palestinian farmers who have difficulties in working their lands near army posts and Jewish settlements.
  • Producing special events such as the joint Memorial Day ceremony for victims of the conflict on both sides: Palestinian and Israeli.
  • Providing information and raising public awareness globally through media and international lecture tours.[7]

Media[edit]

Combatants for Peace have been interviewed on CNN,[8][9] by Democracy Now!,[10] had a front page article in the New York Times,[11][12] won the first ever Ebert Humanitarian Award,[13][14] had several articles featured on the BBC,[15][16] were featured in the Huffington Post,[17] and LA Times [18] and been featured on the front page of the Jerusalem Post.[19][20][21]

Awards[edit]

Combatants for Peace has won a series of awards for their nonviolent, joint activism including:

  • 2017 Nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize,[22] specifically nominated were two of the co-founders Sulaiman Khatib and Chen Alon
  • The "Search for Common Ground" Award in 2007.[23]
  • Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abbey in 2009.[24]
  • The 2009 Euro-Med Dialogue Award Winner.[25]
  • The Livia Foundation Conflict Resolution Award.[24]
  • The Tufts Global Leadership Award [26]
  • The Anna Lindh Euro-Med Award for the Dialogue between Cultures.[24][27]
  • The IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East, awarded to Bassam Aramin and Avner Wishnitzer, co-founders of Combatants for Peace.[24][28]
  • The Ben Gurion University Berlson Award.[24]
  • The Friedrich Siegmund-Schultze award for non-violence.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d About us
  2. ^ "120 former Israeli, Palestinian combatants in new peace drive". Haaretz. Reuters. 10 April 2006. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Ynet (10 April 2006). "New movement: IDF soldiers and Fatah prisoners". Yedioth Internet. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  4. ^ https://muse.jhu.edu/article/502489
  5. ^ "DISTURBING THE PEACE A FILM BY RECONSIDER". Combatants for Peace. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  6. ^ bostonreview.net
  7. ^ http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2009/03/combatant_for_peace.html
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ CFP members Yonatan Shapira and Bassam Aramin
  11. ^ [3]
  12. ^ [4]
  13. ^ http://www.rogerebert.com/festivals-and-awards/ebertfest-2016-disturbing-the-peace-wins-first-ebert-humanitarian-award
  14. ^ http://www.rogerebert.com/chazs-blog/disturbing-the-peace-stephen-apkon-talks-to-chaz-ebert
  15. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/7064104.stm
  16. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6314553.stm
  17. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/regina-weinreich/disturbing-the-peace-a-vi_b_12993288.html
  18. ^ http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-capsule-disturbing-peace-review-20161114-story.html
  19. ^ http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Palestinians-Israelis-block-Route-60-to-protest-occupation-441735
  20. ^ http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hundreds-participate-in-Israeli-Palestinian-Freedom-March-460552
  21. ^ http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Ex-foes-seeking-peace-meet-at-Jerusalem-Film-Fest-460454
  22. ^ http://www.nobelwill.org/?tab=8#combatants
  23. ^ [5]
  24. ^ a b c d e f http://cfpeace.org/about-us/awards/
  25. ^ http://www.annalindhfoundation.org/networks/germany/news/combatants-peace-tour
  26. ^ http://www.tuftsgloballeadership.org/program/dr-jean-mayer-award
  27. ^ http://www.annalindhfoundation.org/fourth-edition-2009
  28. ^ http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Victor-J-Goldberg-Prize/Past-Winners#.WGu-y3j4QQQ