1967 – Jahr der Entscheidung

Die Deutung der Folgen von 1967, den Beginn der Besatzung der Westbank durch Israel, ist im Jubiläumsjahr höchst umstritten. Noam Sheizaf, Blogger und freier Journalist bei zahlreichen israelischen Zeitungen, u.a. auch bei Ma’ariv und Ha’aretz, greift die zeitgenössische Debatte auf. Er stellt zwei offene Briefe gegeneinander und zeigt, daß eine marginalisierte linke Minderheit bereits bei der Besetzung 1967 die Konsequenzen dieser Entscheidung erkannte. Er argumentiert, daß von Anfang an offizielle Stellen in Israel keine Verantwortung für die dort lebende Bevölkerung übernahmen und als einzige Maßnahme nur die Unterdrückung der Palästinenser kannten und kennen.“

Der englische Text erschien am 26. Mai 2017 in Ha’aretz und ist hier als PDF einsehbar.

Israeli-Palestinian Congress of Women

200 Israeli & Palestinian Women Negotiating Peace at the Center of Tel-Aviv

Rothschild Boulevard and the corner of Shenkin St., Tel Aviv, Israel

Over two Hundred Israeli & Palestinian women negotiated peace on the famous Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv.

On May 19th, two hundred Israeli & Palestinian women negotiated solutions to the conflict at the Corner of Rothschild Boulevard and Shenkin St., Tel Aviv. The negotiations are open to all and the public is welcome to join the negotiations as observers or participants. The congress was held in the presence of international observers.

This event is an important step towards the establishment of a major Israeli-Palestinian Public Negotiating Congress – a powerful peacemaking institution that will operate over a period of time. The congress is designed to involve the people in the peacemaking efforts and motivate the leadership, on both sides, to conclude agreements.

The initiative is led by Dr. Sapir Handelman – an Israeli who received the Peter Becker Award in Peace & Conflict Research. Dr. Handelman and his colleagues have successfully led 33 Israeli-Palestinian public negotiating congresses in leading universities around the US and Canada, in conference halls in Israel and the West Bank, and in central public places in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

This is the first time that only women are going to participate in the negotiating process. This is an unusual and powerful event in the Middle East. Women initiated the ‘Congress of the Women’ and they will lead it.

The congress is sponsored by the Leon Charney Resolution Center. The center was established to help different communities cope with social crises and prepare the young generation to handle conflicts by peaceful means.

The late Leon Charney played an important role in the Camp David Accords, which led to the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Leon, who dedicated a major part of his life to back-channel diplomacy, understood that the road to peace and stability required peacemaking activities in multiple dimensions. Leon and his wife, Tzili, established the center in order encourage, develop, and initiate activities that can create the foundation for a better world.

For more information:

Galit Soffer Weinstock – Minds of Peace – 058-5578066 peace.public@gmail.com         
Yael Lotan:  03- 5667474 yael@lotanpr.com
Yahav Cohen :  052- 3392929 yahav@lotanpr.com

May 1, 2017, Press Release

more information: https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/145695-170519-israeli-and-palestinian-women-hold-peace-talks-on-the-streets-of-tel-aviv

Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony, 30.04.2017, Moviemento, Berlin

Standing Together. Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony 30.04.2017, Moviemento, Berlin

18:00 Film „Disturbing the Peace“ – A Reconsider Film
20:00 Live Broadcast of the 12th Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony

Film Entry 5€ (online ticket purchase recommended)
Live Broadcast Entry Free

Joint Israeli Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony 2017

About the Film:

Disturbing the Peace is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities. Disturbing the Peace follows former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “Enough“. The film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of Combatants for Peace.

About the Ceremony:

Initiated by Combatants for Peace in coalition with The Parents Circle-Families Forum, on this evening, in Tel-Aviv, Israelis and Palestinians stand together, to remember the victims of violence, with the clear statement that war is not an act of fate and it is in our power and our responsibility as human beings to

end the violence and avoid further victims. In solidarity, the ceremony will be live-streamed in different locations around the world as well as in Berlin.

We invite you to take part in this special political action, where people of different sides of an active conflict stand together, and recognize the pain and the loss of the other, as a non-violent act of resistance.

The Film and Live Broadcast will be in original language with subtitles in English


This event has been made possible thanks to the help and support of Alscharq, Givat Haviva Deutschland e.V, Friends of Combatants for Peace Germany, Moviemento, Neue Israel Fonds Deutschland, Parents Circle Freundeskreis Deutschland, Reconsider, SISO and Spitz Magazine.

Link to online ticket purchase (recommended!): https://www.kinoheld.de/Kino-Berlin/Moviemento%20Kino?showId=1681519470#panel-seats
Link Moviemento website: https://www.moviemento.de
Link to Disturbing the Peace Homepagehttp://disturbingthepeacefilm.com
Link to Disturbing the Peace trailerhttp://disturbingthepeacefilm.com/press-materials-2/
Link to Joint Ceremony on CFP homepageHttp://cfpeace.org/projects/memorial-day/
Link to the general Facebook eventHttps://www.facebook.com/events/1666471260044658/
Link to CFP Germanyhttps://www.facebook.com/CfPGermany/
Link to Facebook event in Berlinhttps://www.facebook.com/events/318924281858021/
Link live broadcast to those who want to watch at homeHttp://buildhopewith.us/

Link to the Indigogo campaign for financial support for the ceremony:

Can Jews and Arabs Be True Political Partners in Israel?

Yaniv Sagee, ‚Opinion‘, Ha’aretz, Feb 27, 2017

The only way to create an alternative to push back against 50 years of occupation and mounting inequalities is for the Zionist and Palestinian-Arab left to form a real partnership.

In four months, we will mark 50 years of Israel’s occupation of ‚the territories.‘ Fifty years, during which the State of Israel has changed from top to bottom.

From being a welfare state fulfilling the founding vision – both of a national homeland for the Jewish people and of an egalitarian state for the benefit of all its citizens – Israel has transformed into one of the worst of Western states in terms of social gaps. A state that discriminates against its Arab citizens and is incapable of connecting with world Jewry.

From a “pursuer of peace,” we have become a state that “manages the conflict” through wars and operations where we kill and are killed, because we have become convinced that “there is no partner” for peace. Our actions are directed by the vision of the Prime Minister who told us last year, “We shall forever live by the sword.”

read the whole article as a PDF  here

Yaniv Sagee is the Executive Director of Givat Haviva. A member of Kibbutz Ein Hashofet, he was previously a teacher, school principal, director of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement and chairman of the National Council for Youth Movements in Israel.

Renewed Tensions at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

Please find below a link to my recent oped in the Times of Israel which describes the mounting tensions at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade (Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif).

Renewed Tensions at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

The tensions are particularly worrying as we are a month before Passover, two months before Ramadan and three months before commemorating 50 years to the 1967 War. And because they take place with the Obama-Trump transition and its uncertainties (West Bank annexation? Two states?) as backdrop.

Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian leadership and the US can and should act to quell the tensions. This will allow them to focus on the bigger political issues at hand.

Ofer Zalzberg, Times of Israel, 14 March


[Von Ofer Zalzberg ist eine Studie der International Crisis Group zur Zukunft von Jerusalems ‚Heiliger Esplanade‘ (‚Holy Basin‘) als Heft 1/2016 von israel&palästina erschienen.]

American Palestinian Women’s Association: Standing with Our Jewish Sisters

Standing with Our Jewish Sisters Against Anti-Semitism, Bigotry and Hate

Like other Americans of conscience, we are alarmed by the recent rise of unfiltered offensive rhetoric against fellow Americans that is threatening our core American values and the safety of our children.


In the wake of the recent xenophobic wave that has been articulated and observed during and after the US presidential election, many of our Jewish sisters are legitimately anxious and worried about the recent rise in anti-Semitism. While Americans of Palestinian and Arab decent are Semites too, our community is concerned about the Jewish directed anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Our shared Semitic roots and values compel us to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Jewish sisters to protect the dignity of our children and defend their right to live free of fear, anxiety, and stress. To that end, APWA denounces and rejects all forms and expressions of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny, racism, and bigotry.

If you agree with the spirit of this statement, please download the attached APWA flier. Please feel free to share and post the flier on your community bulletins.


Thank you,

Mai Abdul Rahman
American Palestinian Women’s Association

This statement is taken from:

Trumps radical message to Israel

Die Gespräche des israelischen Ministerpräsidenten in Washington und sein Treffen mit dem neugewählten US-Präsidenten verfestigen die Befürchtung, daß seitens der USA im überschaubaren Zeitraum keine produktiven Impulse für die Regelung des Nahostkonflikts zu erwarten sind. Die gemeinsame Pressekonferenz von Donald Trump und Benjamin Netanjahu in Washington am 16. Februar 2017 bestätigte – zu Recht – die Annahme, daß der neue US-Präsident im Unterschied zu seinen Vorgängern von der Idee bzw. vom Projekt einer Zwei-Staaten-Regelung abrückt und die Ambitionen der radikalen israelische Rechten bestärkt.
Haggai Matar weist in seinem Beitrag darauf hin, daß Trumps Erklärung jedoch auch eine andere Botschaft beinhalten könne: Trump zufolge sei eine vereinbarte Regelung zwischen Israel und Palästina erforderlich. Das bedeute, die israelische Regierung könne die Grenzen nicht so festlegen, wie sie es möchte, bzw. sie dürfe nicht einseitig Teile des Westjordangebiets annektieren. Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt…