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Sep 23, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: Seeds of Peace "is the future"

NEW YORK | In a speech on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas outlined his vision for peace and pointed skeptics to Seeds of Peace. “To those who say peace between Israelis and Palestinians is impossible, I say, let them visit America. I say, let them visit Maine,” he said to an audience at Cooper Union college on September 22. “In Maine every summer, young Palestinians, Israelis, Americans, Arabs, and others meet in … FULL STORY

Sep 17, 2014

Seeds of Peace responds to flawed, inaccurate Ha'aretz column

The Ha’aretz newspaper published a column by Matthew Kalman on September 15 titled “Will seeds of peace ever bloom.” The piece is very similar to a 2008 San Francisco Chronicle article by Kalman that also juxtaposes statistics from an unpublished 2008 study on various Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding programs with an interview with a Seed. This is Seeds of Peace’s response to the article. There has been no response from Ha’aretz or Kalman. Dear Matthew, I very much appreciate that, like your … FULL STORY

Sep 10, 2014

Seeds of Peace: Not blind patriotism
| AFTERNOON DISPATCH & COURIER

Participants from regions of conflict attend a camp and discussed issues like the India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir A group of teenagers who participated in this year’s Seeds of Peace camp returned from their three week tour at Maine, United States of America. Seeds of Peace was founded by American journalist John Wallach in 1993. The idea was to get people from the regions of conflict to come together and speak to each other so that they can understand the situation … FULL STORY

Aug 29, 2014

Maine summer camp gives kids from Israel, Gaza seeds for peace | FUSION

With tensions simmering in the Middle East, a bucolic lakeside summer camp in Otisfield, Maine, took 95 Israeli and Palestinian out of the conflict zone and hosted them as campers this month for a unique bonding experience. Some 6,000 miles removed from the fighting back home, the kids get to know one another in the woods of Maine, hoping that the lessons they learn at sleepover camp will one day help them work for peace back home. The camp, called … FULL STORY

Aug 22, 2014

Peace Through Friendship
| NEW YORK TIMES

WHEN two groups are in conflict, how can you improve relations between them? One strategy is to encourage positive personal contact among individuals from each group. If a Catholic and a Protestant in Northern Ireland would only sit down together to talk—learning about one another’s families, hearing about one another’s fears—the encounter, according to this approach, would foster understanding, humanize the enemy and lessen bigotry. The scholarly version of this idea is known as interpersonal contact theory. It’s an intriguing … FULL STORY

Aug 21, 2014

Cold winds of war at peace camp for Israeli and Palestinian teens | HA'ARETZ

The get-together between Israeli and Palestinian young people that is currently wrapping up in the American state of Maine hasn’t been easy. The winds of war from Gaza naturally had their impact on the discussions. The discussions in this program sponsored by the Seeds for Peace organization between the young Israeli and Palestinian and other Arab participants have never been easy, but this time the friction was greater. The weather along the lake had never been better. After the sun … FULL STORY

Aug 19, 2014

Israeli and Palestinian kids find common ground at Maine summer camp
| CBS NEWS

Seeds of Peace, a special summer camp in Maine, brings children together from war-torn areas, in the hope that they’ll see things from a different point-of-view. As Don Dahler found out, the camp is opening hearts as well as eyes to the possibility of peace.

Aug 11, 2014

Embiid, Grant Visit
Seeds of Peace Camp | NBA.COM

The NBA offseason is a time for players to rest their bodies, to train, and to mentally prepare themselves for the long season ahead. But it is also a time for them to touch communities with which they are not able to connect during the busier half of their year. On Friday, five current and former NBA players traveled to Southern Maine, where 182 young leaders from regions of conflict in the Middle East, South Asia, and the United States … FULL STORY

Aug 10, 2014

Maine camp brings Israelis, Palestinians together | BOSTON HERALD

As warfare continues in the Gaza strip, Israeli and Palestinian teens at camp in Maine struggle to find common ground. Israeli and Palestinian kids coming face-to-face at a camp in Maine are finding ways to bridge a divide that has again cast their war-torn homelands into chaos as the international community looks to their leaders to follow suit and forge a peace agreement that will end the bloodshed. “I just knew the other side as being people with guns, people … FULL STORY

Aug 9, 2014

Marcus Smart learns from campers
| BOSTON HERALD

Celtics rookie Marcus Smart has spent the last few days helping to bridge the gap between teens on opposite ends of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Smart, along with ex-Celtic Brian Scalabrine and Philadelphia 76ers rookies Joel Embiid and Jerami Grant, were special guests at the Seeds of Peace camp in Otisfield, Maine. The goal of the camp is to bring together kids from conflict zones through open dialogue and games. Smart hosted a basketball clinic yesterday, as rocket fire resumed in … FULL STORY


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