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Nov 24, 2009

Vote for Seeds, program updates,
and happy Thanksgiving | NEWSLETTER

Dear Friends, As we near Thanksgiving, I want to express how thankful we are to have your support. Your continued belief in Seeds of Peace’s brave peacemakers in the Middle East and South Asia gives us all hope for a brighter future. On behalf of Seeds of Peace’s global network of over 4,000 young leaders and educators, thank you! A few exciting opportunities and updates: • Chase Bank is giving over $5 million to charity via a Facebook challenge. In order … FULL STORY

Nov 23, 2009

Palestinian educators attend Peaceful Learning Environment workshops

From 2007 to 2009, with the support of USAID, Seeds of Peace organized thirteen three-day workshops on peaceful learning environments for Palestinian educators from across East Jerusalem and the West Bank. In August 2009, for the first time since Hamas took power in Gaza, Seeds of Peace organized a peaceful learning environment workshop in Gaza for Palestinian educators. This Gaza workshop, along with the thirteen West Bank workshops, which took place in Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarem, Bethlehem and Ramallah, were outreach … FULL STORY

Seeds of Peace educators launch model Israeli, Palestinian schools initiative

With the support USAID Cooperative Agreement, over the last three years Seeds of Peace has designed and implemented a set of programs to reach into Palestinian and Israeli communities, to strengthen the values and skills embodied by Seeds of Peace, to make social and institutional change and to multiply the impact of the organization. As part of this set of initiatives and working through the established network of Palestinian and Israeli Delegation Leaders, Seeds of Peace has worked closely with … FULL STORY

Seeds of Peace organizes cross-border workshops for Middle East educators

JERUSALEM | Since September 2007, Seeds of Peace has organized two cross-border workshops per year for Palestinian and Israeli educators. These workshops are part of the USAID-funded set of Seeds of Peace initiatives, “Promoting Peace Education & Dialogue in Israeli & Palestinian Centers of Learning.” Workshops have taken place in the deserts of Wadi Rum, Jordan, in Tiberius, and in Neve Ilan, outside of Jerusalem. Workshops, which last three days, focus on various aspects of peace education—on the process of … FULL STORY

Oct 26, 2009

I am a Seed of Peace | THE YALE GLOBALIST

A 17-year-old Palestinian Israeli citizen named Asel Asleh is shot point blank by an Israeli policeman in an olive grove. He is buried in the green shirt he was wearing when he was killed, emblazoned with a silhouette of three people holding hands, leaving behind them three intertwined olive branches. It is the symbol of Seeds of Peace. Seeds of Peace is an organization that brings teenagers from conflict regions all over the world to a summer camp in Maine … FULL STORY

Oct 20, 2009

The Olive Branch Teacher's Guides: New resources for educators now online

JERUSALEM | This new publication from Seeds of Peace is a resource for classroom educators who actively promote mutual respect, cross-cultural understanding, communication, civic engagement, leadership and peace. The work of Seeds of Peace requires educators who can support the development of young leaders. These Teacher’s Guidesprovide the tools, resources, lesson plans, best practices and inspiration from Seeds of Peace educators, who offer their experiences as pathways to peace. In partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), we … FULL STORY

Oct 15, 2009

Settling Differences: First time
Israelis and Palestinians are meeting
on a regular basis in the West Bank

BY LAUREN GELFOND FELDINGER | JERUSALEM At least once a month, Palestinian lawyer Abed Eriqat, 29, passes through the one exit out of Abu Dis where there is no security barrier, gritting his teeth at the soldiers manning the checkpoint on the road where most of his life he had traveled freely to neighboring Jerusalem. To help him get through the wait and then interrogation, moments that he describes as the most humiliating and hopeless of his life, he sometimes uses … FULL STORY

Community Organizer-in-Chief

JERUSALEM | “Read it when you get the chance,” my friend said, as he handed me Barack Obama’s memoir, Dreams from My Father. Having read the book, I’m more hopeful about the prospects for peace in the Middle East. During the Presidential campaign, Fox News pundits ridiculed Obama’s youthful experience in Chicago as a “community organiser.” Yet after working with educators on the ground for the last ten years in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, I would argue … FULL STORY

Oct 14, 2009

Seeds interview Quartet Envoy Tony Blair for latest Olive Branch magazine edition

JERUSALEM | Tony Blair used to be the British Prime Minister, but these days he’s hard at work trying to bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians as the Envoy of the Middle East Quartet. In this interview from the latest edition of The Olive Branch magazine, Tony Blair takes questions from American, Israeli and Palestinian Seeds about the state of the peace process, Iran, interfaith dialogue programs, borders, access to education and even his football predictions. Read what Tony Blair had to say »

Oct 9, 2009

Magazine: Seeds of Peace among deserving recepients of Obama's Nobel Prize money | FAST COMPANY

WASHINGTON, D.C. | An article in Fast Company Magazine suggests giving a portion of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Award to Seeds of Peace, saying this “small not-for-profit,” and four others, would make a “massive impact:” “Here’s another idea: Give away the $1.4 million in prize money to a do-gooder organization. Not a massive charity, but a small not-for-profit. Something related to creating peace and understanding in the Middle East and Asia, the work that earned him the Nobel.” Five Ways Obama Could Best … FULL STORY

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