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Aug 2, 2006

Worlds apart: Basketball camp sows seeds of peace | BOSTON HERALD

BY MARK MURPHY | OTISFIELD, MAINE A lucious dawn settled on Pleasant Lake as the local Loch Ness Monster, Brian Scalabrine, crawled to the edge and then unfolded his 6-foot-9 frame out of the water. Not far away on a picnic table, LaMarcus Aldridge made a silent whistle and shook his head while watching the Celtics veteran’s cross-lake swim, which covered approximately a mile under the guide of a rowing camp counselor. “That’s good for him, but not me, man,” said … FULL STORY

Aug 1, 2006

Using the game to spread peace | ESPN

BY B.J. ARMSTRONG | OTISFIELD, MAINE The news from the Middle East, and much of the recent history for that region, has been rather bleak. But the news from an international summer youth camp is bright.I participated in a basketball clinic at the “Seeds of Peace” camp, an organization that brings together teens from areas of conflict in the hopes that the best and brightest from the next generation can figure out a way to help their people into an … FULL STORY

Jul 31, 2006

NBA Players Teaching Teamwork At Seeds of Peace Camp | ASSOCIATED PRESS

NBA players are in western Maine today, teaching campers at the Seeds of Peace camp in Otisfield about basketball fundamentals, teamwork and cooperation. The players participating in the 5th annual “Play for Peace” basketball clinic include Etan Thomas of Washington, Jarron Collins of Utah, Brian Scalabrine of Boston and J.J. Reddick of Orlando, as well as former Chicago Bulls great B.J. Armstrong. Some 180 Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, Egyptians and Americans are now taking part at the camp, located in Otisfield. … FULL STORY

NBA stars turn out for Play for Peace

OTISFIELD, MAINE | The 5th Annual NBA “Play for Peace” Basketball Clinic was held on July 31st at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield. The event brought together NBA players from around the country with Seeds participants from the Middle East. 180 Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian, Jordanian and American Seeds worked together with former Bull’s great BJ Armstrong, Etan Thomas of the Washington Wizards, LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers, Brian Scalabrine of the Boston Celtics, Jordan Farmar … FULL STORY

Jul 27, 2006

'Seeds' takes on greater urgency

BY KAROUN DEMIRJIAN | OTISFIELD The buzz along Powhatan Road was enough to attract a small crowd of onlookers Wednesday morning as the newest class of campers at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield sang national anthems to accompany the raising of their national flags. The flag-raising ceremony is always a sight to behold. But this summer, as Hezbollah rockets fly over northern Israel and Israeli bombs explode in the streets of Gaza and Beirut, the sight of dozens of … FULL STORY

Jun 22, 2006

'Seeds of Peace' Camp Director to be Presented with 2006 Peace Corps Franklin H. Willams Award

Sen. Susan Collins was pleased to welcome Tim Wilson, Vice President of Seeds of Peace, into her Washington, D.C. office today, and congratulate him on being named a recipient of the 2006 Peace Corps Franklin H. Williams Award. Wilson serves as the Director of both Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield and the Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem. “Tim Wilson has been an integral part of Seeds of Peace since the organization was founded 16 years … FULL STORY

Jun 20, 2006

Seeds of Peace opens its 14th season

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, Egyptian, Indian, Pakistani, Afghan and American youth will once again meet as Seeds of Peace opens its 14th season with a unifying flagraising ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield, Maine. Over 150 campers along with their adult Delegation Leaders will be attending the first session which will include refugee and non-refugee Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank. Additionally, for the first time, … FULL STORY

May 23, 2006

Last women standing | JERUSALEM POST

As the finale of ‘The Ambassador’ nears, two female contestants prove that they are forces to be reckoned with …Impressing people has been something Efrat Oppenheimer has always strived to do. “All my life I’ve hung around people who were older than me, having to prove to them what I’ve got.” explains Efrat in a separate interview. At 22, Efrat, regarded as Melody’s biggest competition, is the youngest of three children after her brother Gal, 31, and her sister Adi, … FULL STORY

May 18, 2006

Meeting Over Coffee | THE JERUSALEM POST

BY SIMA BORKOVSKI | ”Seeds of Peace” usually addresses its peacemaking activities to teenagers. The organization is devoted to cultivating friendships between Israelis and Palestinians in their youth and to developing the future leadership for this region. Yet once a month, on a Sunday evening, a different kind of crowd gathers in the spacious rooms of the center in French Hill, at the “Seeds Peace Cafe.” The Seeds Peace Cafe is a new project oriented towards the adult community in Jerusalem, … FULL STORY

Apr 21, 2006

Seeds of peace blossom every
summer in Maine | INDIA NEW ENGLAND

Annual camp gets Indian, Pakistani kids to see each other’s points of view BY MEERA RAJAGOPALAN | OTISFIELD, MAINE When 13-year-old Hassan Raza of Lahore packed his bags to be part of the India and Pakistan camp of the Seeds of Peace program in 2002, peace was the furthest thing on his mind. His grandfather had died saving his pregnant grandmother during the partition riots of 1947 and two of his uncles were killed serving the Pakistan Army during wars with India. His … FULL STORY

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