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Aug 18, 2005

Part II: Seeds of Peace Revisited
| CBS NEWS

BY TATIANA MORALES | This week’s withdrawal of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip has raised new concerns of conflict, along with renewed hope for peace. With that backdrop, The Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith met Wednesday with a group of young men and women directly affected by the tensions in the region, graduates of a unique summer camp program designed to bring them together. They share a worldly view, though not always the same opinion. Smith revisited the Seeds of Peace international … FULL STORY

Aug 16, 2005

Israelis, Arabs reunite at peace camp during Gaza withdrawal
| ASSOCIATED PRESS

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Israelis and Arabs attending a camp reunion in the woods of Maine are keeping an eye on the Gaza Strip, where Israel is pulling out after 38 years. Badawi Qawasmi, a 26-year-old Palestinian, said Monday he hopes Israel’s withdrawal of 8,500 Jewish settlers from Gaza will lead to better lives in the impoverished, overcrowded area of 1.3 million Palestinians. “I hope it’s just the first step,” said Qawasmi, who is among the former Seeds of Peace campers, … FULL STORY

Arabs, Israelis Hold Peace Reunion
| FOX NEWS

Israelis and Arabs attending a camp reunion in the woods of Maine are keeping an eye on the Gaza Strip, where a move is being made toward peace in the Middle East. Badawi Qawasmi, a 26-year-old Palestinian, said Monday he hopes Israel’s withdrawal of 8,500 Jewish settlers from Gaza will lead to better lives in the impoverished, overcrowded area of 1.3 million Palestinians. “I hope it’s just the first step,” said Qawasmi, who is among the former Seeds of Peace  campers, now in … FULL STORY

Aug 15, 2005

Finding common ground
| PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

BY ANN S. KIM | OTISFIELD Don’t call Yehoyada Mandeel a peace activist. It’s true that the 26-year-old Israeli is one of the original Seeds of Peace campers, a volunteer at the organization’s Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem and a participant this week in the first leadership summit of camp graduates. But to Mandeel, a peace activist is someone who might protest an Israeli military checkpoint, someone whose patriotism might not match his own, someone whose vision might not be … FULL STORY

Aug 3, 2005

Not just a camp for teens: Leadership Summit to reuninte Seeds of Peace alumni from years 1993-1999

Seeds now in their 20s to reaffirm commitment to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations & dialogue during Gaza withdrawal NEW YORK | From August 12 to 20, 2005, Seeds of Peace will hold one of the most historic events since its 1993 founding: The Graduate Leadership Summit. Over 100 Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian, Jordanian and American Seeds from years 1993-1999, who are now in their early 20s, will reunite at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield, Maine, to reignite the dialogue efforts … FULL STORY

Jul 27, 2005

Part I: Sowing 'Seeds of Peace' | CBS NEWS

In Day 3 of the weeklong series, The Early Show Goes To Camp, it’s Harry Smith’s turn to spend a day with some extraordinary campers. The following is his report. I traveled to Maine where, for the past 13 summers, a camp called Seeds of Peace has been bringing together some unlikely bunkmates: Kids from regions of conflict around the world. It pretty much looks like any other camp, with all the summer sports activities you can cram into a … FULL STORY

Jul 18, 2005

In July: "SEEDS" documentary
at Maine International Film Fest
& Play for Peace NBA Hoops Clinic

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Seeds of Peace, the internationally-recognized nonprofit organization, has two major events taking place in Maine next week: “SEEDS” documentary film to receive award at Maine International Film Festival The documentary film SEEDS will be showcased at the Maine International Film Festival on Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Waterville Opera House. The film, independently produced by Merge:Media, has been chosen to receive the Joan Phillips-Sandy Award at the festival; the award ceremony will take place … FULL STORY

Jul 15, 2005

US programme brings together Indians, Pakistanis | INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE

A US programme that brings together students from conflict areas for six weeks of training in peacemaking and conflict resolution has allowed Indians and Pakistanis to forge new friendships. “I was not brainwashed, not at all. It was my soul that was washed to remove all the stereotypes, distrust, fear and hatred,” Mohammad, a young Pakistani, told State Department officials and his Pakistani, Indian and Afghan peers after returning from the Seeds of Peace International Camp. Mohammad and his fellow … FULL STORY

Jul 4, 2005

Sowing seeds of peace through students | DAILY TIMES (Pakistan)

A delegation of 14 Pakistani students and two teachers has recently gone to attend the Seeds of Peace (SOP) International Summer Camp 2005 in the idyllic haunts of Otisfield, Maine. The camp brings together students from regions of conflict, including India and Pakistan, to help them understand each other. Direct interaction with the “enemy” helps reduce the prejudices and stereotypes about the other side. Students Amna Chaudhry, Aqsa Shahid, Jennifer Saleem Khan, Khadija Khan, Sarah Amjad, Sundus Manan, Mahak Bakhtiari, … FULL STORY

Jun 24, 2005

A wild idea takes root
| PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

BY SETH HARKNESS | OTISFIELD Before they traveled from the Gaza Strip to Maine this week, the closest the two Palestinian boys had ever come to speaking with an Israeli was at a military checkpoint, where soldiers shouted at them through megaphones. With the slight easing of tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in recent months, Basel Abu Shamala and Mohammad Albashedi, both 15, are the first young people from Gaza to attend Seeds of Peace camp in Otisfield since the outbreak of … FULL STORY


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