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Jun 11, 2003

U.S.-funded summer camps
aim for understanding

BY JOHNATHAN RIEHL | Almost 10 years ago on the White House lawn, President Bill Clinton looked on proudly as Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shook hands with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, signaling what many hoped would be the beginning of a new era of peace in the Middle East. But with the collapse of what became known as the Oslo accords three years ago, virtually everything from those optimistic days has been swept under a resurgent tide of communal … FULL STORY

Program's focus expands to many areas of conflict | CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY

BY JOHNATHAN RIEHL | The Seeds of Peace youth leadership program first rose to prominence in 1993 because of its success in working with Israeli and Palestinian teenagers. But with the success of its camp in Otisfield, Maine, and its strong support in Congress, Seeds of Peace also has broadened its focus to others areas of conflict around the globe. Reflecting this expanded mandate, language in the committee report on the fiscal 2003 House Appropriations foreign operations spending bill praises … FULL STORY

Jun 3, 2003

Mideast visitors help sow seeds of peace among students | TIMES OF TRENTON (NJ)

BY KEN DERRY | SOUTH BRUNSWICK Understanding the tension within the Middle East can be complicated, but Rep. Rush Holt came to South Brunswick High School here yesterday to help educate students by offering two examples of tolerance. Holt, D-Hopewell Township, brought with him Shir Hahanov, a 19-year-old Israeli woman, and Shurouq Al-Sweitti, a 21-year-old Palestinian woman from Jericho. Both are alumnae of Seeds of Peace, a non-profit, non-political organization which provides an intense three-week camp where teenagers from regions … FULL STORY

May 26, 2003

Queen Noor headlines inaugural gala hosted by Seeds of Peace Florida Chapter

Israeli, Palestinian Seeds to also speak at ‘Hope Happens’ benefit in Orlando ORLANDO | The Florida Friends Chapter of Seeds of Peace will host its inaugural gala in Orlando on Sunday, June 1, 2003 at the Walt Disney World Hilton. The event will feature Her Majesty Queen Noor of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and be hosted by NewsChannel 2 anchor, Wendy Chioji. Aaron David Miller, President of Seeds of Peace and former advisor on Arab-Israeli negotiations to the last … FULL STORY

Apr 28, 2003

Teens from Middle East give lessons in tolerance | THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

BY STEPHANIE L. ARNOLD | Over the last two years, a group of teenagers from the Middle East and other war-torn areas has been working to change the world. Its most recent stop: Haverford. Its mission: Get students thinking about how people from different cultures can live in tolerance and understanding, even in the midst of war. The teens are alumni of Seeds of Peace, a nonprofit organization with an international camp in Maine that helps young people from areas of … FULL STORY

Apr 16, 2003

He has stake in Mideast peace

BY ELIZABETH AUSTER | WASHINGTON The last time the United States won a war against Iraq, Aaron Miller knew exactly what he hoped would happen next. So the lanky, long-haired son of a prominent Cleveland family helped draft a memo to his then-boss, former Secretary of State James Baker. The first Persian Gulf War, Miller argued, had rearranged the political furniture in the Mideast, offering a chance at last for a major breakthrough in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Getting a breakthrough … FULL STORY

Feb 27, 2003

MTV True Life: I Live in the Terror Zone

In this eminently timely and poignant installment, True Life: I Live in the Terror Zone examines the realities of life for three young Israelis and three young Palestinians as they try to navigate their treacherous war-torn world. Viewers will meet Yoni, an Israeli, as he struggles with feelings of rage and helplessness over the murder of his mother by Palestinians. The program also follows Hiba, a Palestinian, as she makes her way home through the maze of Israeli checkpoints for the Muslim … FULL STORY

Jan 31, 2003

Discovering our common humanity

“Out Beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” -Mevlana Jalal e-Din Rumi, philosopher BY BILLY GOLDBERG | The world is far from perfect. People are murdered, including young children and infants, because of the nation they call their home or the greater being they call their G-d. Even though terrible things like this occur, this “field” Rumi the philosopher spoke of does exist. I know, because I’ve been there. The “field” is … FULL STORY

Diplomatic Dispatches: Pursuing
Mideast peace with the next generation

BY NORA BOUSTANY | Aaron D. Miller remains focused—all 6-foot-3 of this disappointed but not dispirited Middle East peacemaker. Earlier this month, Miller became the latest retiree among the cadre of State Department officers who’ve spent careers trying to resolve the conflict between Jews and Arabs. But he didn’t abandon the quest. His new life, he announced, would be as president of Seeds of Peace, a nonprofit organization that pursues conciliation on a personal level. For the last 10 years, … FULL STORY

Jan 28, 2003

Planting global harmony
| THE RECORD (Bergen County, NJ)

BY VERENA DOBNIK | Seventeen-year-old Julia Frazier of Fort Lee has an indelible memory of summer camp: She’s standing on a large seesaw, 10 people balancing at each end, with a glass of water teetering at the fulcrum. The exercise was meant to show the teenagers, who came from around the world, what it takes to negotiate a peace between warring factions. When one person moved, all the others had to quickly shift in response. “If everyone took even a … FULL STORY

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