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Jul 29, 2014

Peace Camp in US Unites Israeli, Palestinian Teens | ASSOCIATED PRESS

It’s no surprise Noa Epstein worries about the safety of her husband, a reservist in the Israeli army called to duty as war smolders in the Gaza Strip. But, still carrying memories of a transformative summer camp experience nearly two decades ago, she knows there is another side to the conflict, and she is filled with concern for the Palestinians too. As rockets fly, troops battle and casualties mount in Gaza, teens from both sides of the border are heading … FULL STORY

Jul 28, 2014

Interview with Leslie Lewin | Stand Up! with Pete Dominick (SiriusXM RADIO)

Pete Dominick talks to Seeds of Peace Executive Director Leslie Lewin on SiriusXM Radio.

Jul 18, 2014

In US, fearful campers eye Middle East conflict | ASSOCIATED PRESS

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Fighting in the Middle East has made for a summer of high tension, tearful phone calls and unlikely friendships between Israelis and Palestinians attending camps in the U.S. that host participants from the region. Seeds of Peace, a lakeside camp in rural Otisfield, Maine, has brought together teenagers from countries at war for more than 20 years. Its counselors, also from Middle Eastern countries, say they all are united by fear of the violence raging overseas and … FULL STORY

Jul 16, 2014

Seeds of Peace Op-Ed | MSNBC

BY DONNA STEFANO | Last month I attended a gathering of Israeli and Palestinian organizations to discuss the collapse of the US-led peace initiative. I pointed out the challenge of mapping out a new strategy when so many Israelis and Palestinians are disillusioned with negotiations, noting that the only certainty we have in this region is that a single unforeseen event can take us down a path we would never have predicted. The very next day, a few miles down … FULL STORY

Jul 6, 2014

Read 2014 Session 1 Daily Camp Reports

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Throughout the summer of 2014, we will be posting daily reports and photos to keep everyone informed of what is happening at Camp. We know many of you wish you could join us at Camp; we hope these reports can be the next best thing! Read the latest report ››

Jul 3, 2014

Camp kicks off 22nd summer in Maine

OTISFIELD, MAINE | The 22nd summer of the Seeds of Peace International Camp is set to begin on July 7. This summer, Seeds of Peace will graduate nearly 300 young peacebuilders who will join over 5,000 alumni from 27 countries who have been making a difference across the globe since 1993. The first session of Camp welcomes over 100 teenagers from Maine as well as Syracuse, New York, who will come together to tackle internal tensions within their communities. Maine … FULL STORY

Jun 20, 2014

Pakistani and Afghan Seeds talk Taliban, democracy via videoconference

NEW YORK | Eighteen Pakistani and fifteen Afghan Seeds, and 9 of their friends, gathered for a crossborder videoconference on June 20. The virtual meeting helped participants understand the significance of recent developments in each other’s countries. “I was amazed to see the energetic youth from across the border interacting with each other on the hot issues between Pakistan and Afghanistan,” said one participant. “There is much more to discuss in order to eliminate misconceptions present on both sides of … FULL STORY

Jun 17, 2014

How to build peace, one teenager
at a time | Christian Science Monitor

BOSTON — It is not uncommon for people to roll their eyes when I tell them I work in the field of peacebuilding. Given that my work focuses on the Middle East and South Asia, people often joke that I am terrible at my job. I understand this reaction: It’s hard to look at the state of affairs in these regions and feel optimistic. Each day brings a fresh wave of injustice, violence, and political cowardice. And yet, I am … FULL STORY

Jun 14, 2014

Toll Bros. craftsmen revive Camp grounds in advance of 22nd summer

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Seventy-five Toll Brothers subcontractors, friends, and family spent their weekend preparing the Seeds of Peace International Camp for its 22nd summer. This year marks the 16th season that the Toll Brothers professionals have donated their time and resources to help facilitate the work that takes place with young leaders from global conflict regions. Toll Brothers, Inc. is one of America’s leading luxury homebuilders and Bob Toll, Executive Chairman of the Toll Brothers Board, is a member of … FULL STORY

Jun 12, 2014

Dexter vocational school students
prep Camp, engage in Seed-led dialogue

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Students and instructors from the Tri-County Technical Center in Dexter, Maine, applied the skills they study in the real world by relocating their workshop to the Seeds of Peace International Camp for three days. The 13 students also had the opportunity to experience Seeds of Peace’s leadership training and dialogue program. The June 10-12 program was the first step towards establishing a partnership between Seeds of Peace and Maine’s network of 27 technical and career high schools. … FULL STORY

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