WHY THIS MATTERS
While it is essential to work on achieving a resolution to the conflict at the diplomatic and political level, any agreement “transacted” by governments must be “translated” and sustained by the people to realize its intent.
In Israel’s segregated society, Arabs and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis have dwindling opportunity for significant contact and fewer and fewer opportunities to confront their prejudices and fears in a constructive manner. People to people organizations strive to offer meaningful, substantive interaction, an antidote to the hostility and negativity that festers even more virulently when there is no political or diplomatic horizon in sight.
J Street supports increasing funding for people to people programs that bring Israelis and Palestinians together at the grassroots level, including efforts to combat violence and incitement, including the establishment of an International Fund modeled on that created for Northern Ireland.
- Palestinian and Israeli NGOs must use their networks, skills and experience to insist on cooperation with one another.
- Dialogue, cross-border activities, and physical interactions are the best tools to change mindsets and foster democratic ideas of self-determination and peace.
- Israeli NGOs and activists must stand strong against de-legitimization attempts.
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE PEOPLE TO PEOPLE COMMUNITY
Advocate with your local Members of Congress to support the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.
Seek opportunities in your community to amplify the messages of these courageous, honorable men, women and children by visiting the websites listed below, hosting events for them in your communities, or attending relevant events in J Street’s calendar. These events increase grassroots activists’ hope and resolve in knowing that allies in the US are willing to help.