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Due to the total closure of the West Bank on 12/5/01, Interfaith Peacebuilders delegations are postponed.

The December delegation may go at the end of January.

There are still spaces available!

Contact Ben or Joe if you'd like to go...

Urgent Appeal for an International Protection Force: Israeli Govt. Accused of Using U.S. Tragedy to Intensify Military Aggression Against Palestinians
[Gush Shalom, 9/17/01]

Interfaith Peacebuilders Delegation to Palestine & Israel

December 7 - December 21, 2001
Co-leaders: Ben Rempell and Joseph Groves


The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), the largest interfaith peace and justice organization in the United States, is sponsoring regular delegations to Israel and to the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem of Palestine.  The next Interfaith Peacebuilders delegation is scheduled for December 7 - December 21, 2001. 



In the fall of 2000, in response to the ongoing Al Aksa Intifada (Uprising), escalating violence, and calls for international observers in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and the цветы Чита for Rapprochement invited the FOR to send interfaith delegations to the region.  Our purpose is, first, to examine United States foreign policy in the region and the effects that it has on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; and secondly, to stand in solidarity with those seeking to end the occupation and build a just peace.


As the United States mourns and begins to process the horrifying events of September 11, the hatred that is permeating throughout the world along divides of ethnicity, religion, and nationality only emphasizes the importance of the Interfaith Peacebuilders Delegations.  The Interfaith Peacebuilders program assembles active citizenry from all faiths based on common values of peace and justice, an act that is now more vital than ever to demonstrate unity of purpose and compassion across religious boundaries.  In addition, the importance of sending American delegations to the Middle East in solidarity for peace and justice through nonviolent action has been increased exponentially during a time when hopes for revenge and war dominate the messages coming from America.



Delegations learn about Israeli military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem and the ongoing Palestinian uprising, examine the role of the US in the continuing occupation, live in Palestinian and Israeli homes, and observe the courageous and significant work of Israeli and Palestinian peace and human rights activists.   Delegations will also have the opportunity to participate in such actions as rebuilding Palestinian homes demolished by occupation authorities, removing roadblocks isolating Palestinian towns, and marches and vigils for peace.  Delegates are expected to participate in a two-day orientation in Nyack, near New York City, at the FOR national headquarters.



Delegations are open to people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds who are committed to nonviolence and active listening.  Participants must be mature, physically healthy, emotionally stable, flexible, respectful and 20 years of age or older.  Jews, Muslims, and Arabic or Hebrew speakers are especially encouraged to apply.  Delegations have eight to fifteen people, experienced co-leaders, and are accompanied by representatives of sponsoring organizations from the region. Upon completion of the program, delegates must be committed to educating the American public on their experience through a variety of mediums. 


How Much?

The approximate cost is $2,250 from New York, including air fare, lodging, local transportation, breakfasts and dinners.  


How to Apply?

For detailed information and an application form, contact:

Fellowship of Reconciliation, 521 N. Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960

Phone: (845) 358-4601 x 45

Fax: (845) 358-4924




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Muslim Peace Fellowship
Rabia Harris, Coordinator,
The Muslim Peace Fellowship is part of the Fellowship of Reconciliation network