The Peres Center for Peace works to promote peacebuilding between Israel and its Arab neighbors, particularly between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel.
The Center’s programs empower participants to be actively engaged in peacebuilding in order to advance the creation of a real, effective and durable peace. Their programs take place in fields such as medicine, sports, agriculture, the environment, business, education, youth, technology, the arts, and more.
“To build an infrastructure of peace and reconciliation by and for the people of the Middle East that promotes socio-economic development, while advancing cooperation and mutual understanding.”
Five principles guide the Peres Center’s peacebuilding programs and activities:
- Dialogue and people-to-people interaction
- Capacity building through cooperation
- Nurturing a culture of peace in the region’s youth
- Business and economic cooperation
- Humanitarian response
* Girls Football (Twinned Peace Football School for Girls)
– Empower girls to be involved in physical activity and increase girls’ participation in football
– Enable Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish and Arab girls to get to know one another and build friendships through sport.
– Target communities typically less receptive to reconciliation and peacebuilding activities and unable to provide girls with high-quality extra-curricular afterschool activities.
– Girls will participate in activities twice a week in their own communities, and in monthly joint activities with their counterparts from ‘across the border’. Activities include playing football in mixed teams, peace education activities and inter-language learning.
– Project will run until the end of the school year with a ‘Mini Mondial’ all-girls football tournament modeled on the World Cup.
* Boys Football (Twinned Peace Football School for Boys)
– Provide Israeli and Palestinian boys aged 6-14 with football activities in order to instill values of peaceful coexistence and encourage self-development.
– Boys will participate in activities twice a week in their own communities, and in monthly joint activities with their counterparts from ‘across the border’. Activities include playing football in mixed teams, peace education activities and and inter-language learning.
– Project will run until the end of the school year with a ‘Mini Mondial’ all-boys football tournament modeled on the World Cup.
* Kick for Understanding, Play for Peace
– The Peres Center partners with KICKFAIR to work together on a number of initiatives including an exchange project with a special focus on youth leadership and peacebuilding through football. Together, they published KICK FOR UNDERSTANDING – PLAY FOR PEACE.
* Football Village for Hope
– Every summer, 100 Israeli and Palestinian children aged 10-14 from disadvantaged communities attend a week-long football training camp at a Kibbutz in Israel.
– Camp activities include sports and social outings to help promote understanding, cooperation, and friendship between the youth. The goal of the camp is to provide a meaningful impression on the participants so they can relay the message of peace, tolerance and understanding to their families, friends, and communities.
How to get involved:
* The Peres Center has tax-deductible status in the United States and the United Kingdom. Find a way to give here.
* Visit the Peres Peace House located in Jaffa, Israel and is open to the public.
* Visit this page to learn about Peres Center events.
* Learn about available Peres Center Internships and Volunteer as well as Career Opportunities.
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