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In it for the long haul: The Israeli-Palestinian peace-building community in turbulent times

The recent annual conference of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), an umbrella organization of over 100 civil society organizations working on Israeli-Palestinian peace-building, offers a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the doings of this community and reflect on the way forward for civil society in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian peace-building efforts.

By Sarah Charlotte Henkel

Workshop „Gaza 2020 – What Kind of Future?“

Zehn Jahre nach dem Rückzug Israels und der gewaltsamen Machtübernahme durch die Hamas scheint die Lage im Gazastreifen aussichtsloser denn je. Mangelnde Energie- und Wasserversorgung, die hohe Arbeitslosigkeit, fehlende ökonomische Perspektiven und die autoritäre Herrschaft der Hamas untergraben die Hoffnungen der rund 1,8 Millionen EinwohnerInnen auf Entwicklung und Stabilität in dem Gebiet. Auch die wiederholten Gewaltausbrüche – zuletzt im Gazakreg 2014 – haben ihre Spuren hinterlassen und einen Großteil der Infrastruktur zerstört. Viele befürchten, dass es nur eine Frage der Zeit ist, bis sich die Lage weiter zuspitzt und zu einer neuen Welle der Gewalt führt.

By Lucia Heisterkamp

Netanyahu vs. the Generals

Israel’s prime minister is fighting hard to weaken the most important moderate force in his country. Which is why he’s going to be a big problem for the next U.S. president. 

By Amir Tibon

Two States - One State - No State?

In the past few weeks Israelis and Palestinians are facing increased violence. What are the reasons behind this new round of escalation? Have a look at the short movie from our latest discussion.  

A Progressive Response to BDS

Those convinced that Israel should not have been created in the first place, are entitled to their opinion. They must come clean about seeking a post-Israel endgame. An essay by Prof. Dan Rabinowitz

"Jerusalem: The Core of the Conflict" Opening Speach

"Since the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem following the Six-Day-War of 1967, together with Moshe Dayan’s declaration that Israel will never again leave Jerusalem, the city has not known quiet.Since the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem following the Six-Day-War of 1967, together with Moshe Dayan’s declaration that Israel will never again leave Jerusalem, the city has not known quiet". Read our director Kerstin Mueller opening speach on our latest Jerusalem Talks.

No Voice: Hopes for Israeli elections from those who cannot vote

Over 200,000 people with no legal status live in Israel today. There are another 4 million in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. All of these people are directly affected by Israeli elections but they have not right to vote. This is what they have to say — about the Right and the Left, the ‘demographic threat,’ peace, war, democracy and dictatorship (+972 Magazine).


What are the chances of a change?

Israel is heading towards early elections this March. Much of the public discourse is focused on the chances of the "Zionist Camp" to form the next coalition or on the prospect of a third term for a Netanyahu led government. Even though rightists still have quite a good chance of forming the next government again, this election is turning out decidedly different from those in recent memory.

By Oz Aruch, Kerstin Mueller

An interview with MK Stav Shafir

Stav Shafir, the youngest Member of Knesset, scored a major political achievement last week, coming in second at the Labor Party primary elections. While many newly elected MKs tend to fade into the back rows of the opposition, Shafir, elected at age 27, has shined. (History Central)
The following Interview does not formally represent an official endorsement or view of The Heinrich Böll Foundation Israel.

By Marc Schulman

As the First City Worldwide, Tel Aviv-Jaffa Adopts UNSCR 1325

On November 9th, the City Council of Tel Aviv-Jaffa adopted the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Woman, Peace and Security, which makes Tel Aviv the international pioneer in implementing this important resolution. On this historic occasion, a festive reception was held on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa City Hall rooftop. Kerstin Müller, the Director of the HBS Israel Office, was one of the speakers.

By Kerstin Mueller

"Ripe for Resolution”: Is it Time for a Peace Agreement?

For those on the left, simply beginning an operation without definite political objectives, and the terrible price paid for that decision with the lives of civilians and soldiers on both sides, was bad enough, particularly when accompanied by the loss of a window of opportunity for an Israeli peace initiative with the Palestinian Authority.

By Prof. Dan Jacobson

What if and What’s next

It's too soon to fully analyze the impact of this war – especially since there are those who believe the war might resume. A few things are clear. In the short term, this war helped the extremes on both sides, as wars often do

By Marc Schulman

Ending the conflict means engaging Israeli, Palestinian civil society

+972 Magazine ( is a blog-based web magazine that is jointly owned and operated by a group of journalists, analysts and bloggers, based primarily in Israel and Palestine. Their goal is to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of events in the region. After 3 years of operation, +972 Magazine has emerged as one of the most important English-language platform for progressive writing from Israel/Palestine. The Heinrich Boell Foundation has partnered with +972 Magazine ever since its inception, in support of freedom of though and speech in Israel. Following is an article first published in +972mag.