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.
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.
"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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The most recent round of conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has paused. Each side has experienced the period in a profoundly different way, and future policies that may even deepen the animosity. Read some of the main observations, questions, and speculations from our partners at +972 magazine.
+972 Magazine (972mag.com) 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.