SPIRIT OF GENEVA CAMPAIGN
Brit Tzedek's "Spirit of Geneva Campaign,"
initiated in December 2003, seeks to bring the American Jewish
community a message of renewed hope for a negotiated two-state
resolution of the conflict—such as that modeled by the Geneva
Accord, the People's
Voice Initiative, and OneVoice. The
Spirit of Geneva means that peace is possible, that the details
of a just and viable two-state solution for both Israel and the
Palestinians are clear, and that there are partners for peace on
The Geneva Accord, People's Voice, and
OneVoice provide grassroots organizing tools to stimulate
discussion in Israel, the occupied territories, and
internationally. Brit Tzedek has played a key role in the U.S.
as our chapters have held hundreds of events across the country,
including house meetings, educational sessions, press
conferences, speaking tours, and video showings to promote the
"Spirit of Geneva." Learn more about our Spirit of Geneva Campaign.
Below you can read more about
developments in these three important peace initiatives over the
past six months.
ACCORD DEVELOPMENTS IN PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
On the one-year
anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Accord, the Palestinian Peace Coalition-Geneva Initiative
(PPC) launched a major advertising campaign on local
Palestinian television stations. The campaign consists of six
short films featuring Israeli political and military leaders
voicing their support for the idea of two states for two people.
The PPC has
also has just published its first newsletter which summarizes the first
year of its activities on behalf of the Geneva Initiative in the
West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem.
Some of the
highlights of the past six months that are detailed in the
* Over 1400
youth participated in summer camps held in locations across the
occupied territories. The camps' aims were to make young people
aware of the decisive role that they play in bringing peace,
stability, and security to a future Palestinian state and to
train them in the leadership and political organizing skills to
make this possible.
* The first
seminar on the culture of peace and conflict resolution
concerning the policies and programs of Palestinian civil
society institutions was held in Hebron.
* A nationwide
billboard campaign was launched to encourage democratic debate
and public speech among the Palestinian people and to promote a
negotiated, two-state political solution to the
are underway to start "peace clubs" in schools and universities
in the West Bank to promote the concepts of dialogue,
reconciliation, democracy, nonviolence, peace, and
GENEVA ACCORD DEVELOPMENTS IN
During the last
year the Israeli Geneva Initiative architects (Israeli GI) have spoken to thousands of
citizens. Through rallies and conferences, house gatherings and
tours, personal and interactive meetings, they communicated a
multifaceted message: there is a detailed plan for a
permanent status peace, and there is a partner for this plan on
the other side. At the end of the first year of their journey
throughout the country, they are convinced that the citizens of
Israel are full of hope that it is possible to reach an
agreement that will serve Israel's real interests.
Over the past six months:
* Fifteen "Day in the
Town" projects from Kiryat Shemona to Eilat were held, through
which this campaign reached close to 10,000 residents in
schools, local organizations, and public rallies.
* Thirty tours
focusing on the route of the security fence in the Jerusalem
area to demonstrate the advantages of the Geneva route, as
opposed to the current delineation, drew over 1500 participants.
* A Public
Council comprised of 300 senior people from the security,
academic, government, and social sectors and from numerous
political parties, including Labor, Likud, Shas, Shinui, and
Yachad, has been formed. In addition, nearly 13,000 volunteers
have been enlisted.
* A major new
campaign entitled "There is a Partner for a Peace Agreement,"
was launched recently to introduce Palestinian representatives
to an Israeli audience via ad
clips to be run in cinemas and on the most popular
In the upcoming
year Israeli GI will focus on presenting Palestinian partners
and on the need to move from a disengagement plan to a permanent
status agreement. The group's efforts will be channeled to put
public pressure on the government to talk with the Palestinians
and conduct serious negotiations with them in order to reach a
permanent status peace.
Israelis and 161,000 Palestinians have signed the People's
Voice Initiative as of December 21,
Initiative creators Ami Ayalon and Sari Nusseibeh recently
published an op-ed in the Jerusalem Post entitled The Future is in our Hands, which
provided a real and unique opportunity to help forge a future,
fulfilling both the Palestinian dream for a viable democratic
state and the Zionist dream of a democratic Jewish homeland.
Those who reject such a vision have had their say, and we see
where that has brought us. A majority of Israelis and
Palestinians want to live side by side, building their own
states and dreams in this beautiful, ancient, and troubled land.
It is time that the people's voice be heard.
In September 2004,
OneVoice unveiled results from the
first-ever public citizen negotiations, through which,
remarkably, 113,000 ordinary Palestinians and Israelis achieved
consensus on ten essential pillars for conflict resolution after
three intense rounds of
OneVoice has achieved the
unique status of a mainstream, non-partisan movement with field
organizers in every major Palestinian city and village, as well
as in most refugee camps, that are dedicated to promoting a
nonviolent resolution to the conflict. The organization is now
actively organizing an unprecedented get-out-the-vote campaign,
mobilizing moderate Palestinians to vote in the upcoming
Palestinian TV Airs Geneva Accord Ad
Campaign, Haaretz, December 22,
The Geneva Accord Moves to Center Stage,
PA Mulling Adoption of Geneva Accords,
Maariv, December 5,
Geneva Initiative Co-authors Mark One-Year
Anniversary by Call to Kick off Negotiations,
Palestinian Media Center, November 30, 2004
The Path to Geneva, Yossi Beilin,
Tikkun, May/June 2004
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