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Jewish Peace Organizations (United States)

Ameinu - Formerly known as the Labor Zionist Alliance is an organization working for a progressive Israel and America.

Americans For Peace Now - Founded in 1981 to support the activities of the Israel-based Shalom Achshav (Peace Now).

Habonim Dror - Founded in 1935, Habonim Dror (the Builders of Freedom) is a Progressive Labor Zionist Youth movement dedicated to building stronger relations between North American Jewish youth and the State of Israel and creating Jewish leaders who will work for social justice, equality, peace and coexistence in Israel and North America.

Hashomer Hatzair - youth movement, based on the principles of Progressive Zionism, Social Justice, Progressive Judaism and self-actualization, and committed to peace and equality.

Israel Policy Forum - A not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that supports active and sustained American efforts aimed at resolving the conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Jewish Peace Fellowship - Nondenominational Jewish organization committed to active nonviolence as a means of resolving conflict, drawing on Jewish traditional sources. JPF publishes the Jewish Peace letter 2 to 3 times a year.

Jewish Peace Lobby - An American Jewish organization which seeks to promote a just and lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its central focus is US foreign policy, regularly engaging US policy makers as well as Israeli and Palestinian policy makers.

Jewish Voice for Peace - A national grassroots Jewish peace group that seeks to mobilize a national and international constituency of Jews to push for a change in Israeli and U.S. policies. JVP’s guiding principle is that U.S. foreign policy must be based on promoting peace, democracy, human rights, and respect for international law.

Meretz USA - A progressive Zionist organization that educates Americans about issues of civil rights and peace in Israel, and promotes the values of peace, pluralism and democracy in Israel. Meretz USA publishes a periodical, Israel Horizons, about five times a year.

Rabbis for Human Rights North America - a rabbinic organization dedicated to education, advocacy, prayer, and action in support of human rights.  It has focused on supporting the work of Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel, but is now developing new initiatives on human rights in the United States as well.

Religious Action Center of Reform Movement - For over 40 years, RAC has educated and mobilized the American Jewish community on legislative and social concerns as an advocate to Congress on issues ranging from Israel and Soviet Jewry, to economic justice and civil rights, to international peace and religious liberty.

The Shalom Center - A network of American Jews who draw on Jewish tradition and spirituality to seek peace, pursue justice, heal the earth, and build community. Its director is Rabbi Arthur Waskow.

Union of Progressive Zionists - Brings a Progressive Zionist message and infrastructure to college campuses and local communities. Founded by Meretz USA, Labor Zionist Alliance, Habonim Dror, and Hashomer Hatzair, UPZ is providing an outlet for college students who want to promote a progressive Zionist vision.

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Arab Peace Organizations (United States)

American Task Force on Palestine - A nonprofit that is a leading provider of development, health, education and employment programs to Palestinian communities and impoverished families throughout the Middle East.

Anera - American Near East Refugee Aid - A nonprofit corporation that aims to articulate the national security interests of the United States in establishing a Palestinian state. 

Arab American Institute - A nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.

Muslim Peace Fellowship - U.S.-based Muslim group that seeks to view the world through Islam and full of peace, security and non-violence.

Palestinians for Peace and Democracy - Grassroots movement of Palestinians at home and in the Diaspora, but welcomes supporters from all walks of life. P4PD is dedicated to the promotion of peace and justice for the Palestinian people and the use of peaceful resistance to the occupation.

Salam al-Ann (Palestinians for Peace Now) - Group for Palestinians who support peace and has a 9-part agenda that consists of policies on peace agreements, refugees and Jerusalem to name a few.

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Interfaith and Secular Peace Organizations (United States)

The Compassionate Listening Project - The Compassionate Listening Project teaches conflict resolution and reconciliation skills for resolving conflict at all levels - from personal to global. The Project has ushered nearly 500 American citizens and leaders to Israel and Palestine to listen to the grievances, hopes and dreams of people on all sides of the conflict, and brings them together for trainings and events to rehumanize the other.

Fellowship of Reconciliation - An interfaith and international movement with branches and groups in over 40 countries and on every continent. They promote trips to Israel for Jews and Christians seeking to learn about peace and reconciliation

FindCommonGround - is an organization dedicated to bringing people together from both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to listen and to educate. Through events, presentations, and discussions, the group strives to engage the American populace in a new and deeper way to inform and involve our community and its leaders to move toward a solution in the Middle East.

Campaign for American Leadership in the Middle East (CALME) - An internet initiative that gathers public support for U.S. efforts to achieve a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their open letter to the President supports a two-state solution and calls on the government to actively pursue a peaceful settlement between Israelis and Palestinians. Also, check out their online journal.

Hands of Peace - a US- based group that seeks to foster long term peaceful coexistence among Jewish-Israelis, Arab-Israelis, and West Bank Palestinians by bringing young people from the Middle East together with a comparable number of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim American teens for a two-week coexistence experience in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Interfaith Encounter Association - Organization of Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze religious scholars that promotes co-existence through interfaith dialogue.

Refuser Solidarity Network - Provide support for the growing Refuser movement in Israel. The overall objective of the RSN is to support all Israelis who refuse to serve occupation.

Search for Common Ground - Promotes ways to transform the way the world deals with conflict through cooperative solutions I think this is an interfaith group, we can ask Gil Kulick who used to work there.

Tikkun Community - A liberal alternative voice in the Jewish community and as a spiritual alternative to the voices of materialism and selfishness in Western society. Tikkun provides a space for both affiliated and non-affiliated Jews who seek to renew their Judaism and a space for Jews and non-Jews alike to shape a politics out of spiritual values.

U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East - National organization of Jews, Christians and Muslims dedicated to dialogue, education and advocacy for peace based on the deepest teachings of the three religious traditions. Founded in 1987.

Walk the Road to Peace - National multi-faith campaign organized to support the Road Map to Peace in the Middle East. Initiated by American Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders, the "Walk" is an unprecedented inter-religious effort to rally religious leaders and their constituents to support the Road Map and counter the forces of violence and fundamentalism.

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Israeli-Palestinian Peace Organizations

Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace - An independent, non-profit organization which promotes democracy and peace education, focusing on breaking down stereotypes and teaching non-violent methods of conflict resolution.

Adva Center - Conducts policy analysis, advocacy work, and public outreach to inform policy makers and the general public in Israel and abroad about equity and social justice issues in Israeli society. Adva’s analysis integrates gender, ethnicity and nationality.

Alliance For Middle East Peace - The Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) is a coalition of 44 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), who promote people-to-people coexistence between Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East. Through ALLMEP, Americans from diverse religious, ethnic, and political backgrounds can finally join together in support of real efforts to build lasting peace in the region.

The Arava Institute - The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is the premier environmental teaching and research program in the Middle East, preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the
region's environmental challenges. Located in the heart of Israel's Arava desert, the Arava Institute is a unique oasis of environmental education, research, and international cooperation.

The Arab-Jewish Community Center - Established in 1993, the AJCC fosters better understanding, tolerance, and democratic values among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim populations in Jaffa while preserving ethnic, religious and national identities. The Center provides the community with a wide variety of programs, ranging from social welfare and assistance to families in need, to educational programs, empowerment initiatives, multi-cultural events and celebrations.

Arik Institute for Reconciliation, Tolerance, and Peace - A non-political group working to foster reconciliation, tolerance and peace through public activities involving Israelis and Palestinians.

The Association for Civil Rights - Founded in l972, ACRI is Israel's foremost civil and human rights organization, working to promote and protect rights through litigation, education and legal counseling.

Bat Shalom - Israeli national feminist grassroots organization of Jewish and Palestinian Israeli women working together for a genuine peace grounded in a just resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, respect for human rights, and an equal voice for Jewish and Arab women within Israeli society.

Breaking the Silence - is an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers that collects testimonies of soldiers who served in the Occupied Territories during the Second Intifadah. Soldiers who serve in the Territories are witness to, and participate in military actions which change them immensely. Cases of abuse towards Palestinians, looting, and destruction of property have been the norm for years, but are still excused as military necessities, or explained as extreme and unique cases.

B'Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories has earned international recognition as the leading Israeli organization monitoring and documenting human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and advocating for positive change. Founded in l989, B'Tselem has published over 50 reports on a wide variety of human rights issues, and engaged in various advocacy campaigns.

BUSTAN - A small, committed partnership of Jewish and Arab activists, architects, eco-builders and organic farmers promoting environmental justice and human rights. BUSTAN was created to address the environmental degradation and disappearance of the rural landscape in Israel/Palestine as a by-product of the continued territorial war and occupation. BUSTAN recognizes the economic, social and environmental impact on the land, and the people of the land. They work primarily with the Bedouin.

Coalition of Women for a Just Peace - One of the leading voices in Israel advocating for a just and viable peace between Israel and Palestine since its founding in November 2000. The Coalition brings together independent women and nine women's peace organizations, some newly formed and others promoting coexistence since the founding of the state of Israel.

Combatants for Peace - A group which brings together Israelis and Palestinians who were formerly involved in the cycle of violence. Now these former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters work together to end the violence and achieve a two-state solution. The group regularly holds speaking engagements across the U.S.

Council on Peace and Security - Voluntary body with no party political affiliation bringing together some 1000 members, each with a rich background in fields associated with security and diplomacy. The aim is to turn member's experience and knowledge into public knowledge, allowing the public to formulate knowledgeable opinions on security-related issues in the peace process.

Courage to Refuse - Founded following the publication of The Combatants Letter in 2002 by a group of 50 combat officers and soldiers.

EcoPeace - Friends of the Earth Middle East - At EcoPeace-FoEME, Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian environmentalists join forces to create sustainable development and peace in the region, with an emphasis on regional cooperation in environmental issues.

The Geneva Initiative - Joint Israeli-Palestinian effort that suggests a detailed model for a peace agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—proving that peace is possible, demonstrating that partners for peace do exist and are campaigning tirelessly to achieve that peace.

Gush Shalom - Extra-parliamentary organization with the primary aim to influence Israeli public opinion and lead it towards peace and conciliation with the Palestinian people.

Hand in Hand - Through its growing network of bilingual and multicultural accredited public schools for Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel, Hand in Hand is educating the next generation, from kindergarten through high school, who will create a more democratic, secure, and peaceful future. Its far-reaching impact extends to government leadership, communities, and educators across the country. Its award-winning schools in Jerusalem, the Galilee, and Wadi Ara focus on academic excellence, and its pioneering curriculum fosters mutual understanding as well as pride in one's heritage.

Interns for Peace - Trains community development peace workers, in Israel and the West Bank/Gaza, Jordan, and Egypt, who initiate joint projects between Jews and Arabs in Israel.

Ir Amim - Ir Amim is an Israeli non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in order to actively engage in those issues impacting on Israeli-Palestinian relations in Jerusalem and on the political future of the city.

Israel Committee Against House Demolitions - Non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories. ICAHD's activities have extended to three interrelated spheres: resistance and protest actions in the Occupied Territories; efforts to bring the reality of the Occupation to Israeli society; and mobilizing the international community for a just peace.

Jerusalem Peacemakers - Jerusalem Peacemakers works at the sub-Non-Govermental Organization level. They focus on people supporting people, with a humanitarian and interfaith emphasis.

Jerusalem Stories Project - Jerusalem Stories harnesses the power of personal stories and portrait photographs to promote empathy between people, a critical component of sustainable peace. Jerusalem Stories enables people to develop a human perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Just Vision Project - Uses video and cutting-edge web technology to highlight the efforts of Israeli and Palestinian civilians working for peace at the grassroots. Their belief is that informed, inspired audiences can make constructive decisions in support of peace.

MAARAG - The Association for Advancement of Education in a Multicultural Society: MAARAG (Hebrew for "Weave"), works to promote intercultural understanding by providing northern Israel's Jewish and Arab local governments, schools, and communities with the necessary tools and skills to build a sense of shared citizenship among their diverse, often conflict-ridden communities.

Masar Centre - Masar's mission is to foster understanding and cooperation between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East by designing and executing projects on the people-to-people level. Especially through its focus on youth, Masar works to create an infrastructure to support future peacemaking and peacebuilding in the Middle East.

Maschsom Watch - Founded in January 2001 in response to repeated reports in the press about human rights abuses of Palestinians crossing army and border police checkpoints. Its goals are: to monitor the behavior of soldiers and police at checkpoints; to ensure that the human and civil rights of Palestinians attempting to enter Israel are protected; and to record and report the results of their observations to the widest possible audience, from the decision-making level to that of the general public.

Middle East Children Association - Through MECA, hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian educators come together to create a professional dialogue and joint projects aimed at assisting their students in exploring tolerance, difference, human rights, democracy, and mutual respect.

Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam - Arab-Jewish village in Israel—an intentional community of equal numbers of Jewish and Palestinian Arab families of Israeli citizenship who live together, and educate their children bilingually together, in commuting distance from Jerusalem. They run a School for Peace and do outreach educational work for peace, through seminars, courses, curricula.

One Voice - Grassroots campaign to have Israelis and Palestinians independently sign onto their principles of co-existence and independence of the two peoples. OneVoice aims to amplify the voice of the overwhelming but heretofore silent majority of moderates who wish for peace and prosperity, empowering them to demand accountability from elected representatives and ensure that the agenda is not hijacked by forces of militant absolutism.

Oz v'Shalom- Netivot Shalom - Founded in 1975 in order to present an alternative expression of religious Zionism. It is committed to promoting the ideals of tolerance, pluralism, and justice, concepts which have always been central to Jewish tradition and law.

Parents Circle-Family Forum - Operational apparatus of the Parents' Circle organization. Members include hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families who have lost, as a result of the conflict, a first degree family member and accepted the principles and objectives of the Forum. The Families Forum acts to prevent further bereavement which is threatening Israeli society and the peoples in the region as a result of the absence of peace.

Peace Now The veteran Israeli peace movement, founded on the eve of Camp David by a few dozen reservist officers who wrote a letter to then-premier Menachem Begin of the Likud Party, asking him to be flexible with the Egyptians. See also Americans for Peace Now (APN)

People’s Voice Campaign - Israeli-Palestinian civil initiative that aims to advance the process of achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The People's Voice is intended to persuade leaders on both sides to end the conflict by means of mass signatures on a joint statement of principles.

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel - Nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, dedicated to promoting and protecting the right to health care in Israel and in territories under Israel's effective control. Their activities include direct intervention and the provision of medical aid, advocacy, legal action, public outreach, community education and campaigning.

Rabbis for Human Rights - Advocates on behalf of human rights from a religious perspective, founded in l988. They are the only Israeli Rabbinic organization in Israel bringing together rabbis of Reform, Orthodox, Conservative and Reconstructionist backgrounds.

Radio All for Peace - AFP is a joint radio station run by and for Israelis and Palestinians. With 50,000 daily listeners to its programs and music in Hebrew, Arabic, and English, AFP's round-the-clock FM radio and Internet broadcasts create a unique platform for dialogue across the borders. AFP strive to provide messages of peace, human rights and moderate voices, most of which are absent from pubic discourse and mainstream media in Israel and the PA.

Sulha Peace Project - Is a grassroots organization inspired by the indigenous process of mediation (Sulha), aims to rebuild trust, restore dignity and move beyond the political agenda.Working primarily on the grassroots level, we are preparing people for peace "from below" and complementing peacemaking efforts that are undertaken at the governmental and diplomatic level.

Sikkuy - Jewish-Arab advocacy organization dedicated to advancing civic equality between Jewish and Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel. Since its founding in 1991, Sikkuy has worked to mainstream the concept of a shared civil society in Israel.

Ta'ayush - A partnership of Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel, named after the Arabic word for "life in common," working for a future of equality, justice and peace.

Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation - YIFC promotes Israeli-Palestinian pragmatic dialogue and understanding, and fosters constructive joint projects at the young leadership level. It brings together American, European, Israeli, and Palestinian activists from diverse social backgrounds and political beliefs to explore and undertake cooperative efforts to promote mutual respect, understanding, and peace.

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Palestinian Peace Organizations

Adalah - Independent human rights organization, registered in Israel. It is a non-profit, non-governmental, and non-partisan legal center. Established in November 1996, it serves Arab citizens of Israel, numbering over one million people or close to 20% of the population. Adalah ("Justice" in Arabic) works to protect human rights in general, and the rights of the Arab minority in particular.

Al Haq - West Bank affiliate of The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)- Geneva, Al Haq is a Palestinian human rights organization located in the West Bank city of Ramallah, in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Al-Haq was established in 1979 with the goal of protecting and promoting human rights and respect for the rule of law in the occupied Palestinian territories. Al-Haq conducts and disseminates legal and human rights research based on international and humanitarian law, as well as on human rights principles and standards.

Alternative Palestinian Agenda - Seeks acknowledgment of the integral relationship of both Israelis and Palestinians to the region and mutual accommodation of both peoples’ concerns and aspirations.

Christian Peacemakers Team in Hebron - Offers an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter-group conflict. CPT provides organizational support to persons committed to faith-based nonviolent alternatives in situations where lethal conflict is an immediate reality or is supported by public policy.

Holy Land Trust - Palestinian non-profit organization established in 1998 in Bethlehem with the aim of strengthening, encouraging and improving the Palestinian community through working with children, families, youth, and the non-governmental organization (NGO) community. This is achieved on three levels: the creation of community awareness programs, working on local and international advocacy initiatives, and building local and international networks and partnership programs.

The Hope Flowers School - Palestinian school in Al-Khader, in the south Bethlehem area of the West Bank ( Palestine), dedicated to education for coexistence, peace, non-violence and democracy

Jerusalem Center for Women - A Palestinian non-governmental women’s center in East Jerusalem founded simultaneously with the Israeli women’s center Bat Shalom in 1994. . The two organizations operate independently, but carry out joint Palestinian-Israeli programs through a coordinating body known as the Jerusalem Link.

Jozoor - Jozoor, which means "roots" in Arabic, provides entrepreneurship training and access to capital in rural West Bank communities. Jozoor's programs foster coexistence by integrating social development components into a basic business skills curriculum. Programs are designed to help encourage self-sufficiency and alleviate economic problems in the community, and at the same time encourage a positive outlook on the future.

MIFTAH - Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, MIFTAH is a non-governmental, non-partisan, Jerusalem-based institution dedicated to fostering democracy and good governance within Palestinian society in a manner that promotes public accountability and transparency while maintaining the free flow of information and ideas. Established in December 1998.

Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People - Organizes volunteers for community service projects in the Palestinian community

Panorama – the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy & Community Development: Panorama contributes to community development and builds a pluralistic Palestinian society by promoting issues related to the relationship between the citizen and the society. Panorama runs its programs through three offices in Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Gaza and frequently works jointly with Israeli and Israeli/Palestinian NGOs such as MECA and All for Peace Radio.

Wi'am - Grassroots organization that strives alongside other democratic forces present in the larger Bethlehem community to build a democratic and just society.

Young Entrepreneurs Palestine - YEP is a membership, non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Palestine. Working with Israeli NGOs, the organization encourages young people, especially young women, to start their own businesses and also supports existing businesses so that the younger generation of entrepreneurs can influence and play a major role in shaping the future Palestine through a series of youth-led projects in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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Dialogue Projects

Bitter Lemons Presents Israeli and Palestinian viewpoints focusing on the conflict and peace process. Produced, edited and partially written by Ghassan Khatib, a Palestinian, and Yossi Alper, an Israeli. Its goal is to contribute to mutual understanding through the open exchange of ideas.

Combatants for Peace - A group which brings together Israelis and Palestinians who were formerly involved in the cycle of violence. Now these former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters work together to end the violence and achieve a two-state solution. The group regularly holds speaking engagements across the U.S.

Compassionate Listening Project - U.S.-based non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals and building bridges between people, communities and nations in conflict. Compassionate Listening was originated by Gene Knudsen Hoffman, founder of the US/USSR Reconciliation program of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and developed by Leah Green and Carol Hwoschinsky.

Crisis: Israel - Online forum of ideas for people who genuinely seek answers to the ongoing conflict in Israel, published by Bruce S. Ticker, an American Jew from Philadelphia.

The Dialogue Project - Brooklyn-based organization devoted to building among people and communities feeling tension and hostility around race, religion or ethnicity, especially having to do with the Middle East.

Encounter - Online dialogue and economic development project that promotes human rights, communication and reconciliation

Face2Face - The Face2Face project is to make portraits of Palestinians and Israelis doing the same job and to post them face to face, in huge formats, in unavoidable places, on the Israeli and the Palestinian sides.

Hands of Peace - a US- based group that seeks to foster long term peaceful coexistence among Jewish-Israelis, Arab-Israelis, and West Bank Palestinians by bringing young people from the Middle East together with a comparable number of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim American teens for a two-week coexistence experience in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Living Room Dialogue Group - Founded in July, 1992in the San Francisco Bay area by Len and Libby Traubman to begin a long-term dialogue between Palestinian and Jewish Americans, discovering common ground and improving the environment for reconciliation here in America.

New Ground: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change - A joint project of the Progressive Jewish Alliance and the Muslim Public Affairs Council that engages diverse groups of Muslims and Jews in community building and inter-faith education and reflection, leadership training, and civic engagement.

Open House Center - Founded in 1991 to further peace and coexistence among Israeli Arabs and Jews in the mixed city of Ramle. Its goals are to provide educational and social opportunities to Arab children and their families through the Center for the Development of the Arab Child; and to be a place of encounter and cooperation between Jews and Arabs in the Ramle-Lod area through the Center for Jewish-Arab Co-existence.

The Promises Project - Movie shot between 1995 and 2000 about the lives of seven Jerusalem children, both Israeli and Palestinian.

Peace X Peace - Peace X Peace (pronounced “peace by peace”) empowers women as the most effective means to enrich lives locally and promote peace globally. They connect women’s groups (“Circles”) in the United States with women’s Circles everywhere in the world—directly via the Internet—for the exchange of information and personal experiences that typically result in mutually supportive actions.

Seeds of Peace - non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to preparing teenagers from areas of conflict with the leadership skills required to promote coexistence and peace. While the organization focuses primarily on the Middle East, its programs have expanded to include other regions of conflict. As of 2003, participants come from the Middle East, the Balkans, South Asia, and Cyprus.

Soliya - Aims to create a network of young leaders with the cross-cultural knowledge, communication skills, and international connections they need to improve the relationship between the US and the Arab & Muslim World.

Windows - Aims to create a network of young leaders with the cross-cultural knowledge, communication skills, and international connections they need to improve the relationship between the US and the Arab & Muslim World.

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Foundations

Abraham Fund - Calls for Israel’s government to reduce spending gaps between the Jewish and Arab sectors in health, education, welfare and infrastructure, and to enact policies that will increase Israeli Arab participation in higher education and the workforce.

The Ford Foundation - A resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Their goals are to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement.

Hamline University/Colleges for Reconciliation and Development (MECRD) - MECRD's fully accredited, college-level professional programs promote peace and coexistence among the Palestinian, Israeli, Jordanian and neighboring communities in the Middle East which they serve. MECRD's courses promote both economic and social infrastructure, as well as democracy and peace.

New Israel Fund - Works to strengthen Israel's democracy and to promote freedom, justice and equality for all Israel's citizens.

The Shefa Fund - Encourages American Jews to use tzedakah to create a more just society, and in the process, to transform Jewish life so that it becomes more socially conscious and spiritually invigorating.

University of the Middle East Project - At UME, educators, professionals, and civil society leaders from all countries in the Middle East and North Africa study together in a range of graduate-level subjects. In an atmosphere of diversity and full equality, UME programs promote educational leadership for critical thinking, open inquiry, cross-cultural understanding and regional cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa. Students not only gain substantive knowledge in their chosen disciplines, but they also learn about each other, developing both a collective sense of identity and a commitment to regional cooperation.

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Institutes and Policy Forums

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee - A grassroots civil rights organization committed primarily to defending the civil rights of Arab Americans, promoting civic participation, and encouraging a balanced U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.  Its Legislative Action Center regularly features issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem - Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development in the occupied Palestinian territories and the self-reliance of the Palestinian people through greater control over their natural resources. The Institute works specifically to augment the local stock of scientific and technical knowledge and to introduce and devise more efficient methods of resource utilization and conservation, improved practices, and appropriate technology.

Arab American Institute - Represents the policy and community interests of Arab Americans throughout the U.S. and aims to promote Arab American participation in U.S. democratic institutions through its Legislative Action Center.

Center for Peace and Economic Cooperation - A private, non-profit, non-partisan organization that encourages all relevant parties – Israel, the Palestinians, Arab countries, the United States, Europe, etc. – to reach just and comprehensive peace that will bring an end to the Israeli-Arab conflict.  The Center's activities include travel in the region, diplomatic exchanges, and conferences featuring Middle Eastern and relevant international leaders seeking peace. Established in 1989 by then-Slim Fast Foods Chairman S. Daniel Abraham and then-Utah Congressman Wayne Owens.

The Foundation for Middle East Peace - Dedicated to informing Americans about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and assisting in a peaceful solution that brings security for both peoples. The FMEP publishes the Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories, as well as analysis and commentary, maps, charts, and other resources.

The Institute for Middle East Peace Development - A non-profit founded and led by Dr. Stephen P. Cohen, devoted to fostering peace and development in the Middle East through area research and collaborative dialogue. Through his Track II Negotiations, he has been able to bring together personalities and leadership from across national and ideological lines long before official agreements were reached.IMEPD's main focus now is on the dual missions of education and religious reconciliation.

Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI) - Founded 1988 in Jerusalem, IPCRI is the only joint Palestinian-Israeli public policy think tank in the world, conducts research and programs devoted to developing practical solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Middle East Institute - Serves as conduit of information between Middle Eastern nations and American policy makers and organizations. Since its founding in 1946, it has worked to increase knowledge of the Middle East among U.S. citizens and to promote understanding between the peoples of the Middle East and America.

MIFTAH - Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, MIFTAH is a non-governmental, non-partisan, Jerusalem-based institution dedicated to fostering democracy and good governance within Palestinian society in a manner that promotes public accountability and transparency while maintaining the free flow of information and ideas. Established in December 1998.

Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research - Conducts and organizes four types of activities: research and policy analysis, empirical surveys and public opinion polls, task forces and study groups, and meetings and conferences. The units focus on current public policy issues with a special reliance on empirical research as the tool to advance scholarship and understanding.

The Place for Peace - An interactive forum for discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Shalom Hartman Institute - A leading innovator in the field of pluralistic Jewish thought and education. They believe that Israel must be a spiritual and moral light to world Jewry and participate with all humanity in the pursuit of justice and religious tolerance. Through its research and educational centers, the Shalom Hartman Institute trains a new generation of scholars, educators and lay leaders dedicated to keeping alive and nurturing this vision.

The Shimon Peres Center for Peace - Shimon Peres founded the Center with the express aim of realizing his vision of a "New Middle East," in which people of the region work together to build peace through socio-economic cooperation and people-to-people relations.

Strategic Assessments Initiative - a not-forprofit private international organization that provides legal and policy advice and guidance to parties negotiating in conflict and post-conflict situations. SAI engages with combatants, former combatants, and the range of civil society elements and institutions that are critical to making conflict resolution successful and permanent. Currently, under the leadership of Amjad Atallah and Jarat Chopra, it has focused on initiatives in the fields of Stabilization, Public Diplomacy, and Scenario Planning.  

United States Institute of Peace - Supports faith-based organizations working in the field in zones of conflict and post conflict environments around the globe.

Washington Institute for Near East Policy - Public educational foundation dedicated to scholarly research and informed debate on U.S. interests in the Middle East.

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Blogs and Online Sources

Al Ahram Weekly - English edition of Cairo based newspaper Al-Ahram, a leading source of news, opinion, and analysis in the Arab world for over one hundred years.

Al Jazeera English - English language news from the Al Jazeera network based in Doha, Qatar, a leading and influential source of broadcast and print journalism in the Arab world.

The Alternative Information Center - Palestinian-Israeli organization which disseminates information, research and political analysis on Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while promoting cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis AIC’s core values are social justice, solidarity and community involvement. 

American Editorial Review - Listserv posting copies of hundreds of editorials and op-ed columns on the Middle East since April 2002. Articles are culled from the 15 largest circulation U.S. newspapers and focus on the opportunities and impediments to achieving peace.

Ariga: Today’s Situation - Daily news updates from a collection of Israeli and Arab sources.

Bernard Avishai Dot Com - Responses, mainly to rash opinions about Israel and its conflicts.

The Bulletin of Regional Cooperation in the Middle East - Principal public outreach activity of Search for Common Ground in the Middle East (SCGME). In addition to offering updates of each project within SCGME, the Bulletin provides, as its main coverage, information on the developing field of non-governmental cooperation in the Middle East. This includes not only work undertaken within the region but also the activities of NGOs, universities, think tanks and other institutions and organizations around the world with interests in the Middle East.

The Common Ground News Service - Provides news, op-eds, features, and analysis by local and international experts on a broad range of Middle East issues. With support of the European Union, the Dutch Foreign Ministry, the Finnish Foreign Ministry, and the Arca Foundation, the service is a non-profit initiative of Search for Common Ground and the European Centre for Common Ground, international NGOs working as partners in the fields of conflict resolution and media production.

Comparative Judaisms by Rabbi Leonard Gordon - A blog started to chronicle Rabbi Gordon's Masorti Mission to Israel in January, 2009 during the war in Gaza.

The Daily Star - Independent newspaper which is a leading source of Lebanese and Middle Eastern News.

The Forward - Leading Jewish newspaper produced weekly in New York.

Ha’aretz - Independent daily newspaper with a broadly liberal outlook both on domestic issues and on international affairs.

Human Rights in Gaza & Israel during the hostilities: Reports from Israeli human rights groups - During the fighting in Gaza and in southern Israel, Israeli human rights groups worked together to inform the Israeli public of the impact on civilians, particularly regarding events that were not reported by the media.

International Middle East Media Center - Seeks to provide readers with fresh non-partisan up-to-date accounts and analysis from the Middle East region.

Israel Minstry of Foreign Affairs - A listing of all Israeli casualties of terrorism

Israel Palestinian Blogs A blog aggregator featuring blogs written by Israeli and American Jews, Palestinians, Lebanese, Arab-Americans and others, advocating a just, equitable and peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel Palestinian ProCon This site presents in a simple, nonpartisan pro-con format, responses to the core question "What are the solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?" We have divided questions about the topic into the issues and sub-issues listed below. All individuals and organizations quoted on our site are ranked based upon our unique credibility scale.

The Israel-Palestine Research Institute Run by Prof. Gershon Baskin and Dr. Zakaria el Qaq, IPCRI researches issues related to the peace process and economic cooperation. Their site features position papers and results of research about the refugee problem, attitudes concerning a final settlement and Jerusalem. MERIA (Mid-East Review of International Affairs) edited by Prof. Barry Rubin, is a scholarly review devoted to economics and peace, and also provides free online books.

Jerusalem Media and Communication Center - Established in 1988 by a group of Palestinian journalists and researchers to provide information on events in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip. JMCC's Jerusalem and Gaza offices provide a wide range of services to journalists, researchers, international agencies, individuals and organizations interested in obtaining reliable information on the Palestinian territory.

Jerusalem Post - English-only Israeli daily, founded in 1932 by Gershon Agron.

The Jerusalem Times - An independent, Palestinian weekly, with news, analysis, and opinion.

Jordan Times - Online version of the Jordanian based English daily, with news, opinion and analysis on international, regional, and domestic events.

JTA News - International news service that provides up-to-the-minute reports, analysis pieces and features on events and issues of concern to the Jewish people.

Khaleej Times - Based in Dubai, the online version of the largest circulating English newspaper in the Persian Gulf region.

Ma'an News Agency - Ma'an News Agency (Ma'an means 'together' in Arabic) is a Palestinian on-line News agency that publishes up-to-the-minute news in Arabic, English, and Hebrew.

MarcGopin.com - A blog by Rabbi Marc Gopin, James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, and the Director of the Center on Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), who presents a sober analysis on the conflicts and challenges facing humanity.

Mepeace.org - A non-profit organization which aims to foster a growing community of peacemakers. Our peacemakers, from 175 countries, are committed to realizing peace in the Middle East.

MewNews Online News Services - Up to date news and background about the Middle East from a variety of sources, dedictated to providing perspective and balance.

The Mideast Peace Pulse Blog by IPF - The Mideast Peace Pulse is a platform for up-to-the-minute commentary and analysis from a variety of political viewpoints on all issues related to peace and security in the Middle East.

Middle East Report - Provides news and perspectives about the Middle East not available from mainstream news sources. It was established 26 years ago to provide information and analysis on the Middle East that would be picked up by the existing media.

Middle East Review of International Affairs - Represents a new approach to the study of the modern Middle East. Taking advantage of new computer technology, MERIA reaches over 17,000 readers in more than 100 countries, serving a high-level audience of Middle East experts, scholars, teachers, students, officials, journalists, and people intensely interested in the region.

News From Israel - Updated daily by the Israel Information Office in Scotland, this website provides links to latest news stories and comment from major news sources.

The Other Israel - A veteran newsletter presenting an alternative view to the mainstream approach to the conflict.

Palestine Chronicle
- Independent online news magazine covering Palestine, Israel, and the Arab world.

The Palestine-Israel Journal - Is the only independent, non-profit quarterly publication co-published and produced by Israelis and Palestinians, as an explicitly joint venture promoting dialogue, in the search for peaceful relations. It serves as a unique venture that testifies to the fact that it is possible to work together in a spirit of mutual respect, cooperation and recognition, even on most conflicting issues.

Palestine News Network - Works to support and strengthen local Palestinian media by consolidating news reports through reliable sources to unify the broadcasting of the news through various radio stations in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The Palestine Report - Project of the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center in Jerusalem. It is a continuation of the print Palestine Report, which was established over twelve years ago as a means of informing English-speakers about Palestinians and their daily lives in the context of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Prospects for Peace - A blog bt Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Policy Initiative of the American Strategy Program, which seeks through dialogue and policy research to inform and enrich the American policy debate on long-running conflicts in the Middle East—core among them the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and to advance pragmatic policy solutions to resolve them

Radio for All Peace 102.7FM - A collaborative Israeli-Palestinian radio station that aims to promote peace and social justice and educate the public to be more critical toward the mainstream news.

South Jerusalem - a progressive, skeptical blog on Israel, Judaism, culture, politics and literature.

Tikkun Olam - a progressive, skeptical Jewish blog that focuses on Israeli-Palestinian peace and includes commentary on U.S. politics.

TPM Café Talking Points Memo -

Shalom Rav - A blog by Rabbi Brant Rosen, the Rabbi of Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) in Evanston IL.

Washington Post – Middle East - Direct access to the WP’s news and analysis on Mideast issues.

Ynetnews - The English-language website from Yedioth Group, Israel’s leading newspaper, book and magazine publisher, and a sister site to Ynet, Israel’s leading news web site.

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Consulate General of the United States - Jerusalem - 2009 statements from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.

Email Addresses for Israeli and U.S. government officials - Courtesy of the Settlers' news service, Arutz Seven.

Frequently Asked Questions Posed by Israeli Opponents to Peace Process - Compiled by Ariga, complete with answers.

Frequently Asked Questions on Hamas - Compiled by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs - The Foreign Ministry formulates, implements and presents the foreign policy of the Government of Israel.

Israeli-Palestinian ProCon - Research project of ProCon.org, a 501 (c) (3) pending non-profit, that has no government affiliation of any kind. This site presents in a simple, nonpartisan pro-con format, responses to the core question, "What are the solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?" They have categorized questions about the topic into several issues and sub-issues. All individuals and organizations quoted on their site are ranked based upon a credibility scale.

Jewish Virtual Library - Most comprehensive online Jewish encyclopedia in the world. The Library has 13 wings: History, Women, The Holocaust, Travel, Israel & The States, Maps, Politics, Biography, Israel, Religion, Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress, Vital Statistics and Reference.

Maps of the Middle East - Service of the web portal, 1uptravel.com.

Middle East Web - Website full of news clippings from Israel and Palestine. It also includes links to other sites of interest, summaries of histories and historical events and much more.

Palestine Facts - Palestine Facts is dedicated to providing comprehensive and accurate information regarding the historical, military, and political background to the on-going struggle between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.

Palestine Web Directory - Links to websites dealing with all aspects of Palestinian affairs.

Ray Hanania - Website of Ray Hanania, award winning Arab American journalist, comedian, and author, aiming to define the moderate Palestinian Arab voice.

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