As part of OneVoice Israel’s efforts to expand its reach and message of two-states across the country, four full-time regional coordinators joined the team in late September, giving OVI a permanent foothold across Israel.
Nimrod Barnea (Northern Israel), Anat Goihman (Jerusalem), Shiran Meir (Southern Israel), and Dan Shika (Central Israel) recently wrapped up their first week on the job and cannot be more excited to get to work. All of the new regional coordinators are experienced volunteers and political activists; check out their bios on the Israel team tab. They will be the point of contact for all activists and events in their respective regions, and their goal is to go beyond outreach to the traditional university demographic, targeting religious, political, ethnic, and cultural communities as well.
There were a lot of positive things to say about their first week. Dan, the central coordinator, said his first week with OneVoice was “challenging, but at the same time, I felt inspired and privileged to be working with an organization promoting peace.” Shiran, the south’s coordinator, described her first week as “different from my previous work experiences, [but] I felt very welcomed and supported in every way by the OneVoice staff.”
Their first event as regional coordinators was a rally in Jerusalem outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office in support of fellow peace organization, “Other Voice,” which seeks to end violence in Gaza by having volunteers from surrounding Israeli towns promote more peaceful contact between Israelis and Gazans. Activists from OneVoice also joined in, calling for a permanent peace agreement between Israel and Palestine.
The coordinators came away from the rally with new connections and ways of promoting OneVoice’s message to the public. Nimrod, the northern coordinator, said his experience at the rally, “standing shoulder to shoulder with fellow activists working on waking up the Israeli public and government and have our voices heard on this very pressing issue was exciting.”
Anat, the Jerusalem coordinator, described her experience at the rally as “a very positive one. I saw a lot of similarities between OneVoice and the other activist groups, but I also found that those similarities also strengthened the differences between us. I now see through my time spent with OneVoice that it is the most relevant movement in the peace camp.”
Aaron Pilcher is OneVoice Israel's Fall 2014 intern.
"Other Voice" activist holds a sign that says: "No to bomb sirens – yes to peace."
Thumbnail: OVI Jerusalem Coordinator Anat Goihman and local kids hold a sign: "When there is no peace, war comes."