The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a global issue of tremendous importance to many in the international community at both the political and grassroots level. However, it is often plagued by oversimplifications and rarely informed by the voices of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians, who live the conflict in different ways every day and seek a lasting and just solution that respects each side’s unique rights and guarantees a future of peace and security.
OneVoice recognizes the reality of the occupation creates unequal parties to the conflict. The movement also understands that Israelis and Palestinians equally share the role and responsibility to propel their leaders toward the two-state solution that resolves all final status issues and establishes an independent Palestinian state, based on the borders of 1967, at peace with Israel. This can only be achieved if the international community embraces its role, helping realize the vision of the movement through constructive engagement and action.
Since 2005, the International Engagement Program (IEP) has been responding to the needs of Israelis, Palestinians, and the international community while advancing the campaigns of OneVoice Palestine and OneVoice Israel by encouraging similar and complementary engagement here at home. IEP mobilizes American students and community members through education and advocacy efforts to play their role to ensure a just solution to this conflict.
The program shares the reality on the ground with American, European, and many other international audiences, and offers them the opportunity to experience the conflict through the eyes of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians who work tirelessly to achieve Middle East peace. It also provides them with calls to action, identified jointly by all the offices, that will amplify the voices of the Movement’s youth activists and bring the OneVoice message to decision makers in the United States and the international community.
IEP organizes six regional speaking tours each year, bringing OneVoice activists from Israel and Palestine to campuses and communities across the U.S. During these week-long speaking tours, youth leaders address large audiences, meet with student and community leaders, and exchange best practices in combating challenges that arise from the conflict in their own communities. More than 19,000 people have attended OneVoice regional tour events on over 100 U.S. university campuses and community centers.
Midwest: February 23-March 3, 2014
New York/New England: March 30-April 8, 2014
For more information about IEP tours, or to schedule an event in your community, please contact Shaina Low.
Building on the IEP's successful track record, OneVoice also works to strengthen and deepen the impact on campuses by holding follow-up Leadership Training Seminars and cultivating sustainable networks that will identify challenges in their own communities and design initiatives to address them.
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