September Newsletter 2011
Young jornalist group visiting the Jaffa tents Sep. 2011
Young Journalists Seminar on Social Protest
“What is the role of teenagers in the current protest movements?”
“What is the connection between the Palestinian struggle for independence and recognition of a Palestinian state, and the social justice protest in Israel?”
“Can you protect the rights of one people without infringing on the rights of the other?”
The young journalists’ seminar this September, dealt with the connection between the teenagers and the socio-political awakening that is taking place around us. Being the first seminar of the year, it raised more questions than answers. In the five seminars that are scheduled for the coming year, the youth will deal with these and other difficult questions. Between the bi-national seminars, the teens meet in uni-national meetings, which provide time and space to process the information and the feelings that they encounter throughout the process.
This group of 12 young leaders are nearing the end of their training to become leaders in the movements for peace and equality. These final steps are crucial in developing their skills to be successful activists. To contribute to this unique and powerful process, as the youth take the final steps to becoming social activists – support a bi-national seminar!
By December we need to raise 17,800 ₪ ($5,085 or € 3,560) to ensure that these youth are prepared for the future challenge of joint activism in Israel and Palestine!
With the emergence of the social justice protests on the one hand, and the continued decline in democracy on the other, it is important for us to reach many schools in this upcoming school year. In our school workshops we encourage dialogue and develop critical thinkings skills and human rights values among students. Several schools that we have previously worked with, have invited us back to run workshops, and new schools have invited us to begin work with them for the first time. Now all we need is your help in funding our ability to run these workshops! Our goal is to run 1,000 school workshops in the upcoming school year.
Donate today and support a series of workshops for 30 students at a cost of 400 ₪ ($114 or € 80)
($114 or € 80)
The Upcoming Arabic Classes
On November 1, we will open a new beginners spoken and written Arabic course for students who have no prior knowledge in the language.
The course will be 40 hours over 16 sessions.
We also will have an advanced spoken Arabic (Level 2) for students who have already completed one 40 hour course.
For further details click here or call
You can get updates on courses in different levels on ourwebsite.
As we write and send this newsletter, it is still unclear what the result of the Palestinian bid for full membership in the UN will be. However, we can already see the influence that this effort is having on various levels in both Palestinian and Israeli societies. While tens of thousands of Palestinians went to the streets to celebrate, others in the refugee camps are afraid of the effect this new legal status may have on their right of return. On the Israeli side there is an active Leftist minority calling for the support of a Palestinian state, a Rightist minority who fears the future of the settlements, and a silent majority that is anxiously awaiting news. On both sides there is a fear of increased violence.
As a joint organization, over the past 17 years, we have endured the ups and downs of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict together. Despite the rising number of voices that oppose joint activity, our choice, and therefore our challenge, is to continue struggling together for social justice and human rights. We recognize that together we have a greater ability to influence our future and create a just and lasting peace. As the challenges we face continue to grow, our dependence on you, our supporters, also grows; both your moral support that you provide through joining the organization and volunteering from wherever you are, as well as your financial support.
We have come a long way, but the end of the road is still far ahead. As we grow as an organization, so does our ability to create change.
*If you would like to get involved, please contact Melanie Robbins, Resource Development Coordinator (Melanie@win-peace.org)
The Windows staff
Team training Sep. 2011
Our Team is growing and preparing for the new year
“The mutual dream to end the occupation is inspiring and gives us the strength to continue struggling together for a better future for all of us.”
“When once again I see that we have mutual goals, my belief that one day our children will no longer live in a war zone is strengthened.”
These are quotes taken from Windows staff at the end of a three day preparation seminar for the new year of activity.
A main topic of conversation was the political changes that are taking place around us, whereby the staff examined possible scenarios and the way in which we would deal with each of them.
We need 24,500 ₪ ($7,000 or € 4,900) by December for our team training program. Follow the link to donate today!
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