New Yorkers for Peace in the Middle East Pages

Hello everyone! Welcome to New Yorkers for Peace in the Middle East. Our group has been formed by 5 organizers from various backgrounds. About our group:


  • We would like to serve as an information exchange network. We post meetups and events that consist of lectures, forums, films, book discussions and casual social gatherings. We have a reading list at the bottom of this page, to which members have contributed. We also have regular discussions through the message board.

  • We are concerned with all Peace issues in the Middle East. We particularly focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is not to negate the importance of any of the other conflicts, but simply to recognize that achieving peace in Israel/Palestine is essential to the stability of the region.

  • We are building a community of individuals seeking peace and understanding. This means that members must be committed to the notion of non-violence. We do not have to agree with each other on the politics of the issues, but we must treat each other with respect.

  • We are against any form of discrimination. Any racial slurs or comments deemed inappropriate are grounds for dismissal from the group.



With that said, we invite ALL ranges of opinions to participate. We are lucky to live in a place as diverse as NYC, where we have a platform to approach one another in Peace and discuss such issues of importance. While the brutal reality of the conflicts remain localized, the sentiment that fuels the different sides stretches across the entire world with incredible intensity.

We encourage people to take this opportunity to understand the conflicts as best they can. Seek information and Listen to others in order to grasp the full range of extremes and the many factors that play a role in such conflicts.

Thank you for your interest. We hope you will join us!


The Organizers


Click here to see a list of books recommended by other members


History of the Middle East in 90 Seconds. Maps of war.







Please browse through several of the many organizations that are dedicated to this movement.










We are a group of Israeli and Palestinian individuals who were actively involved in the cycle of violence in our area. The Israelis served as combat soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinians were involved in acts of violence in the name of Palestinian liberation.

We all used weapons against one another, and looked at each other only through weapon sights; however today we cooperate and commit ourselves to the following:

* We no longer believe that the conflict can be resolved through violence;

* We believe that the bloodshed will not end unless we act together to terminate the occupation and stop all forms of violence;

* We call for the establishment of a Palestinian State, alongside the State of Israel. The two states can exist in peace and security beside each other;

* We will use only non-violent means to achieve our goals and call for both societies to end violence




Encounter Point is an 85-minute feature documentary film that follows a former Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who risk their lives and public standing to promote a nonviolent end to the conflict. Their journeys lead them to the unlikeliest places to confront hatred within their communities. The film explores what drives them and thousands of other like-minded civilians to overcome anger and grief to work for grassroots solutions. It is a film about the everyday leaders in our midst



Members are Palestinians & Israelis who've lost loved ones in conflict. They've held numerous dialogues & taken several joint actions for Peace, continuing to do so, despite & in the midst of the turmoil now gripping Israel & Palestine



The Families Forum, as the expanded group of about 500 families is called, seeks to solve the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians through dialogue and mutual understanding. We call on all parties to promote reconciliation as the only way to reach true co-existence and peace



Just Vision increases awareness about Palestinian and Israeli non-violent, civilian-led efforts to build a base for peace in the Middle East



United for Peace and Justice is a coalition of more than 1300 local and national groups throughout the United States who have joined together to protest the immoral and disastrous Iraq War and oppose our government's policy of permanent warfare and empire-building



Project Hope is a Non-Profit Volunteer Organization whose goal is to provide a participatory, educational space for war-affected children in the Near East



A program of New York University, Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West was established in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, which highlighted the urgent need for greater communication among and about the Islamic World, the United States, and the West






'Standup for Peace: The Two Comedian Solution to Middle East Peace' is the groundbreaking comedy show created by Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah, that brings Arab and Jewish-Americans together to laugh, and encourages a dialogue in support of a peaceful, political resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict



Founded in 1993, Seeds of Peace is dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence



Children of Abraham seeks to build an international community of Muslim and Jewish youth that celebrates their religious identities. Through an engaging project involving a photographic exploration of Jewish and Muslim communities around the world, and honest, unflinching online dialogue, participants form a network of advocates and ambassadors for ground-breaking Muslim-Jewish relations in six continents



Rabbis for Human Rights is the rabbinic voice of conscience in Israel, giving voice to the Jewish tradition of human rights. We promote justice and freedom, while campaigning against discrimination and inhumane conduct



The mission of Brit Tzedek v?Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace is to educate and mobilize American Jews in support of a negotiated two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict



Voices for Creative Nonviolence has deep, long-standing roots in active nonviolent resistance to U.S. war-making. Begun in the summer of 2005, Voices draws upon the experiences of those who challenged the brutal economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and U.N. against the Iraqi people between 1990 and 2003



Independent Viewpoints is committed to creating a public space that fosters political awareness by providing a platform for alternative viewpoints, both within the American Muslim community & between Muslims & other concerned citizens



Crisis Group's work in Israel, the occupied territories and Israel's Arab neighbours is focused on new and more comprehensive political and diplomatic strategies to address the sources of conflict, and deal with the main factors within Israel and Arab societies hindering the achievement of sustainable peace. See also Crisis Group's 2006 Middle East Initiative.


Givat Haviva Educational Foundation (GHEF) in New York City is the American arm representing and supporting Givat Haviva Institute. The Foundation comprises a community of supporters and activists who work to increase awareness of Givat Haviva Institute's role in advancing Jewish-Arab relations in Israel.


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About New Yorkers for Peace in the Middle East June 1, 2008 3:09 AM David G.

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