Opportunity: American Friends Service Committee and Interfaith Peacebuilders delegation to Israel/Palestine July 24-August 6 2010

Apply today to join American Friends Service Committee and Interfaith Peacebuilders delegation to Israel/Palestine!

Tomorrow’s Leaders: Youth Realities and Peacebuilding Initiatives
July 24 – August 6, 2010

Join Interfaith Peace-Builders and the American Friends Service Committee (Great Lakes Region) for a unique opportunity to learn about the current situation in Israel/Palestine through the eyes of youth and activists.  The on-the-ground experience will enrich your understanding of the conflict as you meet courageous Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice, and witness the current realities of life in Israel and occupied Palestine.

Two thirds of the Palestinian population and one third of the Israeli population are under the age of 25. More than just numbers, youth in Israel/Palestine play important roles in community development, lead nonviolent struggles for justice, and work together across national lines towards reconciliation.  They are also among the conflict’s most tragic victims.  This delegation will explore issues relevant to young people in Palestine/Israel, including efforts to educate and empower future generations working towards a just resolution to the conflict.  Our itinerary will feature meetings with Palestinian and Israeli youth and youth workers as well as leaders of civil society groups, grassroots organizers, religious leaders and more.

For more information, go to http://www.ifpb.org

JACOB PACE is Communications and Grants Coordinator at IFPB, and staffs the San Francisco office. Jake has worked with Partners for Peace and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation in the US; and with the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, respectively. Jake was a delegate on an IFPB delegation in 2003 trip and co-led a 2008 trip.

MIRYAM RASHID is the Director of the Middle East Program for the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago.  Miryam lived in the occupied West Bank for five years and was involved with Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations from 1998 to 2000.   She holds an MA in Middle East Studies and has co-led AFSC-IFPB delegations to Palestine and Israel in 2006 and 2008.

COST: $2,100 includes accommodations, breakfasts, dinners, guides, support upon your return, and more.  Cost does not include airfare. Apply early to lock in low fares!

Cost, including international airfare, is approximately $3,500.

For more information, contact Miryam Rashid at mrashid@afsc.org or 312-427-2533 x18