Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information

IPCRI is an action-oriented think tank that engages policy makers and the public at large in ending the occupation and resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of a two state solution through the development of mutual interests and cooperation across borders in all aspects of life, including educational programs. IPCRI's mission goes beyond conflict resolution and delves into the future relations between the two states examining possible models of confederation as well. IPCRI initiates innovative projects and strategies that provide applied research, information and action on resolving the conflict, building comprehensive and sustainable peace and promoting Palestinian-Israel...
Mar 24, 2014

Your contribution to "Two States in One Space"

Thank you for your conitinued support in this important initative! We have made some great strives over the past few months and hope to start impacting Israeli and Palestinian perceptions of the path to  peace.

Since the last report update, we have moved from the preparatory stage to the research phase. As of now, four working groups have started to work on their respective areas of focus, which are as follows:

  • Government and Common Institutions

  • Citizenship, Residency and Freedom of Movement

  • Jerusalem and the Holy Sites

  • Right of Return, Law of Return and Immigration  

A fifth working group, focused on the issue of security, is expected to start its work in the foreseeable future. Each of the working groups is comprised of both Israelis and Palestinians. In addition to the working groups, a steering committee coordinating the whole research process was also formed.

Each working group presented research questions addressing its area of focus and provided a general outline of how it aims to answer their topic. Each group also sketched out the research method it plans to apply (e.g. interviews, comparative analysis) as well as the materials, data, reports etc., that it will study during the course of the research. The groups have also provided a short outline concerning other people they plan to cooperate with while conducting their research (e.g. experts in specific fields such as international law).

The working groups are expected to present drafts of their research in October.

So far many meetings have started, including an introductory meeting taht took place in Beit Jala, Bethlehem, on February 6th, 2014, which was attended by a majority of both Israeli and Palestinian members of the working groups. This meeting was followed up by a conference call. Additionally,another conference call between the leaders of the working groups is scheduled for March 20th. As of now, 20 people in the working groups are working on the project.

With your continued support, we look forward to furthering this important research and advocating to both Israelis and Palestinians the importance of a new alternative for a peace plan, which can answer both peoples' needs.

Thank you again for helping fund "Two States in One Space!"

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Dec 26, 2013

Update: Israel/Palestine Share 2 States in 1 Space

Photo of an IPCRI public event
Photo of an IPCRI public event

In the past months IPCRI has continuted researching the categories that have been identified in an earlier stage as key components that need to be addressed as part of a potential peace deal. The ten topics include: governance; residence, citizenship and collective rights; borders; the Gaza Strip; economic union; security; Jerusalem; resources and environment; reconciliation; and the region. For each of these categories contextual data has been gathered and questions have been answered that will help guide the work groups in the next phase of the program.

In particular, there has been a lot of focus on the aspect of economic union. For the economic union aspect, an IPCRI teammember thouroughly researched how an economic union could facilitate isuses between Israel and Palestine and what potential stumbling blocks exist in implementing the union. From this research a 10-page report was developed that is in the editing stage and then will be published thorugh our website's publications database and on our social media presence that reaches over 17,000 fans. Additional work completed includes a risk management report that assessed the political dynamics of the region to assess what changes are possible in the near future and how that could affect the project's research and outreach campaign. Through this report we have analyzed how the project as a whole could face challenges in order to prepare us for mitigating these issues if they arise.

IPCRI has received a large donation from a European Embassy for our "Two States in One Space" program. Together with the help of our Global Giving donors we will be able to continue the project full force starting in January 2014 when we will start the first three working groups. This means that they will begin to generate proposals to solve issues relating to establishing two undivided states within a confederative-like framework. Our hypothesis is that such a framework can bridge the differences between the Israeli and Palestinians and is the best option to answer the desire of both peoples for self-determination. There will also be a launch event after the research groups conclude their findings which will be used to influence policy makers and provide a much needed solution that can lead to sustainable regional peace and stability. These three working groups that are currently funded should have conclusions within the coming year.

However, we are still looking for funding to keep our work going as more than half the topics necessary to reserach are still unfunded. This is especially important  now during the current peace talks, because the negotiations will include discussions on the ten categories of our project's research.

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Oct 8, 2013

Final Report: Influencing Israel-Palestine

Despite IPCRI’s best efforts, we unfortunately have not raised enough funds for this project to start any activities, thus we have not achieved what we expected yet. We had originally planned to influence both high-level decision-makers and the public at large trough providing targeted, in-depth reports about political developments; the reports about the Palestinian territories would be provided in Hebrew to Israeli leaders and the repots about Israel would be provided in Arabic to Palestinian leaders.

Although we did not successfully fund this project through crowd sourcing, we still believe this project is extremely important in breaking barriers and misconceptions between Israelis and Palestinians. We also think now is a critical time for this work as negotiations between the two parties are currently on-going and decisions made now will affect an eventual peace agreement, or the rise of violence and instability in the region. Thus, IPCRI is turning to alternative measures to fund this project. Already, a full proposal has been submitted to many donors including the Journalists and Writers’ Foundation and the European Endowment for Democracy.

We thank everyone who has shown interest in this project and support our work to bring a just and sustainable peace to Israel and the Palestinian territories. We hope to receive full funding for this project in 2014 and achieve our goal of contributing to a better understanding of “the other” among Israelis and Palestinians, in order to promote cooperation and peace in the region. 

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