Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information

IPCRI, founded in Jerusalem in 1988, is the only joint Israeli-Palestinian public policy think-tank in the world. It is devoted to developing practical solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Israel/ Palestine Center for Research and Information is a joint institution of Israelis and Palestinians dedicated to the resolution of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict on the basis of "two states for two peoples". IPCRI recognizes the rights of the Jewish people and the Palestinian people to fulfill their national interests within the framework of achieving national self-determination within their own states and by establishing peaceful relations between two democratic states l...
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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Feb 3, 2014

Update from "Women Political Leadership in Israel-Palestine"

Dear Supporters of our "Women Political Leadership in Israel-Palestine" project,

Thanks to your help we are able to continue supporting this important project that aims to empower Israeli and Palestinian women to have a voice in the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as to deal with with bi-national issues of cooperation.

We at IPCRI are deeply grateful for the generosity of all of our donors—large and small. Your contributions are helping Palestinian women to get involved into the Israel-Palestine conflict's peace-process building. We are proud to announce what we have achieved so far and what we are currently working on:

  • In January, the first cycle of this project, funded by Zivik, finished with a project evaluation and a meeting among all the women participants assessing their personal development through the program and explaining the outreach initaitives for their policy proposals that they will continue after the program. The diverse fields of action selected by the women demonstrate their deep understanding of the issues which women in conflict zones are dealing with – in their daily lives and in aspiring women leadership in peacemaking. 
  • A series of lectures were conducted on the need for bereaved mothers to grieve, and a panel is in the making to discuss women narratives of success in conflict zones. 
  • The women celebrated their acheivements and will continue working together in the Joint Womens Forum created through this project.
  • Currently we are working towards getting funded for a second cycle of the project that will work with both the women already trained and a new group of women in order to both deepen the lessons learned by the women already trained and to expand the program and women's network to additional benefactors.

There is still more to come from these women as they saw this meeting as a "beginning of a new phase in their lives that has changed  inside out."

Stay tuned for more information in our next report.

All the best,

IPCRI

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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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