Since OneVoice opened the GlobalGiving campaign at the beginning of the fall, we have successfully engaged over 1,000 Americans in the important conversation about ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As a result of your continued support, OneVoice has brought 3 pairs of Israeli and Palestinian youth activists on two tours throughout the Northeast, and one tour in Northern California, connecting students and communities across America to the voices of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians who are working towards conflict resolution. During these very challenging times in the Region, these young leaders have brought the experiences they’ve gained from these tours back to their communities and have redoubled their fight for an end of conflict, focusing on propelling their leaders toward a two-state solution.
Through the three IEP tours, Youth Leader pairs Or and Amro, Adva and Ahmad, and Shai and Obada, , have shared their unique experiences of organizing grassroots initiatives with over 1,000 people at 17 colleges, dozens of community centers, and even at the United Nations. We also launched a call to action from our New York office, designed to contribute to and amplify the hard work of our Israeli and Palestinian youth activists. As a result we have received over 850 signatures to our change.org petition amplifying our activists’ work and calling on President Obama to prioritize the two-state solution in his second term.
Adva Vilchinski, Youth Leadership Program Director of OneVoice Israel, is one of the youth activists who took part in this fall’s IEP tours. Read about her experience in New England here:
OneVoice Palestine youth activist Amro Brighith, who at only 22 years old has already been a part of the movement for two years, took part in the NY/NJ tour. Read about his experience here:
While we always try to reach ambitious dollar goals, the true worth of a tour campaign is the impact that we are able to have with American audiences and in the Region making progress toward ending the conflict. Though this Global Giving campaign is coming to a close, we look back at this IEP season as a success. Events were organized for the first time at Middlebury College, Dartmouth, and the New School, as well as at several high schools and community groups. In October, OneVoice youth activists briefed UN staff about their work in the Middle East at a luncheon sponsored by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations helping to fulfill our commitment to building bridges between the grassroots and decision makers. The conversation across universities and communities is still buzzing as people ask themselves about their role as Americans toward Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Our work in advocating for a two-state solution, especially through the International Engagement Program, will continue. In fact, we have ambitious plans to scale our impact in the coming year. We will keep you updated on future tours and other exciting news from OneVoice. Thank you for your support in bringing these important voices to America.
OneVoice is an international mainstream grassroots movement that aims to amplify the voice of Israeli and Palestinian moderates, empowering them to seize back the agenda for conflict resolution and demand that their leaders achieve a two-state solution.