Co-Sponsored by Interfaith Peace-Builders and the American Friends Service Committee
Leaders: Rae Abileah & Maia Carter Hallward
This delegation will explore current realities of life for Israelis and Palestinians, including settlements, the occupation, and the peace process—by learning directly from those living there. We will also explore issues relevant to young people in the region, including efforts to educate and empower future generations working towards a just resolution to the conflict. Our itinerary will feature meetings with leaders of civil society groups, grassroots organizers, Palestinian and Israeli youth, religious leaders and more.
*As with all IFPB themed delegations, meetings pertaining to the specific theme amount to an average of about 20% of all meetings and the overall emphasis remains with exploring the social and political realities in the region in general.
To learn more about the standard components of all delegations, click here.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Please apply by February 15, 2014 to ensure we’ll have space and be able to arrange your flight. Our last several delegations have filled up several months before departure, so please apply as soon as possible to reserve your space. If you’ve missed the deadline, we might still be able to add you, but please contact us ASAP to see if this is a possibility.
Rae Abileah dedicated the past decade of her life to peace and justice organizing in the US, with a focus on women's rights as integral to peace-building, through her role as co-director of CODEPINK Women for Peace and by volunteering with various US and international organizations. Rae is a Jewish-American of Israeli descent and a founding member of Young Jewish Proud, the youth wing of Jewish Voice for Peace. Rae has helped organize creative demonstrations and flash mobs to end violence on women and girls, to promote human rights and equality for Palestinians and Israelis, and to oppose climate change. She is a contributing author to a number of books and her articles have been published on various online and print news outlets such as Mondoweiss, AlterNet, Common Dreams, and Tikkun. She has participated and co-led delegations throughout the Middle East with CODEPINK, Global Exchange and Fellowship of Reconcilliation.
Maia Carter Hallward is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University and is jointly appointed to the PhD Program for International Conflict Management. She serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. She is the author of Struggling for a Just Peace: Israeli and Palestinian Activism in the Second Intifada (University Press of Florida, 2011) and Transnational Activism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and co-editor of Nonviolent Resistance in the Second Intifada: Activism and Advocacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Maia worked for four years in the Middle East, including teaching and research positions in Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman. She has led IFPB Delegations in 2006 and 2012.
The delegation will also be joined by Sasha Gelzin, the new Communications Coordinator for IFPB. She is a dedicated organizer, a student of social movements and a fabulous vegan cook. Sasha speaks Russian and English and is on a long journey to learn Spanish and Arabic. Sasha loves reading and reading groups, takes great pride in her organizing work, her spinach pies and is grateful for the many teachers and mentors she has found along the way.
The cost of the delegation will be around $2200. This includes 13 days of the delegation, hotel and home stay accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, local transportation, guides, speaker/event fees, basic tips and gratuities. Partial scholarships may be available for those with demonstrable need.
The cost does not include domestic and international airfare. Interfaith Peace-Builders works with a local travel agent in Jerusalem to secure the best group rates for the delegation to travel together on the same flight from Washington, DC to Israel/Palestine. Therefore, delegates do not need to book their own international airfare.