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Middle East Peace Programs

The Middle East Peace Initiative has been promoting peace since 2003 through dialogue, people-to-people diplomacy, fact-finding trips, interfaith pilgrimages and conferences. It brings religious leaders, parliamentarians, academicians, women leaders, youth and civil society representatives together in Israel, Palestinian Territories and Jordan. Forums explore Track II approaches to the crisis in Syria. Read UPF's Statement about Middle East Peace

UPF's Jerusalem Office for Interfaith and Cooperation among Religions and Office for Peace and Security Affairs convene forums of academics, political and religious leaders, and peace advocates. UPF-Israel organizes culture of peace tours and leadership seminars for international youth. For information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

MEPI participants gained important insights from briefings with Israeli parliamentarians, scholars, diplomats, and journalists as well as from members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and municipal officials.

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The Bereaved Families Forum sends pairs of Jews and Palestinians to speak in high schools. Each year they hold meetings in more than 1,000 schools. They also give briefings to MEPI groups.

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The Bereaved Families Forum sends pairs of Jews and Palestinians to speak in high schools. Each year they hold meetings in more than 1,000 schools. They also give briefings to MEPI groups.

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MEPI programs include visits to many of the following sites, which often have significance for more than one religion. This is a form of “peace tourism” and an important aspect of learning about each others' faith.

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The Middle East is often seen as an area of conflict where the tradition of non-violence is absent. That is actually not true. MEPI engaged in dialogue with organizations on both sides that promote non-violence.

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The peace programs offer formal and informal opportunities for participants to understand more deeply both their own faith and other faiths that honor Abraham.

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The Middle East Peace Initiative began in 2003, when 123 members of the American Clergy Leadership Conference went to Israel with a desire for reconciliation, after a profound period of reflection about the painful historical relationships between Christians and Jews.

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At the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, a Jewish scholar from Jerusalem, a Muslim cleric from Kazakhstan, a Buddhist priest from Japan, and a Christian bishop from Nazareth prayed for the unity of God's people during a Middle East Peace Initiative program Dec. 4-9, 2007.

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The way to rise above the pursuit of self-interest is to recognize our common humanity. Just as a parent can intercede in the disputes of children, the parental heart originating from the Creator can help us resolve the differences that exist between nations, cultures, and religions.

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The Middle East Peace Initiative includes a wide range of interreligious encounters, fact-finding trips, interfaith dialogues, cultural initiatives, athletic programs, and service-learning projects.

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A letter from Jerusalem, Aug. 23, 2007, about the experiences of Ambassadors for Peace from the US and Europe participating in programs promoting the unity of the Family of Abraham.

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On a recent trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Sardar Muhammad Javaid Sarwar, director of the Institute of Peace and Development Belgium, told human rights activists and journalists at a Jerusalem press conference that efforts to secure a lasting regional peace were urgently needed from the international community.
   

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