Today [November 10 2015] USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission and U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv announced 15 new grants to the Conflict Management and Mitigation Program [three managed by U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv and 12 managed by USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission]. The new grants bring together Israelis and Palestinians and provide opportunities to address issues, reconcile differences, and promote greater understanding and mutual trust by working on common goals such as economic development, environment, health, education, sports, music, and information technology.
USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission Director Dave Harden noted “These grants represent our investment in support of partners who strive for peace and a better, more hopeful Middle East”
The CMM Program is part of a worldwide effort to bring together individuals of different backgrounds from areas of conflicts in people to people reconciliation activities. Since the program’s start, USAID WBG and U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv have invested in 99 CMM grants.
Asked by Joan Ryan
Asked on: 05 February 2016
Department for International Development
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department has provided to projects fostering co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians in each of the last five years.
Answered by: Mr Desmond Swayne
Answered on: 10 February 2016
DFID does not directly fund joint Israeli-Palestinian programmes. However, through the Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), the UK provides support for the ‘Youth Creating Peace On/Line’ project which encourages educational cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis. The project, run by NGO ‘Kids Creating Peace’, uses dialogue and leadership workshops to train participants to become peace advocates in their communities and beyond. The UK is providing £40,000 to ‘Youth Creating Peace On/Line’ for 2016/17.
DFID provided £349 million in support of Palestinian development from 2011-15 and will provide a further £72 million in 2015-16. For a breakdown on how financial assistance in the Palestinian Territories is spent, information is published on DFID’s Development Tracker website (http://ift.tt/20NyVlB).
I couldn’t find any specific mention of “Youth Creating Peace On/Line” project within the Kids Creating Peace website, but from its name it sounds like it might be is an Internet-only initiative and not one of KCP’s projects that bring Israeli and Arab youth together. I could be wrong.
Either way, that is a pretty poor track record on conflict resolution initiatives from the UK. £40,000 in five years is practically nothing, especially compared to “£349 million in support of Palestinian development” - 1/100 of 1%.
It looks like instead of fighting against the absurd Palestinian Authority’s anti-peace stand, the UK has largely bought into it.
From the Facebook page of @PeresCenter: Today 100 Israeli (Jewish and Arab) children from the south of Israel who are part of our Twinned Peace Sport School project are having a day off from the stress and fear of rockets falling and are enjoying a day of recreation and football in Haifa, where they are safe to play outside. Thank you to Maccabi Haifa FC and Aroma Israel for making this possible. We hope you kids are having a great day!
Boys Mini World Cup 2012: 200 Israeli and Palestinian boys participating in the Mini World Cup 2012!! The event was sponsored and supported by- adidas, יפאורה, the polish embassy in Tel aviv and Mr.Ice. credits for the photos: Talya Kadosh — at Jerusalem.