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ANNUAL REPORT 2016


EMPOWERING FUTURE GENERATIONS

TO SHAPE THEIR FUTURE


"If

If

is

extremism

despair

why

affects

we

dreaming

affects

joined

us

us

now,

now,

then

then

Darkenu;

to

it

it

will

secure

will

also

the

also

affect

affect

future

us

us

in

in

the

which

the

future.

future.

we

This

are

of."

—Alon,

Haifa

TABLE OF CONTENTS 2

Where We Work

3

Executive Statement

4

Solutions Not Sides

6

OneVoice on Campus

8

Zimam

10

Darkenu

12

Leadership

13

What's Your Role?


WHERE WE WORK

EUROPE

UNITED STATES ISRAEL PALESTINE OneVoice

Deepens

Its

Impact

A lot has happened in the region and in the world since OneVoice was founded in 2002. American Presidents and British

Prime Ministers have come and gone; Israelis and Palestinians have moved closer to peace, only to then stray further apart.

Now, after 14 remarkable and informative years, we've undertaken a pretty substantial change ourselves.

Given the current realities in the region and the strength of our regional partners, we have realized our long-term strategic

goal of supporting two authentic, locally-led organisations: one in Palestine, and one in Israel.

In 2016, OneVoice Palestine

broadened its mandate and after a strategic review relaunched as a new organisation, Zimam. The largest homegrown

movement of its kind, their work is aimed at empowering moderate voices, championing nonviolent activism, and training

youth leaders to plan and execute initiatives in their communities throughout the West Bank and Gaza.

At the same time, OneVoice Israel worked both with the volunteers of V15 and new partners to come together to create

Darkenu, the fastest-growing movement of moderates in Israel. Darkenu is working across political, social, economic and

geographic lines to train, empower and mobilise grassroots activists in support of a moderate agenda that meets the needs of

all Israelis. Darkenu members are united by a shared belief that Israel will be at its strongest when its democracy is robust, all

of its citizens know equality, and it is at peace with its neighbours.

As our partners lead at the grassroots level to address the specific needs unique to each society and continue to build popular

support for an end to the conflict, our role internationally is to raise resources, awareness, and support for this critical work.

We also run our own programming in the US and Europe, designed to combat polarisation, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia

while generating a broad consensus for conflict resolution.

Today, thanks to your support, we are proud to say that the OneVoice Movement is truly global.

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EXECUTIVE STATEMENT Dear Friends,

OneVoice is an organisation that has always been firmly rooted

And in the United States, what was just a small-scale pilot

in Israel and Palestine. Since 2002, it has been those on the

programme last year evolved into a remarkably successful

ground—those living with the daily repercussions of the

OneVoice on Campus Fellowship programme. It attracts

ongoing conflict, those who take inspiration for its resolution

students from across political and religious divides to advocate

from the faces of their children and grandchildren—who have

for a two-state solution while simultaneously helping to combat

shaped the nature of our work.

the alarming polarisation around Israel and Palestine that we’ve

seen grow in recent years.

This past year marked a real turning point for OneVoice as a

whole. With the unfailing support from invested individuals

We continue to take strength from the knowledge that we are

the world over, not only did the work of our regional partners

working in tandem with so many like-minded individuals in

reach previously unimagined heights, but we’ve also been able

the pursuit of a true and lasting peace. We hope you will

to expand the scope of our work internationally. Now, we

continue to stand with us as we march along this challenging

empower everyday activists across three continents to argue

but necessary path: none of this would be possible without you.

powerfully and persuasively for the urgent need for a

negotiated end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership,

In Palestine and Israel, high profile events have elevated the

status of our new partner organisations, while their grassroots

work has served as the basis for ever-expanding memberships.

Meanwhile, we’ve been able to strengthen our work outside of

the Middle East, stepping up to contribute more fruitfully to a Jeffrey

cause that is so obviously affected by international influences.

Solomon

&

Lois

Perelson-Gross

PeaceWorks Foundation Board Co-Chairs

Lawrence

Radley

OneVoice Europe Chair

In Europe, our flagship educational programme Solutions Not

Sides has expanded its reach to Germany and France, and

recently celebrated a huge landmark of serving its 20,000th

participant.

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20 ,000+ STUDENTS ENGAGED 0 ,00 20

OneVoice Europe’s flagship Outreach and Education Programme—which takes Israeli and

Palestinian peace activists to classrooms and communities across the UK—was rebranded in

January 2016 as Solution Not Sides (SNS). Since its original inception five years ago, the

programme has continued to grow, and this year SNS reached over 5,000 school and

university students across the UK and Germany, running seven national speaking tours,

including two brand new tours in Manchester and Leeds/Bradford. In November, a huge

milestone was reached, as the 20,000th participant was engaged and given the chance to hear

firsthand from Israelis and Palestinians about the realities of the ongoing conflict.

To coincide with the rebranding, SNS also launched a new online strategy and developed its

social media presence across several platforms, enabling Israeli and Palestinian activists to

continue to engage with students long after they've returned to the region through video

conferences and moderated discussion forums. Weekly email updates offer a roundup of

relevant news stories from Israeli, Palestinian, British, and American media sources, making it

easy for current and past participants to stay up to date on important developments, and

expose themselves to perspectives and opinions that they might otherwise not see.

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In addition to school tours, online courses, and individual sessions, SNS also hosted its 5th Annual Student

Leadership Programme in September, assembling 21 university-aged students in London to discuss the

conflict. The five-day intensive residential programme allowed students from various backgrounds and

experiences to engage with faith leaders, politicians, academics, and both Israeli and Palestinian activists

directly. Attendees were also encouraged to build friendships with students from different faith and political

backgrounds, some of whom mix far too infrequently on their own campuses, and were provided with tools

empowering them to make long-term positive impacts on university campuses across the United Kingdom.

161 EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS 5,911 PARTICIPANTS 7 SPEAKING TOURS

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life,

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ONEVOICE ON CAMPUS

Madi

on

Naser,

Campus

was

the

born

age

ever

in

of

therefore

Al-Bireh

she

while,

but

students

Palestine

and

OneVoice,

things

was

from

Israel,"

I've

from

drawn

to

different

she

found

different

OneVoice

because

backgrounds

says,

people

angles,

"and

who

and

people

are

it

towards

just

have

as

together

offered

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shared

able

to

she's

a

lot

and

in

been

of

on

people

opportunity

in

"The

so

about

the

better

in

time

its

conflict

both

Through

as

I

am,

the

Jews and Muslims and Christians—from 14 campuses have participated in the paid fellowship programme. They have

gained state-of-the-art training in student activism and grassroots organising, while also receiving support for their own

efforts to strengthen the OneVoice footprint on campuses and to create new environments for students of all affiliations

and opinions to come together and engage in solutions-oriented conversations around Palestine and Israel.

Throughout the fall semester, each active region (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest) held a two-day intensive training

session for Fellows, where students got an in-depth review of the conflict and were encouraged to partake in complex

discussions on various methods and tools to further community outreach. Each training ended on a forward-thinking note,

with students partaking in strategic planning sessions designed to ensure maximum reach and impact, taking into account

who

see

realities."

sinking into the mires of extremism. To date, 72 college students—Americans and Saudi Arabians, Israelis and Palestinians,

6

had

a

with

In the span of a year, the OneVoice on Campus programme has been able to breathe new life into a cause that many fear is

the specific needs of individual campuses.

She

for

affects

understand

in

conflict

loves.

work

ways.

until

back

The

activism

to

Chicago,

Chicago

seen

she

conflict

many

OneVoice

in

Saffa

friends.

Palestinian

goal.

suffered

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we're

in

lived

personal—she's

effects

involved

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family

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devastating

been

While

for

University

and

spends

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four.

since,

Palestine

Campus

at


Working in parallel across the United States, OneVoice on Campus regional staff have

supported their students in the planning and hosting of over 100 events, ranging from

recruitment tables to speaker discussions, film screenings, and petition signings, and

have fostered a healthy climate of informed discussions with students from diverse

backgrounds. Considering the polarisation surrounding Israel and Palestine on US

campuses, OneVoice Fellows have created bridges with a wide range of groups also

present on campus. They encourage open dialogue, despite differences of opinions, in

order to promote the shared goal of a solution that meets the needs of the majority of

Israelis and Palestinians and that ensures freedom and equality for all those living in

the region.

72 FULLY-TRAINED FELLOWS

14 ACTIVE CAMPUS CHAPTERS

103 EVENTS

NORTHEASTERN ROOSEVELT DEPAUL NORTH PARK CHICAGO

YALE NYU COLUMBIA PRINCETON NEIU GEORGETOWN HOWARD AMERICAN GWU 7


zimam In January 2016, Zimam (“reins” or “taking the initiative” in Arabic) was founded as a

Palestinian-led movement with the aim of taking a comprehensive and domestic-

oriented approach to conflict resolution by strengthening progressive voices,

promoting a culture of nonviolence, fostering national unity, and countering the false

promises of extremism. In its first year, Zimam has inspired thousands to not only

visualise the future they dream of, but to take an active part in making it a reality.

Their strategy focuses on two main levels: locally targeted grassroots work and highly

visible national campaigns.

In April, Zimam launched a petition drive calling for a rejection

of extremism, the embrace of pluralism, and national unity,

which was developed around the premise that a two-state

solution can only be achieved if there exists a strong internal

1,157 ACTIVE MEMBERS 15,215 PETITION SIGNATORS

Palestinian civil society. In just four months, more than 15,000

Palestinians of all ages and affiliations signed on.

115 TRAININGS & LOCAL INITIATIVES, SERVING 14,748 PEOPLE 8


23-year-old

Najah

Raya

of

Raya

Fatayar

University,

volunteered

the

Second

soldiers

instead

The

of

with

Intifada,

broke

outpost.

was

majoring

into

her

local

allowing

hit

fuel

brought

her

home

event

to

and

Media,

family's

hurt

which

born

raised

TV

and

organisations

which

traumatizing

peacemaking,

in

hate,

to

Nablus,

help

particularly

on

Mount

increased

her

to

in

Radio

she

turned

her

to

home.

and

awareness

to

she

conflict

attended

As

community

close

Gerizim

Raya's

where

Broadcasting.

In

in

the

the

it

aftermath

Israeli

into

a

conflict,

resolution

Al-

teenager,

2002,

turned

of

a

military

but

and

Zimam.

Zimam’s highly successful petition was presented during its first National Conference in

Ramallah in November, which brought together political figures from all major parties,

youth activists from across the West Bank, and even Zimam activists from Gaza via Skype.

The conference centred around the petition’s goals and the event’s success not only

showcased the Palestinian will for political change but also highlighted Zimam’s importance

as a national player, with the conference broadcast live on national TV.

Today, Zimam dominates Palestinian social media, with

over 208,000 likes including 45,000 from Gaza, and a

208,000+

series of viral videos for its “I Live For My Country”

campaign—which show how non-violence and

I LIVE FOR MY COUNTRY"

constructive action can change Palestinians’ reality for

"

the better—have been viewed, cumulatively, more

than 700,000 times. With Zimam’s successes came

media interest, leading to local, national, and even

international coverage, expanding the organisation’s

700,000+

QALQILYA

VIEWS

reach and elevating its status as a force for change.

JENIN NABLUS

SALFIT RAMALLAH "It

takes

hard

discourse.

work

Zimam

Palestinian

and

is

society."

the

will

combining

of

the

both

to

people

bring

—Rawa,

to

a

change

positive

political

change

East Jerusalem

to

JERUSALEM BETHLEHEM GAZA CITY

JERICHO HEBRON

9


One year after the V15 campaign galvanised Israelis across the nation, Darkenu is

drawing in unprecedented numbers of moderate supporters united by the pressing

need to push back against the rising tide of extremism, and to place their country

Pnina

for

Pfeuffer

Jerusalem

Orthodox

is

Darkenu's

and

sector.

the

In

Coordinator

religious

Israel,

the

peace

back on track. To date, Darkenu ("our way" in Hebrew) has recruited nearly 200,000 movement

has

long

been

seen

as

a

supporters from across political, social, and regional divides—from secular Jews in secular-left

endeavor,

but

Pnina

sees

the

Haifa to Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem, from the Ashkenazi and Mizrahi, from the left values

of

her

community

reflected

in

and from the right. Members of their diverse base may not agree on everything, but Darkenu's

work,

and

in

the

diverse

Darkenu has offered them a shared vision that they can all sign up to: Israel as a group

of

moderate

activists

with

whom

democratic Jewish homeland and a state for all of its citizens, with genuine security she

works

every

day.

Widening

the

tent

and social justice for all, and an end to the conflict via a two-state agreement. In to

include

the

ultra-Orthodox

is

key,

she

addition to a popular Peace and Security training programme operating across the believes,

to

building

the

broad

coalition

country, Darkenu has expanded its outreach program to include a coordinated necessary

system of door-to-door canvassing, coupled with follow-up phone calls and

possible.

to

make

"Many

a

invitations to local events, which serves to build out its support base and encourages

community

activists to deepen their engagement through participation in a host of activities and

information

around

initiatives, both local and national.

says,

feel

issue

In addition to field work, Darkenu has prioritised the expansion of its digital reach,

"or

else

that

work

do

not

should

aims

Darkenu

to

two-state

people

as

from

have

the

accurate

conflict,"

though

concern

challenge

envisions

a

solution

my

it

is

them.

all

she

not

an

My

that."

future

that

connecting grassroots volunteers and mainstream Israelis with high-level represents

and

benefits

all

of

its

citizens

politicians and decision-makers. Hosting events with hundreds of people hearing —including

the

growing

religious

from speakers such as Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Yesh Atid MK community.

Pnina

is

committed

Ofer Shelach, Darkenu has fostered lively debates, encouraging attendees to join ensuring

that

her

community

their movement. A highly-successful panel event with Ehud Barak, Adina Barcontributes

meaningfully

Shalom, and Michael Biton in August, which was live-streamed to 15,000 real-time shaping

viewers, drew national attention and led the evening news, as the former prime

minister sketched out an alternate course for Israel that would see the conflict end

and its security strengthened.

10

of

that

Israel.

to

the

to


Darkenu’s mission is to awaken the moderate majority of Israelis to the

common cause they all share, and to empower them to reshape the national 2,456,812

narrative. Their movement is for all who share their values and strive for a UNIQUE

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better Israel. Allowing for people within an increasingly fractured society to

find this common ground and build upon it is no simple task, however; it

requires the bravery to reach out to those with whom they disagree. In

November, staff and volunteers were invited to the home of a settler in Ofra

to meet with families from the settlement and from the Amona outpost

whose homes were slated for demolition. Despite viewing the settlement

enterprise in starkly different terms, the meeting provided an opportunity to

HAIFA

listen to those on the other side, rather than simply dismiss them; to stay firm

to Darkenu’s beliefs, but nonetheless recognise with genuine empathy the

human cost involved in the necessary step of evacuating settlements. At a

time when Israel is increasingly divided, with citizens living in echo

chambers and ideological silos, Darkenu is working to build bridges, and to

shape a broad coalition that believes Israel can be a better, more just, and

KFAR SABA RAMAT GAN TEL AVIV RISHON LETZION REHOVOT

PARDES HANA HADERA PETAH TIKVAH MODI'IN JERUSALEM

more peaceful place.

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2016 LEADERSHIP Executive

Team

John Lyndon, Executive Director, OneVoice Europe

Mara Lee, Executive Director, OneVoice US & The PeaceWorks Foundation

Polly Bronstein, CEO, Darkenu

Samer Makhlouf, CEO, Zimam

PeaceWorks

Foundation

Board

Darkenu

Board

Daniel Lubetzky, President & Founder

Kobi Richter, Chair

Dror Aloni

Jeffrey Solomon, Co-Chair

Baruch Spiegel, Vice Chair

Efraim Sneh

Lois Perelson-Gross, Co-Chair

Adi Balderman

Ella Gera

Harriet Green

Assaf Halachmi

Eti Livni

Jonathan Prince

Baruch Mazor

Gershon Baskin

Karen Schaufeld

David Simha

Oriella Ben-Tzvi

Samer Hamadeh

Yoni Komorov

OneVoice

Europe

Board

of

Trustees

Zimam

Board

Friends

of

Zimam

Advisory

Lawrence Radley, Chair

Mohammad Masri, Chair

Carol Kasbari

Denise Joseph

Fadwa Khawaja

Ghaith al-Omari

Fiona Cumberland

Nisreen Shahin

Howard Sumka

Graham Edwards

Rami Mehdawi

Nizar Farsakh

Greg Rack

Sahar Qawasmi

Randa Fahmy Hudome

Board

Russell Mishcon

Sayyeda Salam

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"If

OneVoice

is

anything,

it

first

hope

with

rather

that

than

one

action.

is

a

day

about

it

as

vain

action

its

product,

call

might

Action

because

about

hope

produce

leads

achieves

to

to

hope

successes,

"To however

small,

that

those

working confidence

in

in

the

Middle

East

inspire

with

OneVoice,

I

greater

have

a

simple

message:

never

successes."

David Miliband

Former UK Foreign Secretary

think

are

for

alone.

across

and

moment

Many

the

hoping

praying

you

people

all

standing

with

with

every

that

world—of

none—are

you,

you

a

faith

with

you,

you.

I

wish

blessing.”

Rowan Williams

Former Archbishop of Canterbury


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