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ONEVOICE M O V E M E N T ANNUAL REPORT 2013
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We Believe Executive Statement Where We Work Youth Leadership Program
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International Programming Political Work in Israel’s Knesset New Ventures in Palestine OneVoice for Two States
Everyday people have a critical role to play in finding a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and yet their voices remain largely absent from the peace process. We empower the Israeli and Palestinian ISRAELIS moderate majorities who support two states for two peoplesPALESTINIANS to hold their elected officials accountable to bring about an end to the conflict. Through OneVoice, young grassroots activists in Israel and Palestine are SUPPORT A equipped with the knowledge and skills to be heard as they build momentum and a TWO-STATE SOLUTION constituency for the two-state solution locally and internationally.
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Our Leadership Donation Impact Financial Overview What’s Your Role
EXECUTIVE STATEMENT Dear Friends, When I was appointed as the CEO of the PeaceWorks Foundation and OneVoice this September, I knew that the only way for our movement to rise above the serious challenges standing in the way of a two-state solution was for us to become more ambitious in our work. And that is precisely what we are doing. The OneVoice team continually surpasses my expectations as they make strides towards a better future with each passing day. From town hall meetings to high level political delegations, OneVoice is challenging the status quo and incrementally building an even stronger grassroots movement that will make two states for two peoples a reality. In furthering this mission, OneVoice Israel (OVI) and OneVoice Palestine (OVP) are launching an innovative multiplatform initiative that combines our grassroots network with a dynamic media campaign to build public support and accountability for the current negotiations, together in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. At this moment, we are in the process of scaling up our recruitment, deepening our training programs, and devising trusted messaging that will create an environment that will promote a resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This bold new initiative was made possible by two parallel U.S. Government grants, a first in our organizationâ€™s history. OneVoice Europe (OVE) has also been effectively soliciting support from the British Government and the European Union, helping build consensus around two states and support for our Israeli and Palestinian teams.
As we move forward together, I am determined to see OneVoice and PeaceWorks realize their full potential to work 24/7 to end the conflict by establishing a proud independent Palestinian state living peacefully side by side with a safe and secure State of Israel. Thank you for your continued support and partnership.
Amb. Marc Ginsberg
OneVoice is the civil society partner for peace with an established presence in both Israel and Palestine. The over 660,000 Israelis, Palestinians, and internationals that we have engaged so far are representative of our unique network of voices from across the political, socioeconomic, and religious spectrum.
WHERE WE WORK
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People have signed a Pledge of Support for the OneVoice Movement.
CHAPTER LOCATIONS OneVoice is one of the most politically influential movements of its kind
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in Israel, and has grown to be the second largest youth movement in Palestine, with over 32 chapters and three regional offices operating throughout Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. 334,371 Israelis, 298,307 Palestinians, and 30,954 Internationals have signed a Pledge of Support for the OneVoice Movement.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) trains promising young Israelis and Palestinians to become engaged grassroots activists and provides a critical constructive outlet for the current youth frustration stemming from the existing political status quo. The Youth Leadership Program features a unique structure with two mainstream, nationalistic movements working in parallel in both Israel and Palestine.
Emphasis is based on participants gaining the skills to become successful political advocates for the two-state solution, who mitigate conflict at the grassroots level by mobilizing the moderate non-violent majority in their communities. Youth Leaders spearhead unique activities – from town hall meetings that build consensus for tough compromises to public awareness campaigns that underscore the urgency of a peace agreement to initiatives that pressure leaders to take action to move the peace process forward.
This work is further complemented by Women of Influence (WOI), a YLP initiative that empowers Palestinian women to become politically active and assume leadership roles within their communities. This three-phase training project seeks to counter women’s historic political underrepresentation in Palestine by endowing
them with leadership skills, giving them a voice and ability to impact community decisions that will determine the future for themselves, their families, and their homeland. Women of Influence activities have ranged from multi-day skill-building seminars on communications, to guest speaker events featuring prominent female leaders from across Palestinian society, altogether aimed at ultimately increasing the input from women in all sectors. As WOI’s project leader has noted, “We want these women’s experiences to be transferable – from theoretical to practical. This way, they can be a part of the change in themselves and their communities.”
2013 HIGHLIGHTS • Hosted 81 training sessions in Israel and Palestine with a total of 1,272 attendees. • Held 61 Town Hall Meetings with 2,906 participants. • Initiated 2 campaigns, with 1,517 direct participants at events and over hundreds of thousands of indirect beneficiaries, including the over 500,000 Israelis who viewed our viral video urging people to vote for parties who support two states (which was released 4 weeks prior to this year’s elections). • Formed an unprecedented partnership with the National Union of Israeli Students, providing training and recruitment for its members on the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. • Graduated our first cohort of Gazan Youth Leaders since 2008. • Renewed our partnership in Palestine with Generations for Peace, based in Amman. • Organized a roundtable two-hour workshop in Ramallah to discuss and evaluate the ongoing negotiations with the Israelis, featuring representatives from several Palestinian political parties, security forces, and civil society organizations.
To launch its April 2012 campaign promoting awareness of the Arab Peace Initiative, OVI played on Netanyahu’s reference to Iran as a nuclear duck. Eighty “Arab Peace Ducks” along with copies of the API were sent to Israeli MKs to remind them that a potential partner for peace had yet to be given a real chance.
• Collaborated with the 41 Members of Knesset who comprise the Caucus to Promote the Resolution of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. • Began the Siaseh Political Cafe series in Palestine to raise awareness around the peace process.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING OneVoice Europe’s Outreach and Education Programme (O&E) For the past seven years, OneVoice’s International promotes OneVoice in the UK as the grassroots leader in pragmatic, Engagement Program (IEP) has aimed to reduce polarization and Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution, concerned primarily with the promote constructive action surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian core human interests of both the Israeli and Palestinian people and conflict across U.S. campuses and communities. Through IEP, the mobilization of British citizens to take a win-win approach in American audiences are convened to identify their role in ending their dialogue and activism on the issue. the conflict as they connect directly with Youth Leaders from Israel and Palestine in six week-long speaking tours held each O&E educational programming informs and connects British citizens academic year. Students and community members, partner of all backgrounds and faiths to the moderate majority in Israel and organizations, policy makers, and international influencers meet Palestine who support a peaceful resolution to the conflict through face-to-face with Israeli and Palestinian Youth Leaders as they two states for two peoples. This enables UK citizens share their challenges, successes, and strategies. IEP invested in the outcome of the conflict to represent forums magnify civil society efforts in peacebuilding the true wishes of the people in the region and garner and conflict resolution while bolstering the efforts support on the international scale. of OneVoice to further the two-state solution. IEP provides the stimulus for audiences to respond to ISRAELIS PALESTINIANS O&E has concluded this year having made international calls to action - fostering solidarity connections between 40 partnering schools and 23 with the efforts of young grassroots activists in the SUPPORT A TWO-STATE SOLUTION universities throughout London, Birmingham, and region while advancing a more accountable American Manchester. Moreover, several of these institutions put foreign policy. forward a selection of their students as applicants for O&E’s summer residential course, and over 300 participants joined To date, IEP has engaged 21,000 people from over 100 our online forum. O&E also continues to maintain an on-going universities and scores of communities across the U.S. In 2013 connection with five synagogues, five mosques, and five churches, alone, IEP held tours in Washington, D.C., New York, Southern alongside a partnership with over 60 other organizations, including California, and the Midwest, reaching close to 5,000 individuals interfaith, community development, and local councils. In this year with discussions at 20 universities, in addition to presentations alone, O&E has reached 3,000 people from some of the UK’s largest at two separate conferences hosted by J Street and the HolyPALESTINIAN Land ISRAELI and most diverse cities. Christian Ecumenical Foundation.
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POLITICAL WORK IN ISRAEL’S KNESSET
January 2011: OVI partners with Knesset members from various factions to establish the Two-State Solution Caucus, the first nonpartisan body in Parliament to advance a direct political solution with the Palestinians.
May 2013: OVI representatives and MKs convene to launch the largest caucus in the 19th Knesset: the Caucus for Ending the ArabIsraeli Conflict, which calls for two states.
July 2012: OVI presents a report detailing the implications of an ailing Palestinian economy and stalled peace talks on Israeli security to members of the Two-State Solution Caucus.
June 2012: After a multi-part campaign led by OVI, Knesset members vote to quash legislation legalizing settler outposts on private Palestinian land.
February 2013: UK House of Lords commends the “remarkable” work of OneVoice in the region, including the campaign during the Israeli elections to show the importance of citizens opting for moderate candidates who are committed to a two-state solution.
July 2013: During an OVimplemented visit by a delegation of Palestinian leaders to Israel’s Parliament, Israeli and Palestinian flags stand side by side in the Knesset for the first time in more than a decade.
October 2013: OVE attends the 10,000-delegate UK Labour Party conference in Brighton to share their three campaigns promoting the two-state solution.
June 2013: OVI launches a “Roundtable Peace Initiative” to build support for the caucus at the grassroots level. Twenty leading Israeli peace organizations take part while nearly 2,000 people in 11 cities across the country rally to revive the Middle East peace process.
October 2013: OV helps to facilitate a historic meeting in which President Abbas hosts 10 members of the Israeli Parliament at the Mukata in Ramallah.
I am particularly impressed with The Peoplesâ€™ Blueprint and its methodology to create concrete, positive facts on the ground that will inspire citizens on both sides to visualize a brighter future if they exercise their power and tangibly contribute towards building their State and build trust towards the other side.
~ Mahmoud Abbas
NEW VENTURES IN PALESTINE
The Peoples’ Blueprint was created as a strategic framework that enables collaboration between the civic sector (OneVoice) and the economic sector (PeaceWorks) as they build tangible steps towards a two-state solution. The first two initiatives of The Peoples’ Blueprint pragmatically account for our belief that future peace is dependent upon a professionally successful, financially independent, and socially empowered new generation of Palestinians. Furthermore, agricultural development in Palestine is a crucial goal of the Palestinian Authority and donor nations as it represents a keystone to a vibrant Palestinian economic future. With that in mind, PeaceWorks is currently developing a fully integrated agricultural entrepreneurial venture for young Palestinians which will provide new training, income, and employment opportunities in Israeli-controlled Area C (largely off-limits for Palestinian economic development). PeaceWorks has already obtained provisional agreement from the Israeli government for the project - an
unprecedented accomplishment under the circumstances. This initiative includes a reforestation program, the introduction of brand new water resourcing technologies, the planting and cultivation of new high-yielding cash crops, a state-of-theart agricultural technology training center, a production facility, and a cold storage supply chain link to export markets. From farm to table, this initiative will grow, produce, process, market, and ship its products worldwide, providing jobs and training for Palestinians and an innovative way to challenge the military occupation in Area C of the West Bank. Together, the linkage of political action and agricultural entrepreneurship promotes a regrowth of support for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. As our agricultural project evolves, we intend to expand it into one that includes a market, restaurant, national park and recreational venue, and destination conference and hotel center. To date, we have constructed a local management team, incorporated the PeaceWorks entity in Palestine, briefed key stakeholders, and received support from the highest levels of the Palestinian Authority, as well as the Government of Morocco’s High Atlas Foundation (which will partner with us based on its successful track record undertaking
similar projects in Morocco). Moreover, we have already scouted a number of different potential locations including Bethlehem, Nablus, Jenin, Hebron, Tubas, and Jericho. To further create positive economic facts on the ground, we additionally conceived the Youth Entrepreneurial Hub (YEH), an online aggregator platform for workforce development that will enable young Palestinians to acquire the vocational and life skills needed to obtain employment and advance along a career pathway. Palestinian university graduates are currently faced with a bleak 51% unemployment rate and have minimal awareness of the organizations already operating in the job placement field. By connecting this existing network of partners with the youth most in need of their services, our portal will break the barriers to employment, thus ensuring that neither the bright minds of a generation nor the programs that have been created to aid them are squandered because of poor dissemination.
2013 marked the resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine and ushered in a new promise of peace. To complement this progress and OneVoice’s grassroots work, we are exploring several new ambitious ventures in Palestine through the PeaceWorks Foundation.
ONEVOICE FOR TWO STATES OneVoice for Two States is a bold initiative that empowers ordinary citizens to create a positive environment of support to establish a political climate necessary to make two states for two peoples a reality.
The ongoing resumption of negotiations after more than a three year hiatus presents a significant opportunity to leverage this moment and OneVoice’s capacity toward a truly historic goal. And yet, the renewal of talks have been met with cynicism, resentment, and apathy by large swathes of the Israeli and Palestinian populations, reflective of longer term trends in both societies. If this current negative atmosphere continues, any negotiation efforts will be undermined, with both sets of leaders less likely to take the brave steps necessary to bring this conflict to a close. OneVoice for Two States aims to counter this skepticism and apathy with a highly visible integrated grassroots and media campaign, harnessing our existing organizational capacity to build public support for the negotiations. This campaign will work in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. Moreover, for the first time in OneVoice history, we were awarded not one, but two government grants from the U.S. State Department for this ambitious integrated grassroots and media initiative in Israel and Palestine. Government funding is no small feat, and serves as a tangible reflection of the recognition our hard work is receiving.
MEDIA CAMPAIGN EXTREMISTS MODERATES
~ Sir Paul McCartney
With death and despair so prevalent, the silent majority begins to adopt the attitudes of the extremists. The prospects for peace dwindle.
REALITY Having met representatives of the association OneVoice, I was impressed, first of all, by the fact that half of the organization is Palestinian and half is Israeli. This gave me great hope that, one day, people like them will help to bring about a peaceful resolution to the troubles in the area. I am, therefore, happy to lend my support in this way to the cause of peace.
The media’s focus on the tragedies has achieved the extremists’ objectives, propagating a new level of hatred and misunderstanding.
OUR LEADERSHIP EXECUTIVE STAFF Marc Ginsberg, CEO Daniel Lubetzky, Founder Josh Nerpel, Deputy Director, OneVoice International
John Lyndon, Executive Director, OneVoice Europe
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf Azzam Shawwa
Mike Medavoy Rabbi Michael Melchior
Muhammad Ali Colette Avital
John Edwin Mroz Archbishop Butros Muallem
Avishay Braverman Danny DeVito Stuart Eizenstat
Dr. Bernard Patry Rhea Perlman Ambassador Thomas
Dr. Saeb Erekat Rabbi Harvey Fields Shafik Gabr
Brad Pitt Natalie Portman Rabbi David Rosen
Gary Gladstein Fredric H. Gould Yoel Hasson
Ambassador Dennis Ross General Danny Rothschild Lord Jonathan Sacks
Samir Hulileh Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs Samer Khoury
Professor Klaus Schwab Imad Shakur Ephraim Sneh
Dr. Alon Liel Stanley Litow Eti Livni
Judge Abraham Sofaer Jeff Solomon Dr. Howard J. Sumka
Rabbi Brian Lurie Sir Paul McCartney
Toni G. Verstandig Dr.Imad Falouji
Laura Talinovsky, Director,
THE TRUSTEES ADVISORY COUNCIL consists of energetic and dynamic leaders across diverse sectors that have shown a commitment to public service and can contribute expertise in an area necessary to advance the mission of OneVoice and PeaceWorks. Only proven achievers with positions of influence and records of exceptional effectiveness are considered for this influential role. The Trustees Advisory Council holds at least one meeting per year. Members of the Trustees Advisory Council guide the organization through fundraising, strategic input, and overall advocacy.
Samer Makhlouf, Director, OneVoice Palestine
Nisreen Shahin, Executive Director of the PeaceWorks Foundation in Palestine
Yasser Mahmoud Abbas Dr. Ziad Asali
Joel Kellman Barry Kramer
Thaer Mukbel Walid Najjab
Joel Fields Sanford Gallanter
David Levin Lindsay Levin
Craig Newmark Richard J. Urowsky
Harriet Green Gideon Grinstein
Bertie Lubner Bashar Masri
In Memoriam *Laura Ziskin
Samer Hamadeh Jim Hornthal
Erez Meltzer Richard Menell
THE HONORARY BOARD OF ADVISORS consists of prominent diplomatic, business, religious, and community leaders who command respect and trust amongst both Israelis and Palestinians. The Honorary Board of Advisors convenes annually and provides guidance as solicited throughout the year.
THE DIFFERENCE YOUR DONATION MAKES A Great Investment: Over the past 10 years, OneVoice’s award-winning mission has proven its abilty to build a network of human infrastructure capable
of implementing effective grassroots campaigns and youth leadership training in Israel, Palestine, and on the global stage. These parallel movements combine to create powerful synergy, which was recognized in 2009 with OneVoice’s receipt of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Intercultural Innovation Award. OneVoice has additionally received the Artists’ and Humans’ Project Cultural Achievement Award; the 2004 World Association of NGOs Peace, Reconciliation, and Security Award; the 2005 King Hussein Humanitarian Leadership Prize presented by former President Jimmy Carter; and the 2008 Skoll Award. OneVoice has demonstrated successful financial management, an example of which is the $1 million Skoll Award, which resulted in an additional $150,000 grant.
Program Cost Breakdown 2014 WHEN YOU GIVE: Joint IsraeliPalestinian Meetings 2%
Town Hall Meetings & Civic Education 4%
$10 Covers the transportation for a Youth Leader to travel Grassroots Campaign to Support the Negotiations 25%
Women of Influence 11%
to a community in need.
Youth Leadership Training 29%
International Engagement Program 29%
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FINANCIAL OVERVIEW 2012
Support and Revenue Grant Contributions In-Kind Donations
$1,628,764.05 $483,474.84 $98,417.30
Transfers To Regional Offices
TOTAL SUPPORT AND REVENUE
~ Barry Kramer
Overseas Office Overhead
Leadership Development Phase
$1,667,900.55 2012 $1,457,470.83
Other Current Assets
Liabilities & Equity Liabilities Equity
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STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
In 2006, OneVoice launched the ‘What Are You Willing To Do?’ campaign, in which we asked ordinary citizens what measures they would take to end the conflict. Thousands of Palestinians and Israelis took part in both large scale events and smaller, individual activities, including ten skydivers in Israel who made their commitment clear.
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I always enjoy their transparency and earnestness in discussions. They leave me feeling both more knowledgeable and hopeful.
“Every individual has to play a role, and this role is important like a small piece in a big puzzle. We empower youth to contribute to building the de facto Palestinian state, ending the occupation, and creating a just & lasting two-state solution. Now is the right time for action.”
“We are proud to be at the forefront of the generation that works toward a solution – two states, two peoples, in OneVoice. We need our leaders to negotiate a historic agreement that enables Israel and the new State of Palestine to exist side by side and start building a brighter future for all of us.”
~ Samer Makhlouf BE the movement #2StatesNOW
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
HEAR the movement @OneVoice
WHAT’S YOUR ROLE? PARTICIPATE IN AN EVENT Invite your family and friends! Contact us at info@ onevoicemovement.org for dates and times in your area or go to our website, www.onevoicemovement.org.
RAISE SUPPORT - GROW THE MOVEMENT
All contributions made to OneVoice make it possible for us to build support for a two-state solution and a path towards peace. No gift is too small - every penny will go directly towards OneVoice leaders as they mobilize their communities with effective grassroots campaigns.
JOIN A ONEVOICE CALL TO ACTION Make your voice heard! Participate in our photo campaign and share why you support the two-state solution.
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Please donate online (www.onevoicemovement.org) or make checks out to the PeaceWorks Foundation | P.O. Box 1577-OCS, New York, NY 10113
A solution of two national states - a Jewish state, Israel; an Arab state, Palestine. The Palestinians are our closest neighbors. I believe they may become our closest friends.
TOGETHER, WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS WHO BELIEVE IN PEACE.
~ Shimon Peres
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