Friendship Village acts to promote education for civil society, democracy and peace

We believe that a determinate action is needed in Israel-Palestine to empower women-educators to be politically aware and to lead civil society and democracy.

We create cooperation with educational institutions to form academic courses and summer training for Jewish and Arab women-students in the education colleges, and for women-teachers currently working in the Israeli education system.


In these courses and training, Arab and Jewish Israeli women-educators get to meet and connect. They learn together about the Jewish-Arab conflict and about the narrative of "The Other", about democracy, civil society and conflict resolution. The process they undergo opens their eyes to see the other group's needs and validity and to empathize with them, and creates an aspiration for resolving the conflict in a positive way.

As women and as educators they are empowered to recognize their own power and responsibility as main change agents in society. Their daily work at the schools is immediately influenced, as their knowledge, their confidence and their abilities to speak and act grow.


We are convinced that such courses should be a part of all curriculum in all academic institutions, and we strive to mobilize them towards increasing education for democracy and peace.

Our Team

Jonatan Peled of Blessed Memory (1937-2019)

Founder

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Board

Michail Fanous

Chair

Ayelet Roth

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Yossi Coten

Aviva Aviv

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Public Board

 

Israel

 

Prof. Faisal Azaiza

 

Dr. Abed-Salam Azim

 

Prof Haim Ben-Shahar

 

Dr. Amal Jamal

 

Mr. Dani Karavan (Sculptor)

 

Mr. Hagai Meirom (Former MP : Labour)

 

Prof. Aviezer Ravitzki

 

Prof. Alice Shalvi

Prof Aliza Shenhar (Ex Ambassador to Russia)

 

Prof. Shimon Shamir (Ex-Ambassador to Jordan)

Prof. Uriel Simon

Mr. A.B.Yehoshua (Writer)

International

Mr. Rateb Amro (Former Minister ) (Jordan)

 

Lawyer Daniel Jacoby (France)

 

MP. Jack Lang (ex-Minister of Education)(France)

 

Mr. Albert Memmi (Writer)(France)

 

Prof. Seri Nusseibeh  (Palestine)

Management

Sana Ruhana

Co-Executive

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Revital Yonai

Co-Executive

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Facilitators

Rimonda Mansour

Lital Ayalon

Michal Levin

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Slieman Halabi

Yael Maayan

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Sali Azzam

Dalia Halabi