The Palestinian Peace Coalition and H.L. Education for Peace, jointly known as the Geneva Initiative, launched the Two State Solution Coalition in April 2018, with generous support from the European Commission within the framework of the EU Peacebuilding Initiative. The coalition brings together more than twenty influential Palestinian and Israeli civil society organizations that support and promote the two-state solution.
The coalition advances conditions for a negotiated settlement of the conflict by consolidating the efforts of peace-oriented civil-society organizations (CSOs) towards maintaining the viability of the two-state solution. To this effect, we aim to strengthen the voice, capacity, advocacy and policy-shaping efforts of Israeli and Palestinian peace-oriented CSOs at a cross-border level. Coalition goals include capacity building, information sharing, and coordinating efforts to enhance the role of Palestinian and Israeli CSOs in advocating for peaceful resolution of the conflict, both at local and international levels.
The coalition is based on a simple principle: We are stronger together.
‘Our Rights’ is an initiative that was established in 2018 parallel to the Jerusalem municipality 2018 elections. It is registered in Israel and abides by Israeli law. The main aim of establishing this initiative was to raise awareness among Palestinians in East Jerusalem about their rights especially those related to representation. As East Jerusalem residents usually either don’t know that they have a right to vote, or they consciously decide not to participate -as from their point of view- this will legitimize the occupation of East Jerusalem while there is no political agreement yet. That manifests itself in a lack of voice for almost 300,000 residents of taxpayers in the city; they suffer from marginalization, lack of services, poverty, and other related social and economic challenges. Therefore, the organization proposes that by empowering the residents in East Jerusalem they will be able to identify local leadership from within the community, and then they will be able not only to present the needs of the residents but also identify opportunities to improve the residents’ lives mainly through participating in local elections. ‘Our Rights’ follows a holistic approach of combining advocacy, economic empowerment, and political awareness. It employs innovative approaches of exposing the young generation to different opportunities, and re-creating councils.
ECF is an Israeli policy planning think-tank dedicated to achieving the two-state solution; to promote peace, security and prosperity for Israel and its Arab neighbors and to promote Middle East regional stability. ECF operates on three levels of policy planning: 1) working for a comprehensive Israeli-Arab peace 2) preventing escalation of violence and creating conditions for sustainable stability 3) working in support of Palestinian state-building.
This event/ publication was provided with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the Geneva Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.