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Israeli-Palestinian Peace Coalition
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Human Rights Award 2002

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Coalition

Political context

Since the founding of Israel in 1948. Palestinians and Israelis have been in constant conflict with each other. The lengthy conflict is one of the most explosive of the present time, with an escalation potential that is beyond measure. Many wars of the last decades have also included neighbouring countries. All attempts to resolve the conflict between Israel and Palestinian in a peaceful way have failed.

Only a few organisations try to make peace in the region and show very courageously that Israelis and Palestinians are able to live together peacefully.

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The Awardee

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Coalition (IPPC) consists of Israeli and Palestinian politicians, academics, activists of non-governmental organisations and leading personalities from the sphere of culture. They include representatives of the peace movement such as the former Israeli Minister of Justice, Yossi Beilin, or the Leader of the Opposition in the Knesset, Yossi Sarid, and on the Palestinian side the Minister of Information and Culture, Yasser Abbed Rabbo and the chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat.

The IPPC supports the principle of a two-state solution based on the borders of 1967, with Israel and Palestine existing side by side and with Jerusalem as the capital of both sides. They share the concern for a peace process as an alternative to terror and violence. "We are firmly convinced that the interests of our two societies, and also their self-respect and human rights can only be upheld through a negotiated peace process and the end to occupation."

In addition to the public campaigns in their respective societies in protest against violence and occupation, the IPPC met with well-known international personalities, such as South Africa’s President Mbeki and foreign ministers Fischer, Straw, Ivanov, Michel and the High Representative of the EU, Solana, in order to actively campaign for a peaceful settlement at an international level.

Further Information
Publications Brochure on the Human Rights Award 2002 (German) Links to Publications Jerusalem in the Future: Scenarios and a shared vision Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, The International Peace and Cooperation Center, The Floersheimer Institute for Policy Studies, 2005 Jugendstudie (German) Die Haltung der israelischen Jugend zu persönlichen, sozialen und nationalen Fragen: eine vergleichende Studie, 1998-2004 Dr. Roby Nathanson (Hrsg.), Deutsche Kurzfassung (22 Seiten), Tel Aviv: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Dezember 2004 (German) Links Website „International Peace and Cooperation Center“, Jerusalem Website of the International Crisis Group – Middle East Initiative Website of the FES Department for Middle East and North Africa (German) Website of the FES Office Israel Website of the FES Office Palestinian Authorities (German) Website of the FES Conflict Transformation Team (German)