The following organizations work in the field of peacebuilding and nonviolence within Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, or both. We encourage you to do further research; there are many ways to support Israelis and Palestinians working for positive change. Please visit Just Vision's Visionaries for interviews with dozens of individuals working in many of the organizations listed below. Please be aware that new organizations frequently emerge, while others disband. Please send us information if you know about an organization that does not appear on this list. Write to info @ justvision dot org.
Peace, democracy, civic education and conflict resolution for Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Promotes and defends the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel as well as Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Promotes human rights in Gaza and the broader OPT through research, legal intervention and advocacy.
All For Peace Radio
The first jointly run Palestinian-Israeli radio station. It produces news, feature and music programs in Arabic, Hebrew and English.
Documents violations of the individual and collective rights of persons in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Alternative Information Center
A joint Palestinian-Israeli political advocacy organization and source for information on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Anarchists Against the Wall
An Israeli organization that supports Palestinians' nonviolent struggle against the Separation Barrier.
A theatre company based in Jaffa, Israel, that produces and performs plays in Arabic and Hebrew.
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
An environmental education and research center at Kibbutz Ketura in Israel’s Arava Desert. Students include Jordanians, Palestinians, Israelis, and North Americans.
Arik Institute for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace
Works for reconciliation and tolerance, and headed by the founder and former director of the Parents Circle-Bereaved Families Forum.
Artists Without Walls
A group of Israeli and Palestinian artists and musicians organizing joint exhibitions aimed at promoting understanding.
Association for Civil Rights in Israel
Works to protect human rights and civil rights in Israel and the territories under Israel's control.
Behind the Wall
A Palestinian organization working mostly with youth to assess the consequences of the Separation Barrier for Palestinian communities.
Beit Arabiya Center for Peace
Salim and Arabiya Shawamreh's home in Anata in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Their home has been demolished by the Israeli army multiple times and has become a meeting center and symbol of nonviolent resistance. See ICAHD's article: http://www.icahd.org/eng/articles.asp?menu=6&submenu=5&story=32
Bethlehem Peace Center
Promotes peace, democracy, diversity and religious tolerance through activities and programs for locals and tourists. The center also displays Palestinian art and culture.
A group of urban planners and architects working toward "strengthening the connection between human rights and spatial planning." Their work is focused within Israel and East Jerusalem.
A website that presents Israeli and Palestinian viewpoints, primarily on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and peace process. It is co-produced and edited by a Palestinian and an Israeli.
An Israeli group of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and others working for social justice and against the occupation.
Bridges Israeli-Palestinian Public Health Magazine
A jointly managed and edited Israeli-Palestinian magazine devoted to public health and peace issues.
B'Tselem, the Israeli Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
An Israeli organization working to protect human rights and change Israeli policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Building Bridges for Peace
A summer camp in the US for Israeli, Palestinian and American young women to learn leadership and communication skills, promote peace, and women's empowerment. Building Bridges also runs follow-up programs for Israeli and Palestinian participants at home.
Bustan, Sustainable Community Action for Land and People
Promotes environmental justice and sustainability with a focus primarily on land and human rights issues in Israel’s Negev desert.
Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
Promotes nonviolence in Palestinian society through training programs for individuals and organizations in conflict transformation, mediation, communication, peace and democracy building, and human rights. Its also brings together Israelis and Palestinians to discuss issues of violence in the region.
Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development
Promotes economic cooperation and empowerment on the premise that "Jewish-Arab economic cooperation in Israel is essential for peace, prosperity and economic stability in Israel and the region at large."
Children of Abraham, Hebron
An Israeli group that focuses on the effects of occupation on the city of Hebron through tours in the city and meetings with its Palestinian residents. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizens' Accord Forum Between Jews and Arabs in Israel
An Israeli organization working to "bridge the gaps between Israel's Jewish and Arab communities, and strive to implement systematic changes to improve the status of Israel's Arab citizens."
Coalition of Women for Peace
An umbrella organization over nine Israeli women's organizations working for peace, equal rights for all Israeli citizens, an end to the occupation and the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Combatants for Peace
A group of Israeli and Palestinian former combatants working together to stop all forms of violence, end the occupation and establish a Palestinian state.
Creativity for Peace
A program that brings adolescent Palestinian and Israeli girls to New Mexico for a summer program that teaches leadership and communication skills and promotes reconciliation. Creativity for Peace also runs follow up programs for participants upon their return home.
A Palestinian-Israeli-Jordanian youth magazine published in English.
Economic Cooperation Foundation
An Israeli organization aimed at supporting Israeli-Palestinian cooperation in the political, economic, and civil society spheres.
EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East
An environmental organization with offices in Amman, Bethlehem and Tel Aviv that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists to "protect our shared environmental heritage" and create the "necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region.”
Face to Face/Faith to Faith
A US-based program of religious study, leadership and peace-building program for Christian, Muslim, and Jewish teenagers from different conflict regions, including Israel and Palestine.
Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
A network of Palestinian, Israeli, and international faculty, with an affiliated international student network, working to end the occupation and create a just peace.
Folklore of the Other
An art and education program that promotes tolerance between Israel’s diverse communities.
Gaza Community Mental Health Program
Provides mental health services, including therapy, training and research, to women, children, and victims of human rights violations. The program aims to promote community-wide mental health on the basis of "justice, humanity, and respect for human rights."
Campaigns in Israeli and Palestinian society and globally in favor of returning to negotiations for a two-state solution. It follows the Geneva Accord's blueprint for peace.
Ghirass Cultural Center
Cultural and educational center in Bethlehem district.
An Israeli legal organization working to protect Palestinians' freedom of movement.
Givat HavivaAn institute in Israel that promotes equality for all Israeli citizens and peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
An Israeli peace movement calling for the creation of a Palestinian state.
Hamoked, Center for the Defense of the Individual
An Israeli organization that assists Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories whose rights are violated by Israeli policies.
Hand in Hand
An organization that founded and runs multi-cultural schools in Israel (in Jerusalem, the Galilee and Wadi Ara) where Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel are taught in Arabic and Hebrew.
Hands of Peace
A US-based program that promotes "long term peaceful coexistence among Jewish-Israelis, Arab-Israelis, and West Bank Palestinians by bringing young people from the Middle East together with American teens in an interfaith setting."
The Palestinian office of the People's Campaign for Peace and Democracy, an organization that promotes a set of principles for Israeli-Palestinian peace based on a two-state solution.
Hewar Center For Peace and Development
Based in Qalqilya, the center provides training in conflict resolution and capacity building for Palestinian NGOs working in the field of nonviolence. It also arranges dialogues between Israeli and Palestinian adults and students in a variety of settings, including summers camps and conferences.
Holy Land Trust
An organization based in Bethlehem that promotes nonviolent resistance to the occupation and civil society building.
Hope Flowers School
A school in El Khader near Bethlehem for students aged 4-13 that focuses on peace and democracy education.
House of Hope International Peace Center
Founded by a Palestinian citizen of Israel who is the author of several books on reconciliation and the traditional Palestinian dispute resolution method called sulha. See this article in Restorative Justice Online: http://www.restorativejustice.org/articlesdb/articles/4457
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
A group "originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories." Its activities now include resistance to land expropriation, settlement expansion, by-pass road construction, policies of closure and separation and the uprooting of Palestinian farmers' trees.
Interfaith Encounter Association
Promotes peace through interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study, based on the belief that "rather than being a cause of the problem, religion can and should be a source of the solution for conflicts that exist in the region and beyond."
International Peace and Cooperation Center
A Palestinian organization working to "develop proactive initiatives which support the social, cultural, political, and economic processes essential to a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous future for the Palestinian people."
International Women's Peace Service
An international women's organization working in the village of Hares in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to support nonviolent resistance to the occupation and Separation Barrier and to document and intervene in human rights abuses.
Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel
An umbrella organization over many inter-religious organizations working with Israelis and Palestinians to "harness the teachings and values of the three monotheistic religions and transform religion into a source of reconciliation and coexistence."
An Israeli legal organization working for Palestinians' rights principally in and around Jerusalem.
Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization
Promotes dialogue and interaction between Israeli and Palestinian scholars and scientists.
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
The joint Palestinian-Israeli public policy think-tank, known as IPCRI. It is "devoted to developing practical solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict" based on a "two states for two peoples" solution.
Jerusalem Center for Women
A Palestinian organization for the advancement of women, peace and human rights.
Jerusalem Intercultural Center
Organizes activities and dialogue groups for residents of East and West Jerusalem.
Jerusalem International YMCA
A cultural and recreational community center that promotes interfaith and inter-group understanding. The building houses and Arab-Jewish kindergarten, and a theater, library, restaurant, hotel, fitness center and conference center.
A joint venture of the Palestinian Jerusalem Center for Women and the Israeli organization Bat Shalom, its goals are securing peace and a Palestinian state, and promoting women's participation in the peace process.
A network of Palestinian and Israeli interfaith peace-builders.
Based in Jerusalem, Washington, DC and New York, Just Vision encourages broader participation in grassroots peace building by creating and disseminating media and educational resources about Palestinian and Israeli joint peace and nonviolent efforts.
Kufia, the Palestinian Organization for Culture and Development
A non-profit organization that promotes cultural understanding and reconciliation between peoples, with an emphasis on youth and children. Kufia focuses on the psychological health of the Palestinian people and combats fanaticism in society.
An online program whereby Israeli and Palestinian students make virtual connections through web-based communication in English.
Library on Wheels for Nonviolence and Peace
Visits villages in the West Bank to lend books to Palestinian children, provide school supplies, and put on puppet and video shows promoting cooperation and nonviolence. Also provides teachers and parents with literature promoting nonviolence and peace.
A group of Israeli women who regularly observe Israeli military checkpoints to monitor human rights abuses.
MEND (Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy)
Palestinian organization promoting nonviolence and democracy.
Conducts dialogue and silent, meditative walks in Israeli and Palestinian areas with Israeli and Palestinian participants. The activities "combine spirituality with peace activism."
Minerva Center for Human Rights
The center facilitates research on a broad range of human rights issues.
Nablus Youth Federation
Works for youth, women and children's empowerment, and facilitates connections between Palestinian and international youth, and Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.
Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development
Offers leadership training and support for small businesses and organizations in conflict resolution, education and democracy.
Neve Shalom/Wahat Al Salam
A mixed village in Israel, "jointly established by Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, that is engaged in educational work for peace, equality and understanding between the two peoples." Houses the School for Peace, a facilitation training program in Israel.
A movement to de-emphasize the military in Israeli society and prioritize a civilian as opposed to military profile of Israeli citizens.
NIR School of the Heart
A program in which Israeli and Palestinian cardiology students study medicine together.
Olive Tree Movement
Provides humanitarian aid for Palestinians, including transportation and translation for Palestinians needing treatment in Israeli hospitals.
A grassroots movement to involve Israelis and Palestinians as active participants in a peace process.
Open House in Ramle
A center primarily dedicated to coexistence between the Jewish and Palestinian residents of Ramle in Israel.
Oz V'Shalom-Netivot Shalom
A religious Jewish, Zionist peace movement advocating the establishment of a Palestinian state and equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel.
A quarterly publication produced by Israelis and Palestinians and focusing on issues related to the conflict and its resolution. Palestinian Center for Alternative Solutions
Develops peace education material in Arabic, and engages in mediation and conflict resolution between Palestinians and Israelis.
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
A non-government organization based in Gaza City dedicated to promoting human rights, promoting rule of law and upholding rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People
Promotes civic engagement through community service, action for peace, justice, and reconciliation, and advocacy for Palestinian rights.
Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group
Documents human rights violations committed against Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, including those committed both by Israel and by the Palestinian Authority.
Palestinian Medical Relief Society
Grassroots, community-based, Palestinian health organization.
A Palestinian organization based in Jerusalem working to strengthen civil society.
Parents Circle-Bereaved Families Forum
A joint organization of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families working together for reconciliation and an end to violence.
Peace and Democracy Forum
Works within Palestinian society to promote peace, democracy and nonviolence in the political, social, and economic realms, and to encourage support for a negotiated end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Peace Child Israel
Promotes coexistence for Israeli and Palestinian youth through theater and the arts.
Israeli peace movement, whose activities include organizing public demonstrations, petitions and events, and distributing educational materials. Visit Americans for Peace Now for more information.
Peace Research Institute in the Middle East (PRIME)
Palestinian and Israeli educators and academics promoting peace-building through research and education, and developing educational resources for teaching Israeli and Palestinian narratives.
An initiative of Mifkad and Hashd in which people on both sides of the conflict sign on to a statement of principles based on a two-state solution.
People's Peace Fund
An initiative that channels funding to grassroots peace initiatives between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as providing some infrastructural support.
Peres Center for Peace
An umbrella organization that provides support for a variety of Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives. Visit the Peace NGOs website for these initiatives.
Physicians for Human Rights Israel
Works for human rights particularly relating to health issues in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Popular Struggle Coordination Committee
Formed by prominent activists from popular committees across the Occupied Palestinian Territories and across the political spectrum in order to facilitate communication between popular committees.
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel
Monitors and raises awareness about the use of torture in interrogations in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Rabbis for Human Rights
An Israeli rabbinic organization "giving voice to the Jewish tradition of human rights" and working for human rights of all Israeli citizens and for Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
A Palestinian and Jewish youth movement within Israel.
Seeds of Peace
A US-based program for teenagers from several conflict regions throughout the world, with follow up programs for Israeli and Palestinian participants in their home areas.
An initiative of the New Israel Fund established in 1982 to strengthen civil society and to promote democracy, tolerance and social justice in Israel.
Sulha Peace Project
A gathering of Israelis and Palestinians to promote reconciliation, named for the traditional Palestinian dispute resolution ceremony of sulha.
A "grassroots movement of Arabs and Jews" in Israel working for equality for all Israeli citizens and with Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to resist the occupation.
The Way/Al Tariq
An umbrella organization over many Palestinian nonviolence initiatives.
Wi'am, Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center
Works within Palestinian society to resolve conflicts and disputes nonviolently using sulha, a traditional reconciliation practice, combined with western forms of conflict resolution.
Brings Palestinians and Israelis together with special groups for women and youth. Windows' youth publish a bilingual magazine in Hebrew and Arabic. Windows also engages in humanitarian aid work.
Women in Black
A network of women protesting Israel's occupation of the Palestinian Territories.
Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling
A Palestinian-led not for profit seeking to develop a democratic Palestinian society based on principals of gender equality and social justice.
An Israeli organization that opposes the violation of Palestinian human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
An Israeli peace group supporting soldiers who refuse to participate in the Occupation.
Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation
An empowerment program aimed at supporting young Israeli leaders who seek to "take an active role in shaping Israel's future and, specifically, its relations with its Palestinian and European neighbors."
An Israeli group raising awareness about the Palestinian Nakba, or catastrophe, of 1948.