Human Rights Defenders Targeted; Chances To Meet And Support Their Work In 2010

mahmoud in masaraanneleine from new profilehasan from nilin

Increasingly, human rights defenders, activists working for justice, and other nonviolent leaders are being harassed, jailed, and killed in Israel/Palestine.

Mahmoud (on the left above) had his home in AlMaasara raided on January 14th. Hasan (on the right), a village leader in Nil'in, was arrested last month and remains in Israeli jail. Throughout the West Bank, nonviolent protests -- and those who lead and organize them -- are being met with increasingly harsh measures by the IDF. Two leaders we've often met in Bil'in have been arrested in the past month; many others are also in jail. And the challenges are not confined to the West Bank; Anneleine (middle) told a recent delegation about a police raid of her house near Tel Aviv last year that targeted the Israeli organization New Profile.

Nonviolent leaders have always challenged the status quo and envisioned a better future. Interfaith Peace-Builders delegations have met all of the above leaders (and many others) to learn from them about the possibilities for justice in Israel/Palestine and to learn what we can do to support their efforts.

More than ever, they need us to take action.



Now, when leaders and activists are most threatened, it is also a vital time to visit the West Bank and Israel. Our next delegation takes place in May 2010; learn more below.

May 2010 Delegation

Voices of the Peacemakers: From Roots to Reconciliation

May 23- June 5, 2010
Delegation Leaders: Anna Baltzer and Cathy Sultan

Co-Sponsored with the National Peace Foundation

This delegation will explore Palestinian and Israeli efforts to achieve peace and a resolution to their conflict based on justice.  The delegation will feature meetings with Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers — leaders of civil society groups, grassroots organizers, religious leaders and more.  Given the current situation in the West Bank, the delegation will focus on learning about the current challenges facing nonviolent activists resisting occupation. May also marks the annual commemoration of Israel’s independence and the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) and the birth of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Join us for a unique opportunity to learn about the current situation in Israel/Palestine.  The on-the-ground experience will enrich your understanding of the conflict as you meet courageous Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until late March. Spaces are already filling up, so we can't guarantee spots will be available. Apply soon to reserve your space!


Can't Travel in May?

We also have two other delegations in 2010. Learn more here:

July/August 2010 Delegation

November 2010 Delegation

To express interest this or another 2010 delegation, send us an email to

Click here to learn more about delegation specifics, including who we meet, cost, and possibilities for financial aid.