Paths to peace for Israel and Palestine
Film, discussion and encounter
“While the system wants us to be enemies, we choose to be friends.”
Rotem Levin and Osama Illiwat, Combatants for Peace Israeli-Palestinian peace organization
on Sunday, February 18th, 2024
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The film “Disturbing the peace” (10 – 11.30 a.m.) will be in Original languages English Hebrew and Arabic with a German subtitle.
In the discussion afterward Rotem Levin and Osama Illiwat will speak in English and it will be translated into German, so English-speaking persons are very welcome to attend.
We invite you to meet Osama Illiwat and Rotem Levin and listen to their stories. As peace activists from Israel and Palestine, they believe that a different – non-violent – path is possible. They are members of the Israeli-Palestinian organization “Combatants for Peace” and have become friends and partners on their path to change: They share their personal stories with us, telling us about the never-ending cycle of violence in the Middle East and what gives them hope and strength in these difficult times.
The film “Disturbing the Peace” will be shown as an introduction to the discussion.The film is in the original languages Hebrew, Arabic and English with German subtitles.
Peace activists Rotem Levin and Osama Illiwat talk about the Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative Combatants for Peace. This peace organization consists of former Israeli and Palestinian fighters who are committed to the non-violent settlement of the conflict between the two nations and have been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. Their concern is education and peace work.
The lecture tour by Osama Illiwat and Rotem Levin is organized by forumZFD.
forumZFD supports people in violent conflicts on their path to peace. The organization was founded in 1996 by peace and human rights groups as a reaction to the Balkan wars. Since then, they have been committed to overcoming war and violence.
Today, they work with peace and conflict consultants in Germany and 12 other countries in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. forumZFD is actively involved in civil peace policy through campaigns, lobbying and public relations work. The work is financed by public and private grants, donations and membership fees.
Combatants for Peace has been one of the NGO Forum Civil Peace Service’s most important partners for peace in the Middle East for more than 10 years. This unique initiative (CfP) brings together former combatants from Israel and Palestine to work together for peace. By sharing their experiences and organizing joint activities, they promote mutual understanding and respect.
forumZFD supports the important work of its partners by, among other things:
- Offer training in non-violent communication to strengthen members’ skills as peace ambassadors.
- Providing platforms for dialog and exchange that make it possible to build bridges between different communities.
- Supporting public events and campaigns that raise awareness of peace work and reach a wider public.
one like this, which is now taking place at the International Munich Peace Conference.
“Thank you for giving Rotem & Osama and CfP a platform to tell their personal stories. It is important not only to talk about them, but also to listen with them, to the people who still believe in a different reality and are committed to it: A reality that includes peace, security, equal rights and sustainable development for all people in Israel and Palestine.”
Isabel Zura Mondaca, Coordinator at forumZFD