Each side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict feels the same way and disagrees with the other when interpreting everyday developments. The status quo is dangerously unsustainable. But strong consensus on both sides exists for the two-state solution.
OneVoice dares you to look beyond the excuses and recycled approaches sweeping the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and share a different vision of a region living in peace and security.
Visualizing life after the conflict has ended shows the tangible gains of a permanent resolution and compels compromise and mobilization by both sides to make the future happen now.
What will it take to end the conflict? What will it look like after the conflict has ended? What is your role in ending the conflict?
Following the emergence of the Annapolis Accords in 2008, OneVoice conceived Imagine 2018 to offer a glimpse of a brighter future and transform the sense of apathy and despair into hope and positive change.
Working in conjunction with the Palestinian and Israeli ministries of education, OneVoice launched an essay contest in classrooms throughout Israel and the West Bank, asking Israeli and Palestinian children (ages 13-17) to visualize what the region would look like in 10 years if a peace agreement were to be signed. From 2,500 submissions, winning essays were chosen on their potential to inspire citizens to build a future based on two states for two peoples.
The most creative and provocative essays were published in Hebrew and Arabic, and disseminated to dozens of top Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Following their overwhelming success and popularity, OneVoice reached out to leading Israeli, Palestinian, and Hollywood filmmakers and asked them to each select one essay as inspiration for a 1-5 minute short film.
OneVoice Palestine is capturing the imagination of Palestinians across the West Bank with murals depicting a viable, independent Palestinian state at peace with its neighbors. A network of volunteers and artists are providing communities in major West Bank cities with tools and support to create these murals on prominent locations. Murals have been completed in Jenin and Nablus—cities where violent confrontations with the Israeli army were once routine. Creatively channeling the frustration felt by Palestinian youth places OVP among the leaders in the movement for nonviolent resistance.
In the coming months, OVP will expand their campaign to other West Bank cities, such as Bethlehem, Hebron, and Ramallah, inspiring Palestinians to take an active role in building a Palestinian state to pave the way for ending the occupation and resolving the conflict.
OneVoice Israel (OVI) is tapping into the mainstream through the release of its Facebook “headlines” application, intended to address growing apathy among the citizenry by asking them what they hope for on Israel’s 70th birthday. Users can design the front page of a tabloid, reflecting what they’d like to read in the year 2018. Since launching two weeks ago, OVI’s Imagine 2018 Facebook page registered more than 1,600 fans, 40,000 visits, and 300 headlines. It’s now more popular than the Facebook fan pages of top Israeli political parties, including Labor and Likud.
In the coming weeks, OVI will print 100 posters of the top ten headlines and post them on billboards and bus stops throughout major cities in Israel. They plan to continue their viral mobilization by launching a video contest on YouTube—open to film students and the public alike—to collect creative visions of what Israel will look like in the year 2018.