Where We Work

For decades, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has defined and distorted the daily lives of millions of people. We have seen progress, we have seen setbacks, but now all we see is stagnation. For Palestinians and Israelis, the status quo is untenable.

Since 2002, the OneVoice Movement has been supporting the work of brave Israelis and Palestinians striving for a better future. Ultimately, they must be the ones to agree on the terms for a negotiated resolution, but this is a conflict with global implications and international factors. Therefore, those of us living outside of the region also have a part to play.

Internationally, OneVoice works to raise resources and visibility for the critical work of our regional partners. We also run our own highly effective programming aimed at reducing hate, polarization and racism, and providing college students with the education and tools to contribute meaningfully to a just and lasting peace for Israel and Palestine within their own communities.

Today, the OneVoice Movement is truly global, active in the United States and Europe, and supporting the work of our partners in Israel and Palestine. Learn more about what we do below:


Darkenu

With more than 300,000 active supporters, Darkenu (“Our Way” in Hebrew) is the largest non-partisan civil society movement in Israel. It organizes, amplifies, and empowers the moderate majority of Israelis to exert influence on government policy and public discourse, ensuring that their nation acts in line with the wishes of its citizens, the spirit of Zionism, the principles of democracy, and remains grounded on a foundation of mutual respect and responsibility. Darkenu works to amplify the voices of moderates and push back against the rising tide of extremist voices poisoning the political and social discourse.

Darkenu is dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of the founders of the State of Israel:

  1. Israel as the national home of the Jewish people and a democratic state for all of its citizens;
  2. A diplomatic agreement that will bring about a two-state solution and ensure Israel’s security;
  3. The achievement of social and economic justice, equal opportunities, and civil solidarity; and
  4. The eradication of corruption, incitement, racism, and discrimination from Israeli society.

The future of Israel belongs to all Israelis, and Darkenu offers a platform for every Israeli to play their part. Darkenu is not a movement tied to any one political party or faction. It is not of the right or the left. It is a movement for everyone who believes that a better tomorrow is possible. In championing the values shared by the vast majority of Israelis, Darkenu's ever-growing cadre of support is as diverse as the nation’s population — because moderates exist everywhere, in every sector and every community, from the center and the periphery, the secular and the ultra-orthodox, the Arab and the settler. At Darkenu, every moderate has a home.

To learn more about Darkenu's work, visit their website and like their English language Facebook page. 

To support their work, make a donation (select Darkenu as the program you would like to support).

Zimam

Zimam (literally meaning “reins” or “taking the initiative” in Arabic) is a pioneering grassroots youth movement that challenges the status quo. Taking a domestic approach to conflict resolution, we invest in the leaders of tomorrow in order to build a more democratic, actively engaged and pluralistic society.

Zimam's mission it to equip tomorrow’s leaders with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to build a democratic, prosperous and free Palestine, which it does by:

  1. Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders: Zimam trains emerging leaders to become the effective and accountable leaders Palestine deserves;
  2. Leading Social Change: Zimam carries out domestic campaigns to foster freedoms and civil liberties for a more just, democratic and innovative Palestinian society; and
  3. Championing Creative Resistance: Zimam leads nonviolent initiatives to combat occupation policies and actions, providing Palestinians with ways to live for the Palestine they aspire for.

With 13 chapters, more than 400 active members and thousands of supporters, Zimam is one of the largest youth movements in Palestine, working across nine governorates in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Their programs empower young people on the one hand and transform public thinking on the other. Zimam does what it does because its leaders believe that their communities deserve better, and because they know that the Palestinian people possess the talent and capabilities to usher in real change.

To learn more about Zimam's work, visit their website and like their Arabic language Facebook page. 

To support their work, make a donation (select Zimam as the program you would like to support).

Based in London, but with a network of supporters and partners across the continent, OneVoice Europe (OVE) is a registered UK charity that raises funds for OneVoice’s strategic partners in Palestine and Israel, as well as promoting pragmatic, solutions-oriented activism around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Europe.

OVE’s focus is on mobilizing Europeans to take a win-win, future-focused approach in their dialogue and activism, connecting EU university students of all backgrounds and faiths to activities and initiatives of OneVoice’s partner organisations in Israel and Palestine, and to their counterparts on US campuses.

OVE is uniquely placed to convey the wishes and demands of grassroots activists in Palestine and Israel to some of the most important policymakers and opinion-formers in Europe and further afield. Our work has earned the support of senior figures such as Senator George Mitchell, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, former European Parliament President Hans Hans-Gert Pöttering, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and former Foreign Secretary David Miliband. The non-partisan, solutions-driven approach has also seen OneVoice Europe commended by representatives from across the political spectrum in the UK House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Northern Irish Assembly and the European Parliament.

Individuals and communities in Europe—not just politicians—have a key role to play in helping provide support to Israelis and Palestinians who are seeking a way out of conflict. The polarization—and sometimes racism—that arises thousands of miles from Jerusalem not only damages community cohesion, it can also help entrench rejectionist positions in both Israel and Palestine. OVE seeks instead to create a community where people can be pro-Israel or pro-Palestine, but also pro-solution, working to create a broad coalition that can show solidarity and support for grassroots activists working in promote an end to conflict on both sides of the Green Line.   

Headquartered in New York City, with regional offices in Boston, Washington, D.C. and Chicago, OneVoice United States (OVUS) serves as a bridge connecting the expansive diaspora Jewish and Arab communities of North America, as well as other allies and American citizens, with OneVoice’s partner organizations in Israel and Palestine.

For many years, OVUS ran an International Engagement Program (IEP) in conjunction with OneVoice Europe (OVE). Activists from Palestine and Israel were invited to universities and communities across the United States, ultimately engaging more than 21,000 people in educational discussions relating to the historical and daily realities of the conflict. In light of structural changes and the emergence of Darkenu and Zimam as dynamic movements within their own rights, OVUS and OVE have been able to look towards new methods of inspiring activism domestically, prompting the creation of OneVoice on Campus in the United States.

 

OneVoice on Campus

OneVoice on Campus is a fellowship program designed to empower students with the necessary tools and resources to make a meaningful impact in promoting a solutions-oriented approach on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Recognizing that this is a regional conflict with global implications and international factors, and that the United States undoubtedly plays a role in the perpetuation of the situation, OneVoice on Campus aims to galvanize students to play an active role in bringing about the international conditions necessary for a negotiated and non-violent resolution.

In line with the OneVoice Movement’s founding ethos, OneVoice on Campus recognizes that young people not only bring a new energy and insight that may prove critical to reaching a solution, but that they will be the ones who go on to serve as leaders of their communities. A shift needs to take place in American society, and OneVoice on Campus believe that students can be the drivers of that change if given the necessary tools and resources.

As student participants come from a wide range of religious, national, cultural, and political backgrounds, and considering their involvement in other organizations such as Hillel, J Street U, Students for Justice in Palestine, and Black Lives Matters, Campus Fellows approach the conflict from a variety of perspectives. All are united, however, by a firm belief in the three core principles of OneVoice on Campus: an urgent need to end the Israeli occupation, the establishment of a two-state solution in accordance with international law and previous bi-lateral agreements, and the assurance of liberty and equality for all peoples in both societies.

OneVoice on Campus invest heavily in Fellows, who become key players in the international OneVoice Movement and are encouraged to interact with their counterparts in Europe, Palestine, and Israel. They receive in-depth and state-of-the-art training, and regularly work with activists and experts across the globe to mobilize their fellow students, harness the energy on campus, and learn the skills needed to be the drivers of change.

OneVoice on Campus is currently active on more than 20 campuses across four metropolitan areas—the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, New England, and the Northeast. However, the movement is spreading quickly. If you think your campus could use a OneVoice presence, let us know! Applications are now open. Visit the OneVoice on Campus webpage to learn more.

 

To learn more about OneVoice on Campus' work, visit their website and like the OneVoice Facebook page. 

To support their work, make a donation.



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