One Million Voices for Peace in the Middle East
OneVoice Movement seeks peace through
a two-state solution: Israel and Palestine
Palestinian and Israeli peace activists
from the grassroots OneVoice Movement
spoke at UMass Amherst in favor of a
two-state solution and an end to the violence
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Cape Cod Lounge
Student Union Building
Free and open to the public
The OneVoice Movement is an international grassroots movement with over 640,000 signatories in roughly equal numbers in Israel and in Palestine, and 1,800 highly-trained youth leaders. It aims to amplify the voice of the overwhelming but heretofore silent majority of moderates who wish for peace and prosperity, empowering them to demand accountability from elected representatives and work toward a two-state solution guaranteeing an end to occupation and violence, and a viable, independent Palestinian state at peace with Israel.
"One Million Voices to End the Conflict" was a year-long campaign designed to activate the civic network that OneVoice had been building for over five years. It aimed to engage and empower the moderate majorities in Israel, Palestine, and worldwide via a series of civic engagement, public awareness, and mass mobilization campaigns, scaling up to simultaneous Peoples' Summits meant to manifest the global partners for peace. The campaign succeeded in signing up hundreds of thousands of Israelis and Palestinians to the OneVoice Mandate, calling immediate, uninterrupted negotiations toward a two state solution, guaranteeing the establishment of a viable, independent Palestinian state at peace with Israel.
Nisreen Abdallah is the youth development and leadership program director at the OneVoice Palestine office in Ramallah. Roi Assaf is director of the leadership program at the OneVoice Israel office in Tel Aviv. They spoke at UMass Amherst and other universities in North America about their work with hundreds of youth activists in their respective communities, spreading the message of moderation, non-violence and peaceful conflict resolution, and providing a model of compromise and joint action for student and community groups.
Detailed biographies of the speakers (PDF)
Sponsored by the UMass Office of Jewish Affairs, Student Alliance for Israel,
Muslim Students Association, Arab Students Club, Muslim Public Affairs Council,
and the Center for Student Development
For more information...
Contact Larry Goldbaum at the Office of Jewish Affairs by email or (413) 545-9642.
OneVoice Movement website
OneVoice Movement blog
One Million Voices to End the Conflict (signature campaign)
OneVoice movement pushes two-state solution for Mideast (Boston Globe 2/28/09)