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The Peace Bus is a tribute to the peace boat of Abie Nathan, who left with a boat full of flowers to Egypt, an enemy country that later a peace treaty was signed with. The bus is leaving from Jerusalem every Friday on its Peace mission through central Israel visiting and connecting pro-peace organisations and movements, collecting humanitarian aid for civilians in Gaza and finishing our journey at the same day at the border to Gaza (that is as close as we can go) lying down flowers to remember all those who died in the conflict . We visit families in the conflict region, whose attitude is to stop the war, but whose voice is suppressed and who are frightened to express their opinions publicly.
Why I want peace:
Our vision is to create the reality where Palestinians and Israelis can live in Peace and Dignity. We are not offering political solutions or have a common political view. We do not have ready recipes. But what we surely know is: we can not continue hating, fighting, killing each other. In 66 years of war we could not achieve any permanent solution - we believe that it's time to try a different path. On the Peace Bus we promote principles of tolerance, understanding and non-violence. People of all religions, colors, nations, gender come together in the loving attitude to see what the media is trying to hide away from us – a true face of the so called "enemy". In the eyes of an Israeli and Palestinian child you will discover innocence and remember yourself once being a child, free from prejudices and hate. In this moment we mourn for all those who perished during this unnecessary and tragic conflict: not just in the current one, but for all the innocent who lost their lives in the war of hatred. We want to see the perspectives of both sides: suffering of Palestinians and Israelis alike. We are all human beings who happened to be raised as enemies. And this is a real tragedy. We can not live in Peace as long as other side is suffering. Therefore, the PEACE IS OUR COMMON GOAL!
Interests and activities:
The Peace Bus from Jerusalem to the Gaza Border - 6th Journey is coming up soon!
Next Friday, Aug. 29, 8am, the Peace Bus will set out on its 6th Journey from the Gan Hapoamon (Liberty Bell Garden) in Jerusalem to the Gaza Border. Now more than ever important after the negotiations in Cairo failed and the fire broke out. As long as people are dying, we have the moral obligation to work for peace with all our strength
NEVER AGAIN WAR - LET'S GIVE PEACE A CHANCE and WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL WE TALK. Spreading the seeds of peace between people and calling upon the authorities on both sides to cease hostilities and come together for sincere peace talks, we continues our mission.
We continue collecting donations for humanitarian aid to people of Gaza from people of Israel. Collecting medicine, hygienic products and food for civilians in Gaza, we hope to ease – if only by a small bit - the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza and encourage the public to undertake direct humanitarian relief actions. All donations collected will be delivered with our partner, international health relief organization CARITAS to Gaza. We ask you to donate to help us on our mission, if you can not give us your donation inn person. All the money will use to buy the donations and bring them to Caritas:
We received around 8000 NIS already, of which we spent by now 7600 NIS on supplies for Gaza.
Each person donating for Gaza will get flowers from the Peace Bus. Our collections are supported by the organizations "Women for Women" and "Women say Enough", who is engaged in the peace movement and organized collections across the country.
Preliminary PROGRAM OF THE JOURNEY
We will meet once again on Friday, 29.8, at 8 am in the Liberty Bell Garden (Gan Hapoamon), Jerusalem, to decorate our Peace Bus with flowers and art craft.
At 8 am our journey starts with support of the family of the Jerusalem Peace maker Haj Ibrahim Abu-Hawa from the Mt. of Olives, whose son will be driving us this Friday.
Between 9:30 and 10:30 am we will be initiating the ceremony in front of Prime Minister House, Jerusalem. We will express our demands to stop the war and start the negotiations for a long-term peace solution, under the presence of the media, which we will inform in advance, lighting candles and lying down flowers, rehan (basilicum), olive branches and henna powder on symbolical self-created memorial place on the Rabin square to commemorate all human being on both sides, who died as victims of the long-lasting, devastating conflict, shocked by the war and with hope to establish the future of peace together. We invited Israeli and Palestinian peace organizations to take part in this event, which we hope, will become our partners for peace, and more similar events on the both sides of the fence will follow
Between 10 and 11 am we will be joining the initiated ceremony of the similar context at the Kikar Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. More places will follow (it is a work in progress, incl. Ramallah, Bethlehem). ONLY UNITY FOR PEACE CAN PREVENT THE FUTURE BLOODSHED. The Peace Bus will be serving in the first part of the day as a connector between simultaneous peace events.
Between 12 and 2 pm we will be collecting donations from people of Israel to people of Gaza in the Gush Dan area.
At 3 pm we will have a meeting with families from the South Israel, who live near the Gaza border. The meeting will take place in Sderot, while many families from the neighboring communities will join the meeting. The purpose of this visit is to understand what exactly it means to live in the war- torn zone and why these families do not want another war.
Afterwards we will lay down flowers near the Gaza border, to commemorate all those who perished in the conflict on both sides.
Since we want every penny donated for the humanitarian relief in Gaza to go for that specific purpose, we ask every participant to pay 100NIS contribution for the expenses of this journey (bus and decorations only). Please let me know in advance about your participation, in order to reserve a seat! Thank you!
Here you can make your donations! Thank you very much! Mark as a purpose "medicine for Gaza", "Peace Bus" or "Medicine for Gaza and Peace Bus".
The mission of the Peace Bus is to proclaim non-violence and connect the Peace movement for the long-lasting peace. The Peace movement was not ready during this war to seriously challenge the fierce pro-war attitude on both sides. There might be a next time, so we need to be ready...
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We drive every Friday from Jerusalem over Tel Aviv to the Gaza border
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