IPCRI - Israel/Palestine Center for Research & Information


IPCRI - Israel/Palestine Center for Research & Information

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Art as a bridge for pEACE

Started by Jacques Banne. Last reply by Irit Hakim-Keller Jul 27, 2014. 1 Reply

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Comment by Jacques Banne on July 27, 2014 at 1:27pm

I am the founder and the organizer of : Iartexpo art as a bridge for peace, International art expo and exhibit,
a non profit organization,
to help Israelis and Palestinians artists, to exhibit together to dialogue together.. Here in Israel.
and (hope) in Ramallah

Please visit:

Face book page iartexpo2012 art as a bridge for peace
I hope you like the idea.
We are starving for aid and help, most the time I work alone.
We are helped by our volunteers.
We need resources.
We seek for Sponsors to help us realize our project.

Please help me realize this dream.
Jacques Banne

Comment by Michelle Rosenthal, LMSW on April 7, 2012 at 5:34am

I am advocating for an International Peace Every Day Treaty For Global Truce and Global Cease Fire to be signed in the UN. Please help!

I am applying to speak at TED 2013 about my efforts to build upon Jeremy Gilley's International Peace One Day UN Resolution (A Res 55/282). I have actually proposed to the United Nations that an International Peace EVERY Day Treaty For Global Truce and Global Cease Fire be submitted to all nations for them to review and sign. I call for all 192 world leaders to come together in the United Nations on 9/21/12 to sign the treaty. They are invited to raise their right hand and in unison say "Global Truce Starts Now! Global Cease Fire Starts Now! May Peace Prevail on Earth and Let It Begin With Me! Then all 192 world leaders are invited to simultaneously issue cease fire orders to their military commanders. I am inviting religious, educational and informal leaders to take part also!

I have already written to many world leaders and submitted my idea to them. I have submitted this proposal to the UN Secretary General. I have requested to meet him and asked if I may speak about this idea to the entire UN General Assembly and the entire UN Security Council. 

I am inviting all humanity to help make this idea viral. I believe we can create peace. I had to imagine peace and conceptualize backward from the premise that peace is possible. I then reverse engineered. I asked myself what would we need to do to get a global truce and a global cease fire put into place and adhered to. 

I wrote up a 200 page proposal containing over 500 ideas on This is a never ending project that we have to work on 24/7/365. It will take all of humanity's brilliance to figure out the solution to this problem. It won't be easy but nothing worth while is. I challenge humanity to end all war! May peace Prevail on Earth and Let It Begin With All Of Us!

Please check out my videos at and

You can see a list of all TED Videos at:

Comment by Tim Upham on February 24, 2012 at 7:49am

I have dealt with numerous organizations, but I am not familiar with the  Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information.  I would definitely like to learn more about it, and how I can participate in what they are doing.

Comment by ibrahem rab on May 30, 2011 at 11:20pm
Comment by Oded Adomi Leshem on January 4, 2011 at 3:05pm
I'm a "new comer" to me-peace... I first met IPCRI when I came to Beit-Jalla to for a weekend of peace building and it was great. You are doing excellent work and I would love to hear some more about it....
Comment by Irit Hakim-Keller on October 24, 2010 at 10:25am
As always, this weekend was fun, educated, brings people TOGETHER, and - with a taste for more...
pls join us.
there is the need for every one who would share their minds and wills.

many thanks to Gershon and all ,who were "on the making".
Comment by Ray Hanania on December 20, 2009 at 4:16pm
Yalla Peace Party to Form Chapters in Palestine and Israel
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Ray Hanania, Dec. 20, 2009

Yalla Peace Party to form Chapters in Palestine and Israel

Chicago – Yalla Peace Party founder Ray Hanania today announced that supporters are being asked to form Yalla Peace Party Chapters in Palestine, Israel and throughout the Diaspora to promote peace based on the two-state solution.

Hanania, a Chicago radio talk show host, satirist and syndicated political columnist, unveiled a platform of ideas to address the toughest challenges facing peace and those ideas are being embraced widely and will form the basis of the new Yalla Peace Party chapters.

Among the proposals are two new strategies, the first to embrace two-states and create a sovereign Palestine State along side Israel, rather than struggle through difficult details one at a time, and a creative solution to the cornerstone of Palestinian resistance to an agreement, resolving the rights of the Palestinian Refugees.

“Peace is about activism. We all know what the solution is already. What we need now is an activism to make that peace happen,” Hanania said. “I am asking the thousands of supporters who have sent me emails and letters and called to say they support this vision to now take it one step further. Start a Yalla Peace Party chapter where they live. It doesn't matter if you live in Palestine or in the Diaspora, in Israel or in any other country. Yalla Peace is not about one person but about a movement to bring peace based on two-states.”

Hanania said the strategy is to get individuals to become ambassadors for peace and to reach out and bring in more people who support peace under the Yalla Peace Party umbrella.

"The most important cornerstone of this strategy for peace that is so different from what has taken place before is that we are seeking to set aside our differences, differences that evoke such passion they sometimes turn in to anger that sometimes becomes violence and confrontation," Hanania said.

"We are telling people we don't have to change what we believe to be true about our history. We can believe our own narratives of history. But we must stop using history as the Wall that separates us or that stops peace. Even recent history of tragedies need not be used as reasons to prevent peace based on two-states. Peace based on two-states is the answer to our tragic history.

"While we can disagree on what has happened in our shared history as Palestinians and Israelis, we can still come together and agree on what can happen in our shared future when we work together for peace. Do not let the past prevent us from doing what needs to be done int he future."

Hanania said his campaign platform outlines real ideas that must be discussed not just by the leadership but by both the Palestinian and Israeli publics to initiate a new public-wide dialogue between our two peoples.

Two new ideas serve as the cornerstone of Hanania’s Yalla Peace Party plan. They are:

Create the two states now based on general borders, with a presence for a Palestinian Government seat in East Jerusalem, and work to resolve the remaining individual issues in the context of that peace, and a Settler-Refugee Exchange Program based on land for peace to resolve both the refugee and settlement issues.

"What this solution offers is a way for both sides to achieve their goals and to move forward," Hanania said.

Hanania said that he is reconsidering whether he should run for President and would step-aside for someone else who embraces the Yalla Peace Party platform and who would forcefully push for peace based on two-states. He said he will continue to seek election to the Palestinian Legislative Council from Jerusalem, where his family originates and has lived for centuries. He also said he is pushing to get the Palestine National Council to recognize the Yalla Peace Party and include it in the umbrella coalition of the PLO.

The Yalla Peace Party web site is

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Comment by SALAMEH LADADWEH on December 19, 2009 at 11:22am
what happened to this group as the last disccusion was held in April . in my opion the most group is this , but it seems that the general situation in the area affected this group . so it is needed to continue in work for peace which needs patients and over come obstacles .it is known that peace men is more calm and ready to continue to achieve there goals. so I hope to see hot , usefull dialgue through this page
Comment by Neri Bar-On on April 25, 2009 at 9:49pm
Comment by Mahmoud on March 5, 2009 at 11:22am

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