Combatants for Peace USA Tour October 2013.
The "Combatants for Peace" movement was started jointly by Palestinians and Israelis, who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence; Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army (IDF) and Palestinians as part of the violent struggle for Palestinian freedom. After brandishing weapons for so many years, and having seen one another only through weapon sights, they have decided to put down their guns, and to fight for peace.
Their Goals: To raise the consciousness in both publics regarding the hopes and suffering of the other side, and to create partners in dialogue. To educate towards reconciliation and non-violent struggle in both the Israeli and Palestinian societies. To create political pressure on both Governments to stop the cycle of violence, end the occupation and resume a constructive dialog.
This October 2013 members of the Combatants for Peace will visit the US to join IWagePeace for two weeks of events and engagements here in the Northeast and in DC including the IWagePeace Walk on October 6th and The Combatants For Peace Discussion Panel on October 13th. For details visit IWagePeace Events and the schedule will be updated as events unfold.
Washington DC Leadership Meetings Organized By IWagePeace with the Combatants For Peace, July 2012:In meetings with the offices of Congressman Joseph Courtney, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and the now Senator Chris Murphy's congressional office and in Connecticut with Senator Richard Blumenthal the Combatants For Peace presented each Membera letter outlining the purpose of their visit.
During the 2011 IWagePeace sponsored tour the Combatants for Peace members Erez Kripsin and Nour Shedaha spent a week speaking to Rotary Clubs in Milford, West Haven, New Haven, Bridgeport, Stratford, Devon, North Branford, Madison, Monroe, North Branford, North Haven. Also there were visits to the office of Governor Malloy, a speaking engagement at Teamsters Local 1150 in Stratford and Interfaith Services at Woodmont United Church of Christ in Milford and Comgregation Mishkan Israel in Hamden.
IWagePeace Painting For Peace July 2011
As part of their 2011 tour, members of the Combatants for Peace traveled to Jerusalem Peacebuilder's Acer Farm in Brattleboro Vermont and along with 32 American, Israeli and Palestinian youth from Kids4Peace they handpainted our "Peace in Jerusalem is Possible" mural as an act of unity. After their weekend of painting, the group traveled to Connecticut to see their handiwork displayed on I-95 in Bridgeport. The sign flys regularly here on the interstates.
The Billboard From Bethlehem featuring The Combatants For Peace: The Idea for the Billboard from Bethlehem originated inside the walls of Temple Emanuel in Orange CT. The Palestinian, Sulaiman Al Hamri and the Israeli, Elik Elhanan were sharing their stories of their life as combatants and their decision to join forces non-violently to end the suffering of their people. Bruce Barrett was present and moved by their words. He invited them to come to his sign shop and paint a sign promoting their organization, Combatants for Peace. Quite unexpectedly, they asked him if they could paint the sign in the West Bank. He surprised himself by answering, “yes, we will find a way”. And so the project was born.
In May 2007, over 45 Israelis and over 50 Palestinians joined together to paint the Peace sign, as planned, on time, with chaos, laughter, and spilled paint. The 14 foot high, and 48 foot work of art was received at a religious services in the West Bank before delivery to the United States for blessing and posting on the Interstate highways in Connecticut. The journey with this sign is the subject of the documentary"The Billboard From Bethlehem", produced and directed by IWagePeace.Org's Bruce Barrett.
All proceeds from the Award Winning Documentary Film "The Billboard From Bethlehem" are donated to the Combatants For Peace in support of their efforts.
or orders may be mailed payable to IWagePeace, Inc., 381 Highland St., West Haven, CT 06516
"Through this billboard we wish to send a message of hope to the Americans and...invite them to be more active in our struggle for peace." ............................................................................................Avner Wishnitzer, Israeli member of the Peace group Combatants for Peace