Combatants for Peace

Combatants for Peace, founded in 2006, is a non-profit, volunteer organization of ex-combatant Israelis and Palestinians, men and women, who have laid down their weapons and rejected all means of violence. We are working together to end the occupation of Palestine, bring just peace to the land, and demonstrate that Israelis and Palestinians can work and live together.

CFPs mission is to build the social infrastructure necessary for ending the conflict and the occupation: communities of Palestinians and Israelis working together through non-violent means to promote peace. We believe that such communities can serve as a role model for both people, demonstrating through action that there is a real alternative to the cycle of violence. We believe that disseminating such activities widely can and will affect attitudinal change at the societal level and policy change at the political level.

 

 

Members of Combatants For Peace visited the US for speaking and fundraising events on both the east and west coasts in October, 2015. On Wednesday October 14th, IWagePeace,Founder Bruce Barrett, held a fundraising event with the members from Israel and Palestine, Sulaiman Khatib, Uri Ben Assa, Maya Katz and Mohammad Owedah, as his guests in Milford, Connecticut.

Combatants For Peace: Milford CT October 2015

Read members of Combatants for Peace personal stories

Uri Ben Assa

Clockwise L to R: Uri Benassa, Maya Katz, Nour Shehadha, Sulaiman Khatib, Mohamed Owedah, Erez Krispin, Khdair Najjar, Adi Greenfeld

Painting for Peace:Combatants for Peace and Kids for Peace in Vermont

As part of their 2011 tour, Erez Krispin and Nour Shehadah spent time at Jerusalem Peacebuilder's Acer Farm in Brattleboro Vermont and along with 32 American, Israeli and Palestinian youth from Kids4Peace. Together 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 Connecticut interstates.

Hear Their Stories

WNPR "Between the Lines"

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Voice of America "Passages""

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WNPR Radio"Where We Live"

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WPKN Radio "Counterpoint"

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Washington Leadership Meetings

IWagePeace organized meetings with Senate and Congressional leaders and the Combatants for Peace delegates in Washington DC during 2012 and 2013. The Combatants presented each Member a letter outlining the purpose of their visit.

Hear their story as told at a Carnegie Endowment for Peace presentation co-sponsored by the Foundation for Middle East Peace, Americans for Peace Now, Middle East Institute, Churches for Middle East Peace and the American Task Force for Palestine.

  • Congresswoman Delauro's Office
  • Senator Murphy's Office
  • Senator Blumenthal
  • Representative Himes Office
  • Senator Murphy's Office
  • Congressman Joe Courtney
  • DC JStreet COnference

Rotary Club Tours

During this IWagePeace sponsored tour, Combatants for Peace members Erez Kripsin and Nour Shedaha spent a week speaking to Rotary Clubs across southern Connecticut. The Combatants met with Governor Malloy, spoke before a meeting of the Teamsters Local 1150 in Stratford and participated in Interfaith Services at Woodmont United Church of Christ in Milford and Comgregation Mishkan Israel in Hamden.

Our Documentary Film: The Billboard From Bethlehem featuring The Combatants For Peace

"Through this billboard we wish to send a message of hope to Americans and...invite them to be more active in our struggle for peace."

Avner Wishnitzer, Israeli member of 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. IWagePeace Founder, Bruce Barrett, was present. He was incredibly moved by their words and 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 immediately 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 religious services in the West Bank before delivery to the United States for a blessing and then a 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. Orders may also be mailed payable to IWagePeace, Inc., 381 Highland St., West Haven, CT 06516

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