„We have masks, we have the will, and we are not short of ideas“ The above quote is taken from a Facebook post by the network Youth United in Peace from the Former Yugoslavia. In August, in spite of the Corona pandemic, a small group of committed activists met in person to explore possibilities for […]
Dear sponsors, dear supporters, the corona pandemic is forcing the project Vacation from War to change plans for this year. In the past few weeks, it has become clear that we have to go different ways in 2020: both the dialogue seminars for Israelis and Palestinians in Germany and the big Youth Encounter for young […]
Dear sponsors and supporters, already at the end of February, German media reported on the events in Bosnia-Herzegovina which fuel fears of a new war among the population: Milorad Dodik, Serbian member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina State Presidency and President of the Republic of Srpska, called into question the state of Bosnia-Herzegovina; he did not accept […]
Conflictual and Encouraging While the participants in the dialogue seminars try to take the perspectives of the „Others“ and together look for strategies of conflict transformation, politicians like the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, through announcing the annexation of the Jordan Valley in case he wins the election, continue a spiral of violence; and conflict resolution […]
Dear sponsors and supporters, as we write this bulletin, the media once again reports of air strikes and rocket fire in Gaza and clashes at the Gaza border in which a youngster was killed. Scopes of action for activists who campaign for dialogue in Israel and Palestine are diminishing. On both sides they are publicly […]
In the former Yugoslavia, 120 young people met for the annual Youth encounter in Split, Croatia this year for the first time, as the hotel in Basko Polje, which we used in previous years, was closed. Split is generally considered a stronghold of Croatian nationalists. The World Cup and the behavior of fans of the […]
As we write these lines, protests and demonstrations at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip are taking place. There are many deaths and injuries; once again it becomes obvious that currently, there seem to be no strategies beyond violence and escalation.