Autumn Bulletin 2021

Dear donors,      Dear supporters, 2021 is no ordinary year for Vacation from War – the Corona pandemic continues to have a significant impact on life in the project regions, and due to travel restrictions in Israel and Palestine, as well as in the former Yugoslavia, the possibilities for cross-border encounters and meetings are still considerably […]

Summer Bulletin 2021

Dear supporters, The military escalation and the violent clashes of the last weeks in Israel and Palestine have shaken our partners, but also us very much. We are glad and relieved that both our partners and the former participants are well; nevertheless, the political developments remain deeply worrying, especially since riots in Jerusalem and air […]

Spring Bulletin – Call for Donations 2021

Dear supporters, In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in January announced parliamentary and presidential elections for May and July of this year, respectively. After 15 years, for many, this is a minor sensation  – whether elections will happen or not remains uncertain. Meanwhile, continuous voting seems to have become the […]

Autumn Bulletin 2020

„We have masks, we have the will, and we are not short of ideas“ This 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 activities […]

Special Bulletin May 2020

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 people from the countries […]

Spring Bulletin – Call for Donations 2020

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 […]

Autumn Bulletin 2019

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 seems in the […]

Spring Bulletin – Call for Donations 2019

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 […]

Autumn Bulletin 2018

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 […]

Spring Bulletin – Call for Donations 2018

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. Many of the participants come to the dialogue seminars without any concrete […]