Vol. 16 No. 2 , 2010
The Next Generation

"Young people have a tremendous power to bring about change," writes Yossi Sarid, former member of the Israeli Knesset, leader of the Meretz party and a veteran fighter for human rights and peace between Israel and Palestine, predicated on an end to the occupation and the creation of an independent state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, based on the 1967 borders. "This is a truth that you [young people] are not told, just in case you use it to its full advantage."

Following the Gaza War in the winter of 2008-09, Palestine-Israel Journal (PIJ) Editorial Board member Dr. Simcha Bahiri suggested that the PIJ initiate a youth essay competition devoted to issues connected with the quest for peace. The first competition in this series was on the theme "The day after the Gaza War: What can young people do to strengthen the prospects for peace?"

In response, we received a number of very powerful, thoughtful, innovative and courage
    read more ...

Table of Contents
  1. Seeking a True Human Rights Agenda ( )
    The violation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories strikes at the very heart of Israeli democracy and is eroding the state from within.
    By Meir Margalit Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  2. Young People Have a Tremendous Power to Bring About Change ( )
    The future depends on the future young leaders of Palestine and Israel who have far more influence over their elders than the elders have over them.
    By Yossi Sarid Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  3. Giving Peace a Chance ( )
    The Simcha Bahiri Youth Essay Prize Contest ceremony brought together Israeli and Palestinian students to share their visions, while PIJ founding co-editor Victor Cygielman was remembered for his courage and dedication.
    By Alessandra Da-Pra Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  4. The Necessity of Doubt ( )
    A youth-based Doubt Forum would increase the capacity to think in new directions and can change the political reality of the region.
    By Maya Wind Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  5. If Our Leaders Can’t Do It ( )
    The healing process between Israelis and Palestinians will take time, but pre-existing youth peace groups can be prime movers towards full reconciliation.
    By Khadrah AbuZant Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  6. Bursting the Media Bubble: Engaging in Independent Thinking ( )
    We should reject accepted truths and media bias; instead, we should engage in critical thinking and challenge dangerous social hegemony.
    By Naomi Mark Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  7. Letter to My Israeli Friend ( )
    A letter from a Palestinian youth to his Israeli counterpart evokes their shared humanity and dreams.
    By Omar Nada Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  8. Language and History: Two Revolutionary Keys to Overcoming Fear ( )
    Learning Arabic language and history is vital for overcoming the fear of Arabs and bridging the distance between them and Israelis in the region.
    By Neriyah Mark Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  9. Hope Comes from the Younger Generation on Both Sides ( )
    Young people should actively seek knowledge and understanding of the other side and encourage others to do the same.
    By Zain Masri Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  10. Hope against Despair ( )
    The greatest challenge for Middle East youth is the lack of faith in their ability to resolve the conlict; one solution is leadership development through voluntarism.
    By Lipaz Ben-Yitzhak Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  11. Composing a New Reality ( )
    It is the small initiatives that can bring about historic transformations between Israelis and Palestinians.
    By Merav Cohen Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  12. The Morning Came ( )
    Gaza has had its share of suffering. Will it ever know peace?
    By Jawidah Mansour Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  13. Needed, New Creative Directions for Change ( )
    Israeli and Palestinian youth can challenge the status quo and build bridges by engaging in a variety of joint activities.
    By Ofek Ravid Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  14. We Must Change Our Attitude towards the Other ( )
    In order to achieve peace, the youth must do away with old patterns of thought and effect a fundamental change in attitude.
    By Reut Cohen Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  15. Yes to a Just Peace ( )
    Palestinian and Israeli youth have a role to play in achieving reconciliation, but civil society and political and religious leaders must also assume their responsibilities.
    By Jeries Bassir Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  16. Creating a Consciousness of Peace ( )
    Public opinion on both sides must change and Israelis and Palestinians must accept that there is no alternative to living together, side by side in peace.
    By Karnit Malka Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  17. Education as a Means to Mutual Partnership and Peace ( )
    Restructuring the Israeli education system to promote understanding of Arabic culture will help disrupt preconceived notions and enhance the prospects for peace.
    By Gal Amram Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  18. Viewpoint
  19. Israeli Youth Making Their Voices Heard ( )
    By supporting one another in taking a principled stand against injustice, young people can become a powerful force to end the occupation.
    By Lotahn Raz Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  20. Living under Occupation ( )
    It is time to take action; change will happen through all of us holding hands and walking together to end the occupation.
    By Dalia Labadi Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  21. Two Sides of Susya ( )
    By helping the olive harvest in a Palestinian village next to a settlement, a former soldier takes a stand against the occupying apparatus he was once part of.
    By Lior Sheffer Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  22. The Non-Violent Intifada ( )
    The third intifada is a non-violent struggle for freedom and equality that undermines the “us vs. them” mentality and is embraced by all sides — the intifada that will succeed.
    By Sahar Vardi Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  23. Remembering Dan Leon
  24. In Memoriam: Dan Leon ( )
    Dan Leon was a heart-warming friend and “never less than a nice guy” who strove tirelessly for harmony and reconciliation with the Palestinians.
    By Lynne R. Banks Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  25. Who’s Left? The Gallop for Peace of Dan Leon ( )
    During his seven years with the Palestine-Israel Journal, Dan Leon never wavered in his belief in its work and used to appreciate coexistence on the individual level.
    By Yosi Leon Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  26. Journal Jottings ( )

    By Dan Leon Vol. 16 No. 2 2010
  27. Editorial
  28. The Next Generation: Young Palestinians and Israelis Look Towards the Future ( )

    By Ziad AbuZayyad and Hillel Schenker Vol. 16 No. 2 2010