• Advocacy Programs in Palestine
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    • Journey for Justice

      About the Journey for Justice (JFJ):

      JFJ2013 t5Journey for Justice brings together youth leaders from all over the world to experience and share the life under occupation with Palestinian youth. For nine days, they join Palestinian youth and travel around occupied Palestine to witness the effects of Israeli occupation, and accompany Palestinian youth in their daily life.

      Journey includes:

      • Stories / experiences / dreams and daily life sharing.
      • Visiting their universities and realize Palestinian students' difficulties.
      • Witnessing several EJ YMCA and YWCA of Palestine programs in action.
      • Meetings and discussions with Palestinians and Israelis: Political and religious leaders, Israeli right-based groups, grass root Palestinians including farmers, refugees, students...etc.
      • Presentations and discussions with specialists on issues of: children, refugees, academics, international work...etc.
      • Visiting various religious and historic sites including old cities of Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus, Jerusalem, including the Church of Nativity, Holy Sepulcher, Al-Aqsa Mosque...etc.
      • Advocacy activities and workshop, building coalitions of committed youth leaders and set advocacy plans together.

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      Participation

      • Participants ages should be between 17 and 25 (up to 30 could be allowed for special cases).
      • No limited number of participants from certain movement.
      • Be able to cover their international travel costs and participation fees.
      • Manage their own in-advance tourist VISA to Israel (required for certain nationalities), without JAI intervention.
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    • YMCA-YWCA Witness Visit

      A program in Palestine and Israel organized by the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine, where they invite international YMCA and YWCA national and local General Secretaries, board members, executive directors and senior staff to take part.

      The purpose of the Witness Visit is for participants to learn about the Palestinians' situation, meet with representatives of government, churches and civil society organizations and find ways in which the YMCA and YWCA movements can act for a just peace.

      Further objective is to get to know the work of the YWCA of Palestine and East Jerusalem YMCA and discuss possible partnering projects.

      A goal of the visit is also to live and experience the social life and culture of the Holy Land

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  • Advocacy Visits with JAI

    The JAI receives several visiting international groups and partners' delegations annually, who gets briefed about the Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI), its advocacy work and Campaigns, including the BDS and Kairos Palestine with their impact on the international level and ways and examples of involvement.

    Guided tours in the Bethlehem or Hebron areas are organized for such groups / delegates, upon requests, to make them witness land confiscation process by the Israeli government, the apartheid wall, settlements construction and expansion, as well a JAI Olive Tree Campaign planted fields, and meeting and listening to the stories of some Campaign farmers and their families in their threatened fields.

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  • Participation in International Events

    JAI staff participate in international gatherings and events, including the Would Social Forum, the Would Council of Churches General Assembly, the World Alliance of YMCAs council meetings, the World YWCA council meetings, and so on, to communicate Palestine, present the JAI work and campaigns, and encourage participants and organizations to take positions and actions towards ending occupation.

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  • Advocacy Trips

    The JAI arranges for advocacy trips, with and through certain international partner organizations / movements in their respective countries, to tour around the country and communicate Palestine and JAI work and Campaigns with various Church / YMCA / YWCA / students groups, as well as leaders and decision makers.

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