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African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)

ACCORD is an institute committed to the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts in Africa. ACCORD’s primary aim is to influence political developments across the continent by encouraging conflict resolution and dialogue as an alternative to armed violence and protracted conflict. ACCORD runs intervention, training and education, research and communication programmes in key sectors on the continent.

Address : 2 Golf Course Drive, Mount Edgecombe (near Durban) - SOUTH AFRICA (Physical Address) / Private Bag X018, Umhlanga Rocks, 4320 - SOUTH AFRICA (Postal Address)
Phone: +27 (31) 5023908
Fax: +27 (31) 5024160
Email: info AT

Bitterlemons is a website that presents Israeli and Palestinian viewpoints on prominent issues of concern. It focuses on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and peace process. It is produced, edited and partially written by Ghassan Khatib, a Palestinian, and Yossi Alpher, an Israeli. Its goal is to contribute to mutual understanding through the open exchange of ideas. aspires to impact the way Palestinians, Israelis and others worldwide think about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. maintains complete organizational and institutional symmetry between its Palestinian and Israeli components. Each edition addresses a specific issue of controversy. Articles by Alpher and Khatib are accompanied by additional articles by, or interviews with, a prominent Israeli and a prominent Palestinian. No intelligent and articulate views are considered taboo. Each weekly edition of is posted on the website and readers can also obtain a free subscription by entering their email address in the space provided on the home page.

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Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Network (CPR)

The objective of the CPR Network website is to facilitate knowledge-sharing on conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction issues among CPR members, and to serve as the Network’s institutional memory. The website has a list of publications which are available online and a list of related links, however other content is restricted to CPR members.

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Gush Shalom

Gush Shalom (which means in Hebrew « The Peace Bloc ») is often described as « resolute », « militant », « radical » or « consistent ». It is known for its unwavering stand in times of crisis, such as the al-Aksa intifada. For years now, Gush Shalom has played a leading role in determining the moral and political agenda of the peace forces in Israel, as well as in breaking the so-called « national consensus » based on misinformation.

Gush Shalom is an extra-parliamentary organization, independent of any party or other political grouping. Some of its activists do belong to political parties, but the Gush is not aligned to any particular party. The primary aim of Gush Shalom is to influence Israeli public opinion and lead it towards peace and conciliation with the Palestinian people, based on the following principles :

  • putting an end to the occupation,
  • accepting the right of the Palestinian people to establish an independent and sovereign State of Palestine in all the territories occupied by Israel in 1967
  • reinstating the pre-1967 « Green Line » as the border between the State of Israel and the State of Palestine (with possible minor exchanges of territories agreed between the parties). The border will be open for the free movement of people and goods, subject to mutual agreement
    - establishing Jerusalem as the capital of the two states, with East Jerusalem (including the Haram al-Sharif) serving as the capital of Palestine and West Jerusalem (including the Western Wall) serving as the capital of Israel. The city is to be united on the physical and municipal level, based on mutual agreement
  • recognizing in principle the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees, allowing each refugee to choose freely between compensation and repatriation to Palestine and Israel, and fixing by mutual agreement the number of refugees who will be able to return to Israel in annual quotas, without undermining the foundations of Israel
  • safeguarding the security of both Israel and Palestine by mutual agreement and guarantees
  • striving for overall peace between Israel and all Arab countries and the creation of a regional union

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International Alert

International Alert was established in 1985 and is a leading peacebuilding organisation working in over twenty countries and territories around the world. It is committed in :

  • working together with people who live in areas affected or threatened by armed conflict to make a positive difference for peace
  • improving both the substance and implementation of international policies that affect peacebuilding and the prospects for peace
  • strengthening the peacebuilding sector by increasing its expertise and profile

Address: International Alert, 346 Clapham Road
London, SW9 9AP - United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7627 6800
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7627 6900

International Crisis Group

The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, with nearly 120 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.

Crisis Group’s approach is grounded in field research. Teams of political analysts are located within or close by countries at risk of outbreak, escalation or recurrence of violent conflict. Based on information and assessments from the field, it produces analytical reports containing practical recommendations targeted at key international decision-takers. Crisis Group also publishes CrisisWatch, a twelve-page monthly bulletin, providing a succinct regular update on the state of play in all the most significant situations of conflict or potential conflict around the world.

Address: 149 Avenue Louise, Level 24
B-1050 Brussels
Phone: +32-2-502 90 38
Fax: +32-2-502 50 38

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) serves refugees and communities victimized by oppression or violent conflict worldwide. Founded in 1933, the IRC is committed to freedom, human dignity, and self-reliance. This commitment is expressed in emergency relief, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement assistance, and advocacy.

Address : International Rescue Committee
122 East 42nd Street
New York 10168-1289 - USA
Phone : (212) 551-3000
Fax : (212) 551-3180
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Palestine National Institute for NGOs (PNIN)

The Palestine National Institute for NGOs (PNIN) is a national non-governmental network of NGOs in the state of Palestine. It has been established in Jerusalem in 1997, working toward building and developing the NGOs to achieve social justice and respect for the dignity of the Palestinians. It seeks to guarantee its participation in the administration of general affaires and to realize a civil society based-on democracy.

It is focused on reflecting the changes in the Palestinian society that is committed to the establishment of an independent, sovereign state of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital. PNIN represents a multi- dimensional popular movement engaged in the process of building a Palestinian infrastructure through its national institutions which is integral of establishing a civil society.

Address : Al-Bazzar Building - Floor 5 Office 12
P.O.Box 1601
Ramallah - Palestine
Phone : +972-2-2967339
Fax : +972-2-2967901
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Palestinian Non-Governemental Organizations’ Network (PNGO)

The Palestinian NGO Network is a civil and democratic body, which seeks to support, consolidate and strengthen the Palestinian civil society on the basis of the principles of democracy, social justice and sustainable development. It strives for the attainment of the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people. It is a Palestinian NGO umbrella organization comprising 92 member organizations working in different developmental fields. PNGO was established in September 1993, after the signing of the Oslo Accords, with the objective of enhancing coordination, consultation and cooperation among the different sectors of civil society. Since then PNGO has become an important component of Palestinian society and serves as an essential coordination mechanism for the NGO sector at the local, regional and international level.

PNGO envisages the establishment of an independent and democratic Palestinian state based on the rule of law, social justice and the respect for human rights. In order to support the above process, PNGO will :

  • contribute to the national resistance to end the occupation
  • advocate for the rights of the Palestinian people locally, regionally and globally
  • advocate for responsible and appropriate legislation and public policies
  • strengthen coordination within the NGO sector
  • strengthen democratic values within society
  • strengthen civil society’s organizational capacities

Address : PO Box 2322
Ramallah, Palestine
Tel : 972-2-2963847
Fax : 972-2-2963848
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In the fall of 2000, Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel joined together to form Ta’ayush (Arabic for « life in common »), a grassroots movement of Arabs and Jews working to break down the walls of racism and segregation by constructing a true Arab-Jewish partnership.

They live surrounded by walls and barbed wirec : the walls of segregation, racism, and discrimination between Jews and Arabs within Israel ; the walls of closure and siege encircling the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip ; and the wall of war surrounding all inhabitants of Israel, so long as Israel remains an armed fortress in the heart of the Middle East.

A future of equality, justice and peace began, between them, through concrete, daily actions of solidarity to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and to achieve full civil equality for all Israeli citizens.

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