October/November 2010 Delegation

October 31 - November 13, 2010
Co-Sponsored with the Resource Center for Nonviolence

Delegation Leaders: Ilise Cohen and Scott Kennedy

This delegation will provide an opportunity to participate in the Palestinian olive harvest season — generally a time of great community activism, where people of all ages from Palestine, Israeli peace and justice groups, and international groups join farmers as they reap their harvest. It is international support that makes the harvest possible in many cases. You will hear from Palestinian farmers and learn of the importance of agriculture to the Palestinian economy and culture. As with other delegations, you will also meet additional Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice.

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DEADLINE TO APPLY: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until early September, 2010 or until the delegation fills. Our last several delegations have filled up several months before departure, so please apply as soon as possible to reserve your space.

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Ilise Cohen  is a Sephardic Jewish Scholar-Activist and has been a Middle East peace and justice activist for 20 years, including seven years as director of a Middle East Peace Education Program. She is a PhD candidate in Anthropology focused on equity issues of marginalized Mizrahi and Palestinian populations in Israel. In the 1990’s, she lived and worked with Palestinians and Jews in Israel, facilitating inter-community workshops. She has led Middle East delegations to Israel and Palestine. She serves on the Colombia Committee of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and was former co-vice chair of the National Council of the FOR. She lives in Atlanta with her family.

Scott Kennedy has served as Chair of the FOR Middle East Task Force and chair of the National Council of FOR. He is a co-founder and staff member of the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz, California. He has traveled to the Middle East more than 30 times and led delegations as early as the 1970’s and as recently as December 2009.


The cost of the Olive Harvest delegation is $2200.  This includes 13 days of the delegation, hotel and home stay accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, local transportation, guides, speaker/event fees, basic tips and gratuities. Partial scholarships may be available for those with demonstrable need.

The price of the Olive Harvest delegation is $100 more than our other delegations because of the extra transportation and event cost incurred in getting to sites where we can learn more about issues facing olive growers and farmers.  We don’t want this surcharge to be a barrier to your participation; please let us know if the extra $100 causes hardship for you.

The cost does not include domestic and international airfare. Interfaith Peace-Builders works with a local travel agent in Jerusalem to secure the best group rates for the delegation to travel together on the same flight from Washington, DC to Israel/Palestine. Therefore, delegates do not need to book their own international airfare.

Delegates will be expected make arrangements to be in Washington DC by 2pm on October 31, 2010.

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Photos from Past Delegations