Today's Realities and Tomorrow's Leaders

July 14 - 27, 2012

Delegation Leaders: Diana Buttu & Maia Carter Hallward

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This delegation will explore current realities of life for Israelis and Palestinians, including settlements, the occupation, and the peace process—by learning directly from those living there.  We will also explore issues relevant to young people in the region, including efforts to educate and empower future generations working towards a just resolution to the conflict.  Our itinerary will feature meetings with leaders of civil society groups, grassroots organizers, Palestinian and Israeli youth, religious leaders and more. 

*As with all IFPB themed delegations, meetings pertaining to the specific theme amount to an average of about 20% of all meetings and the overall emphasis remains with exploring the social and political realities in the region in general.

To learn more about the standard components of all delegations, click here.

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DEADLINE TO APPLY: Please apply by April 9, 2012 to ensure we’ll have space and be able to arrange your flight.  Our last several delegations have filled up several months before departure, so please apply as soon as possible to reserve your space.  If you’ve missed the deadline, we might still be able to add you, but please contact us ASAP to see if this is a possibility.

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Diana Buttu is a Palestinian-Canadian lawyer.  After earning a law degree from Queen's University in Canada and a Masters of Law from Stanford University in the U.S., Diana moved to Palestine in 2000.  There, she served as an advisor to the Palestinian Negotiating Support Unit.  She has also been involved in numerous projects to influence the way in which the situation in Palestine/ Israel is depicted by the media and litigation at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. She is currently a Joint Fellow at the Harvard University School of Government, Middle East Initiative and the Eleanor Roosevelt visiting fellow in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. 

Maia Carter Hallward is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University and is jointly appointed to the PhD for International Conflict Management. She serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. She received her PhD in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service, with concentrations in Peace and Conflict Resolution and Critical Geopolitics. She is the author of Struggling for a Just Peace: Israeli and Palestinian Activism in the Second Intifada (University of Florida Press, 2011) and co-editor of Nonviolent Resistance in the Second Intifada: Activism and Advocacy  (Palgrave Macmillan 2011). Maia worked for four years in the Middle East, including teaching and research positions in Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman, and has returned regularly to conduct research and/or lead delegations, including a 2006 IFPB delegation.


The cost of the delegation will be around $2100. 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 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 July 14, 2012.


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