The goal of HOP is to foster understanding among Jewish-Israelis, Palestinian Citizens of Israel, and Palestinians by bringing together teenagers from the Middle East with American teenagers.
The intensive and ongoing Hands of Peace dialogue experience offers Palestinian, Israeli, and American teenagers the opportunity to re-think their assumptions, stereotypes, and beliefs. Participants form close and compassionate relationships across barriers of culture, religion, ethnicity, and political conflict. Often, they are inspired to become agents of social and political change.
We also aim to educate American families and communities about the Middle East, and to help them gain the mutual understanding that can only come from personal encounters.
Hands of Peace is a place where I am surrounded by people who I truly love, and who truly love me. This is one of the biggest gifts I have in my life.
Tamar, Jewish Israeli participant