An IFPB Model to Increase Our Collective Impact by Working Together
Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) has led delegations to Israel/Palestine since 2000. This work builds on a longer history of delegation work both with the Fellowship of Reconciliation and with a coalition of other organizations (Middle East Witness) during the first Intifada.
Today IFPB hopes to use its long experience to build strong and expanding networks of individuals and local groups who can advocate for peace with justice in Israel/Palestine. In addition to continuing to send four delegations per year while supporting education and advocacy work for returned delegates, we hope to reach out to other organizations interested in collaborating on delegation work.
Based on our commitment to coalition organizing and movement building, IFPB enters into partnership as a matter of principle and strategy. Since 2000,we have worked with ten organizations on 18 delegations that included some type of partnership or co-sponsorship. All of these delegations have made connections across movements and enriched both organizations.
Among the organizations we’ve worked with are the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the American Friends Service Committee, FORs Creating a Culture of Peace program, the National Peace Foundation the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Baptist Peace Fellowship, AFSC’s Third World Coalition, Global Majority, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and the Resource Center for Nonviolence. We've also worked with a contingent of Haverford College students to join a recent delegation. Click here to learn more about our partners.
We'll be adding more details to this site soon about ways to work in partnership with IFPB on delegations, but until then, please contact us (see below) if you're interested in learning more.
What IFPB Brings to Partnerships
- A close relationship with the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest and oldest interfaith pacifist organization in the US which includes both continuing affirmation and support of IFPB’s work and access to many of FOR’s resources.
- A well-established, nation-wide delegation program to Israel/Palestine that has taken 28 delegations to the region since 2000 for eye-witness experience and connects participants to ongoing work in the US when they return.
- A commitment to interfaith participation on delegations, in delegation leadership, and in meetings in the region, providing a diverse and complex experience with the conflict and attitudes towards it.
- A delegation program that exposes participants to the occupation and to the effects of the ongoing violence, introduces participants to a wide range of Israeli and Palestinian perspectives on the conflict, and emphasizes possible solutions and nonviolent alternatives to conflict.
- A core of well-trained, deeply committed delegation leaders from the US with extensive contacts in the region, accompanied by experienced, professional local guides and drivers.
- Strong, long-time connections with Israeli and Palestinian activists.
- A history of collaborative delegation planning and work. IFPB has always worked with delegation leaders from other organizations and involves them in the delegation planning process. This process allows IFPB to tailor delegation emphases and itineraries to the particular interests and needs of partner organizations.
- Orientation and followup programs with delegates that provide context and analysis of the conflict, give assistance in education, outreach, and grassroots activism, and introduce them to partner organizations working on the issue.
- A network of over 400 delegates in over 40 states for publicity, funding, outreach, and assistance with speaking events.