Introduction to the Universal Peace Federation
Middle East Peace Initiative
The Holy Land Medical Project is a partnership of Saving Lives, a Rotarian Medical Aid Agency, and the Universal Peace Federation’s Middle East Peace Initiative. It is following a successful model of collaborative health care in parts of India that assisted reconciliation between two communities in conflict.
Journalists at a media symposium being held in Jerusalem by the ‘Middle East Peace Initiative’ discussed whether the media should be actively involved in influencing events in the Middle East by seeking to calm attitudes among conflicting parties. Whilst there was criticism of certain media companies for pandering to partisan and commercial gains while regional troubles continued to flare, there was disagreement as to what journalists should actually do.
The Vice-President of United Press International in the United States, Larry Moffitt claimed impartial journalism to be one of the great hoaxes of our time and called for the media to shift the paradigm of what is news. Chief Editor of Kol Israel radio station, Yoni Ben Menachem, Producer for Israel's Channel One News, Rafiq Halabi and Romanian journalist, Rasvau Roceanu were among the speakers.
Twenty three people gathered on the evening of January 24, 2007 at Livingstone House in Chislehurst to enjoy a UPF Interreligious Peace Meeting, this time under the title “UPF UK MEPI update” featuring Mr. Robin Marsh as the main speaker.
The audience was greeted by the UPF coordinator for Bromley, Mr. Edward Hartley, who gave a short overview of the work being done and principles behind the UPF, particularly for the three guests joining MEPI (Middle East Peace Initiative) for the first time. Other members of the audience included 15 FFWPU (Family Federation for World Peace and Unification) members and 5 Ambassadors for Peace.
10 April 2007
The dates on either side of Easter and Passover are notorious for encountering fully-booked hotels throughout Israel and a general clogging up of Tel Aviv Airport as thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Such a situation meant that the logistics of arranging a five-day event for some hundred and sixty religious, social and political leaders from Europe and the United States was no mean feat. Nevertheless, they managed to arrive in the country pretty much on schedule and all were suitably accommodated.
Daniel Seidemann is a Jewish lawyer and respected authority on the city of Jerusalem who works mainly in the Palestinian area of East Jerusalem. He has been invited to the British Foreign Office and the House of Commons on a number of occasions to brief those concerned with issues about Jerusalem. During the course of the current Middle East Peace Initiative event being held in Jerusalem, he took time out to speak to its European participants.
He set the scene by explaining that within a small triangle of about 100 metres around his home, office and his children?s school, there had been ten suicide bombings within the last five years. However, whilst supporting the need for protection he pointed out that on the other hand Jerusalem is being walled in for the first time since 1535 and he believed that the presence of The Wall would not work.
A group of 34 religious leaders, professors, parliamentarians, NGO leaders, human rights activists and journalists visited Israel-Palestine for February’s Middle East Peace Initiative (MEPI). Representing 12 nations in Europe, the group started the tour, aimed at fostering a better understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a series of meetings, briefings and some sightseeing in Bethlehem. Leila Sansour, chief executive of Open Bethlehem, explained some of the difficulties the people of Bethlehem faced because of the confiscation of land, pass roads and Israel’s Security Wall.