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June 21, 2014


 EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) is very glad to report that after many years of relentless work towards protecting the beautiful terraced landscape of Battir, yesterday afternoon UNESCO registered Battir as a World Heritage site in danger.

Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director at FoEME says: “at this difficult moment of continued violence in the region, Battir remains a ray of hope for cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians towards a better future.”

Nader Khateeb, FoEME’s Palestinian Director added: “FoEME now awaits the decision of the High Court of Israel as to whether the court will prevent the building of the Separation Barrier and accept FoEME’s petition that there are alternative means to maintain security without destroying what is officially, as of yesterday, a site of World Heritage to all of humanity”.

FoEME congratulates the Battir Village Council, our “Good Water Neighbor” communities, local Palestinian…

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Workshop on Implementing the Arab Peace Initiative at the Jordanian – Palestinian Level

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Amman, Jo

007On Saturday, the 14th of June, 2014 representatives from Friends of the Earth Middle East “FoEME” attended a workshop on implementing the Arab Peace Initiative at the Jordanian- Palestinian level. The event that was organized by United Religious Initiative – MENA, a non-profit organization that aims at encouraging interfaith cooperation and inter-cultural understanding, in cooperation with The Center for Democracy and Community Development based in East-Jerusalem, falls under the program ‘Building sustainable Peace through the API: Regional Civil Society Initiative’ in line with the EU Partnership for Peace program.

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In 1845, Lieutenant William Francis Lynch of the United States and Confederate State Navies sailed on behalf of the US Hydrographic Office in an expedition to the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. Later, he wrote a book dubbed “Narrative of the United States’ Expedition to the River Jordan and the Dead Sea” where he described his “attempt to explore a distant river and its wondrous reservoirs” (v) and spoke of his dissent from Lake Tiberias to the Dead Sea through the meandering Jordan River.

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International Collaboration for the Rehabilitation of the Jordan River Tour

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EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East organized and led an ambassadors tour to the Jordan Valley on Saturday the 7th of June, 2014. The purpose of the tour was to bring attention to the problems facing the Valley including Solid Waste Management, Sanitation, Agriculture and Farming Practices.  FoEME, in this regard has produced a  regional master plan for the Lower Jordan River and identified a set of interventions that aim at advancing peace, prosperity and sustainability in the Lower Jordan River Valley.

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Faithbased Tours to Rehabilitate the Jordan River, An Ongoing Success

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On the 6th of May, 2014 representatives from FoEME led a Muslim tour to the Jordan Valley. The tour is a part of the faithbased campaign launched by FoEME that targets religious leaders from the three Abrahamic faiths to raise awareness to the degradation of the Jordan River and the need  for its rehabilitation.

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Popes Visit to the Jordan River

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Amman, Jo

On the occasion of the first visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land and Jordan starting on the 24th of May, Friends of the Earth Middle East “FoEME” would like to bring attention to the shared significance of the Jordan River to all faiths in the region, and the need to garner support to rehabilitate the river from its current polluted state. 

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The Olympic Truce “Train the Trainer” Workshop

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Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) recently hosted 27 youths from around the world for a workshop at the Sharhabil Bin Hassneh EcoPark in Jordan.

It was a unique venture for FoEME in many ways. First, while FoEME traditionally focuses on building cooperation between Jordan, Palestine, and Israel, this workshop included young people from India, Nepal, Taiwan, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom. Participants from FoEME’s normal sphere of service also attended.031

Secondly, FoEME is dedicated to water conservation and environmental awareness in the Middle East, but this workshop had a unique aspect. It was actually organized by the Olympic Truce Peace Campaign Network (OTPCaN), an international effort to bring peace to warring countries before the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. FoEME provided subsided accommodations and meals, and also presented several sessions.

As such, the workshop, which ran from May 8-11, 2014 and was entitled “Train the Trainers”, was a powerful blend…

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