A PEACE INITIATIVE FROM DOWN UNDER

It’s a bit ironic to see a so-called centre for Peace bear the name of a war criminal. But despite that, the Australian Chapter of the Peres Center for Peace (oxymorons of oxymorons) is actually doing something to promote Peace in the Middle East through a joint programme of cooperation on the football field …
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Here’s what it’s all about …

AFL Peace Team

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Project Aim

This unique project unites Israeli and Palestinian

young men through Australian Football (AFL),

a sport foreign to most in the Middle East.

The project incorporates both AFL training and

moderated group dialogue, producing a

strong team that overcomes many barriers –

physical, emotional and language.

How It Works

 

In 2008 in cooperation with the Australian
Chapter of the Peres Center and in partnership
with Palestinian organization Al Quds Association for
Democracy and Dialogue, the first joint
Palestinian-Israeli AFL Peace Team was formed and
flew to Australia to compete in an international
 football competition. This team of men from all
over Israel and the West Bank aged 18-35 was
such a great success that a second Peace Team
was formed in 2011, including many of the same
players, as well as newcomers. After six months
of intensive training and group dialogue, the team
once again flew to Australia, spreading the message
of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation and dialogue
through sport, to show the world that such teamwork
is not only desirable but also possible. The team
continues to spread the message of cooperation
and AFL, meeting to train and keep the team morale
alive, as well as training boys from their own
communities through the Twinned Peace Sport Schools program.
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AFL Peace Team Logo

 This project is supported by the Australian Chapter of the Peres Center for Peace

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