Our mission is to support projects that engage Israeli and Palestinian communities working to further common environmental and other interests, and to build meaningful connections between people in the United States and Israeli and Palestinian communities involved in these efforts.
We are deeply saddened and concerned about the escalating tensions and violence between Israelis and Palestinians, and among Israeli Jews and Arabs. Innocent people on both sides of the conflict have been traumatized, injured and killed, and we mourn the loss of lives and community.
SIPP works to support programs that bring Israelis and Palestinians; Jews, Muslims and Christians together to address shared problems, to learn about each other, to build trust, and to increase opportunities for the peaceful resolution of long-standing differences and grievances. The current eruption of violence is exactly why SIPP’s work is so critical.
We support the many demonstrations for peaceful co-existence and dialogue, and remain optimistic that people of good will on both sides of the conflict will be able to find ways to calm the current situation and work on building bridges to a true and just peace for all the inhabitants of the region.
Our projects involve diverse communities in Israel and the West Bank, including Jews,Muslims and Christians, Bedouin, Druze and immigrant communities, and may be located in Israel and the West Bank. These projects include work where we have provided expertise, including extensive expertise of our Board Members, and/or funding. Our partners include organizations that we have been or are currently working with, and organizations with which we are discussing future opportunities. We have engaged with our partners to apply for grants, including a grant we received from the US Embassy in 2019. Our environmentally focused our projects are part of our Environmentally Sustainable Projects initiative. Other projects focus on education and building civil society. Here are a few highlights:
The open burning of circuit boards and other electronic waste creates a hazard for workers and local residents.
East of Jerusalem, rapidly expanding local communities lack infrastructure to treat raw sewage, which ends up in local wadis.
Israeli and Palestinian graduate students work together to solve environmental problems.
Several of the ancient cisterns that provide drinking water at the 1500 year old Mar Saba Monastery have been contaminated.
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We envision Israeli and Palestinian communities working together peacefully and constructively on environmental and other projects of mutual interest to meet common goals.