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Israel-Palestine: the politics of planning control

Ela Bhatt

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Ela Bhatt

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Education in exile

We are all members of one large diverse family called Humanity, and by putting your brother's needs before your own you will assure justice and peace in the middle east.
Angela Gelston
UK
Here in Virginia, I send my prayers of Love and Peace to ALL people in the Middle East and want you to know that you are not alone in your journey of Hope and Healing.
Roxie Hoven
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
From the American on the Jewish boat to Gaza. "Palestine I Hear You" We can no longer meet hate with hate but rather look into the eyes of our enemy and see ourselves.
Lillian Rosengarten
Hudson Valley, New York
how can there be peace the americans have paid for the isreali hammer,and the palestinians got the nail.
robert
spain
What unites us in being human is much greater than that which divides us. Let unity triumph in peace.
Alia
Austin, TX
Thank you for working so hard for real peace in our global village. I hope for a time when more of us recognise our common humanity rather than the things that divide us. Love and light to all.
Chris
Adelaide Australia
Peace , a simply word with a great meaning! Inside this word we are friendship, collaboration, love, union, the sounds of our hearts...Try to follow this word in every moment of our life!
Nella
Italy
I thank whatever Gods may be, For your unconquerable soul
Cally Stephens Nielson
Utah, USA
Many thanks to The Elders. Humanity must understand that we are all the same. Believing in the same God.
Cristina Rudäng
Stockholm
The "How" is the game of life.
Chandrashekar Tamirisa
Rockville, Maryland
Last time you came and preached to the choir. We in the peace camp love you all, but you must engage with the opponents of peace on both sides, settlers and jihadists.
Aharon Eviatar
Israel
Long live the inspiration of Madiba. You will be sorely missed, but your impact on life on Earth survives forever.
Deanna Taylor
Utah, United States
You emptied yourself not only for SA but the whole world. You will always be remembered Mandela
Abotsi Evans
Wassa Akropong, W/R, Ghana
Thank you for being there and speaking out. You give us all hope.
Nick Bell
Switzerland
Peace is truly a working effort, while war and hatred seem to come easily. Our job is to show our children that peace is worth our greatest effort.
Cynthia Gore
Franklin, TN
We all need global peace now. Global peace can be attained through only mutual love, understanding, inter religious harmony and spirit of co-existence. We all further must have to be united against those elements who are indulged in spreading the politics of hate. We all have to fight against all types of hate, discrimination and injustice in each part of the world in order to make our globe a beautiful place to live. Please come forward to fight for peace and human rights for all. you can join me at www.facebook.com/saeedfalahi
Saeed Khan Falahi
Shahjahanpur, Uttar-Pradesh, India
For the construction of a better world, you don't need to wait until something changes, you have to change in order for things to happen.
Anne
México
Peace depends not on what we are taught from the outside, but from what we know on the inside. Everyone is born with an innate sense to be at peace. We can return to that.
Michelle Enfield
USA
We must committed ourselves to freeing humanity from poverty and hunger as a matter of urgency.
Vincent John
The Hague
South Africa will not be free until Palestine is free. I think this is a Nelson Mandela quote.
Nanima
South Africa
At this time of the year, it is particularily poignant that there is such pain and division in the place where Jesus was born. I hold all of the Palestinian and Israeli people in my prayers.
Elaine Murray
Kilkenny, Ireland
I hosted the Elders dialogue today at Government house in Jerusalem. The path to peace is there to grasp through women and children of the coming generations. The choice is yours!
Robert Mood
UNTSO
If a friend can become an enemy. Then an enemy can become a friend.
Vu Nguyen
The United States Of America
Mandela's 1990 visits to the UK and US among others after his release reinforces my commitment to Love..to teach myself to love both those who stood by you and those who didn't! An act of GOD!
Egwumba
Lagos
‘Peace is the only battle worth waging.’ - Albert Camus. Protest with a smile at injustice and with calm determination. Ádh mór oraibh!
Robbi
Belfast, Ireland
Let's be peace makers and not peace breakers to make this world a better place to live
Pierrot Ngadi
Dublin
To Madiba, We marched for you to be free and you helped to change our world. You have inspired me to be the best I can be and to encourage my children. I salute you great father. Grace Graham
Grace Graham
London, England
what human is a human who does not make the world better ?
Almuntaser albalawi
Amman . jordan
"Two places to feed the world is spirit and family. Both need to be fed with more than just food!" We encourage hope and creativity to deepen and strengthen our hearts in compassion and connections!"
Caterina Alberti
Whistler BC Canada
*love thy enemy not just to be your friend but more so your brother,for he is* i have walked kids along the hills of south Hebron harrassed and threatened by settlers for walking the hills of Hebron
michael hall
earth
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The Elders

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

(1918-2013) Founder

Former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate; a leader who dedicated his life to the anti-apartheid struggle, democracy and equality; founder of The Elders.

Martti Ahtisaari

Martti Ahtisaari

Former President of Finland; Nobel Peace Laureate and expert in international peace mediation, diplomacy and post-conflict state building.

Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan

Chair of The Elders

Former UN Secretary-General, Nobel Peace Laureate and Chair of The Elders; put development, human rights, the rule of law, good governance and peace at the top of the United Nations agenda.

Ela Bhatt

Ela Bhatt

The ‘gentle revolutionary’; a pioneer in women’s empowerment and grassroots development, founder of the more than 1 million-strong Self-Employed Women’s Association in India.

Lakhdar Brahimi

Lakhdar Brahimi

Former Algerian freedom fighter, Foreign Minister, conflict mediator and UN diplomat; an expert in peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction.

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Deputy Chair of The Elders

First woman Prime Minister of Norway and Deputy Chair of The Elders; a medical doctor who champions health as a human right; put sustainable development on the international agenda.

Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Fernando H Cardoso

Former President of Brazil; implemented major land reform programme, reduced poverty and significantly improved health and education; an acclaimed sociologist and global advocate for drug policy reform.

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Former President of the United States, Nobel Peace Laureate and veteran peace negotiator; dedicated to advancing peace, democracy and health worldwide.

Hina Jilani

Hina Jilani

Pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner; a leading activist in Pakistan's women's movement and international champion of human rights.

Graça Machel

Graça Machel

International advocate for women’s and children's rights; former freedom fighter and first Education Minister of Mozambique.

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

First woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; a passionate, forceful advocate for gender equality, women’s participation in peace-building and human dignity.

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu

Honorary Elder

Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Nobel Peace Laureate and Honorary Elder; a veteran anti-apartheid activist and peace campaigner widely regarded as ‘South Africa’s moral conscience’.

Ernesto Zedillo

Ernesto Zedillo

Former President of Mexico who led profound democratic and social reforms; economist and advocate of multilateralism, inclusive globalisation, nuclear non-proliferation and drug policy reform.