Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Teens Come Together for Peace

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Teens Come Together for Peace

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More than 170 teenagers from various war-stricken areas of the world assembled in Washington, DC on July 15 to kick off the annual Seeds of Peace tour. The event, held at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, drew a diverse group of congressmen and senators who spoke in support of the organization's efforts to enable peace by building bonds of friendship between teens from conflict regions.

Following an introduction by new Seeds of Peace director Aaron David Miller, a former member of the Clinton administration's Mideast peace team headed by Dennis Ross, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), one of the program's earliest supporters, told the group of teenagers, "It is very brave to volunteer yourself to be a soldier for peace when all around you there is recruitment for war."

Seeds delegates from both Palestine and Israel then stood together and spoke about overcoming former prejudices and developing friendships with people whom they used to consider enemies. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) then gave an inspiring speech about the importance of respecting human differences, pointing out to the audience that she wore a dove pin from Women in Black, an Israeli organization created to protest the occupation. …

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