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News

Saturday 19th November 2016

Categories:
All faiths, Bahà'í, Buddhism, Christian, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Integration, Mutuality, Pluralism, Respect, United

Kids 4 Peace visit Ireland

Kids 4 Peace visit Ireland

Friday, 18th November 2016

This week saw the first visit to Ireland of a delegation from Kids4Peace, a small Jerusalem based NGO. This is a grassroots interfaith youth movement dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in the Middle East and across the world. Their raison d’être is to build interfaith communities which embody a culture of peace and empower a movement for change. Hosted by the Ireland Israel Friendship League, a mixed group of nine youth (20 to 25 years old) and three leaders, Israeli and Palestinian, Christians, Jews and Muslims will hold a series of meetings in Dublin and Wexford. 

Kids4Peace’s values are based around diversity – in family background, political perspective and religious practice; equality – amongst men and women, religions and cultures, nations and peoples; sensitivity – towards the pain, struggle and risk of living together; spirituality – as a source of strength, courage and wisdom; respect – for the experiences, beliefs and choices of others; and connectivity – across a global community.

Their five–day itinerary included meetings with politicians, members of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum, staff from the School of Ecumenics in Trinity and the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, representatives from Amnesty International, and university staff and students; along with visits to Leinster House, the Mansion House, the Chester Beatty Library, and Trinity College Dublin. In addition they will hold an open forum and press conference in the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

Dublin City Council and Wexford County Council kindly sponsored receptions to
welcome the delegation to Ireland, and they have also provided assistance in securing
venues for some of the meetings.

The key objective behind their visit is to raise awareness in Ireland of the existence of and work done by Kids4Peace and other similar NGOs; and members of the delegation hope to pick up some practical tips about the peace process in the North that they can take back to Israel when they return home.