ABOUT US

Recently there has been a growing interest in alternatives to violence even at the level of long-term
political activists. In fact these activists and community leaders have specifically expressed their
dissatisfaction with the cycle of violence and its results, and requested information and training for active
nonviolence.

MEND, having built its reputation on a holistic and creative approach to violence in schools, has taken this
approach further to reach the general population. Working through film, the internet, radio, bumper
stickers, posters, and news advertisements, MEND has changed the local attitude to nonviolence from one
of scepticism or dismissal (when MEND was first established in 1998) to one of interest and appreciation - so that now even the Palestinian President talks about nonviolence. If there can be a visible nonviolence
movement, this will give hope to all those on both sides who fear the cycle of violence and cannot see
any partners for peace.

CONTACT

T: (972) 2 6567310

F: (972) 2 6567311

E: lucynusseibeh@gmail.com

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Established in 1998, MEND has been pioneering awareness about the power of nonviolence within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and also within the broader regional context.
MEND is one of the few organizations with headquarters still in East Jerusalem. However, while we have a small core staff there, MEND is also a network as much as an organization, and we also work with groups of activists (Menders) from all walks of life throughout the West Bank, who are committed to the principles and practice of active nonviolence and democracy.

CORE VALUES AND AIMS

It is our conviction that nonviolence is the only way to create positive change in a way that can bring lasting peace to the region. We believe that the day will come when Palestinians too will live in peace and prosperity and with true participatory democracy, and Palestine will no longer be a place of fear, anger, and sadness.

MEND has not only brought the concept of active nonviolence into the discourse here, but has contributed significantly to its becoming mainstream. MEND began at a time and in an atmosphere when there was little interest and even less belief in nonviolence.

OUR MISSION

MEND aims to cultivate, to promote, and to protect values, principles and practices of human rights, reciprocal dignity, nonviolence and democracy, by pursuing the following strategies: education, influencing policies and decisions, community empowering, knowledge dissemination and documentation.

PROGRAMMES

MEND has four programmes reflecting key needs in Palestinian society
1.    Nonviolence
2.    Democracy
3.    Human Security
4.    Human Rights

WHO WE ARE

We have a local board which meets twice a year (Dr Taisir Abdallah, Dr Jantien Dajani, Ambassador Hind Khoury, Adel Ruished, Walid Salem, Dana Tabari and Lucy Nusseibeh (founder, executive chair).
 
Our current staff consists of: Fadya Salaheddin, Coordinator;  Hodoub Alan, Finance; Yazan Sahar IT; with nonviolence experts and trainers: Nidal Allan (Jerusalem), Saber Rabi (Jerusalem), Yacoub Rujoub (Izariiyya) Nour Shehadeh (Tul Karem).

Both Tul Karem and Izariyya have active local offices on behalf of MEND.