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

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.


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Throughout Ramadan of 2012, MEND broadcast Hadutat al Balad, a radio soap opera based in East Jerusaelm. In 26 episodes, the soap opera tells the lives and stories of fictional residents of East Jerusalem, focusing on awareness raising and empowerment, especially among the youth.

The show was broadcast in East Jerusalem and access the West Bank (Ramallah, Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus, Jericho, Tulkarem, and Jenin) three times a day, so as to reach as many listeners as possible.

The project was made possible by funding from the Fetzer Institute, a non-profit that aims to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness.

Hadutat al Balad raises interesting questions about the lack of social unity in East Jerusalem and the ways that society can work to heal the cracks that have formed since Occupation. The response to the show was incredibly positive and encouraging, and the episodes have provided MEND with rich pedagogical material to teach about nonviolence and democracy in future projects.

EPISODES:Hadutat Al Balad