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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Two projects, Smarter Without Violence 2016 and Youth Ambassadors for Humanity 2014-5, have focussed specifically on disaffected East Jerusalem youth, from deprived areas (such as the Old City, Silwan, Issawiyya, Sur Baher) and provided them with skills via training in active nonviolence, gender, media and communications, and conflict management. The youth bonded through summer activity camps and also met with nonviolent activists in the West Bank. The participants (boys and girls mixed) undertook projects in their neighbourhoods that they designed and implemented to reduce local violence, such as an activity play day for children (in the Old City) painting the walls along the main street in Issawiyya near the community centre (which they had refurbished in a previous project with MEND). They designed posters and bumper stickers and a calendar and created spots to promote nonviolence on radio and video and also created facebook sites to stay in touch with each other.