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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The Stand Up, Stand Up for Your Rights 2014 Project, which had two phases, was with schools in East Jerusalem, again focussing on where there was the most need, such as in the Old City, the Shu’fat refugee camp and a school for children with disabilities. The projects consisted of training school teachers in a curriculum promoting tolerance and nonviolence among high school students, who then worked directly with classes of students over several months. The students took responsibility to promote awareness of the importance of tolerance and of human rights among their peers, via posters and films and through work with media and through an open “human rights day” in each school at the end of the project. The first phase trained teachers and youth in five schools in East Jerusalem and the second continued with those and added another three, working with the original students as mentors for the new classes and schools.