Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Interfaith Peace-Builders

 was founded in 2001 and became an independent organization in 2006. Interfaith Peace-Builders is not affiliated with any government, political party, or special interest group. It is funded through individual donations and foundations.

Interfaith Peace-Builders fosters a network of informed and active individuals who understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the United States’ political, military, and economic role in it. To build and nurture such a network, we lead delegations of people from diverse backgrounds to Israel/Palestine. These delegations emphasize listening to and learning from those immersed in the reality of the conflict, and advancing the work of Israelis and Palestinians committed to nonviolent struggle and peace with justice. We seek to empower delegates to educate their local communities and the media, counter unfair or inaccurate stereotypes, and advocate for a more just US foreign policy that:
  • actively promotes civil, political and human rights
  • affirms political self-determination for Palestinians and Israelis
  • fosters economic and environmental sustainability in the region
  • supports a diplomatic resolution to the conflict rather than one imposed by force of arms.

Interfaith Peace-Builders’ Delegation Program presents alternative images of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; images that reach deeper and give a more complete picture. IFPB privileges diverse voices that are not often heard in the United States. Voices of Israelis and Palestinians engaged in nonviolent resistance to an illegal occupation; images of cooperation, of healing, of caring, of hope and possibility. Images such as these help break the paralysis and inform us about the possibilities for a real peace. IFPB’s on-the-ground experience is designed to enrich participants’ understanding of the occupation. Participants on Interfaith Peace-Builders delegations return to North America energized and transformed.

Each IFPB delegation itinerary is unique; however many themes are regular features of our program. A typical delegation will feature meetings with some of the following people and organizations. Links to some organizations are provided below to learn more. Please note: these links are informational only, and do not necessarily constitute the endorsement of Interfaith Peace-Builders.

Interfaith Peace-Builders works hard to keep delegation costs as low as possible. Our commitment to the Palestinian Code of Conduct for Tourism in the Holy Land means that we always pay a fair price for services offered during a delegation. Indeed, there are few programs that offer more for less. Click here to see what makes an IFPB delegation unique.

Ground Fee

The ground fee cost for the 2010 and 2011 delegations is $2100.

This cost includes almost everything for the 13 days of the delegation, including:
  • orientation in Washington, DC
  • hotel and home stay accommodations
  • breakfasts and dinners
  • local transportation
  • speaker and event fees, including honararia to Palestinian and Israeli presenters
  • a professional local guide + two delegations leaders from the US
  • basic tips for guide, driver, and hotel staff
The only things on the ground in Israel/Palestine that the delegation ground fee does not cover are: (1) lunches; (2) souvenirs and gifts you wish to buy; and (3) extra tips if you'd like to add to the base tip for driver and guide.

Budget around $10 per day for lunch. Use your own judgment for what you will need for gifts and extras. While we give a group tip to our guide and driver at the end of the journey, we encourage additional tips if you are pleased with their work.

**The price of the Olive Harvest delegation is $100 more ($2200 total) than our other delegations because of the extra transportation and event cost incurred in getting to sites where we can learn more about issues facing olive growers and farmers.


The ground fee does not include domestic and international airfare.


Part of the mission of Interfaith Peace-Builders is to send as many people as possible to Israel/Palestine. In keeping with this mission we have a small fund for scholarship matching grants - money that we can contribute to delegate expenses to help with the cost of the delegation. We also have a fundraising packet to help prospective delegates raise money to cover their delegation expenses.

Scholarships: Interfaith Peace-Builders often has limited scholarship money to help with delegation expenses. In granting scholarship money, IFPB prioritizes those who would not otherwise be able to join. We also make scholarship money available to people who diversify our delegations and broaden education and advocacy work in the US. We strive to organize delegations diverse in age, gender, sexual orientation, class, ethnic identity, religious belief, and racial background. Scholarships generally range between $250-$500 per person. To apply, we have a one-page supplement to our regular application.

**Scholarship Opportunity for Summer 2011 Delegations**

Interfaith Peace-Builders is pleased to offer up to TWO $1000 Scholarships for students and young adults (ages 18-30) towards the ground fee of our May or July 2011 delegations.

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