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OneVoice International

Profile

Country/TerritoryUnited States
Websitehttp://onevoicemovement.org/programs/onevoice-international.php
Founded2002 by Daniel Lubetzky, who is also reportedly behind the V15 campaign (see below).
In their own words“an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward the two-state solution.”

Funding

  • 2014 total assets of $2,122,554.
  • According to its 2013 IRS 990 form, One Voice received $1,507,124 in contributions, including $250,000 from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, $585,945 from the California-based Skoll Foundation, and $442,110 from One Voice Europe.
  • In 2013 the U.S. State Department provided One Voice Israel with a grant of $233,500 (for a project to “Defray Costs for Program ‘Campaign to Support the Negotiations’ Between the Israel Government & Palestinian Authority- Building Up Public SUPPORT”) and One Voice Palestine with a grant of $115,776 (for a project to “Work to Inspire Civic Participation Through Grassroots ACTIVISM”).
  • According to its website, “Partners” include: European Commission, New Israel Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Skoll Foundation, Alliance for Middle East Peace, 3 Faiths Forum, Alliance for Peacebuilding, UK Conservative Party, Crown Family Philanthropies, Generations for Peace, Google, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, UK Labor Party, Labour Friends of Israel, Labour Friends of Palestine & the Middle East, British Muslims for a Secular Democracy, Association of British Muslims, Council of Christians and Jews, Christian and Muslim Forum, United Jewish Israel Appeal, Union of Jewish Students, Woolf Institute, and Yachad.

Activities

  • Operates branches in Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Gaza City, London, and New York.
  • Claims to “work[]to forge consensus for conflict resolution and build a human infrastructure capable of mobilizing the people toward a negotiated, comprehensive, and permanent agreement between Israel and Palestine that ends the occupation, ensures security and peace for both sides, and solves all final-status issues in accordance with international law and previous bilateral agreements.”
  • Involvement in Israeli Elections: One Voice is the “legal-organizational channel” for Victory 2015 (V15), a campaign seeking to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the 2015 March elections. OneVoice Israel’s Executive Director Polly Bronstein said: “We believe that it’s critical that the majority of Israelis who are concerned about the numerous security and socio-economic challenges we face have their voices heard in the next election. We need a prime minister and a government who will be responsive to the people.”
  • V15 posted a statement on its website saying: “Among those that donated are Daniel Lubetzky, Alon Kastiel, Uri Weiss and S. Daniel Abraham. Some organizations also donated, among them OneVoice.”
  • Organized “Peace Pays off at the Bar” events, at which speaker Gershon Baskin blamed the Israeli government for failing to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians. Baskin said: “I believe there is a chance that the next government will be headed by Isaac Herzog and if we want to have a center-left government, we need to convince people that there is hope. When people don’t have hope, they vote for people like Netanyahu.”
  • Organizes campaigns in which “OneVoice Palestine Activists take Back Land Through Tree Planting.”
  • In September 2014, One Voice Palestine launched “The Land is Ours” campaign “to encourage young Palestinians to participate in non-violent resistance to end the occupation, realize the two-state solution, and establish an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital.” Independent analysis of the extent of participation and activities are not available.
  • In December 2014, led a Christmas event in Bethlehem at which all youth leaders “donned a specifically designed sweatshirt that encouraged tourists to speak to their communities about Palestine through acknowledging Palestinian rights of freedom and self-determination” and “keffiyehs, checkered black and white scarves that are a symbol of Palestinian nationalism and an icon of Palestinian solidarity.”

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