About Peace Now, Israel
Peace Now is the largest extra-parliamentary movement in Israel, the country’s oldest peace movement and the only peace group to have a broad public base.
Founded in 1978, Peace Now maintains Israeli’s right to live secure within the 1967 border as well Palestinian’s right to self-determination. Operating through demonstrations, public campaigns, advertismemts, conferences, lectures, surveys, vigils and dialogue groups, Peace Now aims to increase awareness among the Israeli public of the country’s interest in a peaceful agreement. In 1982, Peace Now organized the largest demonstration in Israel calling for a commission of inquiry into the Sabra and Shatilla massacre. Today, Peace Now continues to demonstrate against obstructions to the peace process as well as provide comprehensive reports on construction in the settlements. While Peace Now is an Israeli movement, it has also engaged with Palestinians in the occupied territories.
A central component of Peace Now, the Settlment Watch Team monitors – and protests – settlements and outposts. Through activity on the ground and publication of reports, The Settlement Watch Team showcases the incredible political and economic cost of maintaing settlement expansion to Israel’s interest in a peaceful, two-state solution. Activities include: updates on settlement expansion, publication of figures to Israeli and foreign government officials and submission of cases to the Court of Israel. Most recently, Peace Now appealed to Israel’s Supreme Court to evacuate Migron (an illegal outpost).
For more information on Peace Now history and ongoing activity.