In brief

PEACEPLAYERS INTERNATIONAL Middle East uses the game of basketball to bridge divides, change perceptions and develop leaders among Palestinian and Israeli children and youth. The participants benefit from year-round basketball programmes, conflict resolution and leadership activities for children and youth ages 6-20, as well as capacity building for young adults, in Israel and the West Bank.

Problem to be tackled

The challenges are:

  • Segregation perpetuates negative perceptions and fear
  • Socio-economic disparity reinforces the Palestinian and Israeli divide
  • Lack of opportunities for females to develop as athletes, leaders and peace-makers