What if we had spent the money that went into the Iraq war on developing more of these programs?
Budo for Peace (BFP) brings together young people from conflict areas to learn and practice traditional Japanese budo (martial arts) in order to learn its values and apply them toward breaking down fear and building trust between peoples. Through martial arts training and understanding of traditional Japanese budo values – including respect, harmony and self-control – the youth enrolled in our program are taught to convert both internal and external conflict into harmonious behavior.
Promote tolerance together with inter-religious and inter-ethnic understanding by arranging on-going joint activities amongst children from Jewish, Arab, Christian and other communities within Israeli society
Instill self-confidence and inner harmony by strengthening children´ physical, mental and cognitive abilities
Assist children overcome barriers of fear and distrust of the other through joint pedagogic workshops and appropriate martial arts trainings based on discipline and community service
- Develop a network of young ambassadors of peace promoting budo values through positive civic attitudes and action
Bueine Nujeidat is a Muslim village situated on the northern slopes of Mount Turan, in Bet-Netofa Valley, Israel. It is known for its tasty watermelons
Kafr Yasif is a small Israeli-Arab local council, located few kilometers from the historical city Acre in Northern Israel. It is almost evenly populated with Muslims and Christians as well as housing a minor population of Druze