Chairman Crowley Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation Establishing Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Feb 28, 2017 Issues: Foreign Affairs, In the Community

(Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY), along with Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), announced today the reintroduction of the bipartisan International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Authorization Act (H.R. 1221). First introduced in the 113th Congress, the Fortenberry-Crowley legislation would establish a multi-national fund to support grassroots programs that promote peace and reconciliation in the region.

“By engaging everyday people and seeking grassroots cooperation and reconciliation, we will help ensure that any future agreements are sustainable,” said Chairman Crowley. “This kind of work can be an antidote to terrorism because it gives people who want to work together toward reconciliation a path to do so.”

“Despite the difficulties and challenges involved in bringing about secure and sustainable peace in the Middle East, the United States has made strong bipartisan efforts over decades to help achieve this important objective,” said Congressman Fortenberry. “We must continue to foster relevant and constructive dialogue among Israeli and Palestinian communities. It is my hope that grassroots reconciliation efforts, however small, may spark renewed hope for a future built on peace, people, and prosperity.”

International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace would promote people-to-people efforts to build peace through grants to scale efforts at the grassroots level. The Fund’s resources could assist with a wide array of programs, including education, sports, culture, cross-communal economic development, shared environmental programs, and bring youth from different communities to work together to develop a better understanding of Israeli, Palestinian, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions. The legislation is supported by several organizations, including the Alliance for Middle East Peace, American Jewish Committee, and Jewish Federations of North America.