The Elders visit the Middle East
- Aug 27, 2009
Yesterday Jeff Skoll and I arrived in Jerusalem with The Elders to support them in their efforts to help create a climate for peace in the region. We are to meet those on both sides who are working at the grass roots for peace.
The Elders will encourage the broader population to believe that peace is possible and recognise the important opportunity that now exists for peace. They will highlight the plight of the Gazans and insist on an end to Gaza’s isolation on humanitarian and human grounds.
They will make a first hand assessment of the realities of the situation on the ground through meetings with people directly affected by or working on the conflict - particularly young people - as well as activists, opinion formers and political leaders.
Over the week, they will blog about their thoughts and experiences as will the people they meet; photos and videos will also be uploaded throughout the week. The videos here gives you some idea of what they’ve been doing.
On Friday, the Elders will take part in a live webcast from Jerusalem, bringing together the young Israelis and Palestinians they have met, people who may not typically interact.
The Elders hope to convey the conviction that a historic deal is both necessary and achievable and that it can meet the fundamental aspirations of the two sides, in line with President Obama’s and the international community’s efforts.