Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem

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The German - Israeli- Palestinian Willy Brandt Center for dialog and understanding (English: Willy Brandt Center for Encounters and Communication - WBC) hosts various projects of the Civil Peace Service. It lies on the "Green Line " in the Abu Tor neighborhood, in the former no man's land, which until 1967 between the eastern and western part of Jerusalem extended. Support of the WBC is the Willy Brandt Center eV based in Berlin.


The idea of a trilateral center was established at the Young Socialists in 1993, after a result of the Oslo peace process first contacts were established in the Palestinian territories, which supplemented the traditional relations with the Israeli partner organizations. After lengthy negotiations, signed Andrea Nahles ( Young Socialists ), Ofer Dekel ( Mischmeret Tse'irah shel Mifleged Avodah ) and Sabri Tomezi ( Schabibet Fatah ) and the other members of the delegations on 9 April 1996 in Ramallah a contract. In this, the youth organizations of the German SPD, the Israeli Labor Party Avodah and the Palestinian liberation movement Fatah agreed to pursue the establishment of a joint center in Jerusalem, which should bear the name of Willy Brandt.

With funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development 2000 Matthias Ries was sent to Jerusalem, who set up a first office. On 8 October 2003, the idea of the Willy Brandt Center was realized at the interface of the conflict and the house opened by the Member of Parliament Kerstin Griese, the Knesset Yitzhak Herzog and Emile Jarjoui, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.


The center is based on the ideas of the Civil Peace Service in conjunction with the values ​​that are associated with the person of Willy Brandt. " The aim of the activities is the development of peace political (educational) concepts as real alternatives to violence by young political and social decision-makers from Germany, Israel and Palestine. " WBC will strengthen trust and solidarity between dedicated young people and together active with them forms of coexistence based on developing social and political equality.


The organization currently has three projects of the Civil Peace Service, which take place both in the center itself, as well as other places in Israel, the Palestinian Territories or Europe:

  • The cooperation of activists from the Mischmeret Tse'irah, the Schabibet Fatah and Tse'irei Meretz that build as future decision-makers of their civil societies a cross- border network, gain understanding for the other side and methods of nonviolence to know.
  • The Youth Education Associations Athad Schebab Alasetqelal, Hashomer Hatzair and Noar Oved, who belong to the International Falcon Movement (IFM -SEI ), are supported in their cooperation activities so that they can close bring the idea of ​​a coexistence at eye level of a large number of young people.
  • A network of freelance cultural workers as well as initiatives developed projects of encounter and peace education with the help of methods of "social arts".

In addition to the activities that are carried out in close collaboration with the Forum Civil Peace Service, see the WBC projects in cooperation with various foundations, political events and actions of the German -Israeli youth exchange instead.


The Foundation Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem eV is an independent non-governmental organization that was established in 1997 to implement the previously contractually based in Ramallah in the Willy Brandt Center into reality. The nonprofit organization has its headquarters in Berlin and is the official carrier of the WBC in Jerusalem. As a member of the Forum Civil Peace Service, the Willy Brandt Center receives project funding by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The duties of the Willy Brandt Center eV include lobbying, applying for project funds, the exchange of information and contacts to European, Israeli and Palestinian partners and institutions.

The Executive Board of the Society belong to Andrea Nahles (Chairperson), Yeliz Bercht (Deputy Chairman ), Cordula Drautzmann, Sven Frye, Raana Gräsle, Judith Klose, Martin Krebs, Jan Lichtwitz and Harald Schrapers.