June 5 Initiative

The June 5 Initiative: International Support for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

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After 40 years – the time has come!

June 5 2007 will mark 40 years since the June 1967 war. On June 5 the `march of the millions for Israeli-Palestinian peace` will take place in cities and towns throughout the world in solidarity with the people of Israel and Palestine who will march for Israeli-Palestinian peace throughout Israel and Palestine. Several main events will be held in key capital cities such as Jerusalem, Washington, Paris, Berlin, London, Moscow, Rome, Amman, Cairo , Tokyo, and others.

The call for Israeli-Palestinian peace based on the `two-states for two peoples` formula will be the uniting force that will bring out millions of people across the globe.

This is a civil society initiative to be launched and supported by civil society organizations including NGOs, political parties, labor unions, universities, churches and other religious groups and organizations, etc. The private sector is being called to join the initiative and to provide financial support in every city where activities will be held.

This is an effort that will be run entirely by volunteers! We need to create organizing committees in every city. We need to enlist thousands of volunteers all over the world to make this the world’s largest call for peace ever assembled!

We need you personally to make efforts to enlist the active support and involvement of public personalities from politics, the arts, music, and the movie and entertainment industries.

We need your help and support. We need to create an internet based committee of hundreds of volunteers throughout the world to make this initiative materialize. There is much to do and little time to do it.

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin is one of the most recognizable names in the Middle East Peace process. His dedication to creating a culture of peace and environmental awareness, coupled with his impeccable integrity, has earned him the trust of the leaders of all sides of the century old conflict. Few people have such far-reaching and positive impacts on promoting peace, security, prosperity and bi-national relationships.
Gershon is an advisor to Israeli, Palestinian and International Prime Ministers on the Middle East Peace Process and the founder and director of IPCRI, the Israeli-Palestinian Public Policy Institute. He was the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel between Israel and Hamas for the release of 1,027 prisoners – mainly Palestinians and Arab-Israelis of which 280 were sentenced to life in prison for planning and perpetrating various attacks against Jewish targets that resulted in the killing of 569 Israelis in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Schalit. Gershon is actively involved in research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, environmental security, political strategy, peace education, economics, culture and in the development of affordable solar projects with the goal of providing clean electricity for 50 million people by 2020.
Gershon Baskin