Background and Project History

The vision of the Peace Research Village was born in Tamera community in Portugal, an educational center for global peace work. The Peace Research Village benefits from the thirty years experience in community development, social dynamics and political network of Tamera.

The project began focusing on Israel-Palestine as a direct response to the beginning of the second Intifada in 2000. Since then many peace camps and workshops were held in Tamera in which Israelis and Palestinians gained knowledge and experience in outer and inner peace work and in the issue of building community.

The Peace Research Village Association was officially registered as a German NGO in 2005 and as a Israeli NGO in 2009.

In 2005 and 2007 two powerful pilgrimages were held through the land of Israel-Palestine, during which the project gained additional contacts, knowledge and experience of a community life in a crisis area. The Pilgrimages were led by Sabine Lichtenfels and Benjamin von Mendelssohn.

Between 2006-2009, almost 20 Israelis and Palestinians have been taking part in the Monte Cerro Peace Education program in Tamera in order to prepare themselves for future community life. A core group of peace activists has been established for studying and working towards the manifestation of the vision of the Peace Research Village in the Middle-East, and the circles of support from various people and groups in Israel-Palestine are expanding rapidly.

In 2011 a group of 7 committed carriers of the vision of the PRV-ME came back from Tamera to Israel-Palestine. Since then they live together in a house in the area of Jerusalem, working together toward the building of a Peace Research Village in the Middle East which will act as a model for a new culture of peace