Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation: Grenada II

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
5 January 1999

On Thursday, 7.1.99, at 12:00, a ceremony will take place at the Foreign Ministry’s Avriel Hall to mark the start of the implementation of Project Grenada II. During the ceremony, six contracts will be signed by six Israeli and six Palestinian bodies engaged in promoting cooperation between them.

Among those attending will be Foreign Ministry Director General Eytan Bentsur, Dr. Anis al-Qaq, Deputy Minister for International Planning and Cooperation in the Palestinian Authority, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO Daniel Janicot and MKs Yehuda Lankri, Prof. Amnon Rubinstein and Ze’ev Boim — who have been involved in the project from its inception.

UNESCO was among the first to express its support of the Oslo Agreement and the peace process by organizing the meeting of Israeli and Palestinian intellectuals in Grenada in 1993. This organization, under the guidance of its director general, Frederico Mayor, who has been the moving force behind the project, has decided to promote and finance a program for Israeli-Palestinian cooperation known as Grenada II, with the aim of deepening the mutual trust between the two peoples and supporting the peace process.

Over the past year, a joint Israeli-Palestinian Steering Committee has convened several times, together with representatives of UNESCO, and has decided to begin carrying out six of the projects that have been submitted to it. Among these are projects in the fields of medical research, cultural tourism, musical education and inter-religious dialogue. They are to be carried out jointly by the Hebrew University, the universities of Bethlehem and Al-Quds, The Palestinian Center for Regional Studies, the Al-Liqa Center, The Association for Inter- Religious Cooperation and the Middle East Children’s Association.