The goal of HOP is to foster long-term peaceful coexistence among Jewish-Israelis, Palestinian Citizens of Israel, and Palestinians by bringing together teenagers from the Middle East with American teenagers in an interfaith setting. We create opportunities for participants, host families and community members to gain the mutual understanding that comes through personal encounters. We also aim to train future leaders in the Middle East and in the United States in peace-building skills, as well as to educate American families and communities about the Middle East.
I lived for two weeks with people who I thought were my enemies, but now I consider them my friends. We cried, we laughed, we heard each other's stories, and we also had so much fun together!
Nasma, Palestinian participant