About IPCRI - Hebrew

The Israel/ Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI) was founded in Jerusalem in 1988 and is the only joint Israeli-Palestinian think-tank in the world. We are devoted to developing practical solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of "two states for two peoples." IPCRI recognizes the rights of the Jewish people and the Palestinian people to fulfill their national interests of self-determination within their own states and we promote these two states to establish peaceful relations.


History

IPCRI was launched in 1988 to promote dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian civil society. In December 1987, after 20 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the Palestinian territories erupted in a mass popular revolt (the first Intifada) for freedom and for internal social and political reforms. The Intifada emerged from the most dispossessed part of Palestinian society, the refugee camps. It was in this political and social climate that the idea behind IPCRI was constructed to build bridges of communication and cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian civil society.

In March 1988, in the fourth month of the Intifada, Gershon Baskin, founder and co-director of IPCRI, published advertisements in 3 Palestinian newspapers. The ads read:

"If you believe in the possibility of Palestinian-Israeli peace on the basis of a two state solution, if you believe that Palestinians and Israelis can work together on programs of active conflict resolution, if you're a person with initiative, a university graduate, and you're curious, call me"

The Intifada prompted a reassessment of the status quo and demonstrated the need to address the fundamental issue of how to bring about a peace process that would satisfy both the Palestinians legitimate right of self determination and Israel's legitimate security concerns. The advert prompted over 50 phone calls and numerous meetings between Israelis and Palestinians, producing the ideas, principles and networks which would lead to the formation of IPCRI.

Departments

Research and Information:

Through our “Research and Information” projects, IPCRI aims to develop and advocate practical political solutions to decision-makers and officials concerning the most divisive issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict such as Jerusalem, borders, settlements and security. We also aim to strengthen the support base for peace through our innovative ideas and Track II Diplomacy efforts, which bring together prominent Israelis and Palestinians for joint cooperation. Our activities stimulate debate and inform the public about the possibilities for peace and include research projects, roundtable discussions, conferences, and public forums, which encourage creative problem solving and promote mutual interests.

This branch of IPCRI is responsible for informing the public about all events and research undertaken by IPCRI. By providing  video, audio and textual information to the public, this department is fundamental in raising awareness about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and promoting a mutually acceptable peace agreement. IPCRI also provides a large database of information about IPCRI's past and present projects, provides updates and newsletters about recent events, and publicizes upcoming workshops, conferences and meetings between Israelis and Palestinians.

Sustainable Peace Building:

IPCRI’s “Sustainable Peace Building” initiatives aim to develop and strengthen the public support for peace and cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians as we believe that a just and sustainable resolution will only come about when there is public support. IPCRI's sustainable peace building initiatives have two main objectives; transforming the conflict and creating a shared environment. Our activities include both peace education and people-to-people conflict reconciliation programs, which help lay the foundation for post-conflict peace building.

A large part of our peace building work focuses on the environment. IPCRI’s Environment Department was founded in 1994 and aims to facilitate joint Israeli-Palestinian work on pressing environmental concerns, and encourage sustainable development and understanding between the two peoples. IPCRI's Environment department focuses primarily on researching the effects of environmental degradation on Israel and Palestine, on the development of environmentally conscious infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza, and on promoting the environmental benefits of cooperation between Israel and Palestine. The Center for Environment's projects help Palestinians build the sustainable and independent infrastructure that is a pre-requisite for a future state. IPCRI has most recently been involved in projects focused on climate change research in the Jordan Valley, agriculture in Gaza, water and sanitation in the northern West Bank, and solar energy in villages south of Hebron, improving Palestinian agricultural export abilities and increasing domestic food production through aquaponics.

Since its inception, the Environment Department has secured the active involvement of Israeli and Palestinian ministries and agencies, academics from all the major universities in Israel and Palestine, NGO representatives and private businesspeople. Please contact us directly if you would like to learn more about our work or partnership opportunities.

Internships

IPCRI interns have the unique opportunity to both engage in policy-relevant research on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to meet with and engage many of the personalities that shape its dimensions.

IPCRI accepts interns throughout the year. Applications for internships are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in working with IPCRI please indicate the dates you will be available. On average potential interns apply up to half a year before their available dates. However, occasionally a place might open up shorter in advance.

Potential interns must meet the following requirements:

    • Interns must be able to stay with IPCRI for a minimum of three months; though longer availability is preferred.
    • Candidates should be enrolled in a Graduate program relevant to IPCRI's field of activities.
    • Interns must be comfortable with working independently and taking on responsibility. IPCRI does not have a sufficient staff to supervise interns on a day-to-day basis.
    • Applicants must be able to write at an academic level in English. Knowledge of Russian is an asset.

Experience in fundraising, social media strategies as well as proficiency in Hebrew or Arabic are considered a plus. Please note that IPCRI's internships are not paid. IPCRI is not in the financial position to reimburse housing or travel costs.

IPCRI interns typically engage in the following kinds of work:

    • Organizing and attending IPCRI events, including meetings of the Strategic Thinking and Analysis Team (STAT), Wednesday Afternoon Public Meetings, the Economic Working Group, Peace Education Conferences, and others.
    • Administration:
      • Preparation for conferences
      • Reporting on events and project activities

Current openings are:

    • Research Internships. IPCRI is occasionally engaged in a variety of research projects, both independently and in cooperation with other institutions. The IPCRI staff can offer its wealth of knowledge and its access to an expansive network, but is often unable to closely monitor independent projects. Interns interested in doing research in a particular field should be prepared to manage themselves as IPCRI maintains a very open organizational structure. Applicants for a research internship should therefore have a proposal and an external academic tutor.
    • Fundraising. IPCRI is seeking experienced interns to contribute to writing grant applications and extending its network of partners. 
    • Shared internship in collaboration with The Forum for Regional Thinking. This internship gives the opportunity to gain experience in developing projects in a community level together with being a part of an emerging think tank dedicated to Middle East history and politics. 
    • Web designer. IPCRI plans to develop and re-design its website and thus seeks an intern experienced website-hosting platforms.
    • IPCRI is notably, but not exclusively, looking for native Russian speakers.

Applying:

    • To apply for an internship, send your resume, dates of availability, and answers to the two questions below to: [email protected] Please specify either the position you are applying for or your range of interests.
      • What do you seek to gain from your internship at IPCRI?
      • Which of your qualifications should we keep in mind while evaluating your application?
    • Please keep your answers to both questions under 500 words (total for both).
    • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: [email protected]