Jerusalem Prayer Project

The Documentary Series
The Jerusalem Prayer Project's documentary Warriors of the Heart tells stories of grassroots peacemakers in the Holy Land building alternative pathways to peace, outside the mainstream politics of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
"Women can bring us as one tribe as human beings together."
Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director,
Alliance for Middle East Peace


'Women Wage Peace'

(work in progress)
"The tears were not desperate tears, they were for the first time in a long time, hope tears,"
Ronit Barmat, Women Wage Peace

The Story of 'Women Wage Peace'

In February, Jerusalem Prayer Project's founder Stephen Fiske and his producing partner, filmmaker Robert Corsini, traveled to Jerusalem to begin field production work for the Jerusalem Prayer Project’s feature documentary, Warriors of the Heart: Peacemakers in the Holy Land.
When they met and interviewed Palestinian activist Huda Aboarquob in the town of Beit Jala in the West Bank, a new angle to their documentary took shape.
Huda is the regional Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace, an umbrella organization of 106 peace groups from across the region.
Huda, together with the Israeli based ‘Women Wage Peace’ organization, became the central organizers of the 'Women’s March for Hope', which took place in October of 2016. The march began along Northern Israel's border with Lebanon and reached all the way to Jerusalem over the course of two weeks.
The march began modestly with 19 women, 10 Israelis and 9 Palestinians and by the time they arrived in Jerusalem, they were 15,000 strong, rallying in front of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s residence and demanding renewed efforts to make peace a priority and reality.
womens march for hope
One of the major accomplishments of the march was to demonstrate that Palestinian women, together with with their Israeli counterparts, are committed to peace-building and reconciliation, and that the Israeli government could no longer make the claim that they don't have willing 'partners' for
peace in Palestine. 
The march's success was a clear expression of a renewed grassroots Israeli/Palestinian peace movement where women are at the heart of it AND serve as its
power and inspiration.
Huda’s story and that of all the women who participated, Jew, Arab & Christian, is being echoed around the world.
Exemplifying JPP’s mission, we are introducing the first in a series of our stories to be integrated into the full-length film. This particular segment captures the essence of the growing “Women Wage Peace” organization in Israel and occupied Palestine and integrates Israeli/Canadian musician Yael Deckelbaum’s stirring music video,
‘Prayer of the Mothers' into the story.
"Women can bring us as one tribe as human beings together."
"Women can bring us as one tribe as human beings together."

Coming Soon....


the story behind the creation of a Palestinian/Israeli peace-building movement
(in post-production)
"Women can bring us as one tribe as human beings together."
"Women can bring us as one tribe as human beings together."
On Ali's family land, at a key West Bank crossroads, near the Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion, "settler" Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Palestinian political activist Ali Abu Awwad have teamed up to build a peace center where they challenge long held animosities and advocate for peace between their peoples.
A compliment to the Women Wage Peace story, Hanan and Ali form an unlikely team advocating peace in the occupied territories. This segment tracks a gritty five-year journey, and includes their individual evolutions and self-discovery that
led to the forming of their organization.
Through their programs and workshops, they teach people, especially disenfranchised youth, soldiers and ordinary citizens, principles of non-violence, positive interaction with one another and techniques for working through seemingly intractable
cultural, political and religious differences.
What makes their journey and story even more fascinating is the fact that the vast majority of Israeli ‘settlers’ often live their entire lives without ever interacting with their Palestinian neighbors, with whom they literally share the very same land. They are physical neighbors divided by walls, religion,
culture and politics.
The idea of having direct conversations between Palestinians and Israelis there,  is often as remote as peace itself in the Holy Land.
Ali and Hanan are breaking new ground in their bid to espouse tolerance in others, foster understanding, and advocate for non-violence and reconciliation
without victimization.