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One Israeli creation for the weekend

by Noga Gur-Arieh

April 11, 2014 | 12:49 pm

Budo for Peace. Taken by Maud Bernos, 2011

This week, I would like to introduce you to a beautiful initiative called Budo for Peace (BFP.) It is a registered Israeli educational NPO which uses traditional martial arts to connect and bring together children and youth from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

The innovative tri-lingual educational program, developed by pedagogical educators and martial arts teachers, fosters unity, leadership & promotes and instills core values. The main four topics BFT promotes are:

• Advocating co-existence and dialogue among the varied sectors in Israeli society
• Empowering girls and young women
• Fostering children & youth from immigrant communities (Ethiopian advancement and absorption)
• Engaging at-risk youth

Budo for Peace was founded in 2004 by Danny Hakim, a two-time world Karate silver medalist and philanthropist. For Hakim, BFP is the translation of his vision to create a society in which socially constructed rivals can conquer their cultural, social and political differences through the universal language of sport.

Read more here. http://www.budoforpeace.org/

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My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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