Soccer for Peace is a US-based non-profit organization that since 2005 has been organizing overnight camps that provide intensive soccer training and dialogue workshops for Arab and Jewish children in Israel. This year the camp is being held in partnership with Givat Haviva - a center striving for a shared future that aims to build an inclusive, socially cohesive society in Israel by engaging divided communities in collective action.
The idea behind the camp is to bring together children who live within close proximity of each other but because of cultural divides don’t have the opportunity to interact in a safe and welcoming environment.
At the start of the four-day camp, the participants - 100 boys aged between 10 and 12 from the communities around the town of Hadera in northern Israel - are split into teams comprised of both Jews and Arabs. On the last day, these teams, which each represent a different country, will compete in a final tournament and the winner will receive a trophy.