What is FFIPP?
FFIPP is a non-governmental and non-profit educational network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel. It is a network of international students and faculty, working in solidarity for a complete end of occupation and just peace in the region.
Our network is expanded throughout the world including chapters in Brazil, France (Bordeaux, Grenoble and Paris), Switzerland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
FFIPP is an organization led by and directed towards students with the aim of increasing the understanding of individuals regarding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the human rights violations in the region.
Through its educational network, it aims at raising awareness of the academic community and the general public regarding the complexities of the conflict based on International Public Law and International Human Rights Law.
Our main goal is to get students acquainted with the different components of the conflict allowing them to later engage in various forms to seek the end of the conflict and a peaceful coexistence in the region.
FFIPP was founded in 2002 by Israeli and Palestinian academics seeking to inform the general public in universities about the situation on the ground. It was initially composed by faculties in Palestine, Israel, Europe and the United States of America committed to a just peace and dialogue in the Middle East. 2006 marked the beginning of our internship program, further incorporating and emphasizing the involvement of students around the globe.
Since then, the organization has gone through a number of reflective changes, including the decision to change our name from Faculty For Israeli-Palestinian Peace to Educational Network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel, with the acronym FFIPP remaining as a recognition of our history.
These changes were related to the understanding that we should base ourselves on Human Rights Law considering that the term “Peace” had been used abundantly in political initiatives and not necessarily contributing to the protection of dignity or for the implementation of justice. There was also a clear understanding that the conflict is not constituted only by two sides but rather, is a complex regional problem with many actors involved and affected.
FFIPP – Educational Network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel therefore fully encapsulates the values and mission we seek to uphold.
The Swiss Chapter
FFIPP Switzerland was created in 2010 becoming a constituent of FFIPP Europe, composed of six chapters throughout the continent. Each year, several students from across the chapters are recruited to participate in the summer program and later engage in activities within their respective universities.
The Swiss Chapter differentiates itself in terms of its participants coming from various universities across the country including cities such as Fribourg, Bern, Zurich, Geneva and Lausanne.
FFIPP members are expected to become active in their local FFIPP chapter upon their return home. FFIPP organizes a special evaluation weekend where your future role in our student network will be discussed. FFIPP members can help in organizing conferences, debates, movie screenings and so on throughout the year. FFIPP offers a great platform to become active politically, to help organize events and to contribute to raising awareness about the situation in Palestine/ Israel.