The Willy Brandt Center is a unique meeting center in Jerusalem. Here young people from Israel, Palestine, Europe, and the entire world meet, and engage in cross cultural exchange beyond borders. We promote meetings on an equal footing, and encourage exchange across borders and conflict lines.
Politics, education, culture. Within the framework of our events, we are able to overcome conflicts using various approaches. Therefore, it is fundamental to establish trust and solidarity between people.
“Peace is not everything, but without peace everything is nothing.” This quote from Willy Brandt serves as the guiding theme of the WBC.
We live in double solidarity with progressive forces in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Those who wish to resolve the conflict long-term must bring people together on an equal footing, and build trust.
Therefore, we have created a safe space, so that the ideas can be developed in a protected room, which further allows for self-critical analysis. The WBC is a place where one can ask questions that otherwise cannot be asked. The answers often present the other side, and show how similar we all actually are.
We share the same common values: freedom, equality, and international solidarity that we want to achieve. Our ongoing projects, with bi- and trilateral seminars, workshops, art and cultural projects, delegation trips, language courses, and opportunities for international youth exchanges testify to our longstanding commitment.
The WBC was founded in 1996 at the initiative of the Young Socialists (Jusos).
In light of Germany’s history, the center is based on contributing to understanding in the region.
Today, it serves an important place for many forces in the civil society, youth associations, labor unions, and peacefully orientated parties, which aim to contribute to this dialogue.