The Willy Brandt Center (WBC) is a unique center for encounters and communication in Jerusalem. Here young people from the entire world meet and engage in cultural exchange beyond borders. Within the framework of our events, we are able to overcome conflicts in multifaceted ways.
Politics, education, and culture–with our projects, seminars, and get-togethers we are looking for long-term solutions for a peaceful future in the region. The basis for such progress is 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, the WBC is an important Center for international encounters where youth associations, labor unions, artists and civil-society activists meet, with the aim to contribute to a non-violent culture.