BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Lives in: Neve Monosson Was born in: Tel Aviv Year of birth: 1946 Identity: Israeli, Jewish Type of work: Coexistence/Dialogue/Reconciliation Human Rights/Advocacy Interviewer Leora Gal and Anat Langer-Gal Date of Interview 2009

Assisting Palestinians in need of healthcare in Israel and supporting their families, organizing soccer tournaments and day trips for Israeli and Palestinian children, helping Palestinian farmers harvest their olives, collecting food for the hungry in Israel – these a few examples of Buma Inbar’s work. Buma chooses to work independently, occasionally cooperating with other organizations in order to promote a civil agenda for peace, that will affect the lives of Israelis and Palestinians.

Online articles

"Bereaved father transports ailing Palestinians to Israeli hospital" by Anne Usher, October 10 2010, ynetnews.com

Buma Inbar
A former retailer
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"Governments sign treaties, people make peace [...] I deal with humanitarian issues, working in ways I think Israel should, and I think wants to manage its affairs."
Media    
I think the media has a role but when I see how organizations operate and how important it is for them to make their work seen in order to fundraise, that’s public relations work rather than focusing on the essence, the mission, the work itself.
 Obstacles & Challenges   
The project organizers called up Yoel Marshak, head of the Kibbutz Movement’s task force, and requested we run the program in the Territories. I got involved and we got the ball rolling. Currently there are approximately fifteen groups in the southern Hebron Hills area, Sussiya, Um al-Hir, Twane. In every village or camp we set up a soccer team. In Twane we set up two teams. In the Jenin area we have four groups and in the Jerusalem area there are three or four. There are lots of problems. In some places, Palestinian security forces confiscated the equipment and spoiled our work [....] [The Palestinians] refuse to recognize the program because they see it as normalization, acknowledging the Occupation.
 Fear Obstacles & Challenges   
For me, it’s very important to have these kids encounter a different Israel, and I think it’s important to have Israeli children meet Palestinian children. My dream is Israeli children traveling [to the Territories] and I’m positive the average [Israeli] mother won’t allow it. But I refuse to give up.
Women in Society   Nonviolence Civil Society 
I believe change can only come from the people, from non-partisan public movements [....] Civil movements can affect the leadership, and they’ve been doing just that. People can claim it isn’t true, but Four Mothers influenced the withdrawal from Lebanon. Shuvi as a movement influenced the withdrawal from Gaza. It’s interesting that these are women’s organizations.
 Fear Language Obstacles & Challenges   
It’s hard for me to relate to fear because I don’t know what fear is. I think it’s a good trait. Fear protects you, makes you more rational. I don’t think fear deters or separates Israelis and Palestinians. I think not knowing each other separates the sides, not being familiar with the other side’s narrative or language.
Political Peace Processes / Political Leadership   Nonviolence 
If we could bring our leaders from both sides to the harvest, get them out of the air-conditioning and away from plasma screens, sit them down under a tree and not let them go home, I’m sure they’ll make peace. The people want peace. The people can’t live without peace. People want to work, they want development. The leaders won’t have any other choice, they’ll have to bring peace, just as soon as the people pressure them to. My hope is the people, the people at the bottom.