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The Twinned Peace Sports Schools program has reached over 20,000 children and youth, boys and girls, Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians.

Table Tennis

Project Aim

Through introducing the sport of table tennis this project brings together Israeli Jewish, Israeli Arab and Palestinian children, teaching values of tolerance and team work, enabling children to get to know each others' culture, language, customs and holidays.

How It Works

This project involves bi-weekly training sessions for Palestinian and Israeli children aged 10 - 13 in their own communities run by local coaches trained by the Foundation for the Development of Table Tennis in Israel, a partner in this unique project. Each participating community is provided with full equipment, including table tennis tables, bats and balls.


Once a month, the children come together for a joint activity at the Peres Peace House in Jaffa, which involves table tennis games, teamwork and cooperation games and peace education activities. Importantly, youngsters play in mixed Palestinian-Israeli teams in order to mitigate direct competition and to encourage values of teamwork, equality and mutual respect. During these joint sessions, basic vocabulary is taught in Hebrew and in Arabic in order to advance communication and understanding.


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This project is supported by the Chinese Embassy in Israel, LG, KIA, and the H.Y Group, and run in partnership with the Foundation for the Development of Table Tennis in Israel

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The Peres Center For Peace
132 Kedem St., Tel Aviv-Jaffa,
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