NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The OneVoice Movement, a grassroots civil society organization promoting the two-state solution, and an end to the occupation and to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is proud to introduce Payton Knopf as its Senior Director of Global Communications. In this role, Payton will oversee all external communications, messaging, and media relations for the efforts of the OneVoice Movement, internationally and in Israel and Palestine.
Former U.S. Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, CEO of OneVoice, stated: "On behalf of the staff and supporters of OneVoice, I want to extend to Payton a warm welcome to our growing team. His impressive credentials and hands-on experience working throughout the Middle East will greatly enhance the capacity of OneVoice to implement our newly expanded programs and to re-energize and re-engage the people of Israel and Palestine in the pursuit of a durable two-state solution."
Payton comes to OneVoice after two years as deputy spokesman at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations under Ambassador Susan E. Rice. From 2009-2011, he was policy advisor to U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell, having earlier served as senior political officer in the U.S. State Department's Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs during the negotiations launched at Annapolis, Maryland in 2007.
Payton was previously based at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan; handled political and military affairs for Lebanon in the Department of State's Office of Egypt and the Levant; and served at the U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Prior to his tenure in government, Payton managed political party development programs in the Middle East and North Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. From 2010 to 2011, he was an International Affairs Fellow in Residence at the Council on Foreign Relations.
OneVoice is an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward the two-state solution. The Movement works to forge consensus for conflict resolution and build a human infrastructure capable of mobilizing the people toward a negotiated, comprehensive and permanent agreement between Israel and Palestine that ends the occupation, ensures security and peace for both sides, and solves all final-status issues in accordance with international law and previous bilateral agreements. The 1967 borders form the basis for the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state, with permanent borders and any modifications to be agreed upon by both parties. The Movement recognizes that violence by either side will never be a means to end the conflict.
SOURCE The OneVoice Movement