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[11 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
Rula Salameh: Empowering Palestinian Philanthropy

-Profile by Patricia Smith Melton, Peace X Peace Founder
Palestinian radio personality and documentary producer Rula Salameh is our 2012 Patricia Smith Melton Award honoree. Ms. Salameh’s weekly television program highlights Palestinians of special needs, patients who need support for immediate treatment, and needy families.
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It is my honor to award Rula Salameh the 2012 Patricia Smith Melton Award. Among her talents is executing a world-class three-point turn in the middle of narrow roads when there’s trouble ahead. Specifically, when old car tires are stacked and burning and solders’ guns firing, albeit …

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[4 Jun 2012 | One Comment | ]
Sami Awad: To Create a Common Narrative

It’s June, the month of Fathers Day, and once again we’re featuring peacebuilding men we love.
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Sami Awad is Executive Director of  Holy Land Trust, the nonprofit he founded in Bethlehem in 1998. He also directs the Travel and Encounter Program; the Palestine News Network, the first independent press agency in the Palestinian Territories; and Al-Kul Television. He works to build a future on the principles of nonviolence, equality, justice, and peaceful coexistence by “liberating the oppressor from oppression” and “liberating Palestinians from the victim mindset.”
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[28 Feb 2012 | One Comment | ]
Palestinians, Israelis Shape New Reality through Dialogue (Part III)

Laura Shaz
Israel/USA

“We have the choice to plant seeds of understanding and a hope for justice.  We choose whether we want to live in a cloud of chaos or a dream of peace.”
This is the third installment in a three-part series.  Read Part I and Part II.

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Goni, Yuval, Fadwa and Faras,* four dialogue group participants from Israel and the Palestinian territories, returned home, feeling strong, knowledgeable, and eager to take their new dreams into action.  They came back as leaders, with a clear mission to continue the struggle for justice and to …

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[21 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
Palestinians, Israelis Shape New Reality through Dialogue (Part II)

Laura Shaz
Israel/USA

“I met fun, life-loving people, not like what I’m used to from the Occupation setting.  I was used to meeting Palestinians while I was in uniform.  I had never seen a Palestinian smile before. ” – Yuval, an Israeli

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To check out part one of this series, click here.  Or here for part three.

Dialogue sessions open the door to a new reality, giving victims in Israel and the Palestinian territories a chance to discover the humanity in one another, something that seemed inconceivable before.  Faras, Goni, Fadwa and Yuval continue …