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

Laura Shaz
Israel/USA

“In general, people here consider meeting Israelis as kind of betrayal.  I believed that any kind of contact or talking with Israelis was like betraying my country and ignoring the long history of suffering of my people,” said Faras, a Palestinian.  
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Every moment is an opportunity for change.  What can you do to be the change in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict?  In intimate interviews with Faras, Goni, Fadwa and Yuval,* four dialogue-group participants, I chronicle the real and honest transformations of these women and men from victims of a war between East and …

Connection Point »

[10 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
There are already Palestinian Gandhis — they’re women

 Mati Milstein

“The Israeli army has long ago formulated a standard response to men throwing rocks, but at this moment it remains pretty much helpless when facing strong and vocal nonviolent women.”
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Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviewed photojournalist Mati Milstein about his current project: Palestine: Women First, curated by Saher Saman.  His responses are below.
What inspired you to begin photographing Palestinian women activists?
I first started photographing the activists during the March 15, 2011 Palestinian unity rallies in Ramallah, which called for reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. At that time, the only …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[13 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Iltezam: Tradition Meets Innovation

Vanessa Ortiz
USA/Bosnia

“From tradition, you can learn determination. From new ideas, you can learn creativity, and you can encourage youth engagement and the use of social media.  The same tactics don’t engage people continually. A movement has to help people be creative and involved.”
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Iltezam Morrar comes from a family of organizers.  It’s a family tradition, and community organizing and activism is also a village tradition in Budrus, West Bank of occupied Palestine. The stories of nonviolent activism lie deep within Palestinian consciousness, far more than the outsider realizes. But Iltezam …

PeaceTimes »

[3 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Three Women, Two Nations, One Passion for Resistance (Part 1)

- By Vanessa Ortiz, special to PeaceTimes
(Read Parts 2 & 3)
What, you may wonder, do women from Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina have to learn from a young woman from a small village in the Palestinian West Bank? And what would that Palestinian activist have to learn from a youth organizer in Sarajevo? According to each of them . . . plenty!
In a hillside home in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, women organizers took time out to meet each other and share their knowledge and experience in nonviolent resistance and protest activism. …