Profiles of Peace

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Alex Cohn

Israeli conscientious objector who spent 152 days in a military prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli military. Cohn has been active in the Shministim, a movement of Israeli high school students who refuse military service, and New Profile, an Israeli feminist organization that challenges the militarization of Israeli society.

Sami Shalom Chetrit

Poet, academic, filmmaker, and social justice activist.

Sami Shalom Chetrit was born in 1960 in Qasr as-Suq in Morocco. His family immigrated to Israel in 1963 and he grew up in a working class immigrant neighborhood of the port city of Ashdod, 30 miles south of Tel Aviv.

Elias Chacour

Palestinian Archbishop of Galilee for the Melkite Greek Catholic Church who urges nonviolent change in Israeli society. Chacour founded a school for students in the Israeli village of Ibillin—a school that accepts students regardless of religious affiliation. Chacour has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize a number of times.

Eitan Bronstein

Israeli educator and activist who works to build an Israeli understanding of al-Nakba and the history Palestinian refugees, as a key step toward reconciliation.

Eitan Bronstein was born in 1960 in Argentina and his family immigrated to Israel when he was five years old. They lived in Kibbutz Bahan between Tel Aviv and Haifa and close to the "Green Line," the armistice line from the 1948 war and Israel’s internationally recognized border.

Azmi Bishara

Palestinian politician, philosopher, human rights activist, and novelist.

Azmi Bishara, politician, philosopher, human rights activist and novelist, is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, born in 1956 in Nazareth into a Greek Orthodox family. He, however, is secular in his outlook, and indeed bases his entire political philosophy on the idea of a secular democratic state.

Khulood Badawi

Palestinian citizen of Israel who advocates for Palestinian civil rights and organizes activities that bring together the Palestinian and Jewish communities in order to bring about a better future and real peace in Israel/Palestine.

Huwaida Arraf

Palestinian co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement, which focuses on grassroots community nonviolent organizing to resist the Israeli occupation. The organization has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Huwaida Arraf is a co-founder of the Palestinian-led International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which focuses on grassroots community nonviolent organizing to resist the Israeli occupation.

Naim Ateek

Palestinian founder and director of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, which has become a center for international efforts to work ecumenically and nonviolently for justice for Palestinians.

Rev. Naim Ateek is the founder and director of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. Ateek was born in the town of Beisan in what is now northern Israel, and became a refugee at age 11 during the 1948 war. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1967, two weeks before the June war.

Arik Ascherman

Rabbi-activist for the rights of Israelis, Palestinians, and foreign workers in Israel

Arik Ascherman is Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel.  His personal journey has evolved from acquiring a Harvard education to standing trial in Israel for blocking home demolitions.

Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Ascherman graduated from college in 1981. From then until 1983, he worked for Interns for Peace, a community work program in Israel involving Jews and Arabs.  For most of this time, Ascherman lived in the Arab village of Tamra.

Ali Abunimah

U.S.-based Palestinian journalist and media analyst who frequently writes and comments on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Abunimah also co-founded and edits the Electronic Intifada, an alternative media website focusing on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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