Seeing the Humanity in Your Enemy

April 6, 2016 Newton Free
Ali Abu Awwad (Photo: Claude Truong-Ngoc/Wikimedia Commons)
Ali Abu Awwad (Photo: Claude Truong-Ngoc/Wikimedia Commons)

Join Ali and Hanan as they tell their personal stories and of their efforts to build a better future for their peoples. They come with no ready peace plans in hand, but only with the conviction that human understanding and trust will be the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom and peace on that tiny sliver of land that they both call home.

Currently finishing his book, Painful Hope, Ali Abu Awwad is today    a leading Palestinian activist teaching his countrymen non-violent resistance, and reaching out to Jewish Israelis at the heart of the conflict. Ali has toured the world many times over, telling his riveting story of violent activism, imprisonment, bereavement  and discovery of the path of non-violent resistance, a story of  personal transformation.

Hanan Schlesinger is an Orthodox rabbi and teacher, and a passionate Zionist settler who has been profoundly transformed  by his friendship with Ali. His understanding of the reality of the Middle East conflict and of Zionism has been utterly complicated by the parallel universe that Ali has introduced him to.

 The event is free of charge but donations will be accepted for Roots.

About Roots:

Roots is an initiative led by a joint Palestinian and Israeli committee based in the West Bank. We work within our own   communities at the heart of the conflict; shifting hatred and suspicion   towards trust, empathy, and mutual support. Through our projects and workshops we endeavor to lay the groundwork for a reality in which future agreements between our governments can be built. In just two years of rapid growth our work has reached nearly 10,000 people. At Roots we are fostering  a grassroots movement of understanding, nonviolence and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians.

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