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    “Rather than just trading goods, hundreds of Israeli and Palestinians are becoming actual business partners and colleagues in startups that are slowly transforming the Palestinian economy.”
    – Richard Behar, Contributing Editor at Forbes


Bay Area leaders unite to ‘invest’ in Middle East peace

Published on J Weekly on January 5, 2017 by Hannah Rubin.

Worried about the future of the two-state solution, a coalition of Bay Area leaders is promoting Invest in Peace — an organization seeking to raise the profile of groups that foster coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians. The campaign, launched in October by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Relations Council and media consulting group BMWL, is in its nascent stages — and currently exists most prominently as an online media platform, supported by more than 100 Bay Area business leaders, elected officials and community organizers who work inside and outside the Jewish community. “It’s a statement that we feel strongly about something and we’re not just going to sit back and be silent,” said Dan Kalb, an Oakland City Council member in the coalition who said he has supported a two-state solution since the 1980s and fears the incoming Trump administration is not committed to that plan.   | Read More...

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Building a Dream for Peace

Published on Medium by Joe Goldman on October 5, 2016.

“If you will it, it is no dream.” — Theodore Herzl

These are the words that kept running through my head as our bus ferried us between new housing complexes, high-tech offices, and the largest amphitheater anywhere near the Mediterranean. The tour guide — an architect working on this particular city’s planning — shared with me that, following two years of trying to get pregnant while living in crowded, unplanned spaces elsewhere, she and her husband had been successful less than two months after moving here. I was in Rawabi, the first-ever master-planned Palestinian city and first new Palestinian city built in thousands of years, and I was absolutely moved beyond speech.  | Read More...

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Israelis, Palestinians tackle water shortage with tech

Published on Times of Israel on September 16, 2016.
Israeli and Palestinian researchers came together last week with colleagues from around the world in the green and pastoral setting of South London’s Wilton Park to discuss the challenges of water scarcity. The conference, a show of cross-border dialogue, focused on innovations that can benefit water-scarce communities. It was attended by around 70 experts, including many from Israel, Jordan, the West Bank and the UK. Other participants came from Bahrain, Morocco, and Oman, as well as the United States and other European nations.   | Read More...

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Why Palestinians Should Support 'Normalization' With Israel

Published on Fikra Forum on September 13.

An interview with peace activist Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi
As a non-violent form of resistance to the Israeli occupation, the anti-normalization movement gained ground in the aftermath of the Al-Aqsa Intifada of 2000. Extremist groups such as Hamas and the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) oppose any form of dialogue and interaction with Israelis. However, while the BDS movement targets Israel and Israelis, the anti-normalization movement targets other Palestinians as well. Recently, official Arab normalization has increased, with the Saudi Arabian delegation hosted in Israel, sports delegation hosted in Qatar, and trade delegations in the UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco.   | Read More...

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Israel’s first-responders form kaleidoscope of cultures

Published in Israel21c on September 1, 2016.

An unusual hug caused thunderous applause at a recent Knesset ceremony saluting Israel’s emergency medical first-responders and search-and-rescue personnel. Parliamentarian Yehudah Glick, who survived an Arab shooting attack two years ago, spontaneously climbed onto the podium to embrace Kabahah Muawhiya, an Arab-Israeli volunteer EMT with national volunteer emergency medical services organization United Hatzalah of Israel. “United Hatzalah is not just about emergency first response and medical rescuing, but it is literally uniting people from different walks of life and different religions,” Muawhiya told Israeli lawmakers. “It is a uniting of peoples and a unity of hearts.”   | Read More...

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Environmental Peace Building in the Middle East

Published in State of the Planet | Earth Institute, Columbia University on June 24, 2016.

This year’s regional environmental sustainability course took us to a collection of sites and locations that brought up the environmental and political issues facing the Middle East. One major focus of our trip was on how collective environmental objectives can be used as tools and solutions for building a larger peace between Israel, Jordan and Palestine.   | Read More...


Israel's Mellanox Hires Gazan Programmers

Published in Virtual Jerusalem on June 20, 2016. After successfully employing Palestinian high-tech teams from the West Bank, Israeli big-data connectivity company Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq:MLNX) is now hiring programmers from the Gaza strip.   | Read More...


Darkenu: keeping the dream of Israel alive

Published in Fathom, Summer 2016

Israel has a new organisation. Darkenu styles itself as the movement of Israel’s moderates. It’s leader Polly Bronstein argues that while Israel was created out of nothing, from the collective dream of a persecuted people, the country’s future is now in the balance and its future direction will be determined by the collective action of ‘moderate Israel’. ‘We are the people we have been waiting for,’ she says.   | Read More...

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Why Jewish and Arab cofounders are good for business

Published in Times of Israel on January 31, 2016.

Forsan Hussein and Ami Dror started Zaitoun Ventures a year and a half ago to back joint Jewish-Arab startups. Investors can’t get enough.

Israel’s high-tech sector is the bright spot in the country’s economy, but it isn’t very diverse. At many up-and-coming startups you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Haredi employee, or anyone over 40, or an Arab citizen of the country. Women, too, are in the distinct minority, as are Israelis who grew up with less than middle-class privilege.

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Environmental NGO unveils Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian hiking, cycling trails

Published in the Jerusalem Post  on September 4, 2015.

Providing a first time experience for nature lovers, the cross-border environmental organization EcoPeace unveiled four guided treks that each traverse Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian territory. Among the treks are two hiking trails, a bike tour and a walking trip, according to Eco- Peace, which has offices and directors in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan. Realized through special funding from the United States Agency for Development (USAID), the project has brought together tour guides, tourism experts and trails in all three places, in what EcoPeace describes as “an unprecedented collaboration for the common cause of attracting tourists to our region.”   | Read More...