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My personal story:
Growing up in the last days of the Cold War, I worried about nuclear annihilation. In elementary school, we actually watched a movie about people trying to survive after a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. Who are those people on "the other side," I wondered. Much later, when I was finishing my Ph.D. dissertation in history, I moved to Yerevan, Armenia---on the other side of what used to be the "Iron Curtain." I went hiking every Sunday with good friends who had once been my "enemies." Meanwhile, I worked with university students from across the Caucasus--Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Georgians--who were living in the post-Soviet conflict. I became engaged with the challenge of bringing together people from different "sides." I became fascinated with the challenge of encouraging dialogue and learning, the challenge of turning the "enemy" into a person with hopes, fears, needs, rights, and loves that deserve recognition. The dynamics in the Caucasus reminded me of my previous experiences with the Arab-Israeli conflict, which has always been close to my heart. While outside of the Pantomime Theatre, just weeks before moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts, I met a couple who told me about Seeds of Peace.

After 9/11 what I was learning in the Caucasus hit closer to home. From 2002-2005, I was a Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University. I looked for how to combine thought and practice--how to apply the ideas that I was learning and teaching. I started working at the Seeds of Peace Camp during the summer. I worked with the "Delegation Leaders"--educators from conflict regions (Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Cyprus, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia and the United States). In order to learn more about my new work, I became a Fellow at the Harvard School of Education. In 2006, I became the Director of the Delegation Leaders Program at Seeds of Peace and moved to Jerusalem. . . . . .
Why I want peace:
I have dinner in Hebron with Palestinian friends. I have dinner in Tel Aviv with Israeli friends. I have wonderful memories of time together with people who are supposed to hate one another. Life is short and precious. We can do better.

I believe that we--human beings--are in a race against ourselves. We have an increasing capacity for destruction. If we don't figure out better ways to live together--we stand a good change of destroying ourselves. The conflicts are hotter in some places than in others. But these conflicts are global: they effect all of us, even those of us who feel far away are not as far as they think.

The eyes of so many are on what happens in the Holy Land. I work for peace here for two reasons. First, like many, I feel a special attachment to this place. Second, if we can figure out non-violent ways to deal with the conflicts here, such an accomplishment--such a "teaching moment"--would overflow all boundaries.
Interests and activities:
The theory and practice of peace-building, social movements and social change. The "uses" of history. The range of human possibility. The tension between "modernity" and "tradition." The possibilities for "autonomy," for "democracy." Mountains. Cities. Walking in cities and in mountains. Working in coffee shops. Time with good people. Family and friends. Good food; good music. Learning. Traveling. Staying in one place.
Something you didn't know about me:
I feel so good after a swim. Lately, I've been swimming five times a week.
Favorite website:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzw6GiqZyD0
How I found mepeace.org:
I've known about mepeace for a whie; meeting Eyal and Walid at a recent IPRCI workshop inspired me to join
What I want to achieve here:
I hope to find allies and colleagues and friends to work with, to build a cross-border network of educators and citizens working for dialogue, cross-cultural understanding, leadership, civic engagement and the peaceful resolution of conflict. . . . .
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Peace Education Resources: The Olive Branch Teacher's Guides

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:56am 2 Comments

Over the last years, I've worked with Seeds of Peace Educators--Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, Egyptians, Indians, Pakistanis, Afghanis, and Americans-- to collect peace education resources: tools, best practices, curriculum, and reflections on the work that we do.



So far, we've published four issues of The Olive Branch Teacher's Guides. Please take a look. Please use these resources and send them to friends and colleagues who might also find them useful (we have hard copies,… Continue

Gaza Needs a Peace Stimulus: History Shows the Power of People-to-People Contact

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:28am 0 Comments

Here's something that my friend Aaron and I wrote in Jerusalem coffee shops back in January 2009, during those terrible and surreal days of the Gaza War.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2009/0114/p09s02-coop.html

The Sorrow and Hope of Abraham: Public Memory and Conflict in the Holy Land

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:30am 0 Comments

I often think about how much influence the past has on the present and the future. The past is everywhere in the Holy Land. Here's a short piece, published in March 2010, on the importance of working with the past to build a better future. …



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Obama: Community Organizer and Chief (recommendations for making peace)

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:00am 0 Comments

http://www.alarabiya.net/views/2009/10/20/88703.html

Here's an article I wrote late in 2009. As I read the latest news about Jerusalem, the stalled peace process, and the fall-out surrounding Biden's recent visit, I think of what I wrote here. I think it is relevant, still. . . . .

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At 8:13pm on September 17, 2016, Eyal Raviv said…
Happy Birthday Daniel!
At 1:51am on March 31, 2010, Hagay said…

At 9:07pm on March 15, 2010, Narine Melikyan said…
Glad to meet you here also, Daniel!
Thank you for finding me. Wecome on mepeace
have a nice one always :)
best
Narine
At 3:05pm on March 15, 2010, Waleed Hammad said…
Hello, Daniel. Thanks for joining our website. The peace makers community welcome you here. Enjoy!
At 10:43am on March 15, 2010, Oliver Haack said…
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At 10:42am on March 15, 2010, fesalk411 said…
A True Story By Faisal Al-kateep
I am a Palestinian Arab from Hizmeh, a village between Jerusalem and Ramallah. When I was 15 years old I fought against the Israeli Occupation in search of freedom. At that time I thought every Jewish person, whether soldier or citizen, man or woman, young or old, should be killed. I rejected the right for any Jew to live and every Jew was a target. I was just a kid, believe me, and I didn’t understand anything about politics or the Arab-Israeli conflict. I was arrested and sat in jail for 12 years. This was during the first intifada from 1987. At that time nobody talked about peace but only of violence. I matured during my time in jail. I started studying and reading books on politics, literature, poetry, and about the Madrid Conference.

It gave me hope to live in peace and dignity. I learned that violence only breeds violence and that peace is the only solution for the two nations, the only way for both to have a respectful and beautiful future. We live on the same land. We are neighbors. We drink the same water and both pray to a monotheistic God. We must live in peace on the basis of religion for God and land for everyone.
At 10:40am on March 15, 2010, fesalk411 said…
Peace to you and peace to you and peace to all the sons of your family and peace for all of us
I am Faisal from Palestine
Happy day
 
 
 

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