This week I started my masters studied at Ben Gurion University. I will study Conflict Management and Resolution this coming year and next, all the while committed to our community's growth.
As I watch our community of peacemakers grow, I am reinforced in the belief that Midde East peace is possible. And yet we have to bring it.
This summer I made the commitment to dedicate myself over the next two years and acquire knowledge for peacemaking. I wanted to meet the other, to know Palestinians, to eat with them and share their customs. I want to speak Arabic.
I made my commitment to my friend Marc Gopin, riding with him to Washington DC from NYC on my recent fundraising trip. And then I met Scott, a protege of Marc who joined us at our first international conference: mepeace.org: Making Things Possible in Amman. Scott suggested I explore graduate study programs in Israel. And that is how I discovered the Conflict Management and Resolution program at Ben Gurion.
David Ben Gurion (pictured above), after whom the university is named, sought knowledge and know how at every turn. Sagacious, driven and brave, Ben Gurion founded the modern state of Israel. I want to see the founding of a Palestinian state in the interest of Israel, peace and security.
The Master's program I have started this week is inter-disciplinary. I like the teaching staff and enjoy my new friends at school. Of course, I organized a contact list of emails for us. I am committed to growing our community and our possibilities for peace as I study.
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