The Solutions Not Sides fellowship is for Israeli and Palestinian speakers who have participated in an SNS tour and who are committed to continuing to help us push back against polarisation, anti-semitism, and islamophobia across the UK.
These outstanding leaders mentor future speakers, help us with curriculum development, lead online seminars, and help us in other valuable ways. Please contact us for further information.
Michal is 26 years old, from a city called Beer-Sheva in Southern Israel. She started volunteering in order to make Israel a better place more than three years ago. After going on a tour with SNS in February 2016 to Manchester, she became in charge of preparing new Israeli speakers for going on SNS tours. She is now doing her MA in NGO management, and with the aim being able to have the strength & knowledge to keep on bringing about a change, and hope, to more and more Israeli and Palestine citizens. She is doing everything she can to make her country a peaceful and equal place to live.
Guy is a 27-year-old algorithm designer from Israel, currently studying for his bachelor degrees in Physics & Electronic Engineering. He wants the best for Israel and keeping that in mind, he believes that a just and stable solution for the conflict must be sought for the sake of both sides. Guy has taken part in a number of joint peace programs and organisations over the years, and recognizes the growing fear and distrust as the biggest problems to solving the conflict. At the moment, he wishes for as many opportunities as possible for Israelis to meet with Palestinians face to face, believing that the secret lies in reminding both sides that it’s people, not monsters, whom they are facing on the other side of the wall.
Amal is a 28-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem. She is currently a student of the International Masters of Public Health (IMPH) program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She believes that getting to know one another is the first step towards ending the conflict, which is why she first go involved with dialogue. Although Amal accepts that dialogue alone is not enough to change the status quo, and the road to a brighter and better future for both sides is likely to be long and hard, it is still something she’d like to see. She is determined to take an active role in the fight for change, however long it takes.
Tania is 26 years old and from Tel Aviv. She joined OneVoice Israel whilst studying for her BA in Psychology and Education at Ben Gurion University, and this gave her the opportunity to partake in a dialog and activities that support the ending of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As a member of the OneVoice leadership program Tania participated in mutual meetings with Palestinians from One Voice Palestine, and attended seminars that enriched her knowledge about the conflict and ways to mediate. During the elections in 2015 Tania took part in the initiative "V15" as an activist attempting to change the Israeli political situation. She feels that the lives of both young Israelis and Palestinians are inextricable from the conflict and political situation, and this is her motivation for her peaceful activism and dialogue.
Shay joined OneVoice Israel more than four years ago, having begun his path as a peace activist during his mandatory army service in the Gaza Strip. His job required him to work as a coordinating officer between Israeli military field units and Palestinian organisations, something that made him realise that there is a partner “on the other side”. This was reinforced by his experience with OneVoice, and he takes pleasure in being able to tell sceptics in Israeli society that “there are many Palestinian peace activists!" just like him, also working for the same goal of peace. Shay has taken a leading role in many of OneVoice’s activities. He also writes a lot about the political situation, giving his many readers an optimistic point of view, even when things in the region get tough. He currently works in the Knesset, as an advisor to MK Ksenia Svetlova.
Dima grew up in the Palestinian city of Nablus. She graduated from An-Najah National University with a bachelor's degree of law and is currently a legal intern. She volunteered with "OneVoice Palestine" for four years, running campaigns, before joining "Zimam". In the past two years she has focused on advocating for civil peace and social justice for Zimam, aiming to raise awareness for the Middle-East peace process, and the challenges that Palestinians face today through speaking at universities throughout Europe. Dima has also worked closely with women and youth in refugee camps, creating better opportunities for Palestinian children in refugee camps. Recently, Dima won the Best Human Rights Report Award for Impact from the Al-Haq organization. She remains committed to enhancing dialogue, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding.
Ruth is 23 years old and currently living in the city of Jerusalem. She is a third year student at Bar-Ilan University, studying Political Science and Communication. A year ago Ruth took part in “Paths to Peace”, a program at New York University that brought Israeli and Palestinian students to live and study together. Meeting Palestinians for the first time deeply affected her and changed the way she viewed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and war as a whole. Since then she has strived to spread the message of non-violence, encouraging others to question the assumptions and narratvies they are brought up with.
Ibraheem is a 20-year-old medical student, studying in the West Bank. He was born and raised in Jerusalem in a Muslim family, attending a Christian school which taught him a great deal about tolerance, diversity and respect. In 2008, he joined the interfaith organisation “Kids4Peace” which connected Muslim, Jewish and Christian kids together to learn about their differences and similarities. He now volunteers with the same organisation as an advisor and has joined various intercultural scientific and medical project.
Avigail is 27 years old and lives in the city of Beersheba, Israel. She is a second year student at Ben Gurion University, studying Middle East Studies and Arabic Language. In 2014, Avigail took part in a program in which young Israeli and Palestinian people met in Germany for two weeks of very intensive conversations and discussions about the conflict. Over the last two years she had spent much of her time and energy in organizing activities for "Combatants for Peace," a bi-national organization of Israelis and Palestinians, which promotes non-violent struggle against the occupation.
Eran is 26 years old and lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is a second year student at Ben Gurion University, studying Ppolitical Science and Philosophy. Eran served in the Israeli army for four years as a combat soldier in the special canine unit. During his army service he participated in the security activity of Israeli forces in the West Bank and was exposed to a complicated reality there. He felt that the occupation was breeding hostility, and creating a never-ending cycle of violence and about two years ago he joined “Peace Now” - a non-governmental organisation and activist group in Israel which aims to bring about a two state solution.
Abeer is 33 and from Jerusalem. She holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Al-Quds University and joined OneVoice in 2006, consequently being one the first youth leaders trained by OneVoice Palestine. Since then, she has been an active youth leader, hosting town hall meetings in Haifa and Jerusalem, is currently organizing a Zimam chapter in Jerusalem to represent the unique position of Jerusalemite Palestinians in the conflict. Since graduating, Abeer has strengthened her commitment to social justice, working with the Italian Consortium of Solidarity, as Oxfam’s financial manager, and as the Program Manager for Elamona (Elamona for Media Research and Development) on the EU project “Partnership for Peace”. She has recently started her own business “My Pink Electronics” which offers Information Technology services for small businesses through her “PinkTeam” of ladies.
Ibrahim was born in 1991 in Bethlehem, Palestine. He studied Business Administration at the Arab American University in Jenin, and now works as an accountant in a car parts store. He was born during the chaos of the first intifada and the gulf war; and as a result he was born prematurely. Learning about his birth, and reflecting on his childhood and the daily violence and fear he saw, has motivated him to take a step toward change and become a peace activist. Through doing so he has joined a number of peace organizations such as “Seeds of Peace” and “Solutions Not Sides,” and various others that support peace and non-violence. Above all he believes violence will make the conflict worse and will ultimately solve nothing.
Seffy is 29 years old and currently lives in Jerusalem. Whilst at school he attended a Seeds of Peace Camp and was greatly moved by the experience. Age 18 he was exempted from military service and instead undertook some voluntary work alongside his studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he completed a BA in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. Several years ago he developed a passion for languages and now works as a Hebrew language teacher, teaching Palestinians, new immigrants, and Jewish youth from around the world Hebrew.
Naama grew up & lives in Ramat HaSharon, Israel. When she was 15 she went to the Seeds of Peace camp in Maine, USA. It was the first time she met anyone "from the other side.” The experience totally affected her perspective on conflict as it allowed her to develop personal relationships with the other participants. After finishing school she volunteered as a counsellor at a boarding school before beginning her army service in the IDF spokesperson unit. Since finishing her army service she has worked for an Israeli news website called "Ynet”. This year she is participating in Seeds of Peace Facilitation Course, which teaches participants to facilitate a conflict dialogue group. She is also learning spoken Arabic as she believes that in order to reach a solution Israelis and Palestinians have to be able to speak each other’s languages.
A Palestinian from Ramallah, Dawoud is a graduate of the Tel Aviv University. Dawoud has been an active member of several institutions, Palestinian and international, such as AMIDEAST, King’s College London, and Brandeis University. He has also attended a number of leadership and development summits around the world, and continues to contribute to youth development through various Palestinian and international organizations. Having obtained a series of scholarships and grants in the past four years from more than 13 different institutions around the world, Dawoud has continued to develop his political and organizational knowledge with two set goals in mind: sustaining his own self-development, and developing specific sectors within Palestine. He is currently operating as the Business Development Executive of a Palestinian software company.
Oded joined OneVoice Israel just a month after he started studying for his BA in Political Science at Ben-Gurion University. Oded felt the movement's goals and ideology fitted perfectly with his own views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and belief in a two state solution. He has a taken an active role in the organisation’s activities both nationally and regionally, and in 2015, he campaigned with other young Israelis as part of the "V15" initiative, which aimed to put an end to the political reality at the time through a change in the Israeli government. After completing his BA, he studied for an MBA in Social Leadership also at Ben-Gurion University and now works at "Debate Company", a company which teaches public speaking and inter-personal relations in schools and governmental offices.
Obada Shtaya was born and raised in Nablus, Palestine, and is the current Regional Director of the OneVoice Movement for the Mid-Atlantic region. After earning his undergraduate degree in English Literature, Obada worked in multiple management positions for non-profit and for-profit companies. In August 2015, he decided to move to the US after receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue his MS in conflict resolution. A strong believer in the important role and potential of students, Obada was one of the founders of the OneVoice on Campus fellowship program, which provides American students with an opportunity to engage in constructive activism, especially surrounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Meron was born in Strasbourg, France at the end of 1991 to Israeli parents. After living in France for a few years, his family returned to Israel and settled in Jerusalem where Meron grew up. After finishing high school, he decided he did not want complete his army service immediately, and instead did an 18 month pre-military program as a tour guide. In between his time as a tour guide and his army service, Meron participated in an international exchange program, something in retrospect he thinks changed his outlook considerably. During his army service he served in the Special Forces of the Golani Brigade, primarily on the border with Syria, and saw first-hand the horrors of the Syrian civil war. At the moment he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and is involved with coexistence programs there, through Kids4Peace and other projects, as well as studying Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University.
Tal, former Executive Director of OneVoice Israel, is currently studying for his PhD in sociology, and holds an MA in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Philosophy and Politics from the Open University. He is now working to set up a branch of OneVoice in Germany. As Executive Director of OneVoice Israel, Tal expanded the Youth Leadership Programme in partnership with the National Union of Israeli Students, which he served on the board of. Tal has led several nation-wide media campaigns, and co-launched of the first-ever Caucus for the Two-State Solution in the Knesset (now the Caucus for Ending the Israeli-Arab Conflict) which engages more than 40 Members of Knesset across several factions. In 2012, Tal was elected as a member of the Steering Committee for the Israeli Peace NGOs Forum. He regularly participates in international conferences, panel debates and assemblies at the UN, and in the UK & Israel. Since July 2016 Tal has returned to Israel and works as the spokesperson and legislative advisor for former Defense Minister, MK Amir Peretz.
Omri is 28 years old. He studies for MA in Law and Philosophy in Tel Aviv University, and works in a small Hi-tech company in Tel Aviv, where he also lives. After serving in the army for almost seven years, he continues to serve his country by volunteering in different organizations that focus on promoting just government and a peaceful solution to the conflict, through getting people more engaged in political activity. He believes that the solution to the conflict depends on inspiring hope and bringing as many people on both sides to be active and work together.
Gilad is 27 years old and lives in Jerusalem. He studies political science and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The complexities of Jerusalem, and constant presence of friction in it, are what made him feel compelled to be involved in the hard work being done for the purpose of bringing peace. Today Gilad is vice-chair of Meretz Students, the student division of Meretz, the Israeli left-wing party. He is also a staff member of Kids4Peace, a grassroot interfaith organization, focused on building a peace community in Jerusalem. “One day occupation will end with it peace will come. Everyday I wake up and ask myself - is today the day?”
Ibrahim is a 24-year-old Palestinian who was born and raised in Jerusalem. Ever since he opened his eyes to the world he had a dream of becoming a Doctor. His passion for helping others and relieving the pains of those who suffer did not only include medicine, but also taking the role of a peace advocate in his region. Seeds Of Peace was a mind-opening experience for him in which he discovered the true strength of conversation and the power of communication. It was his alma mater on which he continued his work in peace projects across the globe and various international grassroots conferences in the States, Europe and Asia. Living abroad for 6 years in Budapest also gained him immense experience with different cultures and people with various backgrounds. His vision is to work in Israeli hospitals as a Palestinian doctor to help build bridges across the borders and also break the stereotypes, hoping for a brighter future especially in a place where people come to heal.
Mahmood received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Al Balqa’ Applied University in Jordan in 2013, and recently received his M.Sc in Hydrology and Water Quality from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. For the past few years, Mahmood has worked with experts from Israel, Palestine, and Jordan on a project funded by the Middle East Regional Cooperation (USAID-MERC) in partnership with the Arava Institute for Environmental studies (AIES) aimed to install biogas digesters in Bedouin villages in Israel and Palestine to address the need for new, sustainable fuel sources. These systems convert organic waste into renewable fuel, making sustainable practices easily accessible for community members. Mahmood also is a co-founder of a start-up company known as "Leaves of Canaan" aiming to empower Arab women through creating job opportunities for women in Israel and Palestine, this enterprise supports the harvesting and production of herbs in local farms and make it available for for consumers in the USA, Europe and world wide countries. In September 2017, Mahmood has started his working towards a PhD degree in environmental sciences in University of Szeged, Hungary and he's been living there since then.
Shaked Hasson is a 28-year-old Israeli activist from Tel Aviv, who was, until recently, an adviser to the opposition whip, MK Merav Michaeli from the Labour party.
A student of Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at the Open University of Israel, Shaked is also the Leader of Young Labour’s Tel Aviv branch. During 2015, she lived in Burundi for a year, working on establishing a project to empower women in the local area.