AZIZ ABU SARAH: A radical Palestinian peace broker on how to solve wicked conflicts
How to find peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in one podcast episode? Ha! You 210% can’t. But if there is someone who can provide a vision for it, it’s Palestinian peace broker Aziz Abu Sarah. Aziz grew up in East Jerusalem and lost a brother to the conflict when he was nine when the Israeli military stormed his home in the middle of the night. At 18, however, he turned his hatred around and today Aziz is one of the world's most powerful and connected peacebuilders and cultural educators.
He’s a National Geographic Explorer and Ted Fellow and has founded and led countless global conflict resolution organisations including Bereaved Families Forum and the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University and co-founded (with an American Israeli-Jew) the first dual narrative tour company (led by a guide from each “side”). We recorded this episode in Tel Aviv a few days before the recent Israeli election and we cover boycotts, Jerusalem (capital or not) and two wild strategies that *actually* work for most conflicts. Added bonus: Our chat cuts to the very heart of what it means to be human.
Aziz’s dual narrative tour business is Mejdi Tours and he ran this tour with Impact Safari
He’s also written a book that shows how to travel as a force for peace
I ran a bunch of other interviews with peacebuilders while I was there, which you can find on my substack
And here are the organisations employing the dual narrative approach that I promised to list:
Combatants for Peace
Bereaved Families Forum
Hands of Peace
Healing Across the Divides
Creativity for Peace
Tech for Peace
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