Living and thriving in a situation of ongoing occupation, as is happening in Palestine, is a daily struggle. We at PAX support our strong network of Palestinian and Israeli activists and organizations in promoting human security and equality in the political, cultural and social domain, and in fighting the injustices resulting from the protracted occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
We also contribute to networks and initiatives that counter the fragmentation of the Palestinian community by building on inclusive communities. One of the organizations behind the initiatives is MEND. Since 1988, MEND has been pioneering awareness about the power of non-violence. They believe that this is the only way to bring about positive change in the area. Together with PAX, MEND has set up a participatory video project with female youth from the Shu’fat refugee camp, aimed at raising awareness about the importance of mental health issues and the need to remove the stigma around it. This project is one of many. MEND has implemented more than 40 projects, dealing with countless other difficult topics.
During this webinar, PAX’er Thomas van Gool and MEND activist Lucy Nusseibeh will tell us more about the current situation in Palestine and how activism such as the initiatives led by MEND will contribute to positive change in the region.
About the speakers
- Thomas followed a master’s degree in Middle East politics. He lived in the Middle East for a number of years including six months in Egypt and two years in Palestine where he worked for a local NGO. Since the beginning of 2019, Thomas has been working on the Middle East program of PAX where he is involved in the Israel-Palestine program. Art and culture in relation to identity, as well as how to support young people who are actively committed to their community are Thomas’s main areas of interest.
- Lucy is the founder and chairperson of Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND – www.mendonline.org) in East Jerusalem, focusing on media and education and pioneering approaches to the promotion of awareness about the power of nonviolence. Besides being a long term partner of PAX, she is also the Chair of the GPPAC improving Practice Working Group, as well as a Gender Focal Point and a member of their Global Strategy Group. Furthermore, she is the Chair of the Nonviolent Peaceforce (Geneva). She formerly taught in the Cultural Studies Department at Bir Zeit University and was head of the Institute of Modern Media at Al-Quds University. She was educated at Oxford and Harvard and also spent a year as a senior research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in their Women and Public Policy Programme.