Dr. Tal Becker
Dr. Becker has been a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, senior policy advisor to Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, a lead negotiator and drafter in the Annapolis peace talks, director of the international law department at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, counsel to Israel’s UN Mission in New York, and an international law expert for the Israel Defense Forces.
He is the author of Terrorism and the State, which won the Guggenheim Prize for best international law book, and has served, among numerous positions, as the Vice-Chairman of the United Nations General Assembly’s Legal Committee, the first Israeli to hold a position of this stature in over 40 years.
Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisen
Miri Eisin began her career in the IDF as part of the Israeli intelligence community. For over twenty years she served as the head of the combat intelligence corps, the assistant to the director of Military Intelligence, and as the Intel officer in combat units and research departments. After retiring from the military, Miri was appointed as the Israeli Prime Minister’s International Advisor and played an important role in the Annapolis Conference. Currently, Miri is one of Israel’s main presenters that sheds light on regional geopolitics, security related issues in the global media, and the different narratives within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Khaled Abu Toameh
Khaled Abu Toameh was born in the West Bank city of Tulkarem to an Israeli Arab father and a Palestinian Arab mother, and grew up in the Arab-Israeli town Baqa al-Gharbiyye. He received a B.A. in English literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and currently lives in Jerusalem. Abu Toameh started working at the official Palestinian daily Al-Fajr where he eventually became one of the editors. Since 2002, Abu Toameh reports on Arab affairs for the Jerusalem Post. Since 1989 he has been a producer and consultant for NBC News and has produced several documentaries on the Palestinians for the BBC, Channel 4, Australian, Danish and 4 Swedish television. Abu Toameh has served as a lecturer with the University of Minnesota – School of Journalism and other distinguished institutes.
Professor Reuven Hazan
Professor Reuven Hazan is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His expertise centers on the historical and current analysis of democratic institutions, specifically placing Israeli democracy in perspective. Professor Hazan was closely involved in reforming Israel’s electoral system and continues to advise Israel’s leading politicians on the restructuring of its legislative branch. He collaborates with Israel’s top think tanks, serves as a consultant for several political parties, is often called upon to testify in the Israeli parliament, and has served on the Presidential Commission on the Structure of Government in Israel. He recently returned to Jerusalem from a sabbatical year as a visiting professor in the Government Department at Harvard University.
Professor Hazan is a frequent commentator on CNN, FOX, BBC, NPR and other networks, providing insight into the latest developments in Israeli politics. He has been quoted in magazines such as Time and Newsweek and in newspapers across North America from the Los Angeles Times to the Wall Street Journal.
Ali Abu Awwad
Mr. Ali Abu Awwad is a Palestinian activist and pacifist. He is the founder of Al Tariq (The Way), which teaches the principles of nonviolent resistance to Palestinian men, women, and children.
Ali is also a member of the Bereaved Families Forum, and tours the world together with Robi Damelin, a Jewish woman whose son was killed by a Palestinian sniper, to encourage dialogue and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis.
Ali’s life and work has been featured in two award-winning films, “Encounter Point” and “Forbidden Childhood”. He lives in Beit Ummar, near Hebron.
At the start of 2014, together with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and others, Awwad formed “Roots”, a group based in the West Bank area of Gush Etzion to promote dialog and eventually trust between Israelis and Palestinian as a path to peace. More recently he co-founded Tagyheer, the first Palestinian nonviolence movement.
Shaul Judelman is a Jewish Israeli, husband, father and teacher living in Gush Etzion. He has been to his share of funerals, and seeks to address the anger and fear of the local communities. “There is so much in common and to be discovered between our two peoples, and as I have started to walk across the borders I have started to see hope in the face of challenge. To start from the spiritual anchors that guide so many of our people is crucial in working towards a peace that will be genuine for those currently in conflict.” Together with Ali Abu Awwad, Shaul is involved with “Roots”, a group based in the West Bank area of Gush Etzion to promote dialog and eventually trust between Israelis and Palestinian as a path to peace.
Dr. Muhammad Shtayyah
Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh is a Minister in charge of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction, PECDAR, a member of the Palestinian Negotiations team and the Central Committee of Fateh. He has been involved in the Peace Process since 1991.