Category: Middle East

West Bank Story

In 2005 a short film debuted taking one of the hottest conflicts in the world and bringing a message of peace and hope through a musical comedy. The plan for West Bank Story as a take-off of the classic musical “West Side Story” sounds like a recipe for disaster. Two competing falafel stands, Kosher King… Read more »

Ouided Bouchamaoui

Tunisia was where the Arab Spring was launched, and it has been the one place where the dreams of that uprising have been most stablized and lasting.  A big part of such a positive outcome has been the leadership of the civil society in Tunisia, including that of Ouided Bouchamaoui (sometimes her first name is… Read more »

Mohammed Dajani Daoudi

Mohammed Dajani Daoudi is a Palestinian professor who has been a voice for reconciliation and peace amid one of the most contentious conflicts on the planet.  He founded and chairs an organization called Wasatia with goals that show the breadth of his vision:  to end the Israeli occupation through negotiated means, to help Palestinians understand… Read more »

Jec Dan Borlado

There are many peacemaking musicians who haven’t gained fame and fortune as entertainers but who have poured the passions into song.  Their music is often the heartbeat of grassroots movements for justice, peace, and human rights.  One such activist musician is Jec Dan Borlado from the Philippines, and one of our Peace Warriors. In 2012… Read more »

Abdalla Al Omari–Leaders as Refugees

Syrian artist Abdalla Al Omari was angry about the pain of his people and the distance and hard-heartedness of world leaders to the plight of those who were vulnerable.  He turned his anger into a positive energy to transform perspectives through art.  He painted the faces of world leaders and people in privilege and power… Read more »