Keynote: Harriet Fulbright, Vice Chair of the Global Campaign for Middle East Peace and founder of the Fulbright scholarship program.
The OneVoice International Education Program Tour is coming to the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law on September 21st. Israeli and Palestinian youth leaders will discuss the United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood, regional unrest, and the potential impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
This is part of a series of events taking place September 16-23 highlighting Israeli and Palestinian youth leaders. These two representatives will provide an insider’s perspective on the political atmosphere and the daily lives of their fellow citizens in the midst of rising tensions.
OneVoice activists Eyal Shapira and Obada Shtaya will engage everyone from students, to dignitaries, to politicians, sharing their stories and opening Washington’s ears to a new constituency: the "silent majority” of Israelis and Palestinians who call for a two-state solution.
Eyal, 25, was born and raised in Jerusalem, a place defined by its position as a key final status issue in the conflict. Refusing to shy away from difficult conversations, Eyal constantly mobilizes his fellow activists to take to the streets of Jerusalem, educating people and getting them interested in OneVoice and its mission.
Obada, 20, considers freedom of movement to be a fundamental right of all Palestinians. His father, accused of being a member of Hamas, was restricted in his travels for nearly two decades and arrested several times. These experiences sealed Obada’s passion for travel and politics.
OneVoice’s International Education Program (IEP), based in New York, connects the movement’s youth network to American college students and community members who have an interest in the conflict. More than 16,000 students have attended OneVoice regional tour events on over 100 U.S. college campuses. Watch OneVoice and founder Daniel Lubetzky on PBS NewsHour.
OneVoice’s CEO, Howard Sumka, a 25-year veteran of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will also join the tour to provide analytical insights gleaned through his work with Israeli and Palestinian leadership. Dr. Sumka brings to the table four years of experience as the director of USAID’s mission in the West Bank and Gaza. Watch Dr. Sumka on VOA Middle East Newsmaker.
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