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Help educate the public & give emerging Palestinian leaders a voice thru these video profiles that showcase their talents and dreams.
Help educate the public & give emerging Palestinian leaders a voice thru these video profiles that showcase their talents and dreams.
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One of the most common questions Keren and Pam hear at speaking engagements upon returning from their repeated trips to the Occupied Palestinian Territories is "where  is the "Palestinian Gandhi"? In other words, if Palestinians just tried renouncing violence, the Israeli occupation would soon (and peacefully) come to an end. 

But there are many 'Palestinian Gandhis'! They just need a platform

What is tragic is that there are many Palestinians -- young and old; male and female; Muslim and Christian; from all political points of view -- who peacefully advocate for change every day. They are unsung heroes who resist occupation and strengthen their society by marching...investigating...speaking out...painting...dancing...writing...and so much more. However, their stories and their work aren't given a platform beyond their borders. The video above was shot by Pam earlier this year when she lived in Gaza for three months, documenting the Palestinians' reactions when shown evidence of the widespread perception that nonviolent advocacy for change is alien to their culture.

How do we plan to help? 

Keren and Pam intend to help change the current discourse by giving these everyday heroes a platform. We will produce a series of video vignettes of these non-violent leaders -- one-on-one interviews interspersed with footage of them in action -- in Gaza (already complete), the West Bank/East Jerusalem, Israel (20% of Israeli citizens are Palestinian!) and Lebanon. The vignettes will be posted on a special You Tube channel and on a custom website linked to numerous others, and featured in speaking engagements at conferences and other venues. A DVD  will be produced for broad distribution, and -- with continued support and funding -- this initial footage could be the foundation for a documentary film.

Because we are passionate about the need for this education, the Gaza work has already been funded by an investment from Pam and some early donors. However, we need your help to include the stories from the remaining territories and refugee camps, as well as to obtain exposure far and wide for these talented but struggling change agents. Your money will allow us to travel back to the region; hire a local cameraman, editor and translator; find these unsung heroes; and capture their stories to share with others.

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    Your name will be listed on the project website as a supporter (categorized by level of giving), so that the entire community of Palestinians will see that you want their voice to be heard. [Note: You may also remain anonymous if you prefer. We will ask you in advance.]

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    You will be credited on the website and receive a free copy of the launch DVD, containing the video vignettes, before they are posted on the website. You are free to use the DVD for home and community showings.

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    You will get, along with the website credit and DVD, a keffiyeh -- the scarf that symbolizes Palestinian pride and solidarity -- made in the last factory remaining in Palestine (in the ancient city of Hebron).

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    The rewards above will be supplemented by a personally autographed copy of the 2011 release of "Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment" -- written by one of our Palestinian Gandhis, Mazin Qumsiyeh of Bethlehem.

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    In addition to the other rewards above, you will receive a glossy, one-of-a-kind poster (designed just for this project) featuring the graffiti of Gaza -- the wall art through which many artists express their hopes and fears.

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    In addition to the rewards above, we will plant an olive tree in your name in a West Bank village where settlers have destroyed the orchards, and send a picture back to you of the new tree, signed (with a message) by its owners. If you desire, the new owners of the young olive tree can become your penpal -- and your host on your own trip to Palestine!

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