George Sa'adeh

Residence
Bethlehem
Place of birth
Bethlehem
Year of Birth
1962
Profession
High School Principal
Organization
Bereaved Families Forum
Identity
Palestinian
Languages spoken
Arabic, English
Date of Interview
03/2005

Interviewer
Joline Makhlouf

"The hardest part was to meet with people from the other side despite all the pain they caused us. It was difficult to clear our hearts of hatred, have a clear conscience and face the other side with forgiveness. It isn't easy to control ourselves; this requires strong determination, deep belief and a high level of forgiveness."

Three years ago in Bethlehem, George Sa'adeh, his wife Najwa and their two daughters were driving home from the supermarket. Israeli soldiers opened fire on their car, killing twelve-year-old Christine. Less than a year later, George joined hundreds of other Palestinian and Israeli families in the Bereaved Families Forum who work together for reconciliation and against violence and occupation. He is a school principal in Beit Sahour and recently became the deputy mayor of Bethlehem. George Sa'adeh is featured in Just Vision's documentary film, Encounter Point; to view one of his scenes, please press here.