Ali Abu Awwad
Activist and founder of Al Tareek (The Way)
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"I didn't know what to do with the pain and there wasn't an outlet for the grief. The Forum is a means of helping yourself in addition to being a means of resistance. It is a different kind of revolution for my people. This is how I view it. You are eventually drawn into this and begin to believe in the principles of what you do. I now feel that I have the capacity to face anybody in any discussion, regardless of his rhetorical abilities. I now believe this is the way to establish our rights."

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Lives in: Beit Ummar Was born in: Halhoul, Hebron Year of birth: 1972 Identity: Muslim, Palestinian, West Bank/Gaza/E. Jerusalem Type of work: Coexistence/Dialogue/Reconciliation Nonviolent Direct Action Website: Bereaved Families Forum Works at Bereaved Families Forum, Al Tareek (The Way) Interviewer Joline Makhlouf Date of Interview 2005

Ali Abu Awwad grew up in a politically active family and was active in resisting the Israeli occupation during the first intifada. He was arrested for his resistance activities, which included throwing stones, participating in demonstrations and being a member of a political party, Fatah. He was sentenced to ten years in Israeli prison, however he was released after four years after the signing of the Oslo accords. During the second intifada, Ali was shot in the leg by an Israeli settler and went to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. While there, he received the news that his brother had been shot and killed by an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint at the entrance to their village. Ali and other members of his family later joined the Bereaved Families Forum where they are active in spreading a message of reconciliation and non-violence to Palestinians and Israelis. Ali Abu Awwad is featured in Just Vision's documentary film, Encounter Point; to view one of his scenes click here.

Online articles

No More Taking Sides, Audio interview with Ali Abu Awwad and Robi Damelin, on PRI's Speaking of Faith. February 14, 2008

She's Israeli, he's an Arab. War has made them like mother and son, by Sarfraz Manzoor, The Guardian, May 10, 2009

Ali Abu Awwad, Palestine, Creating social change through non-violent practice, Synergos

Ali Abu Awwad and Robi Damelin Speak at Pangea Day, August 15, 2008

Video of Ali Abu Awwad Preparing for the Sulha, Peace TV1

A War with No Weapons (Translated from the Hebrew), Nahum Barnea, Yediot Aharonot