Michal Zak
Political Educator
"[My work] is not going to stop the bulldozers. It won't do that. But I researched the roots of the change in South Africa, and from a few articles I read [about the transition to democracy], I realized there were always groups that engaged in dialogue and cooperation, and white people who joined in the black people's struggle... And in that sense, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, actions are meaningful."


Lives in: Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam Was born in: Jerusalem Year of birth: 1959 Identity: Israeli, Jewish Type of work: Coexistence/Dialogue/Reconciliation Education Website: School for Peace Works at The School for Peace Interviewer Nahanni Rous Date of Interview 2004

Michal Zak heads the facilitation training program at the School for Peace, a conflict resolution program in the unique mixed Palestinian and Jewish village of Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam [Oasis of Peace] in Israel. With other members of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, she is also involved in providing medical aid and supplies to nearby Palestinian villages. Michal has lived and worked in this intentional community since the early 1980s.