Michal Zak

Residence
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam
Place of birth
Jerusalem
Year of Birth
1959
Profession
Political Educator
Organization
The School for Peace
Identity
Israeli Jewish woman of mixed western and eastern backround, non-Zionist, educator
Languages spoken
Hebrew, English
Date of Interview
05/2004

Interviewer
Nahanni Rous

"[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."

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.