Sami Awad

Residence
Bethlehem
Place of birth
United States
Year of Birth
1971
Profession
Executive Director
Organization
Holy Land Trust
Identity
Palestinian
Languages spoken
Arabic, English
Date of Interview
05/2007

Interviewer
Joline Makhlouf and Rula Salameh

"We can't wait for someone to come and liberate us or give us a state; we need to fight to achieve such things. The method we use is nonviolence, because nonviolence is not only a means of resistance, but of individual empowerment and thus the empowerment of society to take initiative."

Inspired by his uncle Mubarak Awad's leadership in Palestinian nonviolent resistance, Sami Awad founded the Holy Land Trust in 1998 to promote Palestinian nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation. Holy Land Trust initiatives include training workshops, participation in local nonviolent campaigns, and seeking increased media coverage for nonviolent resistance. Holy Land Trust also runs summer programs in which internationals live with host families in Bethlehem, study Arabic and volunteer with Palestinian organizations.