Yoa'ad Shbita
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"During summer camp I felt like I belonged in different places [as a Palestinian who lives in Israel]. I always felt part of the Palestinian group, but there were things the Jewish group said that I understood, while the Palestinian group would never be able to understand because it was only their second encounter with Jews, and their first one was with the army! How can I expect them to feel?"

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Lives in: Jaffa Was born in: Tira Year of birth: 1985 Identity: Israeli, Palestinian Type of work: Coexistence/Dialogue/Reconciliation Website: Building Bridges for Peace Works at Building Bridges for Peace, Reut-Sedaka Interviewer Nahanni Rous Date of Interview 2004

Yoa'ad Shbita has been involved in coexistence dialogue since she was in eighth grade. At the time of the interview she was living in a communal house doing community service in Jaffa with six other teenagers, Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. Yoa'ad is a counselor and facilitator at Building Bridges for Peace, a program for Israeli and Palestinian teenage girls, and a participant in the dialogue program Re'ut-Sadaka.