Dimitri Diliani
Head of the Palestinian National Christian Coalition
"I want a country that will be able to contribute to humanity in general and to the well-being of its citizens in particular. This is what I care about. I'm not losing sleep over the Zionist dream. On the contrary, as a Palestinian, I have suffered because of the Zionist dream. But the situation that we are living in today forces me to think with my mind and not with my emotions. And this is what brings me to the goal of two states for two peoples."


Lives in: Jerusalem Was born in: Jerusalem Year of birth: 1973 Identity: Christian, Palestinian, West Bank/Gaza/E. Jerusalem Type of work: Grassroots Political Mobilization Website: People's Campaign for Peace and Democracy Works at People's Campaign for Peace and Democracy Interviewer Joline Makhlouf Date of Interview 2004

With the People's Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Dimitri Diliani is involved in gathering over 400,000 (and growing) signatures of Palestinians and Israelis who support a set of principles for peace drafted by Sari Nusseibeh and Ami Ayalon. Dimitri is also the assistant of Dr. Nusseibeh, the president of Al Quds University and an outspoken peace advocate. Dimitri lives in Jerusalem and his family originally comes from the West part of the city. As a teenager, Dimitri participated in non-violent protest during the intifada that began in 1987. He finished his higher education in the United States.