Tales of Imilchil

By Youba Darif, Morocco I am called Youba, a name given to me by my father, who was deeply in love with the Amazigh culture of North Africa. I Discovered the meaning of my name when his fingertips traced the papers of a history book that told the story of the great Amazighi King Youba. … Continue reading Tales of Imilchil

‘My Weekend at the YaLa Peace Conference’ by Ilan Bass from Israel

This weekend I traveled to the Dead Sea in Jordan to participate in the YaLa-Young Leaders يالا-يا قادة الشباب יאללה-מנהיגים צעירים MENA Leaders for Change 2014 peace conference. There I met some inspiring people from all over the Middle East North Africa region (including Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Sudan, Yemen … Continue reading ‘My Weekend at the YaLa Peace Conference’ by Ilan Bass from Israel

Unfair Game by Mohammed Zeidan, Palestine

The first time I saw the Yala Young Leaders Facebook page and their online university, I said to myself: “This is strange! What are these people trying to do?” Most people, on both sides of the conflict tend to think that peace and dialogue cannot happen. The circle of violence is simply going on and … Continue reading Unfair Game by Mohammed Zeidan, Palestine

What I Didn’t Find in Jordan by Ido Cohen, Israel

In 2003, Joseph C. Wilson wrote an op-ed called “what I didn’t find in Africa” about the Bush administration manipulation. He stated that the administration forged Saddam Hussein’s weapons programs to justify an invasion of Iraq. This op-ed will not be as dramatic but hopefully it will raise the same amount of questions. Take 30 Palestinians, 30 … Continue reading What I Didn’t Find in Jordan by Ido Cohen, Israel

Alternative Reality by Udi Goren, Israel

It took me a few days, but just now I’m able to process what I’ve been through this past weekend. Those were some of the most intense days of my life- emotionally, ideologically and existentially. A group of 120 young people from throughout the Middle East gathered in Jordan, all of which have one thing … Continue reading Alternative Reality by Udi Goren, Israel