‘Hugs and Hummus’ by Gal Hacohen from Israel

I had always dreamed of seeing Jordan. I just got back from Jordan, but I didn’t really see it.  What I saw was a dream. I didn’t see Jordan because I spent 3 days in a mini utopia; somewhere on middle ground where I could finally enjoy the company of my geographical neighbors, and participate … Continue reading ‘Hugs and Hummus’ by Gal Hacohen from Israel

‘From a Seed to a Fruit’ by Shadi Salameh from Palestine

I spent five months studying and interacting with the YaLa team through courses online, talking to countless youth throughout the MENA region. We discussed political and social issues, and receiving the invitation to participate in their conference was the best thing that happened to me in 2014. But as we got closer to the event, … Continue reading ‘From a Seed to a Fruit’ by Shadi Salameh from Palestine

‘What the YaLa Conference Taught Me’ by Uri Savir from Israel

I thought I knew it all. I had been to numerous and important peace conferences and gatherings: the signing of the Oslo Accords in September 1993; thereafter the international donor conference for the establishment of a new Palestinian Authority with Clinton, Arafat and Peres; and in the following years, the Casablanca and Amman conferences on … Continue reading ‘What the YaLa Conference Taught Me’ by Uri Savir from 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