Moriya Rosenberg » Chief Editor » Israel

Moriya Rosenberg is an artist, educator peace activist, co-founder of the Center for Compassionate Mindful Education in Tel-Aviv. She specializes in combining corporeal and contemplative arts as platforms for individual empowerment and cultivation of pro-social attitudes. Moriya was a finalist in the first semester of YaLa’s Citizen Journalism course in 2014, and has been an active alumna since. Through her writing Moriya aims to inspire hope and action in young citizens, by shedding light on peace-builders who are already creating change in their communities. 





Maroi Ech-Charkaouy » Co-editor » Morocco

Maroi joined the YaLa Academy program in order to make a difference in the region by sharing real life stories from her community. She was a finalist in the first Citizen Journalism program in 2014 and has been an active alumna, student coordinator and leader of YaLa’s Moroccan chapter.







Mohamed Salih Abubakr » Co-editor » Sudan/U.S.

Mohamed Abubakr is a Sudanese human rights activist and peacemaker, based in Washington DC. Originally from Sudan, since his high-school years Mohamed has founded and led organizations and initiatives since focused on humanitarian, human rights, youth empowerment and peace programs across the Middle East and Africa including in Darfur, South Sudan, Sudan, Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Territories and beyond. Mohamed has also documented, reported and mobilized against human rights abuses across MEA, and since arriving in the United States has become a sought after voice at the State Department and in Congress concerning policy and human rights issues in the region. Mohamed was a finalist in both of YaLa’s inaugural MENA Leaders for Change & Citizen Journalism programs, and has been an active alumna since.




Angy Shavit » Co-editor » Israel/U.S.


My name is Angy Shavit, I was born and raised in New York and moved to Israel four years ago, today I work at a hi-tech company. I currently am studying my first degree in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy with a specialization in Middle East Studies and Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Strategies. I hope that in the future, with the help of my first and second degree’s, I will be able to take part in promoting peace in the region and create bridges that will help unite all nations in the area. I believe that the best way to reach peace is to promote it through words and that is why I take part in YaLa! Just a simple girl looking for some peace in the Middle East… Join me in the revolution! 🙂




Sarah Perle Benazera » Former Chief Editor » Israel

Sarah Perle Benazera is a peace-activist, storyteller and educator, with over 10 years of experience in peace-building and inter-cultural dialogue. Sarah was the former project director at YaLa Young Leaders, and part of the team that designed the original YaLa Citizen Journalism program. She has been the editor of YaLa’s blog platform since 2013. “I believe stories can help bringing people together and build bridges when fear build walls.”