Meet Palestinian Peace Activist and Nobel Prize Nominee
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Congregation Shomrei Torah invites you to meet Sulaiman Khatib, a Palestinian peace activist Rabbi Stephanie Kramer met while visiting the West Bank, Israel. Sulaiman has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and will share his remarkable story.
At the age of 14, Sulaiman was sentenced to 15 years in Israeli prison. During this time, he educated himself in Israel/Palestinian history, Hebrew, English and various other world conflicts, as well as peace activists such as Ghandi and Mandela. He acquired his entire education and worldview while in jail. This is when he started to have new thoughts about the conflict and the means for resolving it. As a result, he is a committed advocate for peace in the Middle East and an active member of various programs aiming to promote a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict within local communities, as well as on a regional and international level.
Sulaiman was born in Hizmeh/Jerusalem and lives in Ramallah. He is an elected member of the Peace NGO’s Forum and he is co-founder and former co-director of Combatants for Peace, a non-profit Israeli/Palestinian peace building organization located in Ramallah and Tel Aviv. Combatants for Peace are ex-Israeli soldiers and ex-Palestinian prisoners that decided to join hands to solve conflict through non-violent means. The founder and General Director of Al-Qud’s Association for Democracy and Dialogue, since 2005, Sulaiman has been working with Palestinian youth to create effective and sustainable projects and programs focusing on the promotion of peace, democracy, dialogue and civic participation in the Palestinian Territories.