Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Interns Tell a "New Story"

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Interns Tell a "New Story"

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Five Israeli and five Palestinian young people participated in New Story Leadership for the Middle East (NSL)'s pioneer project this past summer. For six weeks, groups of two interns, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, lived together and worked in offices in Washington, DC (including the Washington Report's). NSL's fledgling operation is an offshoot of a group that brought together Protestant and Catholic youths during the conflict in Northern Ireland, as well as young South Africans. Supporters wanted to see whether the idea of pairing youths from opposing sides could be replicated.

The internship program got some good publicity: Glenn Kessler's article, "Program joins Palestinians and Israelis as interns in the District," appeared in the Aug. 12 Washington Post. He interviewed Mariam Ashour, a 20-year-old Gazan who interned at Americans for Peace Now, and Noam Rabinovich, a 26-year-old Israeli who had spent nearly three years in the Israel Defense Forces, and who interned at the American Task Force on Palestine. On the local Fox 5 News station, Tony Perkins interviewed Palestinian Hanan Abushanab, 20, and Israeli Liel Maghen, 25.

Maghen, who attends Ben-Gurion University, roomed with Washington Report intern Jacoub Sleibi, 22, who "came from the Little town of Bethlehem" and is a computer science and business administration major at Bethlehem University in Palestine. Sleibi produced a YouTube video about the Washington Report, met foreign policy experts, photographed panel discussions and conducted research-as well as performing typical internship duties like stuffing renewal notices and helping staff our bookstore, full of Palestinian handicrafts, olive oil and pottery.

Sleibi kept saying that before his visit he'd had no idea how many Americans really cared about peace in his homeland. At an office lunch after he returned from a weekend trip to New York City, Sleibi marveled, "I traveled to New York five hours back and forth by the bus and I wasn't stopped at a single checkpoint, I even didn't see any checkpoints. I even didn't see any walls that separate people from each other."

Ala' Sharif, who will also be a senior at Bethlehem University this fall, and Sleibi's roommate Maghen came to watch their friend introduce Palestinian Ambassador Afif Safieh at his July 8 book launch for The Peace Process: From Breakthrough to Breakdown at the Jerusalem Fund. …

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