Finding Another Side to the Story and Taking Action, Delegate turned trip leader Mark Braverman's journey

Eyewitness Palestine delegates are often told, “This trip will change your life.”  For Mark Braverman, that’s an understatement.  His first delegation in 2006 led him, a Jewish psychologist, to a new career advocating for Palestinian justice, mainly among Christians.    

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"Nothing Like Being There", 2016 Delegate David Kerr Wrestles with Hope and Hopelessness on Recent Delegation

Before traveling to Palestine/Israel, David thought he had a grasp of the situation. “It turns out that there is nothing like being there and realizing that you are actually clueless, and will likely never understand what it’s like to live in that life,” he says. 

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New Levels of Understanding Delegate Trina Jackson's Emotional and Political Connections on the Delegation

As a longtime social justice activist, Trina Jackson was aware of the Israel-Palestine conflict and its intersections with race and oppression in America. “Palestine is a big part of our global analysis of linked struggle,” she said.  But “I felt compelled to learn for myself.”  So she joined the 2014 African Heritage delegation. 

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Laila Liddy Returns Home on Delegation, Born in Ramallah, Returns Years Later with Eyewitness Palestine

Laila Liddy’s first Eyewitness Palestine delegation to Palestine/Israel in summer 2007 was a trip home. Laila was born in Ramallah and had family in Jerusalem and Jericho. When she was eight years old, her mother died. Laila and her three siblings moved to Alabama and were raised in an open adoption by family friends. 

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Eyewitness Palestine Delegations Inspire Bill Plitt to Deeper Understanding and New Activism | Visit Prompts Creation of Friends of Tent of Nations

Bill Plitt had lived a fulsome, varied, intentional, service-oriented life as a teacher, education consultant, master teacher and administrator. So when a friend told him that the Eyewitness Palestine delegation he’d just signed up for would change his life, Bill was skeptical. It was unlike Bill’s kind, open-minded nature to express cynicism but, to himself, he thought, “Not at my age.” 
 

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"A Piece of You is Just There with Them", 2007 Delegates Tireless in Pursuit for Justice

For years, they actively worked for peace and justice. They were aware of the misinformation put out by AIPAC and some Israel lobby groups. They knew about Rachel Corrie. They thought they understood the Palestine/Israel conflict. And, to a great extent, they did.

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Not Defined by Despair | 2009 Eyewitness Palestine Delegate Kate Gould Works to Influence US Policy in the Middle East

Kate Gould, legislative associate for Middle East Policy at Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), brings a steadfast, inclusive and focused voice to discourse around Middle East policy. Under relentless questioning by Fox News television host Bill O’Reilly about her vision for a political solution to the Islamic State incursion, Kate held her own.

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"Palestinian liberation as we work towards our own" - 2013 Eyewitness Palestine Delegate Kristian Davis Bailey Co-Authors Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine

Organizer and freelance writer Kristian Davis Bailey was outraged by Israel’s invasion of Gaza in July 2014 that resulted in 2,139 Palestinians deaths, including 490 children. Six thousand miles away that same summer, riots raged in Ferguson, MO, over the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. 

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