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Webinar 8: Living Nonviolence: Becoming a Combatant for Peace
Osama Elewat, Board Member, Combatants for Peace
in conversation with
Michael Soberman, Senior Educational Consultant, The iCenter for Israel Education

Jan 5, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Osama Elewat
Board Member @Combatants for Peace
Osama was born in Jerusalem but moved with his family at age 10 to Jericho. After encountering the Israeli army several times on his way to school, he decided to join the violent resistance. He began throwing stones, creating Molotov cocktails, and tagging walls with graffiti. At age 14, he was arrested for hanging a Palestinian flag. After his release, he continued his studies, earned a degree in electrical engineering, and joined the Palestinian police force. However, after being sent to guard a settlement, he gave up his position on the police force and continued to resist violently. After seeing several of his friends killed, he decided to give up violent resistance and now volunteers with and shares his story through Combatants for Peace.
Michael Soberman
Senior Educational Consultant @The iCenter for Israel Education
Michael is a Senior Educational Consultant for the iCenter for Israel Education, responsible for the oversight of the iFellows Masters Concentration in Israel Education, a program for Master’s students at eight Jewish Academic Institutions. He was Vice-President, Canada Israel Experience and Next Generation Initiatives at the Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA. Michael has been invited to speak all over the world on topics of the Israel Experience, Birthright Israel, next generation, Israel education and experiential education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from York University, a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto and an Executive M.A. in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.