About the founders
Ofer is a Jewish Israeli citizen from Jerusalem/Al-Quds. He has been active in various groups for justice and equality for the Palestinian people. He is currently an active supporter of the BDS Movement. He regularly publishes opinion pieces or translations on outlets such as Mondoweiss and +972. Ofer is a translator.
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Hamada was born in Jerusalem in 1983. He studied Business Administration at the Arab American University in Jenin and holds a master's degree in Peacekeeping & Security Studies from Roma Tre University in Italy. He is a political activist and participated in dozens of political conferences and workshops. Hamada currently works for the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR).
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Angélique is a Dutch diplomat currently on an extended leave in order to support the establishment of the Foundation. Over the past 25 years she regularly lived, worked and studied within the Palestinian Territories and Israel and worked on Dutch foreign policy on the conflict for a number of years after she joined the Dutch Foreign Service in 2002. Directly prior to that she lived in Hebron for a year and a half, working for the Temporary International Presence in the city, initially as an observer, later on as the legal adviser of the organization. In the nineties she also worked on an Israeli kibutz, did an internship at the Netherlands Representative Office in Ramallah and studied both at the Hebrew University and Birzeit University. Most recently, Angélique was posted in Congo (2010 to 2012) and subsequently served as deputy ambassador at the Dutch embassy in Muscat until 2016. Angélique is married, has three children and currently lives in The Netherlands.
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About the Advisory Board
Dr. Naji El Khatib was born in 1954 in Beirut-Lebanon in a refugee family expelled from Jaffa-Palestine in 1948. He currently is working and living in Paris. Dr. El Khatib studied sociology and obtained his Ph.D. in political sociology in 1996. He has worked as a researcher at “Medfil Humanities Institute” in Paris and as an assistant professor at “An-Najah National University”, Nablus. He has written dozens of articles and research papers on political and cultural issues and published four books on diverse topics, most recently on the plurality of thought (2016: “The Plurality of Thought Versus Monolithic Obscurantism”). Dr. El Khatib was one of the initiators of the One Democratic State movement and has been actively promoting the concept of a secular democratic state for both Palestinians and Jews since 2015. Dr. El Khatib regularly speaks out and lectures on his vision for a just solution to the conflict as well as on the connected importance of the process and trend of post-nationalism. Dr. El Khatib is married, has four children, and lives in Paris but visits Palestine regularly.
Naji El Khatib
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities. He is director of the main clinical cytogenetics laboratory and founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and Institute for Biodiversity Research at Bethlehem University. Previously he served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke, and Yale Universities. Professor Qumsiyeh published over 130 scientific papers on topics ranging from biodiversity to cancer. Previously he was chairman of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People. Currently he serves on the board of Al-Rowwad Children's Theater Center in Aida Refugee Camp. He published hundreds of refereed articles and several books on a wide variety of topics among them "Sharing the Land of Canaan: human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle". His main interest is media activism and public education. In addition he gave hundreds of talks around the world and regularly publishes op-ed pieces/letters to the editor.
Jaap Hamburger has been active over the past fifteen years as an advocate for a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He has been vocal on this particularly in the public debate on this in The Netherlands. Jaap perceives the values with regard to universal human rights and equality, on which he has based his activism, to be rooted directly in his Jewish identity. Prior to his retirement Jaap worked in a variety of positions in the field of social security. Jaap is married, a father and a grandfather and lives in The Netherlands.
Willem Beelaerts van Blokland is a retired Dutch diplomat who worked extensively in the Middle East throughout his career. He established the Netherlands Representative Office in Ramallah in 1994 and served over the following four years as the first Dutch representative there. He subsequently joined the Middle East desk at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the capacity of Deputy Director, primarily working on the Middle East Peace Process.
Willem Beelaerts van Blokland
Jonathan Ofir is a classical musician and music conductor who has turned into an activist and active and vocal proponent of Palestinian rights over the past few years. He is a writer and commentator on the developments related to the conflict and his work is regularly published, among others, on Mondoweiss. Jonathan grew up in Israel, performed his military service there and has been based in Denmark since 1995. Jonathan lives in Copenhagen with his partner and is father to three.
Jeff Halper has lived in Israel since 1973 and has been an activist for Palestinian rights since. He is educated as an anthropologist but mostly known as an author, activist and lecturer. In 1997, he was the co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and he is still active for the organization regularly giving tours informing people of the reality on the ground. Jeff was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his work "to build equality between Palestinians and Israelis by recognizing and celebrating their common humanity." Jeff supported the two state model until 2012 but since has come to the realization that the one state reality no longer allows for such a solution. In the context of one state Jeff is a proponent of a binational state model. Jeff is married, father of three children and a grandfather to three grandchildren. Jeff lives in West-Jerusalem.
Ofra Yeshua-Lyth is a former journalist and media and strategy consultant. She worked for Ma’ariv in various positions among them as their foreign correspondent in Washington and Germany. She is an activist and occasionally writes opinion articles. Her book featuring her political convictions was first published in Hebrew in 2004. Its latest English version of 2016 is titled; ‘Politically Incorrect; Why a Jewish State is a Bad Idea’. In the book she promotes the concept of one democratic secular state, with complete separation of religion and state, free of ethnic or religious affiliation of its citizens. Ofra Yeshua-Lyth grew up in a Jewish-Zionist household in Israel and served in the Israeli army media department during her military service. She is retired, has one daughter and lives in Jaffa.