From Revenge to Reconciliation

From Revenge to Reconciliation

Video. In a land shaped by centuries of conflict, Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah dealt with the death of his brother by working to build bridges between Israelis and Palestinians.

Grades

9 - 12+

Subjects

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography

Program
NG Live

This video was filmed on Wednesday, June 22nd at the 2011 National Geographic Explorers Symposium at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Introduction
In a place where struggles over land have fueled hatred and distrust for centuries, Aziz Abu Sarah is finding common ground. His effort to build relationships, not walls, amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is especially amazing in light of his own past. Based on his own transformative experience, Abu Sarah dedicates his life to using personal stories and cross-cultural learning to forge unprecedented understanding and positive social change at a people-to-people level. “Meeting Jews for the first time challenged everything I believed; now I use that as a framework to help people question what they think and see how complex the ‘other’ actually is.”


Outline

  • Introduction and Sarah's story of growing up in the "Holy Land" (start-04:39 min.)
  • Losing a brother and the need to hit back (04:40-06:50 min.)
  • Growing up politically active (06:51-07:40)
  • Studying Hebrew and sitting in a classroom with Jewish Israelis (07:41-09:23 min.)
  • Finding common ground, working together, and tearing down walls (09:24 -11:21 min.)
  • A cycle of violence and a different direction (11:22-12:32 min.)
  • Learning the story of the other (12:33-13:38 min.)
  • A brother's story, and a partnership to bring people of both sides together (13:39-16:34 min.)
  • A world wide problem and being part of the solution (16:35-19:35 min.)
  • What can you do to make a difference: putting water on the fire (19:36-20:50 min.)
  • Video: A vision to end the conflict (20:51-22:02 min.)


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Page Producers
Nina Page, National Geographic Society
Samantha Zuhlke, National Geographic Society
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Last Updated

May 20, 2022

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