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.


9 - 12+


Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography

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.

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.”


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

September 27, 2022

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