Creating a new reality for Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs

Sulaiman Khatib
(photo credit: Sharon Avraham)

As the co-founder and external relations coordinator for Combatants for Peace, Khatib continues the struggle with other Jewish and Palestinian peacebuilders.

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A little over two years ago, I met Sulaiman Khatib at a coffee shop in downtown Jerusalem, to interview him for a blog post about the organization of which he is a leading member, Combatants for Peace. We had a wonderful conversation – even though he smoked too many cigarettes – in which he shared with me a bit of his personal story as one who moved from being a militant when he was very young to becoming a serious and mature peace builder as an adult. During the conversation, he told me that he had found someone – an American Jewish woman peace activist – to help him write his story and publish a book. I told him then that when the book is published, I looked forward to reading it.

Well, I received the book a few months ago, and read it over the summer, and I’m glad I did! It is an enlightening and inspiring story of a remarkable person. The book is extremely well-written –with great humility and respect – by Penina Eilberg-Schwartz of the San Francisco Bay area. She portrays the transformation of Khatib, an extraordinary Palestinian peace builder, in a beautiful and empathetic way.

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