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Sami Awad
Sami Awad is the Executive Director of Holy Land Trust (HLT), a Palestinian nonprofit organization which he founded in 1998 in Bethlehem. HLT works with the Palestinian community at both the grassroots and leadership levels in developing nonviolent approaches that aim to end the Israeli occupation and build a future founded on the principles of nonviolence, equality, justice, and peaceful coexistence.

In 2006, he ran as an independent candidate in the Palestinian Legislative Council Elections (the Palestinian Parliament). He also established the Travel and Encounter Program, which aims to provide tourists and pilgrims with unique religious and political experiences in Palestine; the Palestine News Network, the first independent press agency in Palestine and a major source of news on life in Palestine today; and Al-Kul Television. He has traveled to several countries to speak about non-violence. Sami is one of the subjects in the documentary Litlte Town of Bethlehem.

Entries by Sami Awad

The Illusion of Calmness

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 3:13 PM

One of the most common questions asked these days is when will the situation [in the Holy Land] calm down? Despite the rhetoric we hear both sides propagate, slogans like, steadfastness in the face of the other; resistance to the violence of the other, and having a united front in...

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What One Palestinian Learned From Gandhi

(23) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 12:50 PM

I was 12 years old when I was introduced to Gandhi. My uncle Mubarak returned from India with four big heavy boxes filled with books. All same size and shape with warn-out green covers. These books included all the writings of Gandhi. They filled two book shelves, double the space...

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Giving 1 Percent of Jesus to Somalia

(30) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 1:00 PM

A deep pain grabbed my heart when I saw the television news ticker: "30,000 children died in Somalia in the last three months." A major cause of my pain came from a personal feeling of guilt and shame when I realized how fortunate my family is.

This week, our...

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Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are the Leaders

(24) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 12:07 PM

Whenever I give talks on the effects of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian livelihood, the status of nonviolence as a means to resisting the occupation, and how I believe nonviolence is the only way to move forward to resolve the conflict and create a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,...

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WWJD? A Non-Violent Conflict Resolution for Palestine

(346) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 6:27 PM

How could a person living under military occupation, experiencing first-hand suffering and humiliation, even think about loving the enemy, let alone urge family, friends and neighbors to do the same? This challenging message came from a young rabbi named Jesus in his "Sermon on the Mount."

Of course, Jesus could...

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