Over the past few weeks, we've been lucky to meet with and listen to some amazing guest speakers on the conflict and their personal experiences.
One of those speakers was Ghassan Andoni. He is currently a physics professor at Bir Zeit University and is also an advocate for non-violent resistance in the conflict. Not only that, he is the cofounder of the International Solidarity Movement, founder of the International Middle East Media Center and Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between Peoples.
He was an inspiring and engaging speaker and we were so lucky to be able to hear his story.
During the First Intifada, Andoni was involved in a peaceful resistance movement in the area of Beit Sahour in Bethlehem. The story is incredibly sad, impressive and humorous. I will have to watch the film, The Wanted 18, which documents the resistance (specifically, the comic-tragic story of the Israeli army's attempt to confiscate eighteen cows in order to prevent residents of Beit Sahour from producing their own dairy products in order to boycott the Israeli dairy industry).
It was a privilege to be able to hear his story firsthand and to hear about the amazing things he has done (he's also a Nobel Peace Prize nominee). His story is one I will share countless times.