Finding Common Ground: Peace-building through Economic Cooperation

West Bank – Last June, a group of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications students visited the NEF offices in the West Bank, accompanied by two distinguished professors: Ken Harper and Steve Davis.

The purpose of their visit was twofold. For the students, it was an opportunity to experience working outside of the United States and to learn how to report on controversial stories without becoming entrenched in any related political issues. For NEF and its partners, it was an opportunity to have in-depth stories told about the impact of our regional projects and the people who drive and benefit from them.

For a period of just under two weeks the student journalists were introduced to participants in the Planting the Future and Olive Oil Without Borders projects, and were able to explore various areas of the West Bank and Israel to gain a better understanding of the area while witnessing Israelis and Palestinians working together towards increased economic development.

Click below to read their incredible stories profiling some of NEF’s beneficiaries from our projects in the West Bank.

Life of an Israeli farmer: Simha HalperinWritten By High T. Ferguson

Myasar Yseen: A mother, wife, olive farmer, soap-maker, and community leaderWritten By Lateshia Beachum

Olive farmer and serial entrepreneur, Nilham Azem, cares for his trees no matter the costWritten By Christine Rushton

Read more about our work in the Palestinian Territories.

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