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HISTORY

 

Nearly twenty years ago, Palestinian-American Aziz Abu Sarah and Jewish-American Scott Cooper, partnered together to co-found Mejdi Tours, a tourism company focusing on dual-narrative political tours in conflict zones throughout the world. Their goal as friends and business partners was to create a for-profit entity that would increase empathy, understanding, and incubate creative new solutions to war. Mejdi Tours has been praised by the United Nations, The New York Times, The Smithsonian, CNN and National Geographic, to name a few. MEJDI Tours’ groundbreaking multiple perspective approach to tourism allows travelers to gain a more comprehensive understanding of people, land, culture, and conflict.

 

After two decades of experience, Aziz and Scott decided to expand their vision. They started a US based non-profit (501c3) called InterAct. They understood that not everyone is able, or comfortable, to take a dual-narrative political tour into a warzone, and so Aziz and Scott came up with a new concept:

 

A non-profit InterActive Education Center, where we can bring the multi-narratives of conflict to the wider world, building empathy and understanding on a much larger scale.

OUR VISION

 

To generate critical understanding and deep empathy among war torn parties in conflict, and in the general public, that might lead to innovative solutions, and also notably, to combat the rising tide of hatred and extremism.

 

OUR MISSION

 

The InterAct Education Center uses story-telling, art and technology to help people connect across war-torn divides: whether those divides be political, cultural, ethnic, religious, geographic, or socio-economic.

OUR GOALS

  • Challenge our communities to come together to collaboratively tackle hatred, violence, oppression, and war.

  • Increase understanding of alternative narratives in conflict zones, overcoming hatred and fear by building empathy and understanding. 

  • Combat the rise in both Antisemitism and Islamophobia, by humanizing both Jews and Palestinians through personal storytelling. 

  • Amplify the voices of existing peacemakers and their work, through all forms of traditional and social media.

  • Provide support (aid & scholarships) to families brutalized by conflict.

STAFF

Kim Passy Yoseph

Director of Operations

Emili Rishmawi

Project Manager

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Kobi Skolnick

VP of Strategic Initiatives and Learning

Anas Maraqa

Tech Manager

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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AZIZ ABU SARAH
President
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SCOTT COOPER
Vice President

Katie Davis

Fadwa Barzinji

Jeff Waxman

ADVISORY COUNCIL

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Mark Bauman, Emmy Award winner, Former Director of the Smithsonian’s commercial media division, former CEO of Virtual Wonders, Former war correspondent (ABC News)

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Sulaiman Al Khatib, Two-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, founder of Combatants for Peace & The People’s Peace Fund, co-Author of In This Place Together: A Palestinian’s Guide to Collective Liberation.

 

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