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Bassem Eid:

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Bassem Eid is a Jerusalem-based political analyst, human rights pioneer and expert commentator on Arab and Palestinian affairs.

 

Bassem Eid was born in the Jordanian-occupied Old City in East Jerusalem, whose place of residence became the United Nations Refugee Works Agency (UNRWA) refugee camp of Shuafat. He rose to prominence during the first Intifada, the Palestinian uprising and was a senior field researcher for B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. In 1996, he founded the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group. In 2016, Eid assumed the role of chairman of the Center for Near East Policy Research.

 

Bassem Eid publicly condemned the widespread murder of Palestinian dissidents, often for reasons unrelated to the Intifada. In 1995, following his report about the Palestinian Preventive Security Service (PSF), he came under attack by some Palestinian leaders for revealing human rights violations committed by the Palestinian Authority (PA). Arrested by Arafats' Presidential Guard (Force 17), he was released after 25 hours following widespread international condemnation.

 

Following the deterioration of the human rights situation under the PA, Eid founded the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG), which monitors abuses committed by the PA and also deals to some extent with Israel. It is a non-partisan human rights organization, dedicated to exposing human rights violations and supporting a democratic and pluralistic Palestine.

 

Bassem Eid has spent 26 years researching UNRWA policies and has written extensively on the subject of UNRWA reform and is an outspoken critic of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

 

Eid has traveled widely to lecture on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and is often invited to speak at governmental bodies, congresses and parliaments worldwide, including the United Nations.

 

Bassem resides in Jerusalem.

David Ha'ivri:

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David Ha'ivri is a resident of Shomron, he observes the Jewish faith and is Israeli, so some would refer to him as a settler.

 

He began his political activism as an activist and later as a leader in Rabbi Kahane's Kach movement, he took part in activities that lead to his arrest and imprisonment on charges of incitement to racism and vandalism.

 

Over the years he lost close friends and relatives to violence of Palestinian terror attacks.

 

He believes that Israeli law should be applied in all areas under her control and that would bring to an end of the military administration of these areas.

 

He is a proud father of eight, he has a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and an MA in Jewish Studies, both degrees from Ariel University.  

 

David resides in Kfar Tapuach.

Naomi Tsur, Founder Of The Jerusalem Green Fund:

Naomi Tsur is the initiating founder of the Jerusalem Green Fund. After 12 years as Director of the Society for the Protection of Nature and Coordinator of the Sustainable Jerusalem Coalition, she served for 5 years as Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem (2008-2013). Under Tsur’s leadership, the Gazelle Valley, originally a real-estate project, became Israel’s first Urban Nature Park and the abandoned eight kilometers of the Old Railway track between Malha and the First Station evolved into the much-loved Railway Park. Tsur opened up municipal committees to the public and also created new frameworks for civic engagement in urban planning and policy. Tsur currently chairs the Israel Urban Forum.

Naomi resides in Jerusalem.

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