“We’re creating an alternative story by opening up a space of possibility for five young Israelis and five young Palestinians with a proven track record of activism who want change.” Sister programs have engaged young adults from South Africa and Northern Ireland. Applicants must be college students up to the age of 27 with leadership potential and a willingness to step out of their comfort zone. View gallery Asi Garbarz, an Israeli student in the New Story Leadership (NSL) program, sits outside the Thomas J “If you don’t want to risk having your mind changed, NSL is not the program for you,” its website (www.newstoryleadership.org) warns. – Never truly far away – Participants are paired to live with host families in the Washington area — but in an era of instant news, social media and cheap telecoms, this year’s interns were never truly far from home. “It’s been really, really hard. I really wanted to go back,” said Nisreen Zaqout, 21, this year’s sole participant from Gaza, who worried constantly about her family’s safety as the Israeli thrust against Hamas took more and more civilian lives.
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