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Goodwill Ambassadors to Children of Peace are leading public figures who support
our fresh approach to conflict resolution and the protection of all children in Israel
Distinguished in their field or profession, they are uniquely positioned to make
direct representations to those with the power to effect change and to help us to
give the children in Israel and Palestine a voice.
Shireen Anabtawi Shireen Anabtawi grew up in Nablus. She is a former Director of International
Cooperation at the Palestinian Investment Promotion Agency (PIPA) in Ramallah, and
currently works for the Palestinian Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. Shireen
is the joint author of "Crossing Qalandiya" with Daniela Norris.
Bassam Aramin Bassam Aramin was born in a Palestinian village near Hebron. He is a
former Fatah fighter who served a seven-year prison sentence after being arrested
at age 17 for helping to plan an armed attack against Israeli soldiers. During his
time in prison, Mr. Aramin began learning about Jewish and Israeli history, engaged
his jailers in discussions over the need for a two-state solution and, questioned
the worth of armed struggle. Eventually, Mr. Aramin came to understand that pain,
grief and loss existed on both sides of the conflict, and came out of prison a changed
man. In 2005, along with other former combatants, both Palestinian and Israeli, he
founded Combatants for Peace. He was recently awarded the 2007 Eliav-Sartawi Award
for Middle Eastern Journalism by Search for Common Ground in NY and the Bremen Peace
Award, in Germany. In addition to being a founding member of Combatants for Peace,
he is the head of the Al Quds Association for Democracy and Dialogue in Jerusalem
We are honoured that this very special man has joined us in our work to protect all
of the children in the region. Bassam is married with five children.
Sally Becker Sally Becker, an artist and writer, became known as the Angel of Mostar
whilst rescuing wounded children from besieged areas of Bosnia. She continued her
work throughout the war, organising humanitarian aid convoys and evacuating around
two hundred sick and wounded children and their families.When Milosevic ordered his
troops into Kosovo her missions continued, this time across the mountains carrying
medical aid for children trapped in the war zone. She was captured by Serb paramilitaries
while attempting to bring wounded children and their families to safety and was sentenced
to 30 days in prison. In November 1998, while she was arranging for the children
to receive medical treatment abroad, Sally was shot by masked gunmen outside her
hotel. She refused to leave without the children, remaining in the area for several
weeks until her mission was completed.
She has continued her work whenever possible, opening centres for women and children
suffering from trauma and bringing aid to victims of war.
Edward Davey MP Since 1997, Edward Davey has been the Liberal Democrat MP for Kingston
and Surbiton. He was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and after studying at Nottingham
High School, he went on to gain a first class honours degree in Politics, Philosophy
and Economics at Jesus College, Oxford. Following his degree Edward became the Liberal
Democrats Senior Economics Advisor shortly before achieving an MSc in Economics at
Birkbeck College. Edward then worked for a consultancy firm, which specialised in
Post Offices. Edward has enjoyed many key positions as a Liberal Democrat MP including:
London Whip 1997-2000; Spokesperson for: the Treasury (Public Spending and Taxation)
1997-99, Economy 1999-2001, London 2000-03; Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
2001-02, Spokesperson for Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 2002-05 and is currently
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 2012-to present.
Louise Ellman MP Louise Ellman MP, is the Labour Member of Parliament for Liverpool,
Riverside. Between 1981-97 Louise was Leader of Lancashire County Council. A lifelong
campaigner against racism, Louise is a member of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
She chairs the Jewish Labour Movement and is the Chair of the House of Commons Select
Committee on Transport.
Tobias Ellwood MP Tobias Ellwood was born in New York, USA and grew up in Germany
and Austria before completing his studies in the UK. He spent 5 years with the British
Army, serving in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kuwait, Germany, Gibraltar and Bosnia.
After gaining an MBA at the City University Business School he spent two years as
a Senior Business Development Manager at Allen and Overy. He is the Conservative
MP for Bournemouth East and was appointed PPS to the Minister for Europe The Rt.
Hon David Liddington MP in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is married and
lives in Boscombe, Dorset.
Mahmoud Jabari Palestinian peace activist Mahmoud Jabari grew up surrounded by the
consequences of conflict. He tells his personal story and explains how enabling kids
with the tools of journalism can lead to peace. Mahmoud Jabari is a youth activist
and advocate for peace and cross-cultural dialogue, He worked as a freelance photojournalist
in the Southern West Bank city of Hebron where he risked his life covering news stories
until March 2011. Mahmoud has reported for World Youth News and Al-Jazeera Talk.
Many of his opinion articles where published in Harry's Place blog, Children of Peace
News Desk, and the Playa Wire.
Mahmoud served as an elected Youth Mayor of the city of Hebron (2005-2008), and led
many social initiatives, including Journalists for Change, which introduces youth
to new-media tools and encourages social involvement through media. He believes that
youth from all cultures and nations are able to overcome political, religious and
cultural borders, and become unified based their common dreams: to create the world
in which they'd like future generations to live.
Mansoor Ijaz Mansoor is a project financier whose principal business is funding and
developing homeland security technologies, with specific emphasis on stratospheric
airships (WorldSpectrum Inc), and a new class of first-of-their-kind underwater resort
hotels (Crescent Hydropolis Resorts). He earned his master's degree at MIT and Harvard
as a neuro-mechanical engineer, with a bachelor's degree in physics from UVA. In
1997, he negotiated Sudan's counterterrorism offer to the Clinton administration
and jointly authored the blueprint for a ceasefire of hostilities in Kashmir in summer
2000. He is a frequent op-ed and television commentator on national security issues.
Valerie Ijaz Valerie is a trained medical technician and has been certified to perform
first aid by the Monaco Red Cross Society. She was born in Luxembourg and hails from
Belgium. In 2005, she toured earthquake stricken areas of Kashmir to deliver aid
and assess damage to the area. She has one daughter, Aissata, and they are resident
Liel Kolet Israeli singing sensation, Liel is set to become one of the world's major
international stars. Liel Kolet was born in a kibbutz in Israel and has dedicated
her sensational voice and her music to the cause of peace in her troubled region.
Since singing "Imagine" with President Bill Clinton and a choir of Israeli and Palestinian
girls, Liel has gone on to sing "We are the World" with President Kohler of Germany
and with Richard Gere during his recent peace tour of the Middle East. Liel is a
symbol of peace and reconciliation across the region, having sung with Bono, Elton
John and The Scorpions. She has dedicated a beautiful song... 'Dream of Tomorrow'
to Children of Peace.
Doron B Levinson
Leading Israeli businessman, composer and consultant, Doron's distinguished military
service in the Israeli Army strengthens his position as a spokesman for peace and
reconciliation. He was wounded three times during military operations and cited twice
on two separate military activities for his distinctive conduct in the battle field.
He was released from his active duty in the Israeli Army, after being seriously wounded
on his last injury at the "Battle on the Chinese Farm" during the 1973 Yom Kippur
After a long and complicated period of rehabilitation, he studied law at Tel Aviv
University. He practised law at the law firm of Haim Zadok, the former Israeli Minister
of Justice, continued his LL.M studies at the University of Michigan and did his
Ph.D studies at Toronto University.
In 1992, after the death of his father, he returned to Israel and took on himself
to manage the Levinson Brothers Engineers Ltd., a family owned business (established
by his grandfather in 1930), which has been involving mostly in international trade
and international investments. In 2000, he received the I.U.P.A. Award from the President
of Israel for his promotion of Israeli music and culture and for his assistance to
In recent years Doron has dedicated his life to the pursuit of peace in the region.
As the chairman of the Agricultural Division at the Israeli Chambers of Commerce,
he was a member at the negotiation team with the Palestinians on Trade and Commerce
issue. Among other things, he established the "Together as One Foundation", for the
purpose of encouraging social and cultural cooperation between Arab and Jewish youngsters
through the "Prayer for Peace" project, which will be implemented in Arab and Jewish
schools in the coming year.
Yasmin Levy Israeli singer, Yasmin Levy, was born in Jerusalem in 1975. She was introduced
to Ladino, a Judeo-Spanish language dating from the 15th century in Spain, as an
infant. Her father, who died when Yasmin was very young, was committed to researching
and collecting Ladino music, which Yasmin preserves and revives with her unique and
moving singing style today. Yasmin's wish to promote cross-cultural communication
and for people to "have more compassion towards each other and to learn to live in
harmony" is reflected beautifully in her music, which fuses Ladino music with the
Andalucian Flamenco tradition.
Yasmin's four albums have confirmed her status as a world music star. Her third album,
Mano Suave (2007) featured musicians from Iran, Armenia, Greece, Paraguay, Israel,
Turkey and Spain. It also featured a very moving duet with guest vocalist Natacha
Atlas, in which Natacha's Arabic interweaves stunningly with Yasmin's Spanish vocals.
With her most recent album, Sentir (2009), Yasmin has honed a musical vision that
integrates effortlessly all of her previous musical preoccupations with fresh, new
directions. Sentir was voted one of the top 100 albums of 2009 by The Sunday Times
and was one of only 10 world music albums included. She has toured across the globe
and won awards for both her songwriting talent and her capacity to encourage cross-cultural
In 2008 Yasmin became a Goodwill Ambassador for Children of Peace, a role she takes
very seriously, promoting the charity's message at every opportunity. She has recently
given a workshop in her hometown of Jerusalem at one of our affiliate schools. She
brought music, hope and her own desire to work across cultural difference to children
caught in the Middle East conflict. Her inspirational success and personal compassion
encouraged these children to fight for their future.
Daniela Norris Daniela Norris worked for the Israeli Foreign Service for seven years
and later was an adviser to the Permanent Mission of Israel at the UN in Geneva.
She is now a writer and freelance journalist. Daniela is joint author of "Crossing
Qalandiya" with Shireen Anabtawi.
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