Carnegie Mellon University

Combatants for Peace: Toward a Non-Violent Solution to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Monday, October 12, 2015, 4:30-6:00pm, Porter Hall 100

Combatants for Peace (CfP) is a group of former Israeli and Palestinian fighters who now embrace nonviolent struggle. They believe that joint action is necessary to break cycles of violence and achieve peace and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis. The presentation includes both Israeli and Palestinian men and women who will share their individual experiences as fighters and explain why they see joint non-violent advocacy for a two-state solution as the best means of ensuring peace and justice in the region.


  • Uri Ben Assa: Israeli Co-Director of Combatants For Peace, he is engaged in its management and steering committees.
  • Sulaiman Khatib: Palestinian Co-Director of Combatants For Peace and a co-founder of the movement.
  • Maya Katz: Israeli steering committee member of Combatants For Peace and clinical psychologist, she served as producer of the 2015 Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony
  • Mohammed Owedah: Palestinian member of the management forum, he has served in several positions in Combatants For Peace.

SPONSORED BY: University Lecture Series, the Department of History/Global Studies, The Center for International Relations and Politics, J Street Pittsburgh, Division of Student Affairs, The University of Pittsburgh Global Studies Center, and the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)