Voices from Jerusalem

Youth Rising for Peace 2012 > Community Peacebuilding > Spirituality & Religion
Broadcast on February 11, 2012
With Fadi Rabieh & Eliyahu McLean

Fadi Rabieh

Co-director of Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, peace builder

Fadi Rabieh grew up in the Holy city--yet divided—of Jerusalem. He has been working on issues related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Peacebuidling for the past ten years. Now, he works with Search for Common Ground on managing and expanding a Palestinian-Israeli Leadership Network. He also works as a co-director at the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, which is a body that brings the highest official leaders of the two people/three faiths.

Fadi is a Fulbright Fellow, holds a master's in Conflict Transformation, Organizational Development & Leadership from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. He is also a Dalai Lama Fellow.

Eliyahu McLean

Director of the Jerusalem Peacemakers

Eliyahu McLean is the director of the Jerusalem Peacemakers, a network of religious leaders and grassroots peacebuilders in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Jerusalem Peacemakers host events such as:
- the Abrahamic Reunion, a group of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Druze religious leaders working together to re-claim religion as a voice for peace
- the annual 'Jerusalem Hug' event that brings together hundreds of Israelis, Palestinians and internationals to pray for peace around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem
- monthly cross-border events bringing Palestinians from Hebron, Bethlehem and Ramallah together with Israelis at events in Israel and the West Bank

Eliyahu was initiated as a 'Rodef Shalom', 'Peace Pursuer' by Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi. Eliyahu's work with Palestinian Sufis is written about in the book At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with the Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land by Yossi Klein Halevi.