Aziz Abu Sarah

Founder of MEJDI Tours, Tolerance Advocate
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Conflict and Global Issues
Growing up Palestinian in Jerusalem: One Man’s Journey from Revenge to Reconciliation
Conflict Zones: Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, and Beyond
Making a Difference? The Role of NGOs, Social Enterprises, and Corporations in Communities Stopping Radicalization
Conflict 101: Driven by Economics, Politics, or Ideology?
The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Stories from the Field
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Stories from the Field
Can There be Peace in the Middle East?

Community and Workplace Relations
Creative Strategies for Improving Communication and Handling Conflict in the Workplace
Using Business as a Tool for Positive Social Change
Workplace Peacemaking: Facilitating Constructive Conversations on Hot Topic Issues Like Race, Immigration, and Religion
Community Relations and Community Building in Troubled Times
Strategies and Considerations for Law Enforcement and Military Personnel Working in Volatile Communities

Education and Travel
Field Studies and Experiential Learning: Engaging Students in and beyond the Classroom
Storytelling as an Educational Tool
The Importance of Learning a Second Language
Tourism: Destructive or Constructive?
Building Global Citizens through Travel and Intercultural Exchange
Facilitating Constructive Conversations on Hot Topic Issues Like Race, Immigration, and Religion

Oh Brother Where Art Thou? How Christians, Jews, and Muslims Can Work Together
Interfaith Relations: Challenges and Solutions
Forging Social Justice at Home and Abroad
Islam: Religion of Peace or Violence?
Facilitating Prayerful Conversations on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Strategies for Christian Leaders
An Introduction to Islamic Beliefs and Practices
Bridging the Divide between Jews and Palestinians


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Aziz Abu Sarah is a peace building entrepreneur, author and international speaker. A Palestinian raised in Jerusalem, his work has earned him the titles of National Geographic Explorer and TED Fellow. This Palestinian’s own journey from combatant seeking revenge to peacemaker seeking tolerance led to an innovative business method of peacemaking in conflict zones. The MEJDI Method Dual Narrative™ brings those from both sides of a conflict together as travel guides each presenting their viewpoints. This multi-narrative approach to travel was originated by Abu Sara in Israel and reaps remarkable results throughout the world. In 2014, he gave a TED Talk about his vision for redefining tourism and his stories of facilitating reconciliation journeys between warring factions are truly engaging and inspiring. The fundamentals of this same method of peacemaking and reconciliation can be taught and applied to corporate, community, and religious groups and organizations.

Aziz has spoken at numerous international organizations, corporations and universities, including The United Nations, Nexus, TED, BMW, European Parliament, Georgetown, Yale and Harvard. He has published articles in The New York Times, National Geographic, Haaretz, and The Jerusalem Post. He regularly does analysis for CNN, Fox, and Aljazeera. Aziz is the recipient of the Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the Institute of International Education, the European Parliament’s Silver Rose Award, the Eisenhower Medallion, and the Eliav-Sartawi Award for his Middle Eastern Journalism. He was named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Strategic Centre in Jordan for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He won the Intercultural innovation award from the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group. He was also recognized by former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for his work in peace building.

In 2018, Aziz received international media coverage when he announced his decision to seek the office of Mayor of Jerusalem. In addition in 2018, Strangers, Neighbors, Friends: Muslim-Christian-Jewish Reflections on Compassion and Peace, a book co-written by Aziz was published.

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