Advisory Board & Staff

Staff ~

  • ………. — Executive Director; Grassroots International Solidarity Program Officer for the Middle East, Child Trauma and Recovery Specialist, Psychology Master’s in “Conflict Transformation Across Cultures,” Co-founder and prior manager of Let the Children Play and Heal at Afaq Jadeeda Center, Nuseirat Refugee Camp, Gaza, prior Director of Programs at Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services (Palestine and USA)
  • Rains Rouner, MSW — Co-Founder and President; International Solidarity Movement activist, field coordinator for Rabbis for Human Rights during the olive harvest in Jama’in, West Bank (2002), liaison for RHR/ICAHD and Fatah/Al Aqsa in Jenin Refugee Camp, West Bank (2003), member of Massachusetts Peace ActionJewish Voice for Peace and Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine/Israel Network (USA)

Advisory Board ~

  • Dr. Raed Abubadawia, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Director Emeritus of UNESCO Chair on Human Rights, Democracy and Peace, An-Najah University, Nablus, West Bank, Co-Founder of Common Ground (Palestine)
  • Dr. Jeff Halper, Co-Founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (Israel)
  • Imam Abdullah Faaruuq, Imam of Masjid Al-Humdulillah, Roxbury MA (USA)
  • Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain MA (USA)

Dr. Raed Abubadawia, Director Emeritus of UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy and Peace (An-Najah Staff) and Co-Founder of Common Ground, at work in the Refugees Services Center, Jenin camp, West Bank, 2003 -- (photo by Rains Rouner)

Rains Rouner, ISM activist, liaison for RHR/ICAHD and Fatah/Al Aqsa in '02 and '03, and Co-Founder of Common Ground with host/friend Ala Abu Nassi's wife Muna and baby Ibrahim in Ala's home, Jenin camp, West Bank, 2003