About Aziz

Aziz Ted 3Aziz Abu Sarah is the Executive Director at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution.  He won the Intercultural Innovation award from the UN Alliance of Civilizations and was also named a National Geographic Explorer in 2011 and a TED Fellow in 2014. In 2009, he co-founded Middle East Justice and Development Initiative (MEJDI Tours) to use as a bridge between conflict resolution and business.

Aziz is a lecturer and has spoken in hundreds of churches, synagogues and mosques on the subjects of peace, reconciliation, and interfaith dialogue. He is also an expert on Middle East conflict dynamics, Islamic conflict resolution, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Afghanistan, and the Arab Spring. He has lectured and facilitated meetings for countless international organizations and universities, including Harvard, Georgetown, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, the European Parliament, and the United Nations.

Aziz is a columnist for Alquds Newspaper and is a regular contributor for 972mag.com, a new Israeli online English magazine. He has published articles in The New York Times, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post, Alarabiya, the Daily Star and others. He regularly provides analysis for television news programs such as Al Jazeera, CNN and Fox. Aziz co-hosted a radio show in Jerusalem for three years with tens of thousands of listeners from around the world, including the US. He has been honored to receive the Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the Institute of International Education, the Silver Rose Award from the European Parliament, the Eisenhower Medallion from People to People International, and the Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle Eastern Journalism from Search for Common Ground. He was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recognized Aziz Abu Sarah’s work during his speech at the 5th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in February 2013. Click here to watch the video. To read more, click here.

A Conflict Close to Home, Aziz’s personal story
A disaster can strike your nation, your state, or even the house of your next door neighbor, but as long as it strikes someone else, it is still a distance away. Like many in Jerusalem, I grew up seeing many people die because of a “worthless conflict.” I felt sad for them, but I continued to live my life just as before. My reaction was the same as others who see an accident on the side of the road, think “how sad,” and drive on. However, my life changed forever the moment the disaster struck my house and my family, and the casualty was my brother. (click here to read the story)

For an extensive Jerusalem Post interview with Aziz Click here and another biography, by Just Vision Click here


  1. U should have succes!!!

  2. Aziz,
    I enjoyed reading the article and congrats for your blog.
    Your ability to look and acknowledge the other without the so common “blaming finger” is extraordinary.
    We know from our unfortunate history, that this is the only way to a sincere dialog, reconciliation and inshalla true peace.

  3. Solidarity with pain of others its indeed goes over and beyond the nationality, race or other human limits. Truly enjoyed reading your touchable article, keep up the good work.

  4. A link to your post on watching “Schindler’s List” was passed to the entire staff of our community college with the comment, “This incredibly courageous man teaches us all how to conquer the root cause of hatred. This truly marks a watershed moment in the history of this seemingly intractable conflict.”

    As an educator with friends both Muslim and Jewish, I hope with you that we can bring an end to the hatred and come closer to a lasting peace. May God bless and keep you!

  5. I discovered your blog this morning through an Israeli friend of mine, and I am so happy to have discovered it!

    I wish you much success in the good work that you are doing.

    It warms my heart to come across people who can see past anger, let negative go, and work towards a brighter future.

    At the end of the day we are all individually similar, and our stories are more alike than different.

  6. How amazing to read this amazing story of Aziz Abu Sarah.
    It gives hope to know that a courageous young well educated Palestinian does so much to reconcile and promote understanding, empathy , tolerance, mutual cooperation between the 2 poeples.
    It is so hopeful and inspiring to know that not all is lost and that finally peace, understanding and tolerance will ultimattely prevail.
    Once the ball gets rolling there is no stopping it anymore. All big movements started that way.
    Non violence and dialogue, interaction is the only road to peace .

  7. Wonderful blog! Thank you for your courage and honesty. Blessings on you and your family!

  8. A very worthwhile endeavor. RE the controversy over the proposed Muslim Cultural Center in lower Manhattan – and other matters – you might want to peruse the website of TULIP – Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine. The website’s at http://www.tuliponline.org/

    • Thank you Arieh, I wish I saw this earlier. I would of included this statement …
      “We feel impelled to add our voices in support of the Cordoba Initiative precisely because this is a time of rising anxiety about, fears of, and outright hostility towards religious, ethnic and cultural minorities, including physical attacks in Staten Island, legislative threats in Arizona, and opposition to mosque-construction projects in diverse communities. In earlier eras, Catholics and their churches were held suspect as having ulterior motives; the same canard was leveled against Jews and Jewish institutions. We can and must be better than the most fearful and the most xenophobic among us.”

  9. aziz i enjoyed reading the article i wish you much succes in your work pleasing on you and your family

    • Thank you Nabeel, I am glad you enjoyed and I also wish you success in your work.

  10. Dear Aziz, I’m so happy to read your blog’ as an Arap \ Palestinian ‘ I feel a high head of you. If there are more educate people like you’ sure it eill be fine.
    Thank you again

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