On Wednesday, August 14th Boston Partners for Peace will host a bar night for young professionals at Bow Market. We hope you will join us for a fun and inspiring night to learn about Israelis and Palestinians working together to better their societies. We’ll hear from Lobna Agbaria, Program Director at Our Generation Speaks (OGS). Lobna is a Palestinian citizen of Israel and an entrepreneur. Through a 3-month accelerator program each summer in Boston, OGS empowers Palestinian and Israeli leaders to create start-up ventures that will have significant social and economic impact in each of their societies. The program brings the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders in their 20’s and 30’s together in the hope of building a new, shared generation of leadership based on trust and mutual understanding.
One of the main barriers to Israeli-Palestinian cooperation is the lack of contact between them. People from the two societies often don’t have the opportunity to meet one another until they participate in a program like OGS. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to observe the program firsthand and meet the participants. It was inspiring to see Palestinians from places like Nablus and Ramallah working on start-up ventures with Israelis from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. OGS team members had unique skills, perspectives, and understandings of the societies they came from. The participants become business partners and friends, and these relationships are impossible without OGS.
Peace can only be achieved through true cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians, exchanging ideas and working across divides. Please join us to learn more about OGS and the hope that it’s providing in Israel and Palestine.
Register here: https://www.bostonpartnersforpeace.org/attend-an-event