Issa Amro

Issa Amro is a native of the city of Hebron and advocate of nonviolent resistance.

Through the organization he founded, Youth Against Settlements, he provides a space — a community center — and an outlet for young Palestinians to express their resistance in nonviolent ways.

Every week, up to a hundred kids gather at the center, where Mr. Amro screens inspirational films and instructs them in principles of political nonviolence. He involves them in projects that maintain the public pathways and repair stairway railings and water pipes. They run a summer camp and built and operate a kindergarten. For this work, the United Nations bestowed on Mr. Amro its “Human Rights Defender of the Year in Palestine” award in 2010.

Read the rest of Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman’s New York Times story, here.


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