Julia Chaitin
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When it comes to peace, how would you describe yourself?
I am a born activist
What do you believe are the 'burning issues' today?
War, Hunger, Poverty, Education, Our Planet, Violence, Human Rights
What must we overcome to achieve peace?
When we fear the other, we not only refrain from getting to know him/her better, but often create (terrifying) fantasies about what 'they' would do to 'us" if 'they' only had the chance... This often then leads to aggressive behaviors on our part...and so the vicious cycle goes on and on.
If we work on recognizing the fear, and then work on concrete and positive levels to overcome it, we could make some important strides toward peace.

Of course, other factors also play into our difficulties in making peace, but they usually stem from fear of the 'other', the 'outsider', the unknown. By dealing with this most basic of emotions, we can create a different, better reality.
Can we change the world?
More about me
Julia Chaitin received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel. Her research has three main foci: (1) the long–term psychosocial impact of the Holocaust on survivors and their families and on young adults; (2) joint Palestinian–Israeli psychosocial research and (3) issues of ethnic belonging and identity among refugee/immigrant populations.

Dr. Chaitin specializes in qualitative research, basing her work on narrative research, ethnography, storytelling and inter–group facilitation. She has published extensively in these fields. In 2001–2002, Chaitin held the Lentz Post Doctoral Fellowship in Peace and Conflict Resolution Research at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. From 2003–2006, she was Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Dr. Chaitin is currently a Senior Lecturer in the department of Social Work at the Sapir College in Israel and on staff at the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED).

Since her teenage years, she has been a peace and social justice activist - involved in groups such as The Coexistence Forum of the Negev - www.dukium.org ; Women in Black; Other Voice - www.othervoice.org - to name just a few.
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25 random things about me

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 11:58am 2 Comments

1. I love music - all kinds, from the 60s, Middle Eastern, Israeli, western Classical. Just not opera

2. In addition to my academic writing, I write (dark) short stories and sometimes poetry.

3. I am now convinced more than ever that peace and justice are the only ways

4. I have friends 20 years older than me and 20 years younger

5. I LOVE the Negev. After living here for over 35 years, I have come to deeply connect to its beauty

6. I sing everywhere - in… Continue

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At 7:42pm on October 20, 2010, Motorcycle Hippy Al said…

Al and the iPeace Family

and when You get this birthday wish, I would like to

You back Julia, to

"So Let's Make a Difference for You & Yours & Everyone" and

"Happy Trails" & "Happy iPeaceing"

As You can see, We (the iPeace Family) are still here!
"Enjoy Life"
At 2:33am on June 15, 2010, Eva said…

iPeace is deleted from David Califa the end of June. Here you can find a new home.


You are cordially invited.

Warm regards, Eva
At 8:42pm on February 19, 2009, Marian Duggan-Markos said…
Thanky you , Julia, I feel so ignorant, but I guess that's how we learn, I suppose. :)
At 6:43pm on December 8, 2008, Mahmoud said…
nice to meet u here
At 6:08pm on September 21, 2008, Eva said…
Shalom dear friend,

thank you, that you have accepted my invitation!

At 5:45pm on September 18, 2008, Mohamad sh. said…
well, i am doing that for the last 13 years, bringing participants to participat in projects , big part of them still in touch and friends , small part from both side stopped communicating between them, we still working on these kids of projects and hope we can invite more and more people to our workshops.
At 5:29pm on September 18, 2008, Mohamad sh. said…
thank u so much, wish you the same as well, and hope this site brings more understanding to people who likes to understand how we palestinians and isreali's and specails palestinians suffering from this bloody conflict.
At 3:30pm on September 18, 2008, Hayyim Feldman said…
I went to Sameh's mepeace page and saw that Souhail left him a comment there last night, so things seems to be on track for it.
At 3:08pm on September 18, 2008, Hayyim Feldman said…
Shalom-salaam Julia,
There's a young Palestinian from Germany who is on mepeace trying to organize transport of in-kind charitable donations (clothing, etc.) to Gaza, but doesn't know how to get things to the right people there. Yigal wisely suggested he ask you, because of your Sderot-Gaza connection. Since you're not on mepeace anymore, I thought I'd let you know about it here. Here's a link to the mepeace discussion thread. I'd be happy to pass your contact info to him there privately, if you like.
At 1:35pm on September 18, 2008, Vincent Mespoulet said…
Hi Julia,

We are so many to leave mePeace like Roni and you. We build a WIP group (Work in progress) to keep in touch together. Maybe you can join us. And Eva, banned again, is managing a new ning about Israel/Palestine Activism. I have writen there a post-blog about cultural resistance at Gaza in the french cultural center... And i know you are very interested by any action in Gaza...

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