Who We Are

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The Debate for Peace program is part of the Interfaith Encounters Association and operates with support from the US Embassy in Israel.
Directors:
Steven Aiello has been involved in Jewish-Arab MUN work in Israel since 2011, and has run over 20 conferences and 10 delegations abroad. Steven is Jewish, Israeli and Italian-American. He studied economics (BA, NYU),  diplomacy and conflict resolution (MA, IDC), and Islamic Studies (MA, Tel Aviv University). Steven is an Honorary Advisor for the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, and Project Officer and Dialogue Expert at Asfar. He is a native English speaker, fluent in Hebrew, and  can make a fool of himself proficiently in Arabic.

Nooralhuda Hoji is a Muslim born Palestinian Israeli. She has been involved in interfaith MUN programming since she was 14, winning awards at the first MUN conferences held in Petah Tiqva and at the IDC Herzliya, competing with college students. Originally from Qalansawa, Nooralhuda is persuing her studies in Germany. Speaking four languages fluently, she tries to be vocal about issues that are important to her, mainly through Debate for Peace and it’s mission to empower youth and encourage conversation.

Regional director (Negev and the Golan):

Hassan Hassan completed his studies in the Arabic and English departments of Language and Literature at Haifa University. Hassan started a master’s degree in English linguistics at Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, and is currently continuing his studies at Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv. He is a graduate of the TeachFirstIsrael program for training teachers- holding a teaching diploma for English as a Foreign Language.

Originally from the Golan, Hassan has been teaching English for 4 years in the Negev, and is the founder of the NegevMUN club for Bedouin-High-School students aiming to promote leadership skills and to create a positive change into the Bedouin community.

Interfaith Advisor:

Ismaeel Malik is a part-time Imām and an English instructor. Born in Chicago and raised on Long Island, he moved with his family to Saudi Arabia when he was a teenager, where he earned an Associates Degree in Arabic and then a Bachelors in Islāmic Studies. Ismaeel visits Iceland once a year to lead the Ramadān prayers. Ismaeel enjoys learning languages and he currently speaks four fluently. As an American, a Muslim, and an ethnically Punjabi Pakistani, Ismaeel feels it is his duty to spread awareness about diversity and inclusivity.