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Bloodlines: Journeys of Loss & Transformation
January 18, 2024 · 10–11:30am PST
As many of us grapple with feelings of disillusionment, outrage, impotence and grief at the horrendous tragedy unfolding in Gaza, we gathered as a SAND community for an intimate conversation with meital yaniv, an ex-israeli soldier / ex-zionist fighter and Sulaiman Khatib, Palestinian co-founder of Combatants for Peace.
With meital and Souli reflecting on their personal journeys of loss and transformation, we uncovered ancestral legacies of trauma and coping, belonging and indoctrination, individual and collective grief, awakening, and resilience. Their dialog was facilitated by Rae Abileah, a Jewish faith leader, social change strategist, and writer. Through sharing our stories, and engaging in open and compassionate conversation, may we find collective healing.
- 00:00:00 – Introduction with Gazan Musician, Haneen Sabbah singing Reem Banna
(The Absence one)
- 00:14:05 – Sulaiman’s Story
- 00:24:17 – Sulaiman’s time in Jail
- 00:34:06 – A Journey of Dissent and Non-Violence
- 00:44:10 – Healing the Land and Ourselves
- 00:53:55 – Connecting to Ancestors and the Land
- 01:03:40 – Healing Intergenerational Trauma
- 01:14:03 – Calling our Jewish Communities to Awareness around the Harm of Zionism
- 01:24:07 – Commitment to Non-Violence and Alternative Solutions
- 01:33:53 – Belief in a More Just and Liberated World
Are you inspired by what you heard? Do you want to learn more and take action?
Sulaiman Khatib is the Co-Founder of Combatants for Peace. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, he has been recognized internationally for his contributions to promoting peace, social justice and equality for all. In 2006, he co-founded Al-Qud’s Association for Democracy and Dialogue, a program which works with youth in order to create effective and sustainable projects focusing on the promotion of peace, democracy and civic participation in the Palestinian Territories. For the last twenty years, he has been a committed advocate for peace in the Middle East and an active member of various programs aiming to promote a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He is the author of In this Place Together.
Born into a sephardic and ashkenazi lineage of in/famous war heroes and pillars for the state of israel, meital is the author of bloodlines, an epic and intimate dive into the israeli apartheid regime from the perspective of an ex-israeli/ex-zionist soldier. In the book, meital yaniv traces their paternal family narrative from surviving the Holocaust of the second world war to migrating to Palestine and their subsequent indoctrination as zionist colonizers and defenders of the state of israel. yaniv directs our attention to the cycles of history and how genocide not only repeats but grows monstrously in the crevices of state belonging. They see themselves as “a death laborer tending to a prayer for the liberation of the land of Palestine and the lands of our bodies.”
Rae Abileah (she/her) is a Jewish faith leader, social change strategist, writer, and facilitator. For the past two decades, she has worked with nonprofits and social movements, from volunteer to executive director.
Rae graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University with a dual degree in Environmental Science and Human Rights and received ordination by the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.
She has led human rights delegations to the West Bank with Eyewitness Palestine and visited Gaza for the global peaceful Gaza Freedom March.
She’s a first-generation American and her Dutch, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Israeli ancestry informs her work toward dismantling white supremacy. Rae was raised and currently resides on Unceded Ramaytush Ohlone land on the California coast.