Ziad Abbas is a Palestinian refugee from Dheisheh Refugee camp in the West Bank. He is the cofounder of the Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh where he served as Co-Director from 1994 to 2008. Ziad is also a journalist who has worked with Palestinian and international media and has participated in the production of several documentary films. He has a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Intercultural Relations from the School for International Training Graduate Institute. Ziad is the Program Manager for Cross-Cultural Programs at the Middle East Children’s Alliance in Berkeley.
Barbara Lubin, Founder and Executive Director, is a life-long peace, justice and disability rights activist. Since 1988 Barbara has regularly traveled to Palestine and has led nearly twenty delegations of North Americans to Palestine/Israel, Iraq, and Lebanon. She has lectured on the issue of Middle East politics and the plight of the children in the region to dozens of schools, universities, conferences, religious institutions and community groups. Barbara's current presentation focuses on the impact of Israel's occupation and siege on children in Gaza and MECA's Maia Project which provides clean drinking water to these children. Barbara visited the besieged Gaza Strip twice in 2009 and twice in 2012 and her presentation incorporates many of her own photos and eyewitness testimonies.