Fakhira Halloun

Fakhira Halloun is a Palestinian citizen of Israel. She completed her doctorate in 2019 in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Virginia, USA. Fakhira currently works at the office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace (UNSCO), in Jerusalem, as a Civil Society and Peacebuilding Consultant.

She is also a Board Member and part of the core team that established the first Museum of the Palestinian People in Washington, D.C., which opened its doors in June 2019.

Her doctoral studies are focused on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with specific interest on the Palestinian citizens of Israel and their struggle to achieve their collective rights. Fakhira is committed in promoting a shared society for Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel as well as to contributing to a just and long-term resolution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. She believes that embedded within Palestinian citizens of Israel is a potential role to contribute to end the Israeli occupation and promote a solution for the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. During her PhD studies Fakhira specialized in ethnic identity, power, and political discourse examining how they all play a role in intractable conflict.

Fakhira has acquired considerable professional experience in conflict transformation and has also taught conflict resolution at the school for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. She was also involved in fieldwork projects of the USIP (United State Institute for peace) and of the USAID to evaluate conflict resolution and peacebuilding programs between Palestinians and Israelis.

She served in the past as a Board Member of the Mossawa Center, the Advocacy Center for Palestinian Arab Citizens in Israel, and she is currently active and engaged in different academic and civil society platforms discussing the political and social economical forces that impact the status of the Palestinian citizens of Israel and how all this plays a role in the dynamics of the Palestinian Israeli conflict as a whole.

During her PhD studies in the USA, she worked from 2012-2015 as the program coordinator for leadership program “Leaders for Democracy Fellowship” (LDF) -USA, sponsored by the US State Department and was implemented by Syracuse University (Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs). The program brought civil and political leaders each year from the Middle East to the United States for three months to provide them with academic and practical experience in civic society, leadership, and conflict resolution.

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