Thanks to the generosity of the Atkin Foundation, ICSR offers young leaders from Israel and the Arab world the opportunity to come to London for a period of four months, producing a research paper as the result of their work. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide young leaders from Israel and the Arab world with an opportunity to develop their ideas on how to further peace and understanding in the Middle East through research, debate and constructive dialogue in a neutral political environment.
Manar Faraj was the Palestinian Atkin Fellow for Winter 2014/15. Manar is from the Dhiesheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Palestine. She is currently a PhD candidate at Jena Univserity. Manar‘s PhD focuses on Palestinian Refugee’s identity. Throughout her career she has done a lot of research on a huge range of issues surounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict:
– the Rwanda conflict (Kigali,2013)
– Auschwitz and the Palestinian refugee camps (Poland,2014)
– the South Africa Truth Commission Durban, 2001)
– Egyptian-Palestinian relations and the Arab Peace Initiatives, (Cairo 2014)
– The Academic Freedom under the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and many more.
She has written about the second Intifada in a book called Letters From Palestine.
Manar was a teacher at Bard college and Abu Dies University where she taught courses on conflict resolution and political science. Currently Manar is a project manager for different development projects.