It is my belief that to truly help a situation, it must first be thoroughly understood. Through the process of education and raising consciousness, I am working on improving the lives of, and bringing justice to the Palestinian people. There is much misinformation disseminated throughout the American systems, leading to incorrect understanding, wrong action, a dearth of support, and another step away from the humanity within ourselves. Further violence will not solve anything, and allowing the negativity of war to tear our spirits is not a viable option. It is my goal for us, for each individual, to understand how we can interact with each other in a peaceful manner, and reach the highest potential of ourselves. The actions of one individual, even in a crowd, can make an impact. People are powerful, and I would like to remind them, tell them, exactly that. By supporting me, you will give me the ability to travel to different states in the U.S. during January and February of 2015, speaking to people of the realities in Palestine, and what can actually be done about it. Some of the topics I will cover include, but are not limited to: Gaza, and my sister’s experiences living there; my own personal experiences; the economic situation; international, Palestinian, and Israeli peace activism; as well as suggesting some solutions and roles people can have in improving Palestinian life and the peace process. About me My name is Izzeldin, and I was born and raised in Palestine. I come from a Sufi family, who emigrated from Bukhara, Uzbekistan to Jerusalem, four hundred years ago. At that time they established a center (which doubles as our home) in order to teach Sufism, spirituality, and meditation. My family has been involved in the community, creating bridges between people with different backgrounds, for centuries. The legacy continues, my late father, Sheikh Bukhari, was a well-known figure in Jerusalem for peace making; he traveled around the world, at times bringing me with him, speaking about Sufism and peace for our city, Jerusalem. I grew up in an environment welcoming of all kinds of people, and our home was a gathering place for peace activists, spiritual leaders, and meditation sessions. This brought to me different perspectives from a young age, and pushed me to educate myself, seek my spiritual path, and approach life with love and positivity, regardless of growing up in a Palestine under occupation. The daily oppression and violence challenged me to apply how I feel to the realities of struggling through an oppressive society, without allies coming to our rescue on the horizon. As a Palestinian, I feel it is my duty in life to all of humanity to work for a solution through doing positive action, and I intend to spread the love. Peace.