Live QA with Julia Bacha

In the photo above: Julia Bacha and Nadav Greenberg, Outreach and Programming Coordinator for Just Vision.

In preparation for International Day of Peace tomorrow, September 21st, we invited TED speaker extraordinary filmmaker Julia Bacha to the TED office for a live Q&A. Julia gave a moving talk at TED Global on the need to focus media attention on non-violent protests.

In honor of the celebration of peace, Budrus, the film she showed in her talk, will be available for streaming throughout the day of the 21st.

As a follow up to her talk, she asked the TED community:

How can we encourage mainstream media coverage of Israeli and Palestinian nonviolence leaders?

Here’s our favorite exchange from the dialogue. Read the full Q&A on TED Conversations.

Rahim Sharieff: Is this going to help people of Palestine in long run.. how can the world benefit from this?

James Houston: Shouldn’t it help the people of Israel as well?

Julia Bacha: Hi Rahim and James – You bring up a very good question: who is to benefit from a massive, nonviolent movement in the region? I hope you will both agree that as the situation stands right now, neither side has achieved the level of security, freedom and dignity that they are searching. After almost two decades of failed negotiations and tragic bloodshed, many Israelis and Palestinians have come to the realization that the only thing that can significantly alter the situation on the ground is a grassroots nonviolent resistance campaign to end the occupation and the conflict. When Palestinian and Israeli activists work together, they build long lasting relationships of trust that are the cornerstone for long term peace in the region. Also, when change takes place through nonviolence, the societies that emerge are often more democratic, inclusive and pluralistic than when change happens through violence. Consequently, I believe Israel, Palestine and the world at large will reap huge benefits from nonviolence. It’s a win-win for everyone.