Environmental Cooperation in Israel and Palestine
The Arava Institute, located on Kibbutz Ketura in Israel, brings together students from around the world to learn about cross-cultural environmental issues, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The Dialogue Project is a series in which two alumni from the Middle East discuss their experiences with cross-border environmental cooperation and peace-building, as well as answer questions proposed by the community.
Odeliya Matter was raised in Jerusalem, and currently lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. After her IDF service, she volunteered in farms across Europe and worked as a teacher in refugee camps in Greece. Moved by her passion for the environment and grassroots activism, she attended the Arava Institute for two semesters in 2018 and 2019. Odeliya continues to work with Arava Institute alumni in various activism-based initiatives.
Mohammad Azraq studied at the Arava Institute in the academic year 2010 – 2011. He was born to Palestinian parents in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Following his year at the Arava Institute, he was awarded the Atkin Fellowship for Arab Israeli Peace by the War Studies Department of King’s College London, where he published a paper on grassroots community initiatives for renewable energy generation in West Bank villages. Mohammad lives in Amman, Jordan.