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Roi Ben-Yehuda replied to Sara Potler LaHayne's discussion Dance 4 Peace published by the Carnegie Council!
Jul 21, 2011
Roi Ben-Yehuda is now friends with musa z. usman and Rachel Abramovitz
Jul 21, 2011
Jason Gladfelter commented on Roi Ben-Yehuda's blog post Should the IDF (or any Military) Create a Conflict Resolution Commando Unit?
"Hi, An interesting idea, for sure. In addition to the points highlighted in the article, one must keep in mind that there is a fine line between military action and peaceful enterprises. Once military action is deemed necessary it should not be…"
Jul 1, 2011
Roi Ben-Yehuda is now friends with Guanpei, Jeff Thompson and Adam Berkowitz
Jun 30, 2011
Roi Ben-Yehuda liked Jeff Thompson's blog post Conflict Commandos?
Jun 30, 2011
Roi Ben-Yehuda commented on Roi Ben-Yehuda's blog post Should the IDF (or any Military) Create a Conflict Resolution Commando Unit?
"Thanks everyone for your thoughtful comments. I recommend that you add them to the debate that is going on the talk-back section of the article.  Yours will be a good addition."
Jun 30, 2011
TRILOK CHANDRA SRIVASTAVA commented on Roi Ben-Yehuda's blog post Should the IDF (or any Military) Create a Conflict Resolution Commando Unit?
Jun 29, 2011
Rich Roth commented on Roi Ben-Yehuda's blog post Should the IDF (or any Military) Create a Conflict Resolution Commando Unit?
"It would look like the comments started fairly on point, and then got a little tense.  Much like what I have seen during my time in the Gaza Strip.   If I may point out the IDF is a military force, what you are talking about is more a…"
Jun 29, 2011

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
oi Ben-Yehuda is an Israeli writer based in the US. His work has been featured in publications such as The Daily Beast, Haaretz, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, France 24, Common Ground, Middle-East Online, The Epoch Times, Publico, Tikkun, Zeek and Jewcy. His articles have been translated into multiple languages including: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, and Indonesian. The Muslim writer Irshad Manji has called Roi “a rising journalist and public thinker” and has profiled him in May of 2008 as an “agent of moral courage”. Roi holds degrees from New School University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is currently a graduate student at Columbia University and a Ph.D student at the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
* In 2009, I will begin my Ph.D studies at the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Israel and Palestine.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
New York - and yes, it is a city-state-country.
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Conflict Resolution, Diplomacy, Education, Psychosocial, Refugees, Rule of Law, Terrorism
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
The role of religion in both generating and resolving conflict.
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
See bio.

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Should the IDF (or any Military) Create a Conflict Resolution Commando Unit?

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 8:30pm 6 Comments

My latest is an out-of-the-box piece co-written with Andrea Bartoli (Director of the S-CAR at GMU) which asks:

"Imagine back in 2010 if instead of masked men with guns, trained for intense warfare at sea, boarding a ship in the dead of night, the IDF had dispatched an elite unit of conflict resolution specialists. Could the tragedy at sea been averted?" …


Resolving Conflict Over a Beer: Lessons for Israeli, Palestinian and American Negotiators

Posted on October 7, 2010 at 1:16am 0 Comments

Shalom Good People,

My latest from The Huffington Post. The article looks into a couple of lessons culled from game theory and…

Should Hamas Be Part of the Negotiations?

Posted on October 7, 2010 at 1:10am 0 Comments

My latest from The Daily Beast.…


Should The Palestinians Accept A Jewish State? A Constructive Debate Between Israeli and Palestinian writers.

Posted on October 12, 2009 at 5:08pm 1 Comment

In Haaretz, my fruitful exchange/debate with Palestinian writer Aziz Abu Sarah on whether the Palestinians should accept Israel as a Jewish state. Paradoxically this is one of my most conservative (I side with Netanyahu) and radical (see conclusion) articles ever. I also believe that this exchange is one of the most original and creative surrounding this topic. I urge you to pass this to friends, repost on your blogs… Continue

A Toast For Peace: Violence and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

My latest from Haaretz.

A couple of weeks ago, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced his intention to pass a bill that would ban alcohol from kiosks and gas stations as well as limit its sales and advertisement. The purpose of the bill is to reduce the seemingly rising level of violence and road accidents inside Israel.

The subject of violence and alcohol has been recently seared into the consciousness… Continue

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At 3:32am on May 10, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Mr. Roi,

Very happy to visit your profile here, we can be good friend & partner.

Keep it up Its very sacred cause we are doing.


At 10:12pm on September 9, 2010, Richard Close said…
We have been awarded a small grant from UNESCO to do digital story telling on You Tube with the Youth of Africa. This is being used as a peace building and education tool.
I would love share a copy of the proposal with and hive your thoughts if this would work with the Middle East. My email is
Our site is
Would be honored if you think this could work with middle east youth.
At 10:57pm on May 24, 2009, Anil Raj said…
Hi Roi, I'm glad to have met you on this network. I am in NYC from time to time, so perhaps the next time I'm there we could meet and talk in person. For now, all the best with your work, and please be in touch!

My best,
At 10:14am on May 17, 2009, radiohp said…
Hi Roi, Very nice meeting you. Well you and I have quite a few things in common it seems. I too work for France 24 ( full time )
and have also contributed to Ha'aretz in the past, NPR, BBC etc.. .
Thanks to the Peace Fellowship I've just received, I will soon be off to study Documentary Film and Peace And conflict resolution at Berkeley. And, I also, have most of my family in Israel, Tel Avivd, Jerusalem and several Moshav's around TA. I look forward to being in touch with you and swapping ideas and thoughts.
At 11:09pm on May 3, 2009, Melissa Wu said…
Nice to meet you too! I see you will be going to GMU let me know if you need any assistance with getting around the DC VA area if you are not already familiar with it. Are you originally from Israel? I am going there this summer to study law.
At 7:25pm on April 10, 2009, Scott Cooper said…
Pleasure to meet you here!


At 9:55pm on March 17, 2009, Rob Schrama said…
Dear friend,

On March 21st 2009 a World Wide Hug Party will take place in clubs and galleries all over the world. We invite every city, village or town to join this initiative. Will you organise a World Wide Hug Party in your hometown?

We are all part of the collective consciousness, in which everything is connected with the universal energy. We are able to heal our planet and unite everybody in peace and tolerance. So let us demonstrate our unity, let us show our fellow-human beings that we all are One, no matter what kind of religion, race or culture we represent. We are able to love and respect each other.

In the evening of March 21st in Oceania, New Zealand and Australia people will start the Hug which will go around the world in 24 hours, the biggest chain of peace that you can imagine.

The idea is as simple as it is effective: just hug! When we hug each other we open our heart and we can feel the loving energy pounding between us. When we open our heart we unite our energy.

Be part of this event!
Be a witness of this event!

All the events will be broadcasted through the internet, to watch, to be watched, to hug and to be hugged.

On the website you get information about how to organise your own World Wide Hug Party, how to add your video stream on internet and how you can watch the other events all over the world.

Go to:

Rob Schrama:

Send this email to all your friends, so as many people as possible will attend this event!!!
At 2:46pm on February 12, 2009, Alina said…
Hey Roi, i am going to israel in march, to find some inspiration for my BA thesis. I would like to write about jews is israel from the former soviet union. would you be interested in a talk about your experiences? thank u
At 10:44am on January 17, 2009, Meha Khanduri said…
You have an Interesting profile. I know some other classmates who are Israelis working in peace and human rights. so what are your answers to lessening the arab-israeli conflict? (sorry..kinda wanting to know about the universe in 30 sec :). ..but still...
At 7:47am on January 11, 2009, John LaMuth said…
Excellent website and postings ^_^


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