Being a peacemaker in Israel-Palestine is a daily personal battle for Catalyst Live 2016 speaker Shadia Qubti.
In a month’s time Shadia Qubti will be in the UK speaking at Catalyst Live, but she is in her hometown of Nazareth when I talk to her. At sunset it will be Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar, a time when the security forces are on high alert. “Things are very tense during Jewish holiday season,” Shadia says.
But the tension in Israel-Palestine rarely subsides. “The general atmosphere is that things are at a boiling point and it could overspill at any moment,” Shadia says. “Sadly this has been the case for the last year. Palestinians see there is no progress and no sign that the situation is going to change.”