David Harris
Former Provost and Senior Vice President Tufts University Massachusetts

We know that people are often best able to overcome intergroup differences when they build personal relationships around shared interests. The STEP initiative uses this insight to pursue two important goals — developing health science scholars, and building bridges across the Israeli-Palestinian divide.

Anas Atieh

Science is something that is for all of humanity. And all of us whatever we are, should be together to focus on one thing: to prosper the world and make it much better.

Rob Dixon, PhD
Former Deputy Head of Mission The British Embassy, Tel Aviv

This program is special. And you guys are special. We wish you weren’t so special in many ways. We wish that this program was part of normality, that crossing the divide wasn’t such a unique set of circumstances.

Nihaya Daoud, MPH, PhD
Senior Lecturer Ben Gurion University

I also believe that researchers have a role, more than just doing research and publishing and working in the lab. They also have to do social change and this is the social change we can do. Just by working together and showing that we can do this. We have a very strong message to politicians, yes: Peace is possible and we can do this change.

Tal Burstyn-Cohen, PhD
Researcher and STEP Mentor/Faculty Hebrew University, Jerusalem

I just see it happening on the bench. We have some conflicts or the experiment didn’t work out, and come help me on this, and it generates this closeness and also, it overflows into daily life and it also overflows into conversations that are outside of science and I think this is the essence of STEP.

Rivka Carmi, MD
President, Ben Gurion University and Steering Committee Member, STEP

Unfortunately, we have so much suffering, violence, and terror around that having this safe haven of the lab, where we can sit together and think about diabetes, about water, about how to solve the problems of humanity, really brings it to a totally different discourse.

Ahmad Al-Halaweh
STEP Fellow and PhD Candidate Ben Gurion University

We can live together; we can be together; we can work together. This is the message that we can prove through this cooperation.

Allen Taylor, PhD
Director STEP

STEP is advancing the careers of its Israeli and Palestinian Fellows, improving their communities, and enabling them to share cross-border friendship.

Efrat Abramson-Flashner
STEP Fellow and PhD Candidate

STEP forces you to engage more with your surrounding and open your eyes to new points of view…to start dealing with your colleague as a friend. We often talk about how our two peoples can coexist and thrive.

Ziad Abdeen, PhD, MPH
Professor and Founder Al-Quds Nutrition and Health Research Institute CISEPO Program Director, Palestine Faculty of Medicine, Al Quds University, Abu Dies, West Bank

Advocating a culture of peace  amongst populations in conflict areas is not a mere concept butan agenda.