Bethlehem, Palestine (December 5, 2019)

After an extensive search, Taghyeer, a Palestinian National Nonviolence movement, is pleased to announce the appointment of Muhanad Alkharaz of Nablus as their first Executive Director.

Taghyeer embraces nonviolence as a unifying identity for the Palestinian people and adopts nonviolence as the means to build Palestinian societal strength to end the occupation. Taghyeer’s goal is to achieve a peaceful solution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and seeks to guarantee independence, freedom, dignity, and a secure life for all.  Taghyeer is a non-profit organization founded by community leaders in 2015.

As the founder of Taghyeer shared, “This is an extremely exciting time.  After our big success working on the ground and creating positive social changes in communities, our team chose to spend a few months focusing and clarifying our mission and building our internal structure.  As a movement, we decided to find a Palestinian who could take us to the next level. Now, with Muhanad on board, we are confident that we will be able to build on the deep foundations we have laid throughout Palestinian society and, in the process, broaden and strengthen the movement. We have a new leader joining the leaders … and a new captain steering the ship.  We are thrilled.”

Muhanad brings to the job operational leadership and has experiences in community-based change within Palestine. He has an exceptional combination of organizational and communication skills, as well as, a variety of highly relevant experiences. He has a BS in Civil Engineering (An-Najah National University in Nablus) and a MS in water policy from the University of Wisconsin in the USA where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Muhanad was deeply drawn to Taghyeer’s mission and values. He said, “I am honored to be the one to lead this amazing organization into its next phase. I want to leverage the tremendous credibility and impact on the ground and expand it to reach out further into more Palestinian communities. Accompanied by a great team and local and international supporters, I believe that Taghyeer will be able to create positive change which will lead to social and political growth and confidence ultimately leading to a democratic and independent Palestinian society.” He invites everyone from anywhere who shares Taghyeer’s values and principles to “join forces and partner with Taghyeer to advance its mission in reaching and shaping a better future for the Palestinian people.” Mr. Alkharaz started his new role on Dec 1, 2019.

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More about Taghyeer: Taghyeer builds purposeful nonviolent actions on the ground. Our goal is to help Palestinians to find their power as decision-makers and agents of their own liberation, by transcending the limiting narrative of victimhood and the competition of suffering. Through community-based programs and outreach, we work with individuals to turn anger at intolerable conditions into personal and collective agency to drive positive change. Taghyeer believes in creating the framework for social development and nonviolent resistance to occupation simultaneously. We require all those who engage with us as active participants to affirm Taghyeer’s code of respecting difference, dialogue and nonviolence.