Rangineh Azimzadeh

Rangineh Azimzadeh (Democracy Workers Rights Center - DWRC): Rangineh graduated cum laude from Portland State University with an undergraduate degree in Communications Studies. She then went abroad to Nicosia, Cyprus where she studied International Mediation and Conflict Resolution. Rangineh also lived and studied abroad in Iran and Italy, and served as a fellow for the Institute for International Public Policy from 2003-2007. She undertook intensive Arab language training at Middlebury College before entering the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) as a graduate student. While at MIIS Rangineh participated in a 3-week intensive winter practicum in Cambodia on peace building in a post-conflict society. After her fellowship, Rangineh wrote: “The field experience helped to recommit me to working in the region and on this conflict specifically. It increased my global awareness immensely and provided a critical opportunity for introspection.”

Mayor Ayman Nafi tells the story of Ni’lin Village

05 Jul

Ni’lin village, located in West Ramallah, is one of the most prominent villages speaking out against both the occupation and the building of the wall. It is well known for its consistent and weekly non-violent demonstrations that, over the past year, have been met with increasing violence from the Israeli soldiers charged with the responsibility of “monitoring” the demonstrations. Such violence has resulted in the death of several people, including young children (under the age of 15), protesters as well as people simply observing the protests. And even as word continues to get out about these deaths, the violence has not, and most likely will not, subside anytime soon. I had the unique opportunity to sit down with the Mayor of Ni’lin at the end of June and ask him about the biggest challenges facing his village. The following is his story through his own words….


Translation provided by: Ahmad Mesleh

Posted By Rangineh Azimzadeh

Posted Jul 5th, 2009

1 Comment

  • Barbara MacKay

    July 6, 2009


    hi Rangineh,

    Awesome video job. Makes the story really come alive and I feel as though I am in the room with Mayor Ayman. Life does not seem fair at all.

    I can’t imagine how demoralizing it is to have peaceful efforts for restoring basic human rights both ignored and diminished with violence.

    A lot of anguish must come up for you. I hope you know that just your presence amongst the Palestinians and others who live in this area and you telling their story to the world is a huge gift to them. My you be well and happy.

    Love, Barb

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