Dr. William Ury, Co-Founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at the Program on Negotiation, has been a key leader in developing Abraham’s Path, a long distance walking trail that traces the footsteps of the ancient patriarch from Sanliurfa in south-east Turkey, through Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel.
In this video, Ury travels with a small interfaith group along the Palestinian section of Masar Ibrahim al Khalil, or “the Path of Abraham the Friend of God.” Along the way, they encounter green hillsides, vibrant marketplaces, welcoming villagers, and ancient caves and tels that hold the stories and mythologies of the cradle of civilization in their midst. The hikers even meet a new-born baby camel!
By walking Abraham’s Path, hikers gain a fresh perspective on a region often known more for violence and conflict than for cooperation and cultural exchange. People of diverse faiths and cultures are encouraged to remember our common origins, to respect our cultural differences, and to recognize our shared humanity. The Masar also serves as a catalyst for sustainable tourism and economic development; a platform for the energy and idealism of young people; and a focus for positive media highlighting the rich culture and hospitable people of the Middle East.
For more information on Abraham’s Path, visit www.abrahampath.org.
To read Professor Ury’s bio, click here.
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