About the Organizer
My name is Kate Deffebach. I am a 17 year-old Junior at Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Florida. I was inspired to do this project after watching a video called Building Bridges. Building Bridges is an organization that brings Palestinian and Israeli girls to the United States for two weeks during the summer. When these girls arrived in the United States, most of them intensely disliked each other. They blamed each other for the war and death going on between their countries. Throughout the two weeks, the girls participated in personal dialogue and bonding activities. Most of the girls started to see each other’s points of view. They realized that the girls from a different country than themselves are not personally responsible for the deaths and hardships in their country. They recognized that the Palestinian-Israeli war is between their countries and not themselves. This video really spoke to me because it showed how taking the time to have personal conversation that can sometimes be emotional and hard to speak about can change the way we view other people.