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Mor Yahalom

"My story is a hopeful one - a story of two women, who were raised to hate each other, ending up as close friends. Our friendship helped me see my northern neighbors - Syrians - as more than ‘the enemy’. I learned about the diversity of the people within Syria, started studying Syrian Arabic and began volunteering for groups helping Syrian refugees."

MOR YAHALOM, 30 years old, is a Research Assistant to Ambassador (ret.) Daniel Kurtzer. She recently graduated from a Master’s of Public Affairs (MPA) at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, where she was selected as a student fellow at the Center for International Security Studies (CISS) and elected to co-chair the Gender Policy Network (GPN). Born and raised in Israel, Mor began her career in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), where she served for three years as an officer in the Signal Corps and is currently an active reservist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. Mor’s feminist activity and focus on the empowerment of women in the fields of peace and security had led to her involvement with the parliamentary work of Member of Knesset, Merav Michaeli, one of Israel’s most prominent feminist advocates. She later continued to work at the Knesset with Member of Knesset Dr. Ronen Hoffman, as his Parliamentary Advisor. In 2016, Mor worked at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) as a research intern where she focused on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Palestinian politics and conducted research for the book, The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas.