My Friend is a Palestinian Bedouin: II. Why Study Intercultural Friendships?

My Friend is a Palestinian Bedouin: II. Why Study Intercultural Friendships?

After secondary school he went to jail for suspected anti-Israeli activities, where he continued studying. Released from jail, he was strengthened in his wishes to achieve higher education. His father pressed him to invest more time in working, to build a home and to marry, but eventually agreed that Bashar enroll in AlQuds  University, in Abu Dis, even before marriage (but after making some more money and buying a house). At university, he received a Bachelor’s degree in both Media Studies and Political Science. At the time of writing, he is working on his Master’s thesis in Political Science. He intends to continue studying for a Doctoral degree. Together with one of his brothers, he has the highest academic education in the clan.

Bashar was elected sheikh of the Jahalin clan, a leadership role in which he functions as advisor for the members of his tribe, and as mediator in family disputes. He also owns and manages a garage. He is married and has four children. He considers himself a global citizen, and he would like to migrate with his nuclear family to the United States.


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Daniel Weishut

Daniel WeishutDaniel J.N. Weishut, born in the Netherlands but living in Jerusalem, is a professional with a diverse background. He holds an MA in Clinical Psychology and an MBA in Integrative Business Administration, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a PsyD in Clinical and Organizational Psychology from the Professional School of Psychology (Sacramento). He has about thirty years of experience in consultation and therapy with a wide variety of clients and issues, more than twenty years of practice in group facilitation, and over fifteen years of know-how in governance and management in various organizations. Daniel Weishut offers his services as a "Partner on the Way", while taking a world-view that people are diverse but equal. He works with a variety of clients, but his special interest is in work with those who have found themselves persecuted or otherwise in conflict with their social environment, because of their culture, identity or belief system. For example: migrants, expats, refugees, Holocaust survivors, soldiers, pacifists, and individuals from religious, cultural or sexual minorities. Daniel Weishut is a social activist and in this capacity he volunteers as Chairperson of the Israeli Association of Group Psychotherapy, as Member of the Membership Appeals Committee of Amnesty International and as forensic expert for the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel. He also is involved in raising awareness about the situation of Bedouins around Jerusalem; awareness which led among others to the writing of his dissertation "My friend is a Palestinian Bedouin: Challenges and opportunities in intercultural friendship".

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