Aia Khalaila

Aia Khalaila

Palestinian from Israel

Aia Khalaila is a 24 year-old graduate from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a BBA in Occupational Therapy. Aia has been dedicated and open-minded about experiencing new cultures. After attending Creativity for Peace in New Mexico as a camper, she has returned as a public speaker, workshop facilitator, and fundraising coordinator. She has become a star alum and helped bridge the gap between Israelis and Palestinians. Since then, Aia has taken an extremely active role in her community. She participated in the Rothschild Ambassadors program for three years, leading her to volunteer in the Knesset. Aia currently teaches Arabic to Israelis and hopes to open free centers that will teach both the Arabic and Hebrew languages. Although she has faced discrimination as an Arab woman in Israeli society, she has decided to channel her frustration into positive change. She is a firm believer that “communication and understanding are the other side of language.”


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