Americans for Peace Now mourns the death of Diane (Dee) Halley, a fellow peace activist and a friend of APN.
Diane, a co-founder of a program that partners with APN, died on Sunday at a hospital in Prague, following complications of a simple operation. She was only 33. Her death shocked young peace activists in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in Ireland and in South Africa.
Dee was a graduate in 2001 of the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership (WIP), a program that brings Irish students to Washington to learn about the US political process.
In 2009, Diane co-founded New Story Leadership for the Middle East, a program that followed the pattern of WIP, bringing Israeli and Palestinian students to Washington to learn about the US political process, network with young people from the other side, and hone their leadership skills. APN helped Dee and her partners plan the format of New Story Leadership for the Middle East (NSL) and partnered with the organization to host NSL interns. Since 2009, APN has been hosting a Palestinian intern while the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) has been hosting an Israeli intern. Together, these Israeli and Palestinian interns learned about the other side, about how efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict play out in Washington, and about the broad common ground that Israelis and Palestinians - and their friends in the United States - share.
Diane has played a key role in facilitating APN's partnership with NSL and with ATFP and in making the APN-ATFP joint internship program a success.
We will miss her energy, her wisdom, her beautiful, gentle smile, and her passionate devotion to Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Dee will be buried Sunday at her hometown of Cooldevane, Ireland.