Bassam Aramin, 46, grew up hating Israel and spent seven years in an Israeli prison. But he gradually came to believe that negotiation, not violence, was the only way to resolve the conflict. He has preached co-existence for more than a decade — a position he still maintains even though his 10-year-old daughter was killed by the Israeli security forces in 2007.
“Knowing I could push through pain and succeed has lasted a lifetime. Pain was just something I became accustomed to as part of life. If you’re an athlete and want to win, something always hurts. You are always dealing with bruises and injuries. You’re testing how far you can push the human body, and whoever pushes it the furthest wins.”- Ronda Rousey, My Fight / Your Fight